With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This week’s hardware: Echo Spot
Description: Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set an alarm, see lyrics with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalize your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App.
Real world use: It might seem strange to highlight an actual Amazon-built device in this series since we seem to always turn our attention to third-party devices, but the Echo Spot is an interesting device – and probably the most unique device of the lot that Amazon announced this week (see all the devices it announced HERE).
Except for the Echo Connect (Alexa phone calling), the other devices were enhanced or new speaker designs, but the Echo Spot is Amazon’s movement into other areas. The Echo Spot is an Echo Show but with a smaller screen and with a focus on more easily integrating anywhere in the house and might eventually become the form-factor of choice for many Alexa customers.
We have each of the new devices on the way to test to provide formal reviews, but the Echo Spot is definitely a highlight that will be put through its paces (and value) first – although we’ll be keeping turning off the front-facing camera in the bedroom (that’s just creepy).
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the Echo Spot for $130: Amazon Echo Spot
As of this writing, the Echo Spot is available for pre-order and starts shipping on December 19, 2017.
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