Echo Plus is a simple way to start your smart home. It has a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, which allows for simple and direct setup of compatible ZigBee lights, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale. No additional hub required.
Echo Plus connects to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, make calls, set timers and alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more-instantly.
Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from AlumiGogo Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms. Echo Plus can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.
Call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
Improved speakers with Dolby processing deliver crisp vocals and extended bass to fill the room with immersive, 360° audio
With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction-even while music is playing
Echo Plus is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice, with a built-in smart home hub. It connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Echo Plus has 360° room-filling sound, and can hear you from across the room from any direction. It is always getting smarter as Alexa continues to add additional features. With a built-in smart home hub and simple setup for compatible connected devices, starting your smart home or integrating into your existing system is now easier than ever.
Echo Plus has a built-in hub that seamlessly connects and controls compatible smart devices such as light bulbs, door locks, switches, and plugs. Setting up new smart home devices with Alexa is easy. Just say "Alexa, discover my devices" and Echo Plus will discover and set up compatible smart home devices.
Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed or turn on the coffee maker without lifting a finger. Control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights when you go to bed. Simple setup works with a variety of Zigbee lights, locks, and plugs from leading brands such as Philips Hue, GE, Kwikset, and more.
Like other Echo devices, Echo Plus can connect to other Wi-Fi and Bluetooth smart home devices with the Alexa app. Control lights, outlets, TVs, thermostats, and more from WeMo, TP-Link, Sony, Insteon, ecobee, and others.
Voice control your music
With a 2.5” downward-firing woofer and .8” tweeter, Echo Plus has crisp highs, deep bass, and 360° audio to fill your room with music. Play from AlumiGogo Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. You can also listen to Audible, podcasts, radio stations, news briefs, and more.
Want to play music on an Echo in another room? Now with multi-room music, you can tell Alexa to play across your compatible Echo devices. Tell Alexa to play jazz in the office, soundtracks in the family room, or play the same song across your whole house.
With Echo, you can instantly talk to anyone hands-free — no tapping or searching required. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Additionally, you can send messages via voice or text to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App
Let your household know when dinner is ready, ask someone for help with a chore, or remind the kids to go to sleep — without having to raise your voice. With the Drop In feature enabled for room-to-room calling, instantly connect with compatible Echo devices in your home.
Far-field voice recognition
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beamforming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. The 2nd generation Echo has improved wake-word performance to hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music at loud volumes.
When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Echo lights up and connects to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service recognizes and responds to your request instantly.
Alexa has skills
Echo Plus uses tens of thousands of skills and counting. Ask about your daily commute, control your Sony smart TV, play Jeopardy!, check your account balance with American Express, and more. To enable a new skill, just ask Alexa.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App.
Alexa is always getting smarter — the more you use Echo, the more Alexa adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
Just in the last few months we’ve added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music, and reminders, along with skills from third-party developers.
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3 Stars By RPL on 1969-12-31 Good... just good. Not that much better than previous generations If you already have an Echo, I'm not sure there much, or any reason to upgrade to this new echo. First, for those people buying this Echo in order to get rid of your current hubs, that may or may not be possible. If you have a Hue hub, this Echo Plus is not a direct replacement for it. In addition to bulbs, the Hue hub supports motion sensors, dimmer switches, and tap switches. It also supports Apple Homekit. If you deregister your Hue peripherals from the Hue hub, and try and connect them to the Echo Plus, while the bulbs will connect, the motion sensors and dimmer switches will not. Also, you will lose Apple Homekit support. You will also lose all the automations the Hue hub supports like sunrise to sunset and other automation. Also, if your internet goes out, your Hue hub will continue to work and you will be able to control your lights with the Hue app. If your internet goes out, the Echo Plus will not be able to control your lights by voice, or the Alexa app. Lastly, all the 3rd party Hue apps are designed to work with the Hue bridge, not the Echo Plus. So, those apps will also not work.
