The new Amazon Echo is better than the first – and a lot less expensive

Three years after the debut of the original, Amazon decided the time was right to refresh its flagship smart speaker, the voice-activated Amazon Echo. Generation two arrives to find a landscape littered with new competitors — not just the Google Home, but also Apple’s upcoming HomePod, the platform-agnostic Sonos One, the Cortana-powered Invokefrom Harman Kardon and countless others.

At $100 — nearly half the cost of the original — the new Echo seeks to undercut them all. Like its predecessor, it doesn’t offer premium audio quality, but it’s still strong enough to fill a room with decent sound. And, if you like, you can connect it with your existing audio setup using Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable, something you can’t do with the original. It looks better than before, too, with an attractive and compact new design.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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