Category: Amazon Echo

  • Review: Echo 2 is still the best at what it does, but there’s room for improvement

    Last updated: 11/16/2017 Our Amazon Echo 2 rating: TL;DR: The new Echo is great, but if you’ve got a gen 1. Echo then there isn’t much reason to upgrade. There were some problems at launch with audio quality and Spotify Connect, but they seem to be resolved now. 11/16/2017 update [Spotify Connect problem resolved]: our Spotify…

  • How to turn a Bose SoundLink Mini into a white noise machine

    Continuing our series of re-purposing Bose SoundLink speakers, today’s post is about how to use a Bluetooth speaker (such as the popular Bose SoundLink Mini) as a white noise machine! If you have a Bluetooth speaker laying around and you want to use it as a white noise machine, read on! Previously: How to use your…

  • Amazon Echo Dot is BACK! October release date, new color, and more!

    The Echo Dot is coming back in October, woohoo! The Echo Dot is available for pre-order through Amazon.com, with an expected ship date of October 20, 2016. Now you can have an Echo in every room, without having to actually buy an Echo for every room. You can buy 3 Dots for less than the cost of one Echo. The Dot…

  • 1-Day Deal: Amazon Echo and Tap 15% off – TODAY ONLY

    In honor of being recognized as the #1 most reputable company in the US, Amazon is gracing us (customers in the United States) with a 1-day 15% discount on its voice-activated speaker and home automation hub, the Amazon Echo (see our Echo review here), and its portable Amazon Tap Bluetooth speaker (see our Tap review here). (There is…

  • Review: Amazon Tap unboxing and hands-on review

    Last updated: 4/3/2016 Our Amazon Tap rating: I’m still super in love with my Amazon Echo, so I pre-ordered an Amazon Tap when it was announced and eagerly awaited its March 31st arrival. I was hoping for a slimmer, lighter, less-expensive alternative to my Bose Mini SoundLink and while the Tap lags behind my Bose in terms…

  • Amazon Echo remote is coming back May 1st, 2016!

    The Amazon Echo remote is coming back in May! Woohoo! The Echo remote is awesome, especially if you use your Echo for playing music. It’s much easier to press up/down next song/previous song or pause on a remote than it is to speak the verbal command equivalent. The little magnetic holder makes it easy to keep it…

  • My favorite (and most useful) Amazon Echo commands

    As my Amazon Echo turns 3 months old, certain commands have bubbled up to the surface and become routine parts of my day. These are my favorites Echo commands (and what they do). “Alexa, turn the lights on” / “Alexa, turn the lights off” Alexa turns my Philips Hue lights on and off by request – see…

  • Review: Amazon Echo is the smart robot friend you always wanted

    Last updated: 12/07/2015 Our Amazon Echo rating: Amazon Echo at a glance It hardly needs an introduction, the way Amazon’s been advertising it. Amazon Echo is an interactive voice-controlled hub that can do a lot of things, like look up information, play music, and control other home automation systems you might have.  It’s always doing more, too, because Amazon rolls…