{Hardware} and setup

The Echo and Echo Plus have had a constant design through the years: a tall cylinder with a glowing gentle ring and buttons on high. This yr’s speaker does away with all that; Amazon opted as an alternative for an orb with a flat backside. The quantity, mic activate and mic mute buttons are all on high, as earlier than, however the gentle ring now encircles the Echo’s base. I personally just like the orb look, nevertheless it may very well be extra polarizing than the previous, innocuous design, to not point out the small capsule form of the Nest Audio speaker. On the Echo’s bottom, you’ll discover a slot for the facility adapter and a 3.5mm audio jack, which works for both enter or output.

In addition to the orb design, the brand new placement of the sunshine ring might be essentially the most controversial change. While you communicate the Alexa command phrase, the sunshine ring turns blue and “factors” on the speaker in a lighter shade to point out that it’s listening. It turns purple when the mic is muted, and amber when it’s going by means of setup or a software program replace. Lastly, a white gentle seems if you’re adjusting the amount. On older Echos, the ring would replenish as you enhance the amount. That’s nonetheless true, however with the sunshine ring on the underside it’s rather a lot more durable to see how the amount is ready.

Amazon Echo (2020) 

Extra necessary than these exterior adjustments is what’s inside. There’s a brand new speaker association, with a three-inch woofer and twin .8-inch tweeters. The 2018 Echo Plus and 2019 Echo each had a two-speaker configuration (and each sounded fairly good), so the second tweeter here’s a vital addition. The brand new Echo has six microphones, which is one lower than final yr’s mannequin, however I didn’t typically run into points getting the speaker to listen to my requests.

The opposite main spec change is that the Echo now features a Zigbee good residence hub inside. Beforehand, this characteristic was reserved for the $150 Echo Plus — however with improved audio high quality and Zigbee assist, the Echo Plus is now out of date. For the sake of a simplicity, I’m glad to see Amazon make this transfer.

In case you’ve arrange an Echo speaker earlier than, the method hasn’t actually modified. Every part goes by means of the companion iOS or Android app. There, you’ll join the Echo to your WiFi community, choose a room for it, choose what music / podcast providers and different Abilities you need to allow, arrange any intercom, calling and messaging options and so forth. It additionally contains any lists and notes you create with Alexa, in addition to reminders, alarms, routines, speaker teams and extra. It’s a cluttered app and never terribly intuitive to make use of upon getting an Echo arrange, however on the very least, connecting your speaker is simple.

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