Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Studio vs Dot vs Show

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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon has a blistering array of Repeat speakers, suiting a full range of prices and uses. From the meaty up to larger speakers for a fuller music experience, at that place’south something for everybody. Plus, there’south also a pick of devices with displays.

There’south also a burgeoning ecosystem of other Amazon smart devices that work in some way with Alexa – such as the Amazon Echo Wall Clock. We’re detailing what they all practise, what the differences are and highlighting the all-time prices to keep track of all the deals and sales.

Which is the all-time Amazon Echo for you?

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen, 2020)

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  • Dimensions:
    144 x 144 x 133mm, 970g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.eleven a/b/m/north/air-conditioning (two.iv and 5GHz), Bluetooth (A2DP), 3.5mm audio in/out, Zigbee, Sidewalk
  • Audio:
    iii.0-inch woofer and 2x 0.eight-inch tweeter
  • Alexa: Yes (Ever-on/e’er-listening/voice-activated)

Amazon’s latest flagship Repeat changes the shape to a sphere and drops the cylinder design of previous models. The fresh wait gives the Echo the hazard to heave its audio credentials, taking the 3.0-inch woofer from the previous Echo and doubling the 0.8-inch tweeters. That means the speaker tin offer stereo without pairing, powered by Dolby and automatically adapting the sound to arrange the room you put it in.

On top of that, information technology’s smarter, with a Zigbee controller and Amazon Sidewalk, meaning it will exist a better hub than previous Echos at this level, rivalling and surpassing the skills of the old Echo Plus. Like other Echos, it can be paired and grouped, and besides works with the Repeat Sub.

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Amazon Echo Dot (quaternary Gen, 2020)

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  • Dimensions:
    100 ten 100 x 89mm, 328g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/1000/n/ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth, 3.5mm sound out
  • Sound:
    1.6-inch speaker
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Always-on/e’er-listening/vox-activated)

The 2020 Echo Dot follows the new Repeat in moving to a spherical shape, moving on from the puck of the previous few generations. Information technology sticks to the same speaker, however, so expect the sound performance to be similar. It also offers all the same functions, with the only real changes existence the addition of greater Wi-Fi bands.

At that place are neat character designs for kids, and a newly-refreshed version of the Echo Dot with Clock.

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Amazon Repeat Plus (2d Gen, 2022)

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  • Dimensions:
    148 ten 99 10 99mm, 780g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (two.four and 5GHz), Bluetooth (A2DP), 3.5mm sound in/out, Zigbee
  • Sound: 3.0-inch woofer and 0.viii-inch tweeter
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

The 2nd-generation version of the Echo Plus appeared in 2022 and takes a shorter, wider stance, with a cloth-covered outside. The design is essentially exactly the same as the tertiary-gen Echo – as are the speakers inside.

The Echo Plus two offers all the Alexa functions that all other Echo devices will offering you, only has a built-in Zigbee controller (similar the largest Echo Show and the quaternary-gen Echo), meaning you tin directly connect to and control uniform smart home devices. It’s a great all-rounder, but given the operation is now matched by the new Echo, you have to actually demand that Zigbee controller to justify the extra toll.

Also, since this one is at present a picayune long in the tooth, you may have problem finding it in sure locations.

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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2022)

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  • Dimensions:
    43 x 99 x 99mm, 300g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/k/due north (two.four and 5GHz), Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio out
  • Audio: 1.6-inch speaker
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Always-on/e’er-listening/vocalisation-activated)

The Repeat Dot has been amazingly popular and the third generation was redesigned in 2022, ditching the hard plastic to match the Echo. Information technology’southward a larger diameter than the original model it replaces and that gives space for a ane.half-dozen-inch speaker.

The Echo Dot is a great standalone Alexa device, well equipped to converse with you and while it’south not really designed as a music device, information technology will give you lot great overall sound. Information technology tin can also exist connected to another speaker via 3.5mm cable if you lot wish.

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At that place’s also a version with a LED clock backside the cloth.

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Amazon Echo Studio (2022)

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  • Dimensions:
    206 x 175 x 175mm, 3.5kg
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-ring Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/northward/ac (2.four and 5GHz), Bluetooth (A2DP), 3.5mm sound in/out, Zigbee
  • Audio:
    3x 2.0-inch midrange, 1.0-inch tweeter, v.25-inch woofer, Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Ever-on/e’er-listening/voice-activated)

The Repeat Studio is the peak dog for audio in the Echo range, expanding into a bigger unit designed to give much richer sound.

It supports the Amazon Music HD service, as well every bit offering back up for Dolby Atmos and 3D formats from MPEG-H, like Sony 360 Reality Audio. Not only is this a music master, simply it can also handle your TV audio and is compatible with wireless connections to Fire TV devices. It tin be stereo paired, too.

At its heart, though, this is however an Alexa device, capable of all the features that Alexa brings, equally well every bit offering a Zigbee controller and then information technology can natively connect to smart home devices and command them. It’due south great value for money for such a high-performing speaker.

