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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    Product arrive quickly and on time. It's well packaged and the pack material is well made. The overall build quality of the plugs feels great, nothing loose or rattling around. They are FCC tested and approved, so they are very safe to operate. Which is always something that concerns me with today's electronics. Connecting to the WiFi was easy, I found that using the AP Mode/Compatibility Mode was the easiest method to set them up. It takes all of about 2 mins to set it up. If you have any problems pay close attention to the flash pattern that it flashes and ensure that it matches what the directions say. The controls on the application are extremely fast, much faster than what I thought there would be. Switching the plug on and off is instantaneous. Something very cool not really mentioned in the description is the fact the you can create automate schedules based on various variables, like temperature, humidity, weather, sunrise and sunset etc. It automatically can obtain that data given a zone and adjusts the plugs run time accordingly. One app that came to mind was controlling an engine block heater. You could set it to come on given a certain weather and time, or you could even flick it on while staying inside your house. All that is done through there app, which according to reviews of other plugs is much more stable than others. There isn't really noticeable internet draw either. There is a WiFi light on the front that disappears after a few minutes, so it doesn't have a bright light showing or anything. No additional setup is needed to use off the WiFi, its automatically ported through so you can operate them wherever you are through your phone whether on a various WiFi network of using cellular data. Which is amazing if you wish to use them for as a security light. They do work with Alexa as well, and interconnecting the two is very simple. I could think of a million various uses for these like security, heating/cooling, lights, keeping pipes from freezing, shut off various electronics to limit kids, hook it up to a radio to create sure children obtain out of bed in the morning etc. If your going to buy an outlet timer you might as well buy these, especially to replace those loud noisy mechanical ones! Overall I recommend the product and I'm excited to test them out on all the various ideas I have in mind!

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    This is my experience with these intelligent plugs using IOS. Unlike some products where you have to dig through the manuals to look for the right application to download they have done it right - the QR code is right on the box (just take a picture and a pop up will take you to the application store). The setup is very simple and the included manual is there if you need help. I was able to add these to my network with the application and add them to my Google Home Hub quickly. I had both switches fully setup and configured in less than 10 minutes. The only drawback but as advertised these do not work with Apple HomeKit (maybe someday they will modernize but not keeping my fingers crossed). The application gives you the ability to add scenes and automation - you can control various scenes that you setup with the automation too. I am very satisfied with my purchase - really the only thing that would create them better is Apple HomeKit compatibility.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

     We are getting ready to begin the seedling tent up for this years garden, and we need more intelligent plugs to control the lights. There are a million out there, and when I went digging thru my old orders and seeing what those companies had for sale, I found this four package created by ey are the flat rectangles that I prefer, as you are able to use two of them on a single outlet if you need to. They are rated for fifteen amps, which is amazing as a lot of them are only rated for tting these up is as simple as any of the other ones I have tried. On the intelligent plug, push in and keep the button on the right side of the plug. After a few seconds, the green wireless connection indicator on the front of the plug will begin blinking rapidly. Using the Intelligent Life application on your phone or tablet, hit the plus sign to add a fresh device. Click on Electrical outlet, click on confirm indicator rapidly blink, confirm your network info, and then wait for it to connect. The indicator will create its method to around 15% slowly, then it should obtain connected and create it to one hundred percent rapidly. At this point you can rename plug to whatever you want, I went with Amysen Test. At this point you can turn the switch on or off, you can set up a schedule, or you can set a countdown e plugs work perfectly, I use them to schedule turning the lights on and off in our grow tent and occasionally control them with our Echo and Alexa. The fact that they came in a package of four is super convenient and brings the price per plug down below ten dollars each. If you are looking for a set of super affordable intelligent plugs, with the best form factors that just work, give the Amysen intelligent plug four package a try.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    There are a hundred various intelligent plugs out there and I’ve bought a lot of of them. My largest complaint about most is that they block the other plug! That’s the best feature about these plugs. I’m going to bet that this shape will soon replace all the round intelligent plugs. Here’s some pics of how they fit. Unfortunately I bought about a dozen of the round plugs before I found these. The round ones don’t fit well with most of the other shapes. These fit with all of e price of these is right in line with the round ones at about $9 each. And as far as function they work well with the application but we mostly use Alexa to control all our intelligent devices. These work with Alexa so they meet that requirement d plugs. I’ll buy more.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

