5 Reasons I Love the Amazon Echo, and 3 Reasons It Might Not Be for You!

When Amazon announced the Echo connected speaker, there was speculation about how it would work in terms of integrating with Amazon and the larger web. Reviews came out after the Echo launched, positive or mixed depending on the source. For me that confirmed it was based on personal usage, so after using the Echo I wanted to report our findings.

Amazon Echo

I was able to take advantage of the Amazon Prime member ‘invite’ to purchase the Echo at a discounted rate ($99 compared to the non-member $199), but really wanted to give my wife a new speaker for our bathroom (which is a pretty huge room) because the little mini speaker she was using wasn’t really any better than just using her phone.

My focus in this quick review is on how this works for an end-user who just wants some music in a room and maybe a little more. I will mention other things such as audio quality, but overall I wanted to highlight some of the reasons that the Echo has quickly become a member of our household and not just another dust-gathering speaker in a corner somewhere.

Here are the basic features:

##Information, music, news, weather, and more—instantly
##Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
##Voice recognition hears you from across the room
##Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter

Five Reasons the Amazon Echo Has Earned a Prized Spot in Our Home

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!