The best thing about the new Amazon Echo? Its price. At $100, it’s cheaper than the original, Google Home and Sonos One. But it also sounds worse than those devices, delivering somewhat flat audio that emphasizes the high end and vocals at the expense of bass. Still, the second-generation Echo is quick to decipher your commands and Alexa is smart as a whip. Unless you're married to Google Assistant or Siri, this is a decent option for those buying their first smart speaker.
- Cheaper than predecessor
- Attractive, interchangeable shells
- Powerful microphones
- Alexa keeps getting smarter
- Subpar audio quality