With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
This week’s hardware: Sugr Cube Minimalist Wi-Fi speaker
Description: Sugr Cube puts music, information and convenience at your fingertips. Accurate motion sensing makes music control easy. Connects to your home or office Wi-Fi for uninterrupted wireless streaming music. The beautiful wooden housing delivers rich sound and a modern look to any home. Simple and stylish, Sugr is a natural way to listen to music and a helpful home assistant.
Real world use: The Sugr Cube is obviously a play on the shape of this device, but even more than that, it’s a description of the simplicity of design and function. The speaker has a barebones look that appeals in any room its placed in. Unlike other Alexa-enabled speakers, this particular device requires human touch to function â€“ more like the original function of the Amazon Tap than the always listening Echo and Dot. The Amazon Tap, of course, now has always-on listening capability, too, after updates.
To start the Sugr Cube’s Alexa listening mode you double-tap the speaker. The other functions such as play, pause, FF, and Rewind all require a series of taps, too.
- Wi-Fi speaker, compatible with iOS devices, Windows, Android, Mac/PC. At a little over 4″ in each dimension, Sugr Cube is a portable form factor for any place in a house.
- Connectivity: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only, Airplay, DLNA, Spotify Connect, built-in radio stations and various other streaming services (5GHz is not available).
- Touch & Motion Control instead of buttons to feel the simplicity. Tap top of Cube to start/stop playback, or tilt left/right 45 Degree to skip tracks. It works more easily than you expect.
- Each Cube is unique with Cherry or Maple wood; Up to 24 hours of nonstop playtime with built-in 6000 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery and storage for hundreds of songs with built-in 4GB flash memory.
- Download free Sugr Cube app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices; Cube app built-in “Magic Bass” function is really nice-to-have for bass performance.
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the Sugr Cube for $159.00: Sugr Cube Minimalist Wi-Fi speaker
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