Alexa breaks free in the Lenovo Smart AssistantThis smart home device aims to fix the Echo's meh audio with a Harman Kardon speaker.
Amazon's Echo is everywhere to the current standard for smart home assistants, thanks to its easy to use and surprisingly good voice control personality named Alexa. Now the Echo is made by Amazon but Alexa herself is slipping the bonds of corporate exclusivity and turning up in a handful of other products. One of them is the new Lenovo smart assistant featuring Amazon Alexa. It's not a very catchy name but one look will tell you that this is clearly modeled very closely on the Echo. It's a tall cylindrical device. It looks a lot like the echo. It's got a little bit of a coloration that's almost like the Google Home. The top half is one color it can have a different colored woven bottom in gray or Green or orange. Now like the Echo, it uses Alexa, the Cloud-based smart assistant in the Echo. It even uses the Alexa smart phone app. As you can see, they're very, very similar. It's actually a little bit less expensive. $129 in the U.S. versus $179 for the standard Echo. But if you want an upgraded version There's a [UNKNOWN] addition that will be 179 in the US, and that will hopefully give you some of the better audio that the Amazon version, the original Echo, is said to lack. You can find the [UNKNOWN] system coming in May. [MUSIC]