The new, cheaper Amazon Echo is more tempting than ever
The new, cheaper Amazon Echo is more tempting than ever
2:16

The new, cheaper Amazon Echo is more tempting than ever

Smart Home
[MUSIC] Meet the brand new, second gen. Amazon Go Smart Speaker. It's a bit smaller than before and it comes in a variety of new looks thanks to these interchangeable... Shelves. There's an aux out jack in the back for connecting it with external speakers, but the volume ring is gone, replaced with volume buttons. As for the cost, Amazon cut it down to $99, $80 less than the original and $30 less than it's Chief rival, the Google Home Smart Speaker. Aside from the new design and that aux abject, there's really not much that's new here. You're getting the same voice-activated Alexa experience, the same library of skills, the same integrations with music Streaming services, and smart home gadgets. And to my ear, roughly the same sound quality as before. In some, there isn't a whole lot to dislike about the new Echo. It's the same picture as before, except that it looks a lot nicer and cost a lot less. The ability to connect it with the existing speed, which is a nice bounds But if that's what you're planning, you're still better off just spending 50 bucks on an Echo Dot. But what about the alternatives? After all, this is the first Echo device that's faced clear cut competition at launch, and I'm not just talking about Google. There's the Sonos One which offers Google Assistant and Alexa access plus Siri access next Next year, when AIRPLATE 2 arrives. Apple's own series speaker the HomePod gets here in December. And then there is Microsoft that has the Cortana-powered Invoke from Harmon-Carden. We're practically drowning in smart speakers these days. [MUSIC] Still, all of those alternatives cost at least twice as much as the new Echo and Alexa has the momentum thanks to a steady stream of updates and improvements. Improvements. Recent additions include Echo to Echo calling, along with the ability to distinguish between individual voices. New features are arriving all of the time, which helps keep things fresh and interesting. I also found that the new Echo sounds noticeably more powerful than the Google Home. Here, check out this clip from my test at the CNET Smart Home. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] If you've already got a first Gen Echo, there's really no reason to upgrade to a new one. That first Gen model can do everything that this one can do except connect with external speakers, but if your shopping for your new smart speaker, the new Echo is going to be tough to beat.

Up Next

Amazon's Echo Show 8 Photos Edition Highlights Your Memories
screenshot-2023-09-20-at-17-07-50.png

Up Next

Amazon's Echo Show 8 Photos Edition Highlights Your Memories

Amazon's Alexa Gets More Conversational With AI
screenshot-2023-09-20-at-16-31-29.png

Amazon's Alexa Gets More Conversational With AI

Connecting Your Smart Home: Samsung Reveals SmartThings Station at CES 2023
ces23-samsung-smartthingsstation

Connecting Your Smart Home: Samsung Reveals SmartThings Station at CES 2023

Best Philips Hue Lights -- 2022 Roundup
philips-hue

Best Philips Hue Lights -- 2022 Roundup

Philips Hue's Festavia Christmas Lights Shine Bright
1203512452114853-bcyxgjtaiv3zupirxdx9-height640.png

Philips Hue's Festavia Christmas Lights Shine Bright

Google Nest Wired Doorbell and Nest Wifi Pro Hands-On
topic-ddmmyy-land-copy-01-00-00-14-25-still004

Google Nest Wired Doorbell and Nest Wifi Pro Hands-On

Apple Could Be Ready to Launch the Next HomePod
homepod-b-roll-mp4-00-00-22-04-still001.png

Apple Could Be Ready to Launch the Next HomePod

The Revolution R270 Is a Smart Toaster With a Screen
revolution-toaster-orange-promo

The Revolution R270 Is a Smart Toaster With a Screen

Erasing Our Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant Smart Homes
resetting-the-smart-home-3

Erasing Our Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant Smart Homes

Amazon Glow: An interactive projector for kids
amazonglow-cnet

Amazon Glow: An interactive projector for kids

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e
240417-site-fiat-500e-ev-drive-program-thumbnail-v3

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For
laptop-buying-guide-2024-00-02-36-12-still001

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot
p1022506-00-00-01-20-still001

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
applecider-160424-land-00-00-06-18-still001

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler
brumate-160324-land-00-00-47-14-still001

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro