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Echo (4th Gen) | With premium sound, smart home hub, and Alexa | Charcoal


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  • New look, new sound – Echo delivers clear highs, dynamic mids, and deep bass for rich, detailed sound that automatically adapts to any room.
  • Voice control your entertainment – Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more. Plus listen to radio stations, podcasts, and Audible audiobooks.
  • Ready to help – Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Smart home made simple – Easily set up compatible Zigbee or Matter devices.
  • Fill your home with sound – With multi-room music, play synchronised music across Echo devices in different rooms.
  • Connect with others – Call your Alexa contacts hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms with an Echo device or announce to the whole house that dinner’s ready.
  • Designed to protect your privacy – Built with multiple layers of privacy protections and controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

8 reviews for Echo (4th Gen) | With premium sound, smart home hub, and Alexa | Charcoal

4.6 out of 5
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  1. Adam Lang

    Love the sound for such a small product, easy to set up and use even for older or non-technology people, hardest thing is thinking of song to ask Alexa to play

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  2. Jeoffer

    Am very sad at having to return this for a refund. Prior to purchase, the indication I had from initial internet research was that Tidal Music was supported. However, on receiving the Echo and setting it up, I found that Tidal Music is NOT supported. More detailed internet research on the issue confirmed that.

    Misled, I think, by how skewed internet results are towards the US market, such that I initially didn’t spot the relatively few references to lack of support in Australia.

    I really don’t understand why though? I’m a long time subscriber to Tidal Music via my phone / iPad / PC, and Tidal is very straightforwardly made available direct to the Australian consumer.

    Anyway, what value to the Echo if one can’t listen to the music one is paying for?

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  3. Zen Slater

    I am very happy with the sound I get which was the main reason I bought it. It also lets me know with a yellow light when packages from Amazon are coming or have been delivered.

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  4. Wallace Fernandes

    This Alexa is better than all the other ones that I’m disappointed I brought this as a gift, it has motion detection which I’m sure is used to spy somehow but who cares, I can make a light come on as I open my front door, this is perfect and now I need to buy one for myself and not as a gift lol

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  5. JW

    Very easy to use and makes life easy

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  6. Jeff

    I’ve recently been getting into audio books and wanted something I could easily listen to them with when I’m in bed. After a little research I decided the new Echo was going to best for my needs, especially with the deal Amazon had running at the time – almost half price for the premium sound option!

    Being a bit of an audiophile / snob, some of the reviews did make me a little anxious that it wouldn’t live up to expectations – how wrong they were. I’m not sure if these reviewers got a device from a ‘bad batch’, but the audio quality is actually amazing, from a device so small and with such an interesting design. I’m extremely impressed. The microphone has never missed a beat either, I’ve not had to repeat myself once. Maybe software has improved the reliability of this since the other reviewers posted about theirs not always working? Not sure. But mine is perfectly fine.

    As for Alexa in general, I can’t get over how good it is. It understands my commands straight away and does what I ask almost instantly. Want to listen to a UK radio station? Just say ‘Alexa, play BBC radio 1’. Less than a second later, it’s on. Want to know how to say something in Chinese? Just ask. She’ll tell you, then go straight back to what was playing.

    I know I’m only just scratching the surface with what Alexa can do but coming from someone who’s resisted voice control for a number of years either due to its reputation of being ‘not good enough yet’ or just feeling gimmicky, I’m glad I finally pulled the trigger. This Echo is easily my new favourite thing. And for only 80 bucks, it’s an absolute steal for the sound quality and ease of use.

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  7. Mark

    Like it a lot. Only down side is to see the temperature from this unit in the Alexa app, you must open the device and get more information, scroll down to view it. You can ask however. But I have multiple temp sensors in my Alexa app set as favourites and all others show the temp like a quick view. For this device you cannot. For people that like to use all capability and convenience of purchased this may be a thing… But for most it will not bother them

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  8. Wallace Fernandes

    For context: I own the echo dot 3rd gen, echo dot 4th gen, Echo plus 2nd gen and now the Echo 4th gen.

    Let’s get right to why this isn’t a five star review. The microphones. Amazon actually took a step backwards and went with a 4 microphone array that is inferior to the Echo plus 2nd gen (and echo 3rd gen), which have a seven microphone array. This is the only downfall of this speaker.

    I’m not a big fan of the spherical design either but that’s a subjective opinion. What that translates to in the real world is a voice pickup that is good but not great. This was a major disappointment for me since I use my Echo speakers to control all smart home devices (~30 devices) and mic pickup is crucial for that.

    As for what this speaker does right:
    -Better sound quality with a bigger emphasis on mid range. It won’t blow you away. It’s still V shaped and punchy but it’s good. The treble was a little spikey for me but it’s a step in the right direction regardless
    -Faster processor. Everything it does it just a little bit more snappy than the other models
    -Support for Matter. It’s not released yet but this will make a huge difference in the future
    -The power adaptor is slimmer and no longer blocks the neighbouring power socket. FINALLY.
    -Zigbee support. My Echo plus 2nd gen has this and little door sensors have changed my smart home game

    What could use some improvement:
    -Apparently this speaker has an ultrasound sensor. Apparently it’s about as useful as if it didn’t. Tried it on this speaker and the 4th gen echo dot for triggering smart home routines and it did absolutely nothing. Who knows, updates might fix this
    -the sphere can hide that light ring at the bottom sometimes so you don’t know if Alexa heard you or is just giving you attitude
    -the black speaker now comes with a white adaptor? WHYY
    -this has a new low power mode. And this supposed low power mode doesn’t work if you have Spotify linked to your echo speaker. Are you okay Amazon? Spotify is the most used music streaming service

    TLDR: this speaker is a compelling product in the echo line-up and has so much more potential. It has a few shortcomings and a couple of hiccups but it’s a solid pick. I’d hesitate to pay full price but it’s a strong contender on sale.

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