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Neowin: Amazon Echo review, so cool and frustrating at the same time

By Neowin
Mar 3, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="" src="https://www.techspot.com/fileshost/newspics3/2015/1_echoreviewhero1_story.jpg" /></p> <p>A few month ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/amazon-unveils-new-hardware-device-called-echo">Amazon announced a product called &quot;Echo,&quot;</a>&nbsp;a cylinder with built-in speakers, an array of microphones, and a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Priced at $199 (or $99 for Amazon Prime members), Echo claims to be a personal assistant able to answer questions, provide information, and play music, controlled completely by voice.</p> <p>Reaction to the announcement was mixed, with some people saying it sounded cool, while others saying they&#39;d rather use their phone. I ordered one from Amazon the day it was announced and received it a couple of weeks ago.</p> <h2>What&#39;s Included?</h2> <p>The first thing that surprised me was the size and weight of the device. On the day Echo was supposed to be delivered, I came home and was disappointed that the package wasn&#39;t on my front porch. When I went to my mailbox, I was shocked to see the small Amazon box that fit inside. I was even more surprised when I went to pick it up: Did Amazon put a huge rock in the box? It was heavy!</p> <p>The Amazon Echo is packaged in a nondescript black box. The inside of the box is bright orange and you&#39;re greeted by a sleek black cylinder, along with a remote control and a power adapter. There&#39;s also a quick start guide and a list of voice commands to get you started, both shaped like bookmarks, as well as a pair of Amazon Basics AA batteries, and a magnet to hold the remote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/amazon-echo-review-alexa-why-are-you-so-cool-and-frustrating-at-the-same-time">Read the complete review.</a></p> <p class="byline">This article is brought to you in partnership with Neowin</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/59928-neowin-amazon-echo-review-cool-frustrating-same-time.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/59928-neowin-amazon-echo-review-cool-frustrating-same-time.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/59928-neowin-amazon-echo-review-cool-frustrating-same-time.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
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