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Amazon Echo Flex review: An intriguing device at Rs 2,999

Amazon’s Echo series of smart speakers have now been reshaped as a wall plug that also works as a charger.

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Updated: Jan 11, 2020, 11.38 PM IST
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Being a wall plug, Flex also comes with a USB-A port to charge other devices.
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Cylindrical, round and now shaped like a plug - it is clear that there is not a corner of your home Amazon doesn’t want its Echo series of smart speakers to be in.

The Echo Flex is the new Alexa-enabled device that you can plug into a socket, anywhere. Given its compactness (2.6 x 2.8 inches), you can place and use the speaker even in places earlier considered off the bounds - kitchens and bathrooms.

Like other Echo devices, you have to download the Alexa app on phone to activate the Flex. It also comes with the same mute and action buttons.

But the features diverge when it comes to the speaker – it is minuscule and gives an underwhelming audio output. However, you can connect the Flex with other speakers via Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm jack to amplify the sound.

Being a wall plug, you also get USB-A port to charge other devices, like the smartphone.

​Echo Flex is more of a complementary rather than a standalone device.​
Echo Flex is more of a complementary rather than a standalone device.

Thanks to the support of Alexa smart assistant, you can use the plug to make hands-free calls, control smart devices with voice commands and get news and weather updates. You can also connect the Flex to other Echo devices in other rooms.

Overseas, you can also add a motion detector or a night light to the Flex. However, it appears these accessories are not yet available in India.

The Flex wall plug is certainly an intriguing device - at Rs 2,999, it is the lowest price one has to pay to get in the smart speaker ecosystem.

However, it is more useful for homes that already have at least one Echo device, like the Echo Dot. It is more of a complementary rather than a standalone device.

Spending Rs 1,500 more to buy the Dot or a Google Nest Mini makes more sense if you are looking to get you first smart speaker.

*The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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