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Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)

Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)
alaScore 96

698 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 698 reviews of Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The price and usability also get good comments. There are some negative opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Kim Wetzel (digitaltrends.com)

Amazon Echo review

 

The new Amazon Echo is cuter, smarter, and cheaper, and with a firmware update, now has improved acoustics.

Interchangeable shell allows you to mix up design ; Updated Alexa features include individual voice recognition and routines ; Compact ; Audio output Jack

Sound on calling feature was more muffled than with original Echo ; Acoustics better with firmware upgrade, still hoped for bigger sound

We’re glad the Echo is more affordable and more compact than before, but a little disappointed sound quality took a turn for the worse. Overall, the new Echo is more approachable and will likely be extremely popular.

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo (2017)

 

The Amazon Echo is a great-looking, affordable smart speaker with the best voice assistant technology.

Less expensive and better-looking than previous Echo. Alexa is the best voice assistant ecosystem. Adds 3.5mm out. Loud.

Not much bass.

Alexa is still our preferred voice assistant, especially for smart homes. Google Assistant is right up there, Siri has some work to do, and Cortana is just hopelessly behind.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Connect

 

Using your Amazon Echo speaker as landline phone is a great idea, but the company's Echo Connect, which lets you do just this, works poorly.

Lets you use an Amazon Echo speaker as a land-line speakerphone.

Buggy. No hold function. Lacks call logs. No way to enter DTMF tones.

Bottom Line: Using your Amazon Echo speaker as landline phone is a great idea, but the company's Echo Connect, which lets you do just this, works poorly.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Ry Crist (cnet.com)

Amazon Echo (2017) review

 

Three years after the debut of the original, Amazon decided the time was right to refresh its flagship smart speaker, the voice-activated Amazon Echo. Generation two arrives to find a landscape littered with new competitors -- not just the Google Home...

With a variety of new designs, the new Amazon Echo is better-looking than the original, just as smart and a lot less expensive. The addition of an aux-out jack lets you connect it with your existing audio setup. It's also a slightly better listener...

Though fine for casual listening and strong enough to fill a room with music, the Echo still doesn't sound as good as premium, high-fidelity speakers. The volume ring of the original is gone, replaced with the cheaper volume buttons of the Echo Dot.

Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum. It's well worth $100.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) review: smaller and cheaper, but mostly the same

 

The new Echo's best feature is its price

Lower cost ; Smaller, more attractive design ; Customizable appearance

Below average audio quality for music ; Decorative shells don’t look great

In all honesty, Amazon really didn’t have to do much to the Echo to make it more appealing. It just had to make it less expensive, which is exactly what Amazon did here. The real product Amazon is selling is Alexa, and for an in-home virtual assistant,...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Bryan Gardiner (wired.com)

Review: Livescribe Echo Smartpen

 

Don't you wish there was a way to take notes with a pen and upload them to your computer? And don't you wish that pen...

Ideal for students and journalists who want the best of both note-taking worlds. New 3.5mm headphone jack is now compatible with most headphones. Tons of dot paper options that are relatively cheap. Echo comes with a 50-page notebook. Learn foreign...

Pen is still bulky and awkward. Plan on sitting in the front class if you want clear audio records. Wireless uploading would be nice. Still no built-in handwriting-to-text conversion

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Eric Chiu (laptopmag.com)

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

 

Livescribe's newest smartpen makes note-taking even easier and provides access to plenty of apps.

Easy to take and manage notes and audio ; Improved ergonomic design ; Great desktop software ; Lots of storage

Some apps difficult to use ; Recording earbuds cost extra ; Custom notebooks don't support Mac

The Livescribe Echo carries over all of the same basic note-taking functionality that made the Pulse a solid device. While the app store and software aren't without their problems, the Echo's physical improvements and the strength of the Livescribe...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

Livescribe Echo smartpen review

 

Our handwriting may have steadily become sloppier as keyboard use increases, but there are still plenty of people who reach for a pen & paper first and QWERTY much later. Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen promised the best of both worlds, a way of recording...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Amazon Echo (2nd generation) review: Better than the original, but not as important

 

Interested in voice-based home control? Buy an Echo Dot. Interested in multi-room audio? Buy a Sonos One.

Far-field mic array works wonders ; Auxiliary analog-audio output ; Customizable exterior

Mediocre audio performance ; Custom sleeves are expensive at $20 a pop ; Volume-control buttons are inferior to the volume-control ring on the original

The second-generation Echo offers significant improvements over the first, but if you’re looking for an Echo to control your smart home, the Echo Dot is Amazon’s most cost-effective offering. If music is your thing, the Fabriq Chorus delivers a better...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Amazon Echo (2017) review: More of the same, only better

 

Nearly three years after the first Amazon Echo was released, Amazon has released a redesigned smart speaker. Only instead of facing almost no competition, Google Home is ever growing, and Apple will soon release its HomePod smart speaker to compete...

Sleek design ; More affordable ; Quality sound

Would be nice to have a volume dial, instead of buttons, on the top.

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in display:N
Color of product:Black / Grey
Design:Cylinder / Tube
Designer:Charcoal Fabric
Product type:Stereo portable speaker
Volume Control:Digital

Loudspeakers

Audio output channels:2.0
Driver diameter:2.5
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1 / 2
Speaker type:2-Way
Subwoofer:Y
Subwoofer included:Y
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:0.6
Woofer diameter:2.5
Woofer diameter (imperial):2.5

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Number of products included:1
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Built-in Microphone:Y
Card reader integrated:N
Hands-free mode:Y
Mobile operating systems supported:Android 4.1, Android 4.2, Android 4.3, Android 4.4, Android 5.0, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, iOS
Recommended usage:Tablet / Smartphone / Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP,AVRCP
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
DC-in jack:Y
Frequency range:2.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Interface:Bluetooth/3.5 mm
Line-out:Y
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Power

Power source type:AC

Technical Details

Internet radio:Y
Quantity:1
Wi-Fi:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.46
Height:5.83
Weight:29
Width:3.46