     Great quality and simple to install. I have one for the living room and the other one in the bedroom. They both works with my amazon echo. Super satisfied with my purchase!!! Probably will obtain more.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    I’ve purchased a lot of various types of intelligent WiFi outlets in the past, and just recently spotted these rectangular cube design ones. I like these because it still leave room for the other plug on the same outlet. Set up was simple enough and is ready in less than a minute, since I’ve used so a lot of before and all the steps are exactly the same. Just keep down th button on the outlet for about 5 seconds, Light starts to blink, turn on the Application Intelligent life on your phone, search your outlet, and you are amazing to go. I use it for a lot of lights inside the house. Bought some more of these to use for the Holiday, escpecially for my Christmas lights. Works like charm, since now I can control every single lights with my phone, no matter where I am.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    They do work amazing with alexa, although unlike the real alexa switches you need to download an application from itunes called "smart Life" prior to configuring, you also need to establish an acc on there website. The devices work great. The application is straight forward and simple to understand. You will need to add them to the intelligent life application first then after teaching a fresh skill on alexa add them. I have a few set on lamps and one set on an old coffee pot (switch always on) with a schedule. I've used them for about a week and noticed no excessive heat from each device. My network is a small harder to add them because of the security I've set on my network. For me I had to restart the device one extra time once the mac addresses were learned and authorized. It would be nice to publish the mac on the device visible to the user which would have eliminated the one restart to manually enter the info on my switch. Once I figured this out it was straight forward. Managing this thru Alexa you will need to teach Alexa the fresh skill. This is provided on a little support pamphlet that shipped with the units. The one thing I always wonder about is how much info is sent to the zone where the acc was setup. I see nothing being blocked by my firewall so maybe nothing but at this point "HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW".

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

     I got these switches a few days ago, and they work great. These Intelligent Switches use the same application as my other intelligent switches so it literally took me less than 15 seconds to set these up because I did not have to install any fresh apps.I use these to replace complicated old timers, with an simple to setup scheduler that has method more options than any of my old timers gave me. I can set multiple schedules per day, a various schedule for each day of the week and then I can add a bunch of one time events. I’ve never had a timer that could do ALL addition, I have voice control over my lights and fans. My home is truly becoming a “Smart Home”. Voice control of the light in a dark room is a unbelievable alternative to me fumbling around in the dark trying to search the switch.I can control my stuff, even when I am not home! Let’s say I am out to dinner, and I am running late and it is getting dark. I have a dog, and she does not care for the dark. I can pick up my phone and tell it to turn on a light in the living room for her, even though I am miles away.Just when I think I have enough of these, I search more devices I wish to automate! Four switches for under $31.00 really is a amazing deal.

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    Amysen WiFi Intelligent Plugs create life so much easier! :D I have a very busy everyday schedule, and having parts of it automated really helps reduce the stress of it. It is so simple to set up, and add extra ones into it, that I have a bunch of items plugged in, and scheduled for various on/off times. Rescheduling devices is very easy, but my everyday routine doesn’t change much during the week days.8:00 AM = Coffee maker, and toaster are turned on while I’m in the shower so I have brewed coffee, and toasted bagels waiting for me when I obtain out. These turn off at 8:30 AM.8:30 AM = The lamp in the kitchen turns on, and stays on until 9:15 AM as I gather up my coffee, and bagels to head to my home office.9:00 AM = My computer, printer, and desk lamp all turn on in my home office, and then stay on until 7:00 PM. I’m usually done by 6:00 PM.6:00 PM the TV in the living room turns on, and stays on until 11:00 PM.11:00 PM the lamp in the bedroom turns on, and stays on until 12:00 ’s really cool to have the intelligent plugs do all these things for me automatically, and when you hook it up to Alexa it gets even better with voice commands. It’s nice to have my house take care of me for a change. =)

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    Smart plug Amysen : Smart plug Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & IFTTT, ETL Certified, Only Supports 2.4GHz Network, Smart Outlet No Hub Required, Control Your Devices from Anywhere (White 2 Pack) review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:26

