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Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)

Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017)
alaScore 98

495 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 495 reviews of Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017). The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Amazon Echo (2nd gen. 2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 495 reviews)

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

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?

 

If you want to dip your toe into the world of Alexa, the Echo might seem like the obvious choice. However, with the Plus better for music and the Show

Alexa is a wonderful smart home controller ; Compact design with changeable skins ; Lots of third-party compatibility ; Affordable price

Sound quality isn't great ; No physical volume control ring ; Software is occasionally buggy

The Amazon Echo with Alexa voice control is difficult to ignore thanks to its £90 asking price - remember, the 2014 model was £149! - and bevy of features.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Amazon Echo 2 review

 

We review the second-gen Amazon Echo, a mains-powered smart speaker with the Alexa voice assistant. It's smaller and cheaper than the original, and has swappable shells so you can change how it looks.

Dec, 2017

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert review by : Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Amazon Echo 2 review: Amazon slashes price of second-gen Echo in a pre-Christmas offer

 

The new Amazon Echo 2 is smaller and adds new features — plus it's cheaper than the last one

Cheaper than the original ; Smaller, with new design options ; New Alexa features

Much the same as the original

Regardless, if you’ve been hesitant in the past about plonking an always-listening device in your home, the Echo 2 is proof that these devices do indeed have a future, and they keep getting better and better. Amazon’s Echo 2 is definitely worthy of...

Dec, 2017

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

Amazon Echo 2 review

 

Cheaper, smarter and better at listening – but sound needs improvement.

Alexa voice control ; Improved hearing commands ; Smart design ; Affordable

Average sound quality

Everything from the price to the microphone performance has improved. Unfortunately, sound quality hasn't

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) review

 

Alexa gets a brand new look

More compact and colourful ; Alexa is constantly getting smarter ; Great price

Sound is merely OK

All the same smarts, but for a lot less cash. For first time smart speaker buyers, the new Echo is a no-brainer

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Alan Martin (alphr.com)

Amazon Echo 2 review: Amazon's smaller, cheaper Echo

 

The second coming of Echo is more of the same but smaller

And that’s really all there is to the Echo 2. The original Echo was a five-star product – this is a smaller version with all of the original benefits and a £60 price cut. With that 40% discount, Amazon could have butchered the sound quality or made it...

Apr, 2018

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) review

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Arguably the biggest speaker release of the year, is the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) voice-controlled speaker a worthy successor to last year's revolutionary Echo? And, have they paid attention to improving the sound? We reveal all in our full review.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Amazon 2nd Generation Echo review

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Three years after the release of the original, Amazon has unveiled it's the successor to Amazon Echo. With the promise of better speakers, improved voice-recognition and an attractive new redesign, will the 2nd generation of the best-selling Amazon...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Amazon Echo (2nd generation) review: Better than the original, but not as important

 

Interested in voice-based home control? Buy an Echo Dot. Interested in multi-room audio? Buy a Sonos One.

Far-field mic array works wonders ; Auxiliary analog-audio output ; Customizable exterior

Mediocre audio performance ; Custom sleeves are expensive at $20 a pop ; Volume-control buttons are inferior to the volume-control ring on the original

The second-generation Echo offers significant improvements over the first, but if you’re looking for an Echo to control your smart home, the Echo Dot is Amazon’s most cost-effective offering. If music is your thing, the Fabriq Chorus delivers a better...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Leslie Shapiro (soundandvision.com)

Review: Amazon Echo 2nd Gen with Updated Audio

 

The new Echo is shorter than the original Echo, and is certainly more style-conscious. It is available with a variety of fabric and wood sleeves, so you can match the decor throughout the house — the coverings are easy to slip on and off. The controls...

Dec, 2017

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in Display:N
Colour of product:Black / Grey
Design:Cylinder / Tube
Designer:Charcoal Fabric
Product Type:Stereo portable speaker
Volume Control:Digital

Loudspeakers

Audio output channels:2.0
Driver diameter:6.35
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Type:2-way
Subwoofer:Y
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:1.52
Woofer Diameter:6.35
Woofer diameter (imperial):6.35

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
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:Tablet / Smartphone / Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP,AVRCP
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
DC-in jack:Y
Frequency range:2.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Interface:Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/3.5 mm
Line-out:Y

Power

Power source type:AC

Technical Details

Internet Radio:Y
Quantity:1
Wi-Fi:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:88
Height :148
Weight:821
Width:88