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Amazon Repeat Flex

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  • Dimensions: 72 x 67 10 66mm, 166g
  • Connectivity:
    Bluetooth and dual-ring Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/k/n/ac (two.4 and 5GHz), USB-A (7.5W), 3.5mm audio output,
  • Audio:
    Born speaker for vox feedback
  • Alexa:
    Aye (Ever-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

Amazon Echo Flex is the smallest way to get Alexa in your dwelling, plugging right into the wall. It has a speaker and microphone to deliver the Alexa experience, simply at that place’s as well a iii.5mm socket in instance you lot did want to claw it upwardly to existing speakers.

It also has a USB connection on it which tin can exist used to charge a telephone but can likewise accept accessories, including a movement sensor or a nighttime low-cal. It’southward a versatile little device and easy addition to whatever room. Naturally, it’s not really designed for playing music due to the small speaker, but if you want voice control or Alexa features without the wires, so the Flex is an interesting pick.

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Amazon Echo Sub

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  • Dimensions:
    210 x 210 ten 202mm, 4.2kg
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-ring Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/m/n (2.4 and 5GHz)
  • Audio:
    6-inch downwardly-firing woofer, 100W Class D amplifier
  • Alexa:
    No

The Amazon Echo Sub is technically an Echo companion, in that it doesn’t offer Alexa in its own right; instead, the Echo Sub acts to boost your Echo ready-up by adding a dedicated subwoofer.

The Repeat Sub tin exist paired with one Repeat or Repeat Plus, but it’s ideally suited to a stereo-paired set of Echos, to create a 2.i organisation. The only drawback hither is that you’ll have to use Echos of the same type, and then a pair of Repeat Plus, for instance.

Substantially, if you’re an Repeat fan and already accept one or two Echos, so the Echo Sub is a great upgrade, meaning you lot’ll have a decent music system – and all with Alexa’s great voice command.

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Amazon smart displays and video devices

Amazon has plenty of screened devices to explore, as well. These brand the Alexa experience more than visual and makes apps, services and interactions much more than interactive.

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Amazon Echo Show 15 (2021)

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  • Dimensions:
    402 x 252 x 35 mm, 2215g
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/air conditioning, Bluetooth A2DP
  • Display:
    15.6-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen
  • Sound:
    2x ane.half dozen-inch full-range drivers
  • Camera:
    5-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Ever-on/always-listening/vocalism-activated)

At its 2021 autumn production launch, Amazon fabricated a big deal about technologies that blend into the background and work for y’all. It’southward function of its “ambient intelligence” focus, and the key product to pb that charge is the Echo Prove 15. Rather than be a beefy speaker or screen that commands infinite on a shelf, worktop or desk, this is much more subtle and looks similar a moving picture frame.

It can be mounted in portrait or landscape directly to a wall, or y’all tin have information technology on a stand. Either way, when its in its standby/background mode, information technology looks no dissimilar to a picture frame.

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The Echo Show fifteen tin still practice pretty much all the stuff Amazon’s other screened devices can do, but it does feature a new, more powerful processor and a new, smarter user interface. It volition enable you lot to have shared calendars, sticky notes, reminders and such so it becomes more than of a digital, collaborative family hub.

What’southward more, the camera can recognise each private user so that the content on screen changes automatically to fit that individual person’s accounts and preferences.

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Amazon Echo Show 10 (2020)

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  • Dimensions:
    251 x 230 ten 172mm, 2560g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/northward/ac (2.four and 5GHz), Bluetooth A2DP, Zigbee, Sidewalk
  • Brandish:
    10.one-inch touchscreen
  • Sound:
    3.0-inch woofer, 2x 1.0-inch tweeters
  • Camera:
    13-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

The 2021 Echo Show 10 is the tertiary generation of the large Echo Show. The big change in this version is the design, with a more substantial speaker base and the screen that’due south at present on a swivel. That ways the display can move, to follow you around the room. That’s ideal for those who put it in a larger kitchen, for instance, and those who don’t want to have to physically move information technology all the time.

The display is the same size, merely the speaker arrangement has besides expanded over the previous edition. Information technology’s now a 2.1 setup, with a dedicated woofer and a pair of tweeters, making for a more robust sound. The downside is the increased cost.

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Amazon Echo Testify eight (2021)

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  • Dimensions:
    200.4 x 135.ix x 99.1mm, 1037g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/chiliad/north/ac (ii.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth
  • Brandish:
    8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Audio:
    2.0-inch speaker
  • Camera:
    13-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yeah (E’er-on/ever-listening/voice-activated)

The Echo Show eight updated in 2021 is the aforementioned size equally the 2022 model, only makes a change in the photographic camera section.

The xiii-megapixel photographic camera brings with information technology a feature that will keep yous centred in the shot, so has the potential to heave the video calling experience.

Otherwise the eight-inch display and range of functions is generally the same as on the 2022 model, offer a great size between the Show 10 and Prove five – this this model is more than powerful for a smoother feel.

