The second generation Affordable Zone Echo comes in six styles with improved sound and a new, lower price.
Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. It has seven microphones and beamforming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly.
However, you won’t actually receive the item until it’s released for delivery on October 31, 2017.
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First things first, let’s talk about actually getting your hands on one. The old Amazon Echo is no longer on sale, so if you want a standard Echo then the second-generation model is your only choice.
There are some familiar motifs, however. For instance, the famously cylindrical design has been retained, as have the buttons that reside on the top of the speaker – letting you deactivate the microphone, for instance.
The new Amazon Echo may have the same name as its predecessor, but the design has received a significant overhaul.
For a start, the speaker is now much smaller, with a height of just 14.8cm. That’s about two-thirds of the size of the old 23.5cm Amazon Echo, so the new model is certainly less obtrusive on a shelf or worktop. It’s a little wider, mind, but you won’t really notice the difference.
It’s also coated in a new fabric skin, doing away with the hard exterior of the first generation. In the UK, you can bag this fabric in a variety of colour options that include Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone. We’re also reliably informed that Oak, Walnut, and Silver non-fabric versions are available too.