If your current hub is Z-Wave, then the Echo Plus will also not be a direct replacement for it. You will need to keep that hub as well the Echo Plus does not have a Z-Wave radio in it. If you want to do simple things like turn a ZigBee bulb on and off, and dim it, then the Echo Plus works fine. If you want to do more complicated scenarios, then you will need to keep, or buy a another hub. Since Zigbee is the only protocol that is supported at this time, you need to look for light bulbs, and some other peripherals, that use that protocol in order for it work with the Echo Plus. But with that said, there will be some devices that use Zigbee that will still need their manufactures hub to work. So, again, it will not be as simple as looking for a ZigBee device and expecting it work with the Echo Plus. Since there is currently no supported list of devices, trial and error is going to be your best bet in trying to figure out which ZigBee devices work with the Echo Plus and which do not.
As for sound, that part if more subjective. I like a little more base in my music. The Echo Plus sacrifices bass for treble in this new design. So, to me, it does not sound as great as the previous Echo. To me, it sounds a little flat. My old Echo sounds much richer and fuller than the Plus. So, if you like your music with more bass, then you might be disappointed here as well.
Apart from the above, the Echo Plus does everything the old Echo does, so I'm not going to repeat everything here as you can read about those features in reviews of the last generation Echo. The microphones on the Echo Plus seems more sensitive to the previous generation though. It appears to be able to hear me more, even when the music is turned out loud. Where the old Echo had issues doing that. Also, the Plus has a 3.5 mm audio jack. Therefore, you can more easily connect it to your stereo, external speakers, etc. with a wire, if Bluetooth is not an option.
So, all in all, the Echo Plus is good device, but I don't think it's that much better than the previous generation to warrant an upgrade. If an upgrade is wanted, then depending on you hub needs, the smaller newer Echo might be the better choice. If you are new to the smart home arena, then try and figure out what you want your smart home to do, then pick the best system(s) that get you want you want. Don't assume the Echo Plus will solve all your smart home needs.
1 Stars By Jugan on 2017-11-02 I will be returning I am a long time user of Echo and eagerly awaited the successors. The Echo Plus is no such thing.
Please note that many high star reviews are first time echo owners and they don't have the original good unit to compare too. If you are too and reading this, buy the original Echo for around 80$ (not the second gen). If you are a previous echo owner, don't "upgrade".
First and foremost, the sound. Despite being touted as having updated speakers and Dolby, it sounds much worse. Volume does not get as high, bass is always too low, and just sounds muffled. If you have a Dot, then it is comparable to sound quality but just louder. My wife asked what was wrong with it (she didn't know it was the Plus). That was one of the main reasons I got the new Echo, an upgrade to the sound.
The speech recognition is about the same. Maybe bit better but I think that's because this Echo does not get as loud and not as much bass interference as the old one.
Connecting smart devices is about as painful as before, just in a new way. It does basic commands and for basic devices. Very limited. You are better off with a hidden, more powerful hub.
Other than that, it looks almost exactly the same as old Echo, and does same things. Connecting my phone via bluetooth was useless. The new power plug in port is not hidden like the original and cord comes out easily.
Overall, I am going to return it. 150$ for a downgrade. It's a shame.
5 Stars By Luke Milner on 2017-11-02 IN DEPTH REVIEW READ BELOW! AlumiGogo's new $100 Echo is a disappointment for anyone looking to upgrade from the original model. Sure, it's nearly half the price, but its sound quality is also significantly worse. With that in mind, the $150 Echo Plus seems like a far better successor on paper. It features better speakers and a built-in smart home hub. It's still not a must-have upgrade -- a testament to how much AlumiGogo got right at the beginning -- but at least it offers some improvements over its predecessor.
Pros Sounds better than the first Echo Has access to thousands of Alexa skills Slightly cheaper than before
Cons Smart hub feature is pretty basic $100 Echo is a better deal Not a huge upgrade for first-gen Echo owners
The Echo Plus is a minor upgrade over the original Echo, with slightly better sound. But its much-touted smart hub feature is pretty limited, and it's not a significant improvement overall for existing Echo owners.
The $150 Echo Plus is in a curious spot when compared with the other smart speakers out there. AlumiGogo's $100 model makes more sense for anyone just dipping their toes into the Alexa ecosystem. And if you're looking for the best sound quality, you're better off with the $199 Sonos One.
