Please Note: The full review will be coming soon! My new Echo just arrived today so I am still working on testing it out fully!
Short Review (Summary): So where to start? First, while overall sound to me DOES sound a little better than the original, the Bass is somewhat lacking compared to the original BUT this Echo does cost $50 – $75 less!! Everything else is an improvement over the original ECHO!! I am very pleased with it!
Why I decided on this over the new “Plus” unit: I already own a WINK hub so I had no need for the built in hub the plus unit had. Keep in mind, the plus unit DOES have more of the original sound of the old echo (Bass wise), but the rest of the features such as the built in hub, I had no use for
1.) Size – The size is much smaller than the original! The original stands tall! This is much shorter making it easier to tuck places
2.) Looks – It is now easier to find one to match your home décor! This looks much nicer than the older version
3.) Price – This is much less expensive than the original! (Although I purchase my original during the “Prime” deal, making mine only cost $99)
4.) Much improved over the “Dots”
1.) Bass – The bass has been downgraded in this unit.. Some think its due to the fabric cover.. I believe its due to the unit not being as tall.. The original Echo had a built in tube to help increase bass.
Upgrades I wish they made
1.) USB – I wish they went to USB charging.. They did not! I assume this is due to the speaker using more power than your typical dot BUT they do make USB “C” cables that are capable of more power.. I just hate the very large power brick that is included.. Make that brick smaller or allow us to use USB “C”
1.) Smarthome – I control a lot of my smarthome devices via Alexa! And it works GREAT
2.) Music – My wife uses these like a Sonos. She ask Alexa to play her Pandora and she will leave these speakers running all day playing music!
3.) Flash Briefing – I love listing to this while in the shower every morning!