The Good Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.
The Bad The Echo's sound quality is slightly uneven at times, with weak bass at high volumes. It also can't distinguish between different voices like the Google Home smart speaker can.
The Bottom Line More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.
The smart speaker that can control your whole house
Editor's note (October 26, 2017):
The world has changed since Amazon introduced its first smart speaker in 2014. Back then, the Echo was something of an oddity -- a bookshelf speaker made interactive and, remarkably, truly useful through Amazon's voice-activated Alexa virtual assistant. Since then, the company hasto include a variety of specialties, while continuing to with third-party apps and smart home gadgets. And the world has caught up, too, pitting Amazon against an increasingly competitive market full of noteworthy rivals including .
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