You’ve seen the Amazon Echo commercial, you may have seen that the Amazon Echo is even one of Oprah’s favorite things. But have you read a comprehensive Amazon Echo Review? After having the Amazon Echo for about 3 months, it’s time for my unbiased Amazon Echo Review.
“Alexa, give me a review of the Amazon Echo!”
What is the Amazon Echo?
The Amazon Echo is slightly larger than a can of Pringles. But it’s louder than a crowd of teenagers. It, literally, can fill a room with what Amazon calls, “immersive, 360º omni-directional audio.” It sound like a bunch of hype, but it’s really true. It has great sound that emits from all directions. It’s not a one way speaker. It has both a woofer and tweeter for both great highs and lows.
The actual device is really simple. A plug on the bottom (the Amazon Echo is NOT battery operated, but Amazon is rumored to be working on a smaller version), the perforated body so the speakers can fill the room, the moveable and lit ring and two buttons at the top. There two buttons are simple: mute and power. That’s it. It’s really simple.
What you can’t see is the microphone that picks up your requests around the room.
How easy is it to set up the Amazon Echo?
In one word: easy. There are really only three steps to installing the Amazon Echo:
- Unbox and plug in the Amazon Echo.
- Download and install the Amazon Alexa App on your iPhone or Android smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can even set up the Amazon Echo on your laptop or desktop computer.
- Connect the Amazon Echo to your Wi-Fi network. This is really easy to do. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the Amazon Alexa app.
- Play with the Amazon Echo!
I had no problems setting up the Echo in less than five minutes. Baring any funky Wi-Fi issues, you should be good to go!
How do you use Amazon Echo?
It couldn’t be easier, just use your voice. You can chose to name your Amazon Echo either Alexa or Echo. To use the Amazon Echo, just say, “Alexa,” then your command. See below on things you can do with the Amazon Echo. It’s that simple.
What can you do with the Amazon Echo?
Lots! I’ve compiled a list of things you can do with Amazon Echo here. I use Alexa/Echo the most to listen to Spotify. Here are some instructions on how to set up your Amazon Echo and Spotify. Even easier, you can use your Amazon Echo to listen to Amazon Audible Audio Books or Amazon Prime Music. Those come built-in and are a little easier to use than Spotify. But Spotify has a lot more music.
Other things that I use Amazon Echo for:
- Ask for a quick briefing of the news by saying, “Alexa, tell me the news.”
- Ask the score on a sports guy, “Alexa, did the Broncos win?”
- Set a timer, “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes.”
- Turn up and down the volume, “Alexa, turn it up!”
- Listen to Spotify, “Alexa, play discover weekly on Spotify.” Here are full instructions on setting up Spotify on your Amazon Echo.
- Order items on Amazon, “Alexa, buy a Amazon Echo.”
- There are a ton of things you can ask, here are some more things you can ask Amazon Echo/Alexa.
What’s the verdict of your Amazon Echo Review?
If it’s not out of your budget, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat. There are tons of Smarthome Automation Devices that work with Amazon Echo and the list is getting longer almost every day.
I, literally, use my Amazon Echo every day. It might seem a bit weird that I talk to a device every day, but it’s amazing. You can read review after review of other people’s experience with the Amazon Echo. My favorite review is of a disabled lady who depends on her Amazon Echo.