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Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)
alaScore 90

1795 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1795 reviews of Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, 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 (1st gen. 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ry Crist David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Amazon Echo: The speaker of the house

 

Amazon's smart speaker was arguably the breakout product of 2015. Two years later, Alexa is still going strong.

Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.

The Echo's sound quality is slightly uneven at times, with weak bass at high volumes. It also can't distinguish between different voices like the Google Home smart speaker can.

More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

Oct, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Alex Colon, Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo

 

The Amazon Echo is so much more than a wireless speaker. It's part voice assistant, part home automation hub, and its abilities continue to expand steadily. And it's a blast to use.

Excellent voice recognition. Works with many third-party devices and services. Regularly expanding support for new features. Fun to use. Solid speaker sound quality.

Speaker distorts at highest volumes. No access to email and messages.

If you're just looking for a speaker, chances are you wouldn't have read this far. Sure, there's really nothing you can do with the Amazon Echo that you can't do with the smartphone in your pocket. Yet there's something here that feels infinitely more...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (pcworld.com)

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

 

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

Exceptional voice-recognition capabilities ; Very fast and extremely responsive ; Extremely versatile, offering music playback, connected-home control, weather and traffic reports, and much more ; Very good app support, plus an IFTTT channel

Inferior audio features compared to the least-expensive Sonos speaker ; Flash feature would benefit from additional news sources ; Can’t control Philips Hue lighting scenes

Amazon’s Echo is versatile and powerful; an terrific value all around.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Amazon Echo review: listen up

 

"Alexa, what's the weather today?" "ALEXA! What's the weather today?" "ALEXA WHAT IS THE WEATHER TODAY GODDAMMIT." "Right now, in New York it's 25 degrees with clear skies and sun. Today's forecast...

Fast and simple to interact with ; Impressive mic and hearing range ; Joke-telling game is strong

Way too finicky ; Sometimes Alexa just ignores you ; Needs a real ecosystem outside of Amazon

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

 

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo . What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

 

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

Exceptional voice-recognition capabilities ; Very fast and extremely responsive ; Extremely versatile, offering music playback, connected-home control, weather and traffic reports, and much more ; Very good app support, plus an IFTTT channel

Inferior audio features compared to the least-expensive Sonos speaker ; Flash feature would benefit from additional news sources ; Can’t control Philips Hue lighting scenes

Few people an Echo in their home (although it could be a real boon for the disabled), but it is nonetheless an incredibly fun and useful gadget—especially if you have a connected lighting system. And with support for Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, and Wink,...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : james kendrick (zdnet.com)

Amazon Echo review: A perfect 10

 

This unique device from the folks at Amazon wants to be your invisible friend in the room. In some ways it probably will be.

Good audio ; Accurate voice input ; Endless information on tap ; Seamless Bluetooth operation by voice

None

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Alex Cranz (gizmodo.com)

Amazon Echo Has Come a Long Way Baby

 

The original Amazon Echo was an ugly black tube—a speaker meant to be set back in the corner, hidden from view. It was a cheap imitation of the computer from Star Trek. The new Amazon Echo is a much prettier device. It's not suddenly faster or smarter,...

You can customize the appearance!

You can customize the appearance!

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Grant Clauser (thewirecutter.com)

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Voice Controlled Speaker Is Best for You?

 

We spent months living with voice-controlled smart speakers, and we think the Amazon Echo and Google Home are both pretty good, depending on your needs.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Ben Moore (tomsguide.com)

Amazon Echo Review Roundup: What Critics Love and Hate

 

The Amazon Echo is the smart home speaker to beat, but is it the right option for your abode? Check out the pros and cons.

Jul, 2017

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in display:N
Color of product:Black
Design:Cylinder
Product color:Black
Product type:Stereo portable speaker
Volume Control:Digital

Loudspeakers

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Subwoofer:Y
Subwoofer included:Y
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:2
Woofer diameter:2.5
Woofer diameter (imperial):2.5

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:Micro-USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Recommended usage:Universal

Ports & interfaces

3.5 mm (1/8-inch) out:Y
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP,AVRCP
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Ethernet LAN:N
Interface:Bluetooth
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi band:Dual-band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Power

Power source type:Battery

Technical Details

Card reader integrated:N
Control Type:Buttons
Internet radio services supported:Amazon Music, Pandora, SIRIUS Internet Radio, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio
Mobile operating systems supported:Android, iOS
Multi-Room Streaming (MRS) support:Y
Noise-canceling:Y
Number of microphones supported (max):7
Remotely operated:Y
Smartphone remote support:Y
Voice control:Y
Volume Control:Digital

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.31
Height:1.26 / 3.31
Weight:2.34 / 5.75
Width:3.31 / 9.25