Hands on: Amazon Echo Spot review

Jan 31, 2018 AT 22:35 PM | BY LifeBanter

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The Amazon Echo Spot has been one of the most surprising reveals at Amazon great Echo of the event in September 2017. It was announced to the sides of the redesign Amazon Echo, a compressor Amazon Echo Plus, and Amazon Show that was created to come to the UK for the first time.

Initially, only a US release date has been revealed for the device, but now it is coming to the united KINGDOM, 24 January, and we finally got our hands on the device.

The Echo Spot is a cross between an Echo Point and a smaller version of the Amazon Show. It is a device extremely versatile – so much that Amazon has not really badged it as it is.

It is a chip of the alarm, a device to read the messages and do video calls… it is also very nice.

Price and availability

The Amazon Echo is the Spot released today in the united states. You can buy it for $129.99 or $152.50 if you pair it with a TP-Link Smart light Bulb.

In the united KINGDOM, the Amazon Echo Spot is up for pre-order now. It will cost you £119 or € 200 for two of them. It will actually be published on the 24th of January.

Design and features

Looks-wise, it is a bit more grainy than your average smart camera. The screen is small in size, 2.5-inch, but it is nice and bright. The design of the site is one of the best we’ve seen on Amazon, though.

This is definitely something that you don’t bother me to have to display in your home and has a better design of the Echo Show.

When the device was first demonstrated for us in September we saw at the Echo Spot used as a smart alarm. You get the option to change the face of the clock, and there are a variety of faces, and a number of different alarms available.

Once you are awakened, you can use the Place to get your daily briefing, and it will also show the video. So, if you want to watch a clip or two from, for example, BBC News or the End of The Show, then you can.

Amazon has also made it so that you can have a piece of you wake up as the alarm. Or, if you prefer, a radio station. This is a new feature that has been added for the UK launch of the device, but it is something that will be available in the world.

You can also read your messages on the screen and make calls. This is a new-ish addition to the Alexa in the united KINGDOM, which has been in the united states for some time now.

Performance

We saw a demo of someone to make a call and it made so much sense – their face appears on the screen, and you can have a chat, a bit like FaceTime. You can also “drop-in” on the people in your phone book (if you have it and they allow it).

This works really well on the Echo Spot – there is a blurry image for 10 seconds or more, just in case you need to make you decent, and then the screen will appear clearly.

Like the Echo Point there is a built-in speaker and we were surprised by how good it sounds. In contrast to the Echo Point, which is not really practical for things like cat, Echo Place, had a nice sound. You’ll probably want to hook it up to a better speaker system. But, if it’s on your bedside table, you don’t have to complain about the noise.

Another way Amazon wants you to use the Spot is as smart cam monitor. We saw a demo where you could get a smart cam link of the video on the screen from a compatible smart cam – where it has been streaming from a nursery. The flow on the demo was, again, clear and bright.

The beginning of the verdict

The Amazon Echo Spot does all the Echo Show, but all of this feels better in this small form factor. The design is great – it is available in black and white and we can easily see the Spot to be used in the bedroom, the kitchen or even on a desk. In fact, you can in all these places.

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This is the thing with the Amazon Echo Spot – like many of the other Echo devices, Amazon wants you to have a multitude of them in your house so that you always have access to video chat, regardless of where you are.

Essentially, they want the Echo to replace the Echo Point. The Amazon Echo Spot is a little more expensive than the new Echo, however, and in turn much more expensive than an Echo Dot.

This is due to the addition of the screen. While we have not yet seen the assassin Skills to the screen, improve the appearance of the Spot and opens up possibilities for it to be much more than just a smart speaker.

Source: techradar.com Image: cnet3.cbsistatic.com