"First impressions of the Amazon Tap"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
First impressions of the Amazon Tap
This is the Amazon Tap.
It has all of the same powers as its big sister, the Amazon Echo.
But it's smaller, cheaper, and battery powered.
The Tap is $130, the Echo, is $180.
Just like with the Echo, you can use the Tap as a bluetooth speaker, a wi-fi streamer, It can be a personal assistant, a smartphone control hub, or you can just use it for fun.
And the tradeoff for the battery powered pack is that it's not always listening like the echo.
Anytime you want to talk to it you have to hit this button, even when it's on it's target station.
I still sometimes find myself calling this thing Alexa, which is the echos wake word Even though this one doesn't have one on it's own, you hit a button.
You don't need a wake word.
So, it's less useful as a smart home hub, since it's not always listening, and you need to keep it with you.
As a compact Bluetooth speaker in it's own right, it's pretty good.
It's just not great.
You're gonna hear voices clearly, which is nice.
But, the base is a little bit thin, and it's gonna distort at high volume
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