Amazon Echo event: Here's what to expect

Amazon released a wide range of electronics ranging from speakers to clocks, all powered by Alexa. That consists of a dev board and back-end services to make building connected devices easier. Perhaps the intriguing of all, however, is the new Amazon Echo Sub as it signifies Amazon's intent to take on names like Sonos in the premium home audio space. The speaker unit behind the display will include options like mute toggle. And it's only $30, though admittedly that comes with the caveat that you need another Alexa device with which it can interact.

In our review of the original Echo Plus from past year, we liked that the device is better and cheaper than the original Echo.

The Echo Show has an impressive eight-microphone array and "far-field" technology to differentiate your voice from ambient sound. The Echo Input is 12.5mm tall.

Available later this year for $34.99.

The Echo Plus is getting an update, too, complete with an updated design that decks it out in fabric.

Smart plugs are already an established idea in the smart home space. You can pre-order it today and it will arrive November 14. Yup, it's a subwoofer that can pair to your Amazon Echo, up to 2 to be exact. Instead, the Echo Auto will connect to your smartphone and use its data connection.

Unique features of Amazon Basics Microwave

The 100-watt Echo Sub can be wirelessly paired with one Echo speaker for a 1.1 configuration, or with two of the same Echo speakers for a 2.1 set-up, aiming to bring more brunt to a stereo pair through its down-firing 6in woofer. For comparison, the 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display costs $199, while the 8-inch JBL Link View costs $250. A 7in touchscreen will display information, sitting above a speaker that follows the same design aesthetic as the Google Home Max.

The Echo Plus ($229) gets an upgrade with better sound. This means you can tell your smart speaker, "Alexa, microwave two potatoes", and the microwave will begin to heat your dish. With Guard enabled, Alexa, can send you Smart Alerts with audio clips when specific sounds are detected, including breaking glass or smoke or Carbon dioxide alarms.

The idea of a microwave that uses Alexa seemed like a farce when rumors about it surfaced earlier this week. You can pre-order it now and it will be released October 11. New integrations with Hulu and NBC allow users to tune into live TV on the device. Users will have to plug in an antenna for optimal channel reception. It can record up to four shows and stream to multiple Fire TVs at once.

The new Echo Plus also features a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, so you can set up your smart devices by saying "Alexa, discover my devices".

Available via invitation for $24.99.

The Stick Up Cam can be used both indoors and out and can integrate with Ring Alarm when used inside the house.

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