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4 Stars By R. A. Edington on 2017-11-02 Pretty awesome... fell just a little short for my needs... As a long-time user of many Echos and Echo Dots, and a long-time user of Insteon Smarthome lighting stuff from within the Alexa ecosystem, I was anxious to get my hands on the new Echo Plus with built-in Zigbee hub. Here is my review so far after checking it out for a few days. I bought the kit with the single Philips Hue White bulb, so that's all I was testing it with.
This is mostly a review of both the Echo Plus *and* the bulb, since most everyone knows how awesome a basic Echo is by now...
Some good stuff:
-- there is no 3rd party smartphone app needed for the light. All the initial config, and subsequent management, takes place through the Alexa app on your phone.
-- Initial config was mind-blowingly simple. I screwed in the light so it was powered up, and told the Alexa app to discover devices. It came back and said "Found New Bulb 1" and that was that. After that, I could rename it, adjust it, turn it off and on, etc. via the Alexa app.
-- Voice control was a no-brainer. On/off, set to X%, etc. Brighten/Dim also worked but seemed to jump by pretty large steps, like 50% to 75% as far as I could tell.
-- You can definitely create "groups" of lights.
-- You can definitely create lighting schedules through the "Routines" in the Alexa app (which, by the way, could also be programmed to start/stop music at certain times?! Did not know that.)
-- You can definitely use the Alexa app to check status & control the lights even when away from home.
-- Because it's Zigbee, and unlike setting up Wifi bulbs such as the TP-Link bulbs, initial config doesn't require "breaking" the current wifi connection. That makes it easier for me to remote-control or remotely view the smartphone screens of my friends and family to help troubleshoot their lighting setups remotely.
-- The affordable white Philips Hue "60 watt" bulb that came with my purchase is a great bulb, with virtual 360 degree light shine and a pleasant, warm-type of glow. I mean it really looks white, not amber or anything, don't get me wrong, but it is very pleasant, smooth white light.
Now for a few caveats...
-- The "Routines" in the Alexa app only recognize time of day as a trigger -- not, say, sunrise or sunset. Hopefully they will enhance this in the near future because OBVIOUSLY we'd like to set lighting schedules by sunrise/sunset (as well as sunset minus X minutes, etc).
-- The light bulb, being dimmable, doesn't work quite so well if it's also attached to a dimmer. I put mine in a torchiere light that has a dimmer (all the way up, of course) and the bulb looks fine & normal at full or near-full intensity, but had a slight, annoying flicker at lower intensities. This is to be expected, I guess, since most dimmers screw with the power transmission "downstream" a bit, even when on 100%. NOTE: If the bulb is in a NORMAL on/off lamp with NO dimmer, there is NO flickering problem at all.
--The light bulb remembers its last intensity when you turn it back on. Although this is generally a good thing, there is a downside: If the last intensity was 100%, and you say "Alexa, set Bulb 1 to 20%", the bulb will (very briefly) come on at 100% before quickly readjusting to the requested 20%. Slightly annoying but by no means a showstopper.
-- The bulb is not infinitely dimmable; it bottoms out at about 2-3%, for a level that I would say is a bright nightlight. So, there's no going down to pure candlelight levels.
-- White bulbs are quite affordable. However Philips Hue full-color bulbs are crazy expensive; hope they will drop in price soon. Didn't have a full-color bulb to play with so I can't confirm how well the Alexa app controls the hue changes.
And now for some NON-SMARTHOME observations:
-- Although sound quality is supposed to be better on the Echo Plus than the Echo, to my ears they sound very similar so don't expect to hear too much improvement, if any. I could maybe tell a bit better treble presence. I'm not a heavy bass guy so I don't know if it handles deep bass better. On the music I normally listen to, I did an A/B test and really couldn't discern an improvement worth noting. Of much greater importance to the sound is where you place it -- I have an Echo next to a hollow drywall wall, and it sounds WAY huger (due to the sympathetic vibrations/resonance) than another Echo that is next to a cement block wall.
