Amazon Echo Flex
The Amazon Echo Flex is a small Alexa-powered speaker that plugs directly into any wall outlet. It has a USB-A socket that can be used to charge your phone or attach optional accessories, such as a night light or a motion sensor. The sound quality is pretty terrible for playing music, but that’s not its intended purpose anyway. At only $25, it’s one of the cheapest ways to introduce Alexa into your home.
- Doesn’t take up much space
- Easy to use
- USB-A socket can be used for charging phone or attaching optional accessories
- Very affordable
- Sound quality is not good
- Only two accessories right now
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- 76AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsPC Mag80Amazon Echo FlexIf you're looking for a cheap, simple way to add Alexa to other rooms of your house, and you have an open wall outlet in a convenient location, the Echo Flex is an excellent little device.CNET80This might be Amazon's smartest device in yearsFor the Echo enthusiast, the Flex represents Amazon's latest, well, flex, in the smart home space. It's wallet-friendly, and despite my hesitancy to plant more microphones in my own home, I'm excited to see if Amazon keeps expanding the array of accessories that can turn the Echo Flex into any smart home gadget you want it to be.Tom's Guide80Plug Alexa into any outletThe Echo Flex plug-in smart speaker ($24.99) might not sound superb, but its Alexa integration and supported accessories make it a practical smart home gadget.The Verge60Amazon's Echo Flex is a smart speaker for very specific needsOverall, the Flex is best for those who want a voice control access point (and perhaps a motion detector) in a specific place where you can't put a more traditional speaker. If you fit that narrow use case, then the Flex will probably work well for your needs. But most people looking for an inexpensive smart speaker should stick with an Echo Dot or Nest Mini.The Ambient70Alexa in every nook and crannyThe Echo Flex makes Alexa more versatile and affordable than ever before. This is a way to bring the assistant to places in your home it otherwise wouldn't reach, and it could be a very smart play from Amazon. Just don't try playing music on it.CNN90The Echo Flex is a compact Alexa device designed for utilityAfter using the Echo Flex, it feels like both the most intriguing Echo and the most exciting one in years. It's all about putting Alexa in one more place at a price point that doesn't break the bank. The two accessories open up the ecosystem, so I hope more are on the horizon. Just don't play music on it.CNBC80Great for putting Alexa in tight spaces like your bathroomThe Echo Flex is great for certain situations and rooms where other Echoes don’t make sense. You might have limited counter space in a kitchen or bathroom, for example, where an Echo or Echo Dot won’t fit.Digital Trends70A $25 plug-it-in Alexa speakerAlthough it doesn't offer stellar voice-recognition or sound quality, the device still has its merits as an extra speaker for placement in rooms like garages, bedrooms, and kitchens.TrustedReviews70Amazon Echo Flex ReviewOne of the easiest smart speakers to set up, the Amazon Echo Flex is a quick and simple way to add voice control to any room. A weedy speaker makes it only good enough for voice replies, and this is a smart speaker that has more niche appeal, with the Echo Dot proving to be better for most people.Expert Reviews80Plugging a gapThe Echo Flex is a strange product and my first instinct was to wonder why anybody would pick it over an Echo Dot. After all, nobody needs Amazon Alexa in every room. Stop protesting: you don’t. But given it outputs sound to other devices with an audio jack or via Bluetooth, you could consider this a serious rival to the Echo Dot – only one with an even more compact form factor and some nifty party tricks up its sleeves if you get the motion sensor add-on.
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