Amazon Echo – Since the release another in the fall of 2017, the smart speaker seems to have settled down recently, but it has spread to the people who are actively trying out these new devices, and now it spreads to the future. Perhaps the correct view is that it is in the stage of whether or not.
The approaches of the two camps that divide the share, Amazon Echo and Google Home, are also very different. Even with the addition of the screened model ” Google Nest Hub ” officially announced, Google Home is still small in number with 3 products, so there is not much hesitation in choosing a product.
Echo, on the other hand, is launching new models one after another, and the number of products bearing the “Echo” name is now reaching double digits.
Even users who are already using Echo will not be able to explain exactly the differences between models.
This time, they will introduce the approximate lineup and position of the Echo family at the moment from the perspective of a buyer’s guide.
The new product, the small model ” Echo Show 5 ” with a display, has not been verified with the actual machine at the time of writing this article, so it is omitted. Thank you for your understanding.
6 products in the smart speaker Amazon Echo family
Among the products named “Echo”, there are also ” Echo Sub ” which is a subwoofer, and “Echo Link” and “Echo Link Amp” which add a function that can communicate with Alexa to existing speakers. However, these are only options and cannot be used as a smart speaker by themselves.
The so-called smart speakers can be classified into a total of 6 products, including 3 speaker-type products, 2 models with displays, and 1 external speaker-type product (as of May 2019, prices include tax).
As the name implies, the Amazon Echo is equivalent to the standard model of the Echo family. It features a tubular single speaker shape, which makes it excellent in sound quality.
The listening performance is also high, and it can be said that the high basic performance is with origami. The body is slimmer than the Amazon Echo Plus.
On the other hand, it was released in the fall of 2017, about a year older than the Amazon Echo Plus and Amazon Echo
Dot, and it is no wonder that the model change will take place in the near future. As for performance, it should be usable even if the generation is old, but if you get it from now on, it will be a condition that it is cheaper at sales etc.
Amazon Echo Plus
Echo Plus is a product based on Echo with the addition of a smart home hub function that can operate Philips smart lighting and so on.
As the name suggests, it is a model that adds a plus alpha function to Echo, and the current 2nd generation model also has a function to tell the room temperature by the built-in temperature sensor.
Please note that the remote control of the home appliances installed in this product conforms to the standard called ZigBee, and does not support the operation of home appliances using the infrared remote control function that is often used in commercial home appliances.
Thing. If your main goal is to operate existing home appliances, it’s more versatile in combination with a commercially available smart remote control, so you don’t have to force yourself to choose the Echo Plus.
For these reasons, the target of this product is those who want to get a high-end product if they want to buy it, those who can find value in the temperature sensor mentioned above, and those who emphasize sound quality.
By the way, unlike the Echo and the Echo Dot described below, it seems that there are not many opportunities to get cheaper on sale.