Equipped with a 2.5-inch subwoofer and a 2.0-inch driver, Amazon Echo can play your music, podcasts, and whatever, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This cylindrical device acts as a personal assistant at home, listening constantly and ready to take commands. Talk to it from across the room using the wake word, “Alexa”, and Echo replies, telling you the weather, converting units, penning new items to your shopping or to-do lists, setting alarms, notifications, and much, much more. Its 7 microphones can hear you from any direction, even over music, and it’s always adapting to your peculiarities and getting smarter thanks to its cloud-contained brain.
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