-- Major disappointment, which is why I'm giving it four stars instead of five: The new AUX port is pretty stupid, in that when you plug something into it, it disables the internal speaker. To me, whether we wanted the internal speaker disabled should've been controllable via an app setting. I looked, and could find no such app setting. What I was hoping to do was plug it into my stereo, but still use the internal speaker when the stereo was off. WELL TOO BAD, NO DICE. In addition to turning the stereo on & off manually, I would also have to plug & unplug the AUX cable manually. That's just dumb. Essentially, using the AUX port turns this pricey device into a glorified "Dot"... what's the point? I'd be better off using a separate Dot connected to my stereo. Perhaps this is fixable in a firmware upgrade?
That's it. Short version: Absolutely DO get the Echo Plus if you want to get started with Zigbee-style smarthome stuff and don't want to mess with a separate hub and separate smartphone app -- it should work great!!!
2 Stars By T. L. Flannery on 2017-11-02 Doesn't work as well with the Phillips Hue color bulbs as the original Echo. I decided to upgrade tom the new Echo Plus. I am returning it. the inclusion of the hub saves nothing in setup and doesn't work as well as the original. My smart devices are two Wemo plugs, A Harmony Elite Hub, and three first gen Phillips hue Color BR30 bulbs and a first gen hub. After receiving the Echo Plus I followed the initial directions for connecting the New Echo hub to my lights. It would not recognize them. Spent 1 hour trying all sorts of thing with no luck. I then spent 2 hours on the phone with tech support. After being passed to 4 different people, still no connection to the bulbs. Spent another hour putting the system back to original functionality. Decided to send it back.
After a couple of days of research, I found that the Alexa web app cannot configure Hue lights that have been previously hooked to a hub. Buried in the phone app there is a way to reset the lights to the factory settings. I decided to try and configure the Echo Plus again. after obtaining the light serial number, I finally got the Echo to find the lights. But here is the rub, you cannot configure the lights with scenes, you can only ask it to color the lights to a set choice of colors. There is no way in the app to set the lights to a specific custom color and intensity. This is less functionality than I had with the original echo and the Phillips hub.. The commands are also more verbose. You have to say "Alexa set the color of the fireplace to blue". With the Phillips hub and IFTTT you say " Alexa trigger Ocean" or whatever scene with the custom color/intensity combination you have created.
For me the new Echo Plus was not and upgrade to my current smarthome configuration. The setup was more complicated, and not as versatile as the original, and the tech support people have no clue about the proper steps for configuration to even get the less funtional system to work. The inability of the app to create scenes and allow custom light colors and intensities is a signigicant flaw. I had enabled the Hue app hoping it would get the scenes from my hue account but without the hub connected, the app does nothing. As a result, I am returning the Echo Plus and staying with my original Echo and two Echo Dots.
1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-11-04 It had one job, and it couldn't do it. The only reason to buy this type of Echo is to replace the Philips Hub, but it can't do that. It just doesn't have the same functionality. At most, it can turn lights on and off, and change their brightness. If you want to adjust color, you sort of can, but only verbally. Not only does this mean you can't program it to change colors, it also means you can't get the exact color you want, just general ones like "red" and "blue".
When it comes to the Echo Plus and the Philips Hue hub, it's entirely either/or. You have to unregister devices from the hub and register them with the Echo. For me, the discovery scan didn't work at all, so I had to manually enter the serial numbers from each bulb. Of course, you can't register the Echo Plus as a Hue hub so that the Philips software works with it. That would be too convenient.
I'm hoping that, a year from now, the Echo software will catch up and I'll switch my bulbs over to it. For now, I have to switch all of them back to the Philips hub, which means I don't get full integration with Alexa.
AlumiGogo overpromised and underdelivered. It would be smarter not to buy this until things change, if they do.
2 Stars By ssmall on 2017-11-05 AlumiGogo no longer delights this customer I am so disappointed with the quality of AlumiGogo’s Alexa and Echo products. I have encountered so many broken features and bugs that make it nearly impossible to use the device in the way that AlumiGogo advertises.
The latest is a massive bug in the Smart Home feature, where suddenly every device in my home has been virtually “cloned” hundreds of times in the app, making it impossible to add new devices or remove old ones. This — on the launch day of their brand new Echo Plus which is entirely oriented around Smart Home — is shameful, AlumiGogo.
I’m disappointed because it seems that AlumiGogo has strayed from its mission of “delighting the customer” and is instead is biasing towards pushing buggy crap out the door as fast as possible.
