Amazon’s Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock, and it’s a cheaper alternative to the Echo Show
Before the close of 2017, Amazon announced a whopping four new Amazon Echo devices, and the dinky Echo Spot is arguably the most interesting of the lot.
Working on the same principles as the Echo Show, the Echo Spot has a tiny screen on the front. But, instead of being a Frankenstein device of tablet and speaker thrown together, the Spot takes on a smoother, more spherical appearance and is roughly the size of an Echo Dot.
Amazon pitches it as an Alexa-enabled alarm clock, but it’s also capable of making video and voice calls and letting you watch video clips. It has all the powers of other Echo devices, meaning you can control your smart home, ask it to tell you jokes, give you updates about the weather and stream music via Spotify or Amazon Music.
Amazon Echo Spot: UK price and release date
Amazon is bringing the Echo Spot to UK shores on 24 January, with preorders starting on 16 January. Available for £120 in either Black or White, the Echo Spot can also be purchased as a two pack for £200, with customers saving £40.
Amazon Echo Spot features: What’s so special about it?
Amazon Echo Spot design: What does it look like?
The Amazon Echo Spot is a small, spherical device with a screen and camera built into its face. It’s available in both black and white and is small enough to sit on your side table without cluttering up your space. Its design is so small that Amazon actually thinks of marketing it as an Alexa-powered alarm clock, which is a tad unnerving when you remember it has a camera in it.
Amazon Echo Spot: Early verdict
At first pass, the Amazon Echo Spot is easily one of the more interesting Alexa devices Amazon has released recently. It’s far better looking than the Amazon Echo Show and has more functionality than an Echo Dot. Obviously, its price point is a little steeper, so it may not sell quite as well as the Echo Dot did, but for those wanting the functionality of an Echo Show for less, it’s well worth a look in.