Echo Input review - The cheapest Echo gadget to date?
Obviously, this is not the first time we will be doing a review of the Echo device, and every time we’ve done it, it seems they never disappoint, and I think the Echo Dot will do the same. According to Amazon, the Echo Dot will be released on the 12th of December, 2018. You can only get it on the Amazon Platform. Go ahead and read our Echo Input review.
The Echo Input Design
The Echo input is quite smaller compared to Echo Dot, so portable that you can carry two in both hands. It is compact too, you can literally take it from one room to another in your pocket. With two connectivity options, you can either make use of the Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio cable, whichever one you want. I guess because it holds no speaker driver, that’s why it is not as tall as the Echo Dot, probably quarter the height of the Echo Dot.
What you will find in the box of the Echo input is the power adapter that is 5W, a Micro-USB cable, 1 m AUX cable and the quick start guide. It weighs 79 grams. A blue LED light that illuminates when Alexa is listening to voice commands. at the top of the device are two buttons and the blue LED light I talked about. One of the buttons is an action button while the other one is a Microphone off button.
What to do with it
If you are picking the Echo input for the first time, you’d be confused at what exactly to do with it, well, it will only function if you have an external speaker, and with the 3.5 mm audio cable or Bluetooth. It doesn’t pair with Wi-Fi speakers. The best option would be to pair it with Bluetooth speakers.
According to Amazon, this gadget is great for users who already own extensive stereo system and would love to make their home a full smart house. On the side of the Input device, you can find a tiny 3.5mm jack & a micro-USB port to supply great, quality audio to any sound system you decide to connect it to. In the package, you will find 2 3.5mm cables, so make sure your TV or receiver has those connections (Almost all 2014+ devices has this technology).
Plugging it to your speakers allow you to long-range voice commands with our dear Alexa.
- You can track your fitness level, play games with Alexa, thanks to the new skill that has been integrated into it.
- You can set alarm, add items to your to-do list, you can also control compatible smart home devices with it.
- With the latest Bluetooth, you can make phone calls and send messages.
- Stream Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more on your speakers.
- You can create your own personal skills and customized responses with the Alexa Skill Blueprint. To get started, you will have to say ‘Alexa, help me get started with skills’.
The Power Saving Mode
To help save power, the speaker connected to the device may go off if not in use for a particular period of time. But it is better to always do this by yourself. In order to enter off-saving-mode simply press and hold the action button and double-tap the microphone button on the top of the input device. Without any user interaction for about 5 seconds, the device will enter "Network Standby" and start saving precious power.
The Price and availability
As said before, this is by far the cheapest Echo device you can get in the market. It costs only $39, and if you live in the United States, Uk, and Germany, you will be able to get the device.
If you’d love a speaker with this gadget, Amazon has you covered for that too, with the latest Third-Generation Echo Dot that has been announced, it comes with improved audio performance. And there is the Echo Sub that adds a wireless subwoofer to the whole system.
In short, if this device is going to be similar in quality to the other Echo models, then this will be a great product to have. Visit Echo Input Page for more info and pre-order.
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