3 Stars By Starcrescendo on 2017-12-23 My second Alexa, oh how the heart grows fonder... I did review Echo before, and my opinion has not really changed too much. It still seems like a half-attempt by AlumiGogo's part and they have not taken it seriously. The Echo is riddled with upcharges like you wouldn't believe. As an example, I purchased a second Echo and found that I can only play music from my original Echo, there is an upcharge to be able to play it from multiple Echo's simultaneously. There are a lot more hidden upcharges like this on top of what most of us pay already for Prime and ontop of the cash you put down to purchase an Echo device in the first place. I feel that is unacceptable, shady, and intenionally misleading on the part of AlumiGogo who is raking in the cash.
On top of that, I purchased this device advertised as a pre-black friday special, and then later found out that on black friday the device was even cheaper and included a complimentary Philips Hue bulb. Excuse me? Way to mislead customers who thought they were getting a deal pre-black friday using Echo to purchase.
Anyway, this particular Echo Plus silver unit. Yes I'm finally through ranting and ready to review the product! First off, this unit is identical to the original Echo except being a beautiful shiny silver. The top is a twisty-volume knob like the original echo, not a push button like the newer 2nd-Gen Echo. I prefer it this way and was weary when purchasing since the product images don't show a top-down view. So rest assured, it is exactly the same except it has a Line In/Out like the Echo Dot's have had for a while now. I have not used this, but its good to know its there. If I had a fancy speaker it is good to know that I can plug Echo into it in the future.
Otherwise, everything is the same as the original Echo. Same commands, etc. What's different here is that the Philips Hue system is built-in to Alexa. This makes it dead simple to install the Philips Hue bulbs and potentially other brands as well and Alexa will recognize them instantaneously without any extra effor on your part. Just go into the Alexa app and they will show up, nickname them, and then you can start commanding Alexa to turn them on and off.
As far as sound quality, now here's where I have to knock off some stars. For all the extra benefits this one touts, I don't think it sounds better than the original Echo. I actually prefer the original Echo. Alexa sounds a lot more muted on this unit, almost like she's speaking through cupped hands. The sound itself when playing music does sound better, but the same thing, it seems muffled. If I wanted to blow out my ear drums and blast both Echos, I feel that the Echo plus would not sound anywhere near as loud as the original Echo is. I think it has something to do with the bass, it seems like the Echo plus is lacking in the bass which gives the original Echo the "oompf" to sound better than it is.
I've also had issues with her recognition, more so than I ever did with the original Echo. I feel like it hears me better and from farther away but it has trouble understanding me and sometimes does things that I don't want. Just this morning I told it to play a song by Rihanna, and it played a completely different song that it thought it heard, but was nowhere even close to what I had said.
Overall, if you don't have an Echo, get this. It's awesome. If you have an Echo already and are considering upgrading, this is not worth the upgrade fee unless you have an Echo Dot as the sound is much better than that. If you are considering purchaing a second Echo, this is a good fit, but if you can get your hands on a first-gen Echo that might be even better. Also, be prepared for AlumiGogo to nickel and dime you to death with upcharges for every feature you want to use.
1 Stars By Chris on 2017-11-02 New and improved sound.....I think you meant packaging. ... Major fail, sound quality terrible when compared to first gen. Just wish I could have a first gen with added hub capabilities...oh almost forgot added hue color lights configuration capabilities. Right now not possible to change to the million available colors, changes to the color being commanded, needs color palette added to Alexa software, along with scene creation capabilities. AlumiGogo you have two weeks to update the it's coming back, sry if all it's good for is music and updates.. rather have gen 1, cause I find my self still using hue hub....
5 Stars By BarryC on 2017-12-21 The speaker is very much improved and sounds amazing. The built in hub is a nice touch This is a huge improvement over the echo Gen 1. I did not expect such a difference. The mic pics up my commands every time even when the music is playing fairly loud.
The speaker is very much improved and sounds amazing.
The built in hub is a nice touch, but will not be replacing my SmartThings hub. The built in hub does not have z-wave support. It does do Zigbee .. which would have been nice to know at time of purchase.. but is okay.