Amazon announces a slew of new Echo devices to bring Alexa to every room in your home

Amazon launched a ton of devices during its event at its Seattle headquarters, and besides announcing a refreshed Echo line-up, the e-tailer also unveiled a bunch of other smart devices ranging from a microwave with Alexa built-in to the Amazon Smart plug and other auxiliary devices, as well as the Echo Wall Clock. Join us after the break to find out more. 

Echo Wall Clock

First up is the 10-inch Echo Wall Clock that pairs up with your Echo device via Bluetooth to show multiple timers and reminders, counting down the last 60 seconds visually with its 60 LEDs that ring the display. Priced at $29.99, the Echo Wall Clock isn’t available to pre-order just yet, but you can register your interest in the device on Amazon by clicking the link below.

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Echo Input

The Echo Input is a way of adding Alexa to your existing speakers using a 3.5mm audio jack. Amazon says that its four microphones will allow users to talk to Alexa from across the room, with audio being played through the connected speakers. Available in Black or White, the Echo Input costs $34.99/£34.99 and should be available to order later this year.

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Echo Sub

Amazon’s Echo Sub will augment your network of Alexa-powered speakers with 100W of deep bass with its 6-inch woofer while bringing wireless connectivity into the mix. You can add the Sub to compatible Echo devices to create a 1.1 or 2.1 pairing for stereo sound while you can issue vocal commands to the equalizer to adjust the bass, mid-range, and treble of the pairing. You can preorder the Echo Sub today for $129.99/£119 with orders shipping from October 11th.

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AmazonBasics Microwave

If you’ve always wanted a smart microwave, Amazon has you covered with its AmazonBasics Microwave that connects to your Echo device to get Alexa involved in your cooking. You can ask Alexa to reheat, defrost, or microwave an item for the desired time and requested power level with presets such as “Alexa, reheat a cup of coffee” and “Alexa, microwave two potatoes.” You still have to get up and put the cup of coffee or the two potatoes in the microwave, unfortunately. The microwave is integrated with Amazon’s Dash Replenishment function, and so you can also issue a command to reorder an item if you are close to running out. There is also an “Ask Alexa” button built-in which wakes your prompts the paired Echo device to begin listening for an incoming command, so you don’t have to say the “Ask Alexa” action words. The AmazonBasics Microwave costs $59.99 with orders set to start shipping from November 14.

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Amazon Smart Plug

Possibly one of the more useful devices to be announced is the Amazon Smart Plug that uses a simple Wi-Fi setup that makes it easy to connect to devices such as lights and fans. You can use multiple Smart Plugs to control multiple outlets. In basic terms, you can add some smarts to a regular dumb appliance or light, issuing vocal commands to turn them on and off as well as setting a routine. Priced at $25/£25, the Amazon Smart Plug will start shipping from October 11th.

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Echo Link and Echo Link Amp

Amazon’s Echo Link plugs into your existing stereo system bringing the ability to stream music services; the unit has analog, optical, coax, 3.5mm audio jack, and sub-woofer line-outs along with analog, optical, and coax line-ins. There’s a physical control knob for granular control, an Ethernet port, and support for multi-room music via Alexa. The Echo Link Amp also includes a 60W, 2-channel amplifier as well as left-right speaker binding post outputs that supports direct connections to passive and non-powered speakers. Both devices are controlled through the Alexa app or an Echo device. The Echo Link costs $199, and the Echo Link Amp is priced at $299, although neither are ready for preordering just yet.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).