Amazon Echo - Black
The first generation Amazon Echo was Amazon’s first smart speaker. It provides music playback from various online streaming services such as Spotify and Amazon Music as well as from mobile devices using a Bluetooth connection. The black speaker can also connect to external speakers via Bluetooth if you want more punch than it can provide by itself. Even on its own, though, the Echo’s 2.5 inch speaker and independent tweeter speaker provide clear, sharp, omnidirectional sound. If you have more than one Echo, you can also sync them up to play the same audio in different rooms of your house. The main feature of the Echo, though, is Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. Alexa responds to voice commands and will play and pause music, adjust the volume, and play tracks by specific artists when told to. She can also search the Internet to find you the latest weather reports and news headlines. Her features aren’t limited to media playback and weather updates, either. The Echo can be linked to compatible apps and smart home devices. Depending on how you set up your Echo with partnered apps, Alexa can adjust the heating in your home, turn your lights on and off, call you a cab, and even make phone calls.
Made for any room
The sleek and solid design makes Amazon Echo a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place it in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Echo in the kitchen to easily set timers and shop millions of Amazon products using just your voice.
Echo can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, or Bluetooth to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room or den. With multi-room music support and connected speakers via cable, you can play music across multiple Echo devices (Bluetooth and Spotify not supported for multi-room music).
Voice control your music
Echo provides hands-free voice control for Prime Music, Spotify, Radioplayer, and more. With Prime Music, you can search by time-period or let Alexa pick the music for you. You can also listen to Audible audiobooks, podcasts, local radio stations, news briefs, and more.
With Amazon Echo, you can call almost anyone hands-free - no tapping or searching required. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Additionally, you can send messages via voice or text to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App.
Let your household know when dinner is ready, ask someone for help with a chore, or remind the kids to go to sleep - without having to raise your voice. With the Drop In feature enabled for room-to-room calling, instantly connect with compatible Echo devices in your home, or use Alexa Announcements to broadcast a quick, one-way message to all other Echo devices in your home.
Voice control your smart devices
Use Amazon Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the coffee maker on your way to the kitchen, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie - all without lifting a finger.
Control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights when you go to bed. Echo Dot works with lights, locks, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and Wink and hundreds of other.
Always getting smarter
Alexa—the brain behind Echo —is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Amazon Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
|Bluetooth||Yes. v2.1+EDR; v3.0+HS and v4.1+HS Compliant|
|Wi-Fi||Yes. 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz)|
|No hub required||Yes|