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Amazon Echo Plus (2017)

Amazon Echo Plus (2017)
alaScore 90

185 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews of Amazon Echo Plus (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.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Plus (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review: Alexa, is this all you've got?

 

The Echo Plus is a minor upgrade over the original Echo, with slightly better sound. But its much-touted smart hub feature is pretty limited, and it's not a significant improvement overall for existing Echo owners.

Sounds better than the first Echo ; Has access to thousands of Alexa skills ; Slightly cheaper than before

Smart hub feature is pretty basic ; $100 Echo is a better deal ; Not a huge upgrade for first-gen Echo owners

In many ways, the Echo Plus feels like the true successor to the device that kicked off the whole smart speaker trend. But aside from a slight bump in sound quality and semi-useful smart hub integration, there's not much separating the two. It's pretty...

Nov, 2017

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Kim Wetzel (digitaltrends.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review

 

Amazon's Echo Plus blasts down the barrier to smart-home entry with the smartest home hub yet

Built-in smart home hub eliminates the need for a bridge between Alexa and your smart home devices ; Seamless pairing with Zigbee compatible smart lights, switches, and plugs ; Three color choices (black, white, and silver) available ; Multi-room audio...

Sound quality of speaker isn’t as rich as we’d hoped it would be ; Doesn’t allow you to connect to other Amazon devices linked to different household accounts

The Echo Plus is an all-in-one device that bridges your smart home products to the home assistant Alexa. We wish the speaker boasted better sound quality, but the Echo Plus is designed for a more streamlined smart home system and not to blow your...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review: smart home 101

 

Smart home starter kit

Does all of the things the first Echo did for $30 less ; Can directly control smart home gadgets without a hub ; Makes it very easy to set up new smart home gadgets

Smart home support is still very limited ; Amazon’s other new Echo is even cheaper still ; Routines do not integrate other Amazon products well

Amazon is proud of the fact that it’s constantly iterating on and improving Alexa, and it’s likely that the Echo Plus’ smart home shortcomings with device compatibility and app limitations will be addressed with future updates. But right now, it’s a...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Ry Crist (cnet.com)

The Amazon Echo Plus doesn't quite add up

 

The Echo Plus is a great smart speaker, but a mediocre smart hub. In most cases, you're better off just getting the Echo.

The Echo Plus keeps the original Echo's design (and its beloved volume ring) while adding in an aux-out jack, a Zigbee radio to control smart home devices, and an incremental boost in sound quality. It costs $30 less than the original Echo.

The Plus also costs $50 more than the new Echo, which has everything the Plus has except for Zigbee. The Alexa app isn't the fully capable smart home control center that the Echo Plus needs it to be, at least not yet.

Hold off on the Echo Plus until Amazon improves the Alexa app's smart home controls.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Amazon Echo Plus Review

 

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on...

Alexa is as capable as ever ; Audio quality a little better than standard Echo (2017) ; Zigbee hub gives a taste of the smart home

Audio still isn't as good as we hoped for ; Zigbee-only hub has limited device support ; Alexa app is limited in granular controls

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

 

Amazon's mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Built-in ZigBee radio ; Restores volume-control ring from the original Echo

Doesn’t allow sensors to trigger lights ; No support for Z-Wave smart home devices ; Not a great loudspeaker

If you want an Alexa-powered smart speaker that sounds great, buy the Alexa-powered or pair the far-less-expensive Echo Dot with hardwired or Bluetooth speakers. The Echo Plus has somewhat beefier speakers, it delivers a better sonic performance than...

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Brian Heater (techcrunch.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review: You’ll probably want the standard Echo instead

 

The new Echo is a no-brainer. It's smaller, sounds and looks better and, most importantly, it's significantly cheaper than its predecessor. It was a long-awaited and much welcomed update to the line. The Echo Plus, on the other hand, is more baffling...

At $149, the Echo Plus is actually $30 cheaper than the original Echo — but that fact has undoubtedly been undercut by the new Echo’s $99 price tag. The addition of Zigbee functionality and a free Philips Hue light bulb sweetens the deal, but the Echo...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (t3.com)

Amazon Echo Plus: is this a better choice than the main Echo?

 

If you want more than one Echo in your home, make sure this is the main one

Slightly better sound than the Echo ; Zigbee compliant ; Volume wheel

Need to ensure Zigbee compatibility ; If sound is important, pay more

Dec, 2017

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

Amazon Echo Plus review

 

Not what you'd call a class-leader, but the Amazon Echo Plus sounds good and it's smarter than your average speaker

Clear midrange ; Smooth treble ; Smart-hub capabilities ; Good amount of detail

Lacklustre bass ; Doesn’t provide full smart-home functions

A good-sounding product with more smarts than you can shake a stick at

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Hall, Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience

 

If you're looking to get Alexa into your home and want a standalone device, we'd recommend the Echo Plus over the second-gen Echo any day of the week.

Alexa is a leading light in smart devices ; Perfectly acceptable sound quality for daily listening ; Constantly expanding connections and functions ; Lower pricing is more attractive

Some software annoyances ; App needs some work ; Sound quality drops at higher volumes

With the second-gen Echo and the Echo Plus both being cheaper than the original Echo, Amazon is making the Echo universe more appealing to your wallet. The fact that you get more from the Plus than you did from the original Echo, for less money, is...

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in display:N
Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Design:Tube
Product color:Black
Product type:Stereo portable speaker

Loudspeakers

Audio output channels:2.0
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Speaker type:2-Way
Subwoofer:Y
Subwoofer included:Y
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:0.8
Woofer diameter:2.48
Woofer diameter (imperial):2.5

Other Features

Internet radio:Y

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
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, iOS
Recommended usage:Universal

Ports & interfaces

1/8" connector:Y
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP,AVRCP
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Frequency range:2.4 - 5
Interface:Bluetooth/3.5 mm
Line-out:Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Power

Power source type:AC

Technical Details

Internet radio:Y
Wi-Fi:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.31
Height:9.25
Weight:33.7
Width:3.31