Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave is pretty unnecessary

Angelica Greene
September 22, 2018

The AmazonBasics Microwave works with Alexa thanks to the Alexa Connect Kit the company included in the appliance. The description says that you will be able to pair the subwoofer wirelessly with two compatible Echo devices to get a stereo sound setup.

The range is aimed at giving customers a way to put Alexa in every room of their house, with the star centrepiece the all-new designed Echo Show.

Amazon claims that when tuning the Echo Auto, special attention was paid to the unique noise characteristics of cars with factors such as road noise, air conditioning and in-car audio all taken into account during development. But even if you just want to dabble with the increasingly personable Alexa instead of diving in you should check out these new products, coming throughout this year, to see if just one is interesting to you.

A quarter of United Kingdom homes now own a smart home device, and analyst IDC has predicted the smart speaker market to be worth more than 17 billion dollars (£12.8bn) by 2022.

The Echo Link and Link Amp are for more serious listening. The speaker can deliver 100W deep bass sound through its 6-inch woofer. It will have a slightly modified exterior, featuring an updated fabric design.

As always you can improve the sound quality by connection via 3.5mm or Bluetooth to other speakers. The Echo Dot is available in three colours - Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone. Amazon also announced tons of improvements to its software and services, too.

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Amazon introduced the Echo voice-activated speaker in 2014 and has maintained a lead over tech competitors Google and Apple Inc. The newly launched devices include 3rd generation Echo Dot, 2nd generation Echo Plus and new Echo Sub subwoofer.

Amazon says that the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub are available for pre-order starting today and will start shipping next month. The Echo Sub is priced at $129.99.

Pre-order the microwave now; it's set to launch on November 14. Like the Dot and Echo Plus, it also comes with a fabric-covered back. The most affordable out of them is the all-new Echo Dot.

The Echo is the most popular smart speaker in the United States with two-thirds of the smart-speaker owners talking to Alexa at least once a month, according to eMarketer. The Echo Input allows you to turn any speaker into an Alexa-powered smart speaker. It has 8 microphones and will cost $50 normally, but Amazon is now offering a $25 "invite price" for early adopters who sign-up this year. The $130 Echo Sub, a new product, is created to pair with those.

Other companies have tried to imitate Amazon's success.

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