The original Echo has held up well over the years, even if it is (erm, or was) a little expensive. Now it’s only going to get better.
Ed. Note: We’ve reviewed the Amazon Echo a couple times now. First in February 2015, not long after it was first released. We took another look at it in November of that year, to see where things stood. Now that we’re expecting an updated Echo later this year, it’s time to take one last look back at the speaker that started it all. Also: We’re re-reviewing the venerable Amazon Echo Dot, as well.
“How long has it been?” That’s what I asked myself before I looked up our original Amazon Echo review. I know that it’s been a while, and the Echo — and Alexa — have been somewhere in my home every day since. But I was honestly surprised to see that it’s been almost two years since the Echo first sprung forth from Amazon.
And it’s probably even more surprising that other companies — Google, Microsoft and Apple, specifically — are only now figuring out smart speakers.
It had to happen eventually, of course. But the original Amazon Echo remains a strong choice — if you can get it at the right price.
The design of the OG Echo mostly holds up, too, though I’m definitely looking forward to a refresh. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with the 9-inch black cylinder look — but I’ve never been a fan of the plastic that Amazon used. It’s got that sort of matte finish that picks up oil from your fingers any time you happen to touch it. And while I’ve probably moved my Echo around more than most folks, I (like a lot of you out there) also have kids who can’t…
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