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.

Amazon Echo
At a Glance
  • Amazon Echo

    TechHive Rating

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

At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

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

    MSRP: $180. Optional remote control: $30 (not reviewed)

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

    • 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

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