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Echo Show 5 (2021)

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  • Dimensions:
    148 x 86 ten 73mm, 410g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/yard/northward/ac (ii.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth
  • Brandish:
    v.v-inch touchscreen
  • Audio:
    i.65-inch speaker
  • Photographic camera:
    2-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yeah (E’er-on/e’er-listening/vocalization-activated)

The large change for the 2021 Echo Prove 5 over the 2022 model is that the photographic camera has been updated to 2-megapixels, meaning that it should be better quality on video calls.

There’due south a new color too, merely this is essentially the same overall device every bit the 2022 version – except that it no longer offers the 3.5mm output on the back.

Otherwise, it’s the smallest Echo Prove and ideal for your bedside.

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Amazon Echo Evidence 8 (2022)

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  • Dimensions:
    200.four ten 135.9 x 99.1mm, 1037g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/due north/air-conditioning (ii.iv and 5GHz), Bluetooth, 3.5mm output
  • Display: viii.0-inch touchscreen
  • Sound:
    2.0-inch speaker
  • Camera:
    1-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yeah (Always-on/e’er-listening/voice-activated)

The Echo Show 8 slots into the gap between the Echo Show x and the Echo Bear witness 5 – but has at present been replaced by the 2021 model of the Repeat Show 8.

There’south a camera on the front end – including a cover – and then when you’re not using it for calling you can protect your privacy.

This model is slightly less powerful than the newer model, and so you might prefer to buy the new version – although information technology does accept a 3.5mm output, which the new model doesn’t.

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Amazon Repeat Evidence five (2022)

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  • Dimensions:
    148 10 86 x 73mm, 410g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/due north/ac (ii.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth, 3.5mm output
  • Brandish:
    five.5-inch touchscreen
  • Sound:
    one.65-inch speaker
  • Camera:
    1-megapixel sensor
  • Alexa:
    Yes (Always-on/always-listening/vox-activated)
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The Echo Bear witness five gets its name from the 5.5-inch display and is the smallest Repeat Show model. It has now been updated past the 2021 model, which has an updated camera.

However, it’s as well significantly cheaper and manner amend value than the main Echo Bear witness. There are some compromises in camera and sound quality, although it provides sound good enough for most small to medium-sized rooms.

Information technology besides has a 3.5mm output, which the new model doesn’t.

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Amazon Echo Spot

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  • Dimensions:
    32 x 84 x 84mm, 163g
  • Connectivity:
    Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.xi a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth (A2DP), 3.5mm sound output
  • Display:
    ii.5-inch round touchscreen
  • Audio:
    i.iv-inch speaker
  • Alexa:
    Yep (Always-on/always-listening/voice-activated)

The Amazon Echo Spot is what you’d get if you cross the Echo Prove with the onetime Echo Dot. It’s a compact Echo to sit beside your bed for alarms. It has a pocket-size ii.v-inch screen, which tin be used for basic tasks and skills, similar music, but it does a lot more. Like the Repeat Bear witness, it can be used to make video calls, with a front photographic camera.

Information technology basically offers the aforementioned functions equally the Echo Testify just in a much smaller form factor. It can also connect to your Bluetooth speakers, or via a 3.5mm cable.

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Which Echo should you purchase?

When it comes to the Echo speakers, the newest 2020 Echo (4th Gen) is the model to go. The latest Repeat is the smartest and best sounding – and the older Echo models aren’t widely available anymore.

If music is what’southward important to you, then adding the Echo Sub will boost the experience, adding low range skills – and so this is too neat as an upgrade choice in the hereafter. Stereo pairing and so makes for a great 2.ane system.

The Echo Plus is at present largely redundant, as the smart abode controller is now available on the fourth-gen Echo, as well. However, it retains that cylindrical design, if that’southward what y’all adopt.

The Repeat Studio is in a whole other league, past far the most ambitious speaker from an audio bespeak of view really boosting the quality – only likewise offering Dolby Atmos and immersive audio when partnered with your Fire TV. Information technology can also be stereo paired, which is a formidable setup, just might be a little large for some people.

Echo Dot is ideal to extend Alexa to other rooms of the house where you don’t have an Echo, so if you lot’ve set up a voice-controlled smart home, Echo Dot makes it easy to always be in vox range. It’south also a great bedside or pocket-sized room device, equally the audio performance is surprisingly proficient. The Echo Flex will subtly plug into the wall and offering vocalisation controls – so, if it’due south but the abode control via voice that you lot want, the Flex is perfect.

The Echo Show range takes things in a different direction. It’s more expensive, but information technology gives you video calling and a brandish for more interactive returns. If yous know someone else with an Echo Evidence, it’s a natural selection to relieve you from needing to use Skype on your laptop. Echo Show 10 likewise offers a Zigbee controller, so has all the smart home advantages, as well as offering Sidewalk.

Show 5 and Show eight offer smaller display options, both offer plenty of interactive fun, simply not quite as capable equally the 10-inch model. Nosotros’d pick the Show five over the Echo Spot for its meliorate sound and more conventional and useful brandish, although, if it’due south a bedside companion you want, the Echo Dot with Clock is a great option.

Echo Bear witness 15 is in a globe of its own here, and is the simply 1 that really resembles something you’d stick up on your wall. It’s a smart screen and control hub that looks like a picture frame, and tin be used as one.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.