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Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018)
alaScore 100

33 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen. 2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen, 2018)

 

The new Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker adds a temperature sensor in addition to its Zigbee hub, but doesn't bring a dramatic difference in sound quality.

Generally strong sound with clear high-mids and highs. Alexa is powerful and functional. Bluetooth connectivity. Zigbee hub built-in.

Not significantly more powerful than the Echo. Relatively weak bass. Bluetooth doesn't work with stereo pairs or Echo Sub.

Bottom Line: The new Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker looks much friendlier than its predecessor, with the Alexa voice assistant, solid sound quality, and a built-in Zigbee hub.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Molly Price Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Amazon's fanciest speaker is still a tough sell

 

Amazon upgraded the sound, added seamless smart home hub controls and improved the look of the Amazon Echo Plus, all while keeping the $150 price tag.

The second-gen Echo Plus looks better than before and includes a temperature sensor and upgraded speakers.

It's Amazon's most expensive smart speaker and there are better-sounding options out there for the true audiophile.

If you're looking for an Alexa-enabled speaker with a Zigbee hub, the Amazon Echo Plus is your best bet. If you're looking for the best sound quality, the Sonos One is still the top contender.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Plus

 

The $150 Amazon Echo Plus is a very capable voice-assisted speaker that can't quite replace a dedicated hub if you're serious about smart home automation.

Integrated Zigbee automation hub. Audio has slightly more bass response than the standard Echo. Strong Wi-Fi reception.

Alexa app can't control smart home devices with as much granularity as dedicated apps.

Bottom Line: The $150 Amazon Echo Plus is a very capable voice-assisted speaker that can't quite replace a dedicated hub if you're serious about smart home automation.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Corey Gaskin (phonearena.com)

Amazon Echo Plus Review

 

Retailing for $149.99, and often coming with at least one Philips Hue light bulb, the Echo Plus endeavors to save you over $100 in extra, otherwise necessary equipment.

Built-in Zigbee Hub and included Philips Hue light combine for $150 value ; Zigbee compatible with over 100 devices ; Improved smart device integration and interface within Alexa App ; Alexa’s wealth of over 10,000 app/device integrations (skills) ;...

Alexa search functionality inferior to Google Assistant ; App could use quick toggles for smart home control ; No Z-wave support

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Leslie Shapiro (soundandvision.com)

Hands On with Amazon's Echo Plus 2 Smart Speaker

 

The Plus 2 has a single down-firing 3-inch driver and a 0.8-inch tweeter; the speakers are tuned by Dolby. Instead of the volume ring of earlier Echos, there are volume up/down buttons on the top of the speaker, along with a microphone mute and an...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Monica Chin (tomsguide.com)

New Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) Review: Smart Speaker, Big Sound

 

The Echo Plus is a great smart-home hub, and a great smart speaker — but it's not yet the best in either category. That said, if you're looking to start up a smart home, or want an Alexa speaker with better audio than the other Echos can provide, the...

Great audio ; Friendly design ; Easy to set up ; Temperature sensor

Limited smart-home features

Buy it.The Echo Plus delivers a smart-home hub and robust smart speaker in one device, offering significantly better sound than its predecessor.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Prospero (tomsguide.com)

Amazon Echo Plus Review: Simplifying the Smart Home

 

Adding a smart-home hub into a device that's already sitting in the middle of your house was a logical move for Amazon. It gets rid of the extra step of a consumer having to set up a second gadget just so they can control a third. Not only is this a...

Connects to lots of smart bulbs ; Good sound quality ; Easy setup

Very basic smart-home automation ; Same design as original Echo

By adding a smart-home hub into the Alexa-enabled Echo Plus, Amazon is trying to make the smart home more accessible to the masses.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Monica Chin (tomsguide.com)

Amazon Echo Plus Hands-On Review: Local Control, Plus

 

The second-generation Echo Plus has a much better design and more smart home abilities.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (tomsguide.com)

Hogar Milo is Google Home's Answer to the Amazon Echo Plus

 

With Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, the Milo could be a cost-effective smart home hub for Google Home users.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : David Ludlow (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) Review | Trusted Reviews

 

With its refined looks, improved audio and better smart home control, the Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) makes a good case for being the best audio-only Echo,

Smart new looks ; Decent audio ; Useful smart home hub and temperature sensor

Limited number of supported smart home devices

Better looking, better sound and an all round fantastic smart speaker, the Echo Plus (2nd Gen) is a big improvement over its predecessor

Nov, 2018