    I researched and found this was a amazing price with amazing reviews. They’re great...when they work. They need to modernize the packaging instructions, as the indicator light is completely various on the paper setup instructions versus the actual product. I actually thought I had the wrong product because of that and because it wasn’t working. I gave up attempting to set it up after awhile. Went back at it the next day and it worked! Finally!Went on vacation not too long after that and I was exited these came before I left so I could use them as a security “feature”. After two days of being gone, my application said my devices were offline. I had someone check On my house 1-2 times per day. Wireless was working and power never went out. And because I wasn’t there, I couldn’t restart them. Quite frustrating. Got home and had to reboot them to factory settings and begin all over. I wouldn’t buy this brand again.

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    Smart Plug review [App]  2019-12-2 13:6

    Just need long term stats

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    I can verify it works with Alexa 2nd gen. We've got Echo, Spot, and Dot. I can ask Alexa to turn any plug on or off. I can also control it via the Alexa application on my phone, or if you wish to return to the Pleistocene, snatch up a bone and use it to manually poke the on/off ep 1: It was my first time adding any device for Alexa to control, and for using Intelligent Life. "Patience you must have." You need install the Alexa application as well as the Intelligent Life app. This is only needed for setup of fresh or extra Intelligent Life devices. Once you complete all the steps you don't have to touch things any ep 2: Setup was initially quite aggravating. because Intelligent Life-Register wanted a "password". It just wants you to create up something(include a numeral). Write it down, it only asks ep 3: Plug the sockets into plugs. You will need to share your Wi-Fi password with the app. Now you're in the Matrix! You have to search the plugs in Intelligent Life first, ask it to share them with Alexa, then Alexa can search ep 4: Name your sockets. Ask Alexa to turn "named socket" on/off. Alexa is so powerful- to hear Her is to obey Her!Alexa did not create me write this. As far as I know, I am not a robot. Nobody paid me, gave me a discount , or even offered me a puppy to write this.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

     These are some seriously worthy intelligent plugs! I was skeptical for the price, but they do a unbelievable job and are reliable with Alexa, Google Assistant, and the tablet app.Speaking of the tablet app, it has the same features as the "name brand" intelligent plugs. My only complaint there is that the English is not good and they could translate it e plug quality is awesome an feels very high quality. There is a subtle high pitched ringing sound sometimes with the plugs but you don't message it after the first few mins of having them plugged liability wise, they struggle sometimes with Alexa in my testing. Every now and then it won't turn on with Alexa. It is 100% reliable with Google Home and I haven't had an problem there (and Google Home is my main driver).With all of that being said, I think these are the best budget intelligent plugs out on the market, and it's definitely worth it!

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    It works well - my first effort to install smart/wifi in the house. It was simple enough to install after ...I had to call my internet provider AT&T U-Verse and they adjusted my router and gave me separate network IDs for the 2.4 and 5.0 ghz. The intelligent plugs work on 2.4ghz and it wasn't working until I had a specific 2.4 ghz network. The application works well on both my iPhone and my android device tablet, but I am surprised that I cannot obtain the application on my desktop computer.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    I constantly look for fresh and better intelligent home devices that are not permanent. I found this module latest week and bought a four package to compare versus the current modules I use. As of this review, I have replaced 3 of my existing modules with these Amysen modules. The size is great. A small smaller than my existing Etekcity modules. I did take one apart(solidly built) to see how safe they were. I was pleasantly surprised to see the separation between the high current parts. Chances of arc-overs are very very low. The relay is a solid 10amp model and the esp8266 based controller is tried and true. They utilize the SmartLife ap and the Echo I use picked them right up. If you wish to use Wireless connection outlet modules for a fan, light etc then these will suite you well. I really recommend these outlets. Obtain the 4 package and you are amazing to go.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    These intelligent plugs are a amazing inexpensive option to create your appliances smarter without buying a hub or replacing stuff prematurely. This is my third brand of intelligent plugs, after TP-Link, Eufy, and now Amysen with these Amysen plugs being my largest purchase of 4, whereas the others I have 2 and 1 respectively. I found wireless connection switches to be so amazing at connecting to my Alexa echo dot and making my lights and devices into hands free intelligent devices, that I decided to invest a small bit more cash into buying some extra switches for other appliances in my house.I came across these Amysen intelligent outlets in a plug of 4 for a reasonable price point and decided to take a possibility on it. They arrived quickly overnight which was surprisingly but I had no reason to complain as I quickly place them to work. The outlets were simple to pair and my Alexa device was connected to them in less than a few mins end to end. I plugged it into some string lights, my TV, coffee maker, and toaster oven and I had them turning off in no time, it gave me piece of mind that I can turn off some devices when I out of the house and worried that I forgot about themOverall I think these plugs are a amazing value and are excellent for experienced intelligent home users or suggestion I would say is to create the current rating for these plugs higher. My other intelligent plugs are rated for 15A while this is only rated for 10A. This would let for a broader range of applications such as zone heaters

