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Amazon Echo Input review: Add Alexa capabilities to any existing speaker

It is Amazon's cheapest and smallest smart speaker that doesn't actually have a speaker at all!

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 11.33 PM IST
Echo Input, Black, Angle
Amazon Echo Input
Rs 2,999

Although Amazon's global market share in the smart speaker segment is declining due to more players, they're still maintaining a lead against their closest competitor Google (31.9%, with Google at 29.8%, according to Canalys report dated Nov 2018).

This could be partly due to the massive range of Echo smart speakers on sale. Continuing that momentum is the Echo Input - Amazon's cheapest and smallest smart speaker that doesn't actually have a speaker at all!

Echo Input, Black, Side Table

The Input is designed to add Alexa capabilities to any existing speaker or audio system you own. It's inexpensive, tiny (12.5mm thick) and can output audio using a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth.

The micro USB power input is interesting because it means that you don't really have to use the supplied power adapter. You could power it with a battery pack or from a USB port in your car too.

Echo Input, Black, Top

There are four far field microphones on it and the usual quartet of buttons (volume up, down, mute, action). Plus it works just like any other Echo speaker. We think the Input is also great if you want to create a multi-room audio system at home with existing speakers.

Echo Input, Black, Desk

The only thing you can't do is pair it with an Echo Sub. If you've been on the fence about getting a smart speaker because you already have many existing wired/wireless speakers, the Input might be just what you need. Look out for the sales and bundle offers on this.

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Amazon caused a few gasps at its Alexa event Thursday when it revealed it had 70 things to announce. The new products give Amazon a greater reach than ever before. Updates to the internet giant's Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or have forgotten. Alexa is even developing a personality, complete with a favorite pet or beer. Here's a round up all of the Alexa-infused products Amazon showcased, including speakers, an in-car device and, a microwave:

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