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Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)
alaScore 92

1786 reviews

Jun, 2019

We have collected and analysed 63 expert reviews and 1723 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 79/100 and users rate it 92/100. The average review date is Mar 4, 2017. We have compared these reviews to 9478 reviews from other Smart Speakers. The alaScore™ for this product is 92/100 = Excellent. Last update: Jun 17, 2019.

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Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo (previous generation) Review | Trusted Reviews

 

Amazon Echo review: this voice-activated assistant is a mature, useful addition to any home. It's essential for anyone with a smart home

Nice-looking ; Easy set-up ; Versatile with ever-growing Skills selection ; Good voice recognition that gets better over time ; Voice control over smart home

Poor sound compared to speakers in price range ; Must remain connected to the mains ; Limited choice of music streaming services

Feb, 2019

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo

 

Imagine a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker, but one with a voice-controlled personal assistant inside. That's the Amazon Echo, which gives you a personal assistant called Alexa. She is the first AI personal assistant to merit a dedicated device. She will...

Here is a program I just invented with Alexa.

Jul, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Wall Clock

 

If you use Alexa timers often, Amazon's Echo Wall Clock is an easy way to see when they're about to expire.

Inexpensive. Attractive design. Visually shows Alexa timers.

Flimsy build. Doesn't work with Echos in multi-room groups.

If you're the kind of person who keeps asking your Echo over and over again how much time is left on the pasta timer, you'll undoubtedly find the Echo Wall Clock tremendously useful. It's an affordable enhancement for Echo-laden homes. It's not a...

Feb, 2019

Expert review by (t3.com)

Amazon Echo review: Amazon's main Echo gets cheaper, Alexa gets better

 

While Alexa is improving all the time and the Echo is great value for money, those looking for top-notch audio quality will be disappointed

Great music and list making ; You can shop through it ; Best. Kitchen timer. Ever.

Very middling as a speaker ; Lots of clonky apps ; Echo Dot is better value

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Ry Crist David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Amazon Echo: The speaker of the house

 

Amazon's smart speaker was arguably the breakout product of 2015. Two years later, Alexa is still going strong.

Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.

The Echo's sound quality is slightly uneven at times, with weak bass at high volumes. It also can't distinguish between different voices like the Google Home smart speaker can.

More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Amazon Echo review

 

Is Amazon's voice-controlled speaker the answer to your smart home dream?

Alexa voice assistant is genuinely useful ; Reliable voice control ; Decent selection of features ; Easy to use

Sound is nothing special ; Relies on other apps and devices to make the most of it

So-so sound but the Alexa assistant makes this a seriously clever speaker

Oct, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Alex Colon, Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo

 

The Amazon Echo is so much more than a wireless speaker. It's part voice assistant, part home automation hub, and its abilities continue to expand steadily. And it's a blast to use.

Excellent voice recognition. Works with many third-party devices and services. Regularly expanding support for new features. Fun to use. Solid speaker sound quality.

Speaker distorts at highest volumes. No access to email and messages.

If you're just looking for a speaker, chances are you wouldn't have read this far. Sure, there's really nothing you can do with the Amazon Echo that you can't do with the smartphone in your pocket. Yet there's something here that feels infinitely more...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (pcworld.com)

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

 

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

Exceptional voice-recognition capabilities ; Very fast and extremely responsive ; Extremely versatile, offering music playback, connected-home control, weather and traffic reports, and much more ; Very good app support, plus an IFTTT channel

Inferior audio features compared to the least-expensive Sonos speaker ; Flash feature would benefit from additional news sources ; Can’t control Philips Hue lighting scenes

Amazon’s Echo is versatile and powerful; an terrific value all around.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Amazon Echo review: listen up

 

"Alexa, what's the weather today?" "ALEXA! What's the weather today?" "ALEXA WHAT IS THE WEATHER TODAY GODDAMMIT." "Right now, in New York it's 25 degrees with clear skies and sun. Today's forecast...

Fast and simple to interact with ; Impressive mic and hearing range ; Joke-telling game is strong

Way too finicky ; Sometimes Alexa just ignores you ; Needs a real ecosystem outside of Amazon

Jan, 2015

Expert review by (t3.com)

Amazon Echo review: Alexa! You're great though we wish you did more

 

Amazon Echo is a brilliant, voice-activated personal assistant so futuristic that its true purpose still lies in the future

Great music and list making ; You can shop through it ; Best. Kitchen timer. Ever

Only middling as a speaker ; Lots of clonky apps ; Echo Dot seems better value

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