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    The set-up was extremely simple and both plugs connected to my WiFi network on the first test and have not lost connection yet. Once I got everything working properly from my iPhone, I enabled the Alexa skill and I can now control devices from my Echo and Echo Dot troops using Alexa. The application is beautiful user friendly. It takes a small bit of exploring to explore all the functionalities. I like that I can schedule my devices to turn on and off at a certain time of the day. These plugs should be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not a power strip. In addition, if you are going to plug a power strip into it in order to control multiple devices, you should not overload it as they have a 10 amp limit (Amps = Watts/Volts). A few household lamps should be fine. An air conditioner, zone heater - no!

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    Updated: After 5 months: I still have not had any issues...working great!**********As I obtain more into the automation/smart home and solar power arena, I must say this was a amazing begin to it.Positives:-Quantity of 4...which makes them about $11/piece!!!-They are very solidly built out of a hard plastic.-Using the recommended software, it is simple to name these plugs "living room light", "kitchen", "heater", "Fan" "camera 1"...etc.-More than one method to turn them on or off...via touching screen or google assistant. I like the fact there is a blue LED on it to allow you know that it is on.-Smart Plug is little enough that you can you can plug in another standard plug into receptacle next to gatives:-This is a barely a negative, but the print is rather little on the instructions.-Surprisingly as amazing as this product is, the packaging was rather dull. This shouldn't matter to most people...as it does not affect form, fit, commendation: I say buy these and an echo or other compatible device and you are set. Automation like this is the wave of the future. Finally, for the value..I love this product!A note about me, I live in the amazing old USA as a mechanical engineer and review every product I obtain after a few days...than I come back months later for updates. I am large into tech and have YT and do Vlogs.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    #1. If your are technically challenged I would stick with the Amazon plug as the Amazon plug is beautiful a much seamless integration. But the cost is a beautiful huge difference per unit between the two.#2. You will need to install the intelligent life application so you can set those plugs up and integrate them to work with Alexa.# will need a separate 2.4 Wi-Fi network for them to work with. They will not work with 3/4g. Most if not all home automation items I have set to my 2.4 network because of this. Also 2.4 gives you more range and the slower data with 2.4 is not a huge deal with these does take some patience in setting up the first time as its a bit complex because you are basically integrating it to work with Alexa. You set up with intelligent life app. first and go from there. You must set up each cube with your 2.4 Wi-Fi and password into the intelligent life app. The default name will be like cube 1 then cube 2. You can change those names will have to change those names in Alexa also for it to work with Alexa. I named my cubes Kitchen light, office light, library light and so on. The awesome thing is that Alexa will learn those names as you typed them in for each cube.I control all of the cubes from my Alexa app once they have been linked. I never have to use the "smart life" application after the initial install. Though the "smart life" application can be used as a stand general my issue is that adding fresh cubes is still a little problem but much easier than the first time. Its a process of learning BUT it does obtain easier and is well worth the investment in time so you can use voice commands or the Alexa application to turn them on and is 4 package of plugs is my second 4 package purchased. They are simply awesome tech items. What is awesome is I can turn on specific lights when away from home or simply check if they are on or off from my Alexa next project is to learn how to use the timer function. That I guess is much like the old wall timer that you can set to turn your lights/appliances on and s well worth the learning curve to use these tech items.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    This is honestly one of the best values in home automation I have came across recently. The application doesn't appear to have any obvious bugs and worked quite well. Once "connected" to wifi, they just work. Although the application works amazing I'll almost never use it since I have a Google Home in almost every room of the house. Now about the installation...A few things to consider:Can NOT install if you have a VPN "connected" on your phone. Just doesn't work. Turn it off during installation then back on once you are finished. Yes it does work with a VPN once it is sure to perform install in "AP Mode" as mentioned in the instruction e outlets have 3 "modes" you must cycle through in order to place it in AP mode. This is not mentioned in the instructions . Basically, after you plug it in wait a min for boot up, then keep the button for 5 seconds until you see the light blip. Release it and the light will blink fast. Keep the button again for 5 seconds and another blip. Release and it will have a slow blink. This is where you wish to be! You can hold doing the keep for 5 sec to cycle mode if you aren't sure if you are in the correct mode, until you search the correct e installation is actually quite simple once you figure out the process.

