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Amazon Echo Spot

Compact speaker with Alexa virtual assistant and video (White)

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Our take on the Amazon Echo Spot

I was an early voice-control skeptic, but now I find myself asking Amazon Alexa questions all the time. It's not simply convenient — it has become routine. With the Echo Spot, Amazon figured out a way to fit their friendly voice assistant into even more rooms of the house.

The Echo Spot

The Echo Spot packs Amazon's Alexa voice control and video features into a compact, bedside design.

Add Alexa — and video — to every room

I was an early voice-control skeptic, but now I find myself asking Amazon Alexa questions all the time. It's not simply convenient — it has become routine. With the Echo Spot, Amazon figured out a way to fit their friendly voice assistant into even more rooms of the house.

The super-compact Echo Spot looks like a bedside alarm clock, and will function as one, too. But with Alexa, a built-in camera, and a 2-1/2" video screen, this little guy can do so much more. Use voice commands to view and control your home surveillance system, watch videos, or make video calls — all hands-free.

Quickly make and take video calls

If any of your friends or family members have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa app on their phone, you can reach out to them with a video call. When the kids want to tell their grandparents goodnight, just say, "Alexa, call mom." Her device will ring, and soon you'll all be watching each other on-screen.

You can also "drop-in" on other Echo devices inside your own home. Chat with people in other rooms, either by audio or video. A co-worker told me it's a great way to tell her 11-year-old upstairs that it is dinnertime — and then remind him again ten minutes later.

Call out your song requests

My favorite use for Alexa voice control? Has to be music. If you want the Echo Spot to quickly play some background tunes, just say "Alexa," and tell it what you want to hear. It's easy to select songs and playlists. Tell Alexa to mix and match from Pandora®, Spotify®, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and more. Album art and track information will show up on-screen.

But let's face it: the Spot's tiny built-in speakers aren't enough for those of us who are "seriously into audio." One way to get bigger and better sound is using the Echo Spot's built-in Bluetooth® transmitter. It lets you send audio wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled speaker, sound bar, or home theater receiver.

Hands-free control over smart devices

Alexa can control smart home lights, switches, and thermostats from companies like WemoPhilips HueSamsung SmartThingsNest, and more. You set everything up with the Alexa app, a free download for your Fire OS, Android™, or Apple® device.

Always getting smarter

Alexa can answer questions, read audiobooks to you, and give you sports scores. Amazon refers to these types of abilities as "skills." Just ask, and you might be surprised what Alexa can do — make dinner reservations, check the weather, get flight info —  more and more skills are added all the time.

And since this speaker is connected to the Cloud, Alexa can learn something new in the blink of an eye.

Product Highlights:

  • compact Alexa-enabled speaker with 2-1/2" video screen
  • styled after a bedside alarm clock
  • make hands-free video or voice calls to other Alexa-enabled devices
  • stream music or video, perform tasks, and control compatible smart devices with your voice
    • use the word "Alexa" to start a voice-activated command
Video Features:
  • view surveillance feed from a compatible camera
  • make video calls to friends and family with an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or Alexa app
    • "Drop in" feature lets you instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home
  • display lyrics and album art on-screen when you stream music
  • play video from Amazon Video, and other online video services
  • will not play videos from YouTube™
Alexa Voice Control:
  • "Voice profile" recognizes different voices for personalized answers
    • each person can sync their calendar, news preferences, and Amazon Music profile to their voice
  • make hands-free calls and dictate messages
  • access to Alexa skills, such as news updates, weather reports, smart home commands, and more
  • wirelessly stream from Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, and other online music services
    • multiple Amazon Alexa devices can be grouped together so you can play the same song in every room
  • free Alexa app is compatible with Fire OS, Android™, and iOS® devices and also accessible via your web browser
General Info:
  • connects to your home Wi-Fi® network
  • array of four built-in microphones to pick up voice commands
  • microphone mute button lets you choose when Alexa is listening
  • 2-way Bluetooth for wireless music streaming and transmitting
    • send audio wirelessly to a Bluetooth-enabled stereo or speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo output for connecting your own speakers or headphones
  • 4-1/16"W x 3-7/8"H x 3-5/8"D
  • weight: 14.8 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Really attractive device that delivers all the Echo function you expect.

Richard, Roswell, GA

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Amazon Echo Spot

Richard from Roswell, GA on 4/17/2018

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Really attractive device that delivers all the Echo function you expect.

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