Alexa just got a face. Your face. Alexa is in your face.
Amazon Australia are adding to their Echo line of smart speakers with the Echo Spot, a device that functions just like their previous Echo devices but with a 2.5-inch touchscreen so Alexa can show you things! Here's the rundown.
Due for release on April 26 (with pre-orders open now), the Echo Spot retails at $199. It comes with a 2.5-inch display that you can use for all sorts of visual stimulation. Want to see the weather? You can do that. Want to call your mother and actually see her face? You can do that, too. Just want a smart-speaker with a digital clock? That's the Echo Spot.
In a smart speaker market that's gradually becoming more and more saturated, it offers that slight point of difference.
So what does it do?
Well, it's essentially a scaled-back version of the Echo Show - a device that isn't yet available in Australia - and features "second-gen far-field technology", which is tech-speak for "four really good microphones that can hear you from the other side of the room". A small front-facing camera gives you access to hands free video calls and the 2W speaker lets Alexa talk to you or play your music. It's both bluetooth compatible and features a 3.5mm AUX port. It is available in both white and black.
According to the press photos, it looks like a fun time, right? I mean, these ladies are having fun, make no mistake about it.
Look at that Rosé and the scattering of grapes! The Echo Spot enables this kind of daylight debauchery. It's a mischievous little thing, set down on a side table and ready to answer your every question.
Is the screen enough to sway you? I can't imagine that a 2.5-inch screen is any good for binge watching your favourite TV shows. Are you looking for a smart speaker that can also show you video clips, a clock face and the weather? Or are you more interested in voice only devices such as the Google Home and HomePod?