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    Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Sockets Smart Outlets No Hub Required Timing Function Control Your Electric Devices from Anywhere Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant 2-Pack Amysen review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:5

    So if you are having problem getting this to work, here are some tips. I am a very technical person, but that won't support if there are instructions to configure and they don't align with the actual product and application rst, this says that it's an amazon product but what they really did is place their name on the box of another company's product. The plugs don't say Amazon on them and they're setup and managed using the intelligent life app.If you find for intelligent life on the application shop there are multiple apps that present up. Create sure that the interface of the one you download matches the one in the instructions.When you are choosing a device to setup you are choosing electrical outlet. Not blue tooth outlet. The product connects to your network, not through blue rst you have to obtain the product to connect to your network. You will need to know your password. If you don't and have to hold guessing it will be a long hard street because the device goes through a long connecting process and then finally stops at the end and tells you that it couldn't connect and it doesn't give you a specific reason. (password was wrong) Create sure you are entering the correct password otherwise you'll be stopped in your tracks and highly frustrated. I'm betting that this is one of the main reasons that people send these things back because it doesn't tell you anything ad you may assume that it just isn't working.Once you've connect it to your network then you need to begin the separate Alexa application and obtain it connect there for voice commands. Go to devices and + at the top. Add device, plug, other, discover. If you go any other route it doesn't reliably connect to Alexa and you will be frustrated again.Overall you just need to verify the EXACT options to connect and setup the plugs and the instructions aren't completely specific. There are so a lot of options in setup and connecting that it's simple to choose the wrong option and it just doesn't connect and you will wish to throw these in the the end, great, affordable product once you obtain it connected. Lets see how long they stay connected and if it will be frustrating to hold them connected. I really don't wish to go around the house once a week or when the power goes out to go through this process over and over. We have these on multiple lights in our family room, in our living room with nightly timers, in our entrance and in our bedroom. Love that we can be laying in bed and just say Alexa, turn out the bedroom lights without moving!

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    WORSE COMPANY EVER! NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT I WAITED 30 DAYS FOR A RESPONSE AND NOTHING...JUST RETURN IT!

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    Doesn't work. What a scam momentum security cameras are. Don't waste your money.

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    Never obtain thru setup. Just another spy application

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    it sucks

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    SCAM OF ALL SCAMS!! NEVER BUY MOMENTUM!!! Will work awesome for 7 day free trial...then even after you pay...nothing works correctly, if at all. The customer service is nonexistent..no one answers emails, calls, or anyother form of acknowledgement.. Large waste of time, money, and energy.

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    It's hard to deal. With

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    Momentum Smart Plug review [App]  2017-11-16 13:6

    It

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    Eques elf Smart Plug review [App]  2017-12-3 21:7

    Perfect app for ver 1. Please add Google home assistant, I know it's in the works and waiting on verification. Also doesn't work on Android device 8.1 bets but that is expected. Hold up the amazing work!

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    SP1 – Commercial Electric Smart Plug review [App]  2019-11-11 13:41

    This won't connect to 5G WiFi and that is all I have in my store. Completely useless

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    SP1 – Commercial Electric Smart Plug review []  2019-11-30 5:38

    SP1 – Commercial Electric Intelligent Plug wont send e-mail to verify account. please answer

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    ORIGINAL REVIEW: July 1, 2019: 3.5/5 stars (more on the rationale behind the 3.5/5 rating at the end of the review)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device - Amazon’s Echo Present 5 (2019 release) is a refresh of the Echo Present line-up at an outstanding price. The Echo Present 5 (henceforth referred to as ES5) is in a fresh class of its own. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the ES5 does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Echo Present and my final recommendations. I honestly don’t know why this device is called Echo Present 5 when this is the third ver (generation) of the Echo Present line-up. Some reviewers have suggested that this could allude to the device’s display size.I have spent the past few days interacting with the ES5, using it, and reading other online reviews about this device to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review.- The Box (package): The Echo Present 5 (ES5) intelligent speaker, a quick-start guide, things to test card, 15W wall adapter, and a cable (4.9 foot). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- Availability (Color): Charcoal and Sandstone. Option to also purchase this device with either color and a Ring Video Doorbell Pro at a higher price-Set up: Plug in the device to keep prompts, and then connect to the Internet. Overall, the set-up was self-explanatory.- Summary of critical aspects that have changed in this version: Echo Present 5 (ES5) vs. Echo Present 2 (ES2). Technically, there is nothing to compare this device to other than the previous Echo Present 2nd generation even though it is not a fair comparison because the previous device is a premium device. Perhaps, Amazon is trying to improve the number of offerings for its Echo Present line-up while decreasing the price and/or the Echo Present 2nd generation didn’t obtain as a lot of sales (no clue, I am just guessing here). Please note that the Fire Tablets, the Kindles, and the Echo speakers have 3 models each so the above guess is a reasonable one.--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES2 (2018)--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES2 (10.1 inch HD screen)--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES2 (1280 x 960 resolution)--- Speakers: ES5 (one 4W speaker) vs. ES2 (two 10W drivers and a passive radiator with Dolby processing for room-filling sound)--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES2 (5 MP)--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES2 (microphone/camera on/off button)--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES5 (4 mics)--- Built-in Zigbee intelligent home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES2 (present)--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES2 [9.7” x 6.9” x 4.2” (246 mm x 174 mm x 107 mm)].--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES2 [62.2 oz. (1765 grams)]--- Processor: ES5 (MediaTek MT 8163) vs. ES2 (Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor)--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES2 [Power adapter (30W)/cable (6 ft.)]- Key things are related when compared to Echo Present 2nd generation device:--- Alexa is the same: However, please note that Alexa has several skills and is constantly being updated--- Primary functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Present device and uses) is the same--- Color options are the same.--- Warranty and Service options are the same--- Ports and buttons are the same- Comparison between the Echo Present 5 (ES5) and Echo Spot (ES)--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES (2018)--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES (2.5 inc)--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES (480 x 480 resolution)--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES (VGA)--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES (microphone/camera on/off button).--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES (4 mics)--- Built-in Zigbee intelligent home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES (present).--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES [4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” (104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm)--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES [14.8 oz. (419 grams)]--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES [Power adapter (W)/cable (6 ft.)]--- Color Options: ES5 (Charcoal or Sandstone) vs. ES (Black or White)- Key things are related when compared to Echo Present 2nd generation device:--- Alexa is the same--- Primary functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Present device and uses) is the same--- Warranty and Service options are the same--- Ports and buttons are the same- Technical specs and other info (Echo Present 5):--- Size: 5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)--- Weight: 14.5 oz (410 grams)--- Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty is available for U.S. customers and is sold separately.--- Wi-Fi connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks. Does not help connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Ports: 3.5 mm stereo jack, power port, and USB port.--- Audio: Full range 1.65” built-in speaker. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers.--- Buttons on device: Two volume controls (Volume Up and Volume Down) and Camera Shutter (On/Off).- Some limitations (listed in order of concern) to be expected because of this device being sold at a bargain price and is the mid-tier model:--- There was some lag time in loading videos, some confusion to access things, and the screen doesn’t function related to a smartphone (swiping to access options and apps). Additionally, the software on this device occasionally kept freezing and navigation was a bit of a challenge. For instance, there were multiple times when the video I was watching restart to the beginning (after the video was paused and the home screen came on) and songs stopped mid-way. Consequently, I am docking down 1/2 a star.---The constant ads on the home screen (try Alexa to do something) can obtain a bit annoying. I am docking down 1/2 a star for this issue.--- FreeTime could not be enabled on this device. I tried repeatedly but couldn’t figure out how to create FreeTime work. Enabling Amazon FreeTime in the Alexa application can create any Echo Device kid-friendly. Again, I am docking down another 1/2 a star.--- The speaker is not as amazing as compared to the Echo Present 2nd generation--- No audio cable includedTotal stars docked: 1.5- Some useful features on the Echo Present (not a comprehensive list).--- “Alexa has 80,000 skills and counting. Skills are like apps and support you do more like play Jeopardy! Just say, ‘Alexa, present me skills.’”--- Accessibility: “On Echo devices with screens, you can enable Alexa captioning and closed captioning, magnify the screen, toggle color inversion, and choose between color correction options. You can also enable the VoiceView screen reader to use gestures to navigate the screen and hear spoken feedback about the stuff you select.”--- Bluetooth: “Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) help for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Present 5 or from Echo Present 5 to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.”--- The “Drop In” feature on Alexa functions as a two-way intercom between any 2 Echo devices (needs to be enabled on receiver device). Additionally, customers can use Announcements as a one-way intercom to other household devices. This can be done by asking Alexa to “Drop In” on Kitchen, Kid’s bedroom, Living Room (depending on how you have named your Echo devices), etc. Family members do not need to accept Drop Ins (announcements) as compared to a hands-free call that needs to be accepted (similar to a traditional phone call, people can reject the call). Basically, the Drop In feature works in your house while the hands-free call feature (calls require that you input the contact name and phone number by letting the Alexa application access this information) is making a physical call to either someone in your home or somewhere else using the Echo device. Calls can be created to the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Calling family members has been amazing. The noise-canceling set-up works really well and conversations are crisp and clear. Messaging option exists for those with the Alexa app, an echo device with a screen, or Skype.--- Ability to customize clock face, add background photos, entertain, and make morning routines.--- You can watch videos on WikiHow (unique fresh addition)--- There is a fresh and upgraded wake up alarm system (option to add ambient sunrise lighting feature)--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to check email.--- Ability to control your intelligent home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)--- Ability to watch film trailers, news, see song lyrics, and album art--- Ability to listen to radio stations, podcasts, see song lyrics, and audiobooks--- Ability to make to-do lists, calendars, look at weather, and traffic. Also, you can keep step-by-step directions for cooking--- Customers can create purchases from their Amazon account-Some Usage Hints (Amazon’s review zone limitations prevent me from putting any more tips):--- Changing Device Name: Please note that the device name can be changed from something generic to something specific. This is especially helpful if you own multiple Echo devices and was automatically assigned a generic device name (like “Echo Dot”) and has no clue which device is which on the Amazon Alexa app. This can be done by opening the Alexa application -> selecting “devices” -> selecting “All Devices”-> selecting “your respective device” -> then scroll down in your device options and select “Edit Name” -> Then you can change it to whatever you choose. Personally, I have named devices either based on user, model and/or zone at home.--- Devices can be registered using the same methods listed above and getting to the Device specific page. This applies especially if you are gifting the device to another individual or are reselling it.- Potential best areas for device placement:--- Bedroom as an alarm clock and ambient device (slowly turns on in the morning), to see to-do lists, weather, news updates, wake up to music, play radio station, potentially seeing nursery (by using Alexa integrated nursery cameras) and also ability to control your intelligent home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)--- Kitchen as a device to help with cooking by providing step-by-step directions, to turn on music, etc.--- Home Office as a device to quickly check any updates (check the above list from bedroom).- Saving cash on purchasing this device:--- Occasionally, Amazon also offers discounts for a bundle sale on products (get 2 or 3 stuff for a substantial discount). So, if you are considering buying the ES5, now is the time to order it. There is a limited time sale - you can