Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker, which has been expertly tuned to fill any room with immersive sound. You can control it with your voice, switch on the lights and even book a taxi with an evolving set of skills. And what's more, it can all be set up with the convenience of an app on your Smart device.

Surround 360° audio streaming
Amazon Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream music services such as iTunes from your phone or tablet.

The speaker has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill any room with immersive sound.

Voice recognition & control
Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Spotify, and TuneIn. Plus Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream music services such as iTunes from your phone or tablet.

Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones ones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even while playing music.

Smart & skillful speaker
Amazon Echo can switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the sofa to watch a movie - all without lifting a finger. It works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and others.

Better still, Amazon Echo has some impressive skills from ordering food to requesting a ride from Uber. By enabling skills, your Amazon Echo can play more than just music - discover and enable what you want to use in the Alexa App.

Total App control
Download the free Alexa app onto your Fire OS, Android, iOS device or desktop browsers for easy set up and control.

Connect to services you already use like Spotify and Google Calendar. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue and more. See what books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. It also is a hub of skills, which are being updated all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to get a feel for whether the skill is for you.

Our opinion
Although we were sceptical this is a great piece of kit that really delivers and if you already have smart tech such as Phillips Hue lighting or Nest in your home then it connects seamlessly and offers real time voice control that is every bit as good as you would hope it to be.

George R Vaughan