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Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)
alaScore 92

1783 reviews

May, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1783 reviews of Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo (previous generation) Review | Trusted Reviews

 

Amazon Echo review: this voice-activated assistant is a mature, useful addition to any home. It's essential for anyone with a smart home

Nice-looking ; Easy set-up ; Versatile with ever-growing Skills selection ; Good voice recognition that gets better over time ; Voice control over smart home

Poor sound compared to speakers in price range ; Must remain connected to the mains ; Limited choice of music streaming services

Feb, 2019

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo

 

Imagine a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker, but one with a voice-controlled personal assistant inside. That's the Amazon Echo, which gives you a personal assistant called Alexa. She is the first AI personal assistant to merit a dedicated device. She will...

Here is a program I just invented with Alexa.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Grabham Duncan Bell (t3.com)

Amazon Echo review: Amazon's main Echo gets cheaper, Alexa gets better

 

While Alexa is improving all the time and the Echo is great value for money, those looking for top-notch audio quality will be disappointed

Great music and list making ; You can shop through it ; Best. Kitchen timer. Ever.

Very middling as a speaker ; Lots of clonky apps ; Echo Dot is better value

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Amazon Echo review

 

Is Amazon's voice-controlled speaker the answer to your smart home dream?

Alexa voice assistant is genuinely useful ; Reliable voice control ; Decent selection of features ; Easy to use

Sound is nothing special ; Relies on other apps and devices to make the most of it

So-so sound but the Alexa assistant makes this a seriously clever speaker

Oct, 2017

Expert review by (t3.com)

Amazon Echo review: Alexa! You're great though we wish you did more

 

Amazon Echo is a brilliant, voice-activated personal assistant so futuristic that its true purpose still lies in the future

Great music and list making ; You can shop through it ; Best. Kitchen timer. Ever

Only middling as a speaker ; Lots of clonky apps ; Echo Dot seems better value

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Amazon Echo Link Amp review

 

Amazon's oddball stereo amp makes for uneasy listening

Tidy dimensions ; Alexa voice control ; Hi-res audio DAC on board

Uneven (and weirdly quiet) sound ; No UPnP ; Limited Alexa operability

Compact design and voice control doesn’t make up for ill-sorted sound

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Elyse Betters Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

 

Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US back in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo has finally made its way to the UK. Hurrah. We think hands-free voice control is a godsend and that...

Alexa is a very useful personal assistant, quality mic technology for conversing and getting clear answers, sleek looking speaker design, easy setup, lots of compatible services - and more to come

App isn't that well designed, no battery for portability, not class-leading speaker quality, Echo Dot makes more sense, you'll want Prime to make the most of it

We think hands-free voice control is a godsend and that Alexa, Amazon Echo's personal assistant, truly distinguishes this Bluetooth speaker from the competition. It's blown our minds - whether for listening to music, adding to our shopping list,...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Amazon Echo review

 

Are you ready to hand the keys to your digital life over to Alexa? We find out just how smart Amazon's smart speaker can be

Stellar audio quality ; Impressive voice recognition ; Useful hands-free apps

No hands-free calls, texts or emails ; Somewhat creepy

The AI revolution starts here - Alexa can control your house, and pulls a great double duty as DJ

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Gerald Lynch (techradar.com)

Amazon Echo Input review

 

Alexa's silent shout

Good value ; Easy to hide away ; Microphones work well

Bluetooth issues ; Limited port options

Essentially an Echo Dot without the speaker, the Echo Input is the perfect partner for your trusty dumb Hi-Fi or home cinema receiver.

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Nick Pino Marc Chacksfield (techradar.com)

Amazon Echo (2014) review

 

Amazon Echo is stunning, sleek and slowly becoming more sentient

Intelligent voice recognition ; Large ecosystem and growing ; Well built

Caters to Prime ; Lackluster sound quality ; Multi-user support lacking

As purely a Bluetooth speaker, the Echo leaves a lot to be desired. Paired with a natural, engrossing AI, however, Amazon's grand experiment in artificial intelligence is one of the most interesting gadgets of recent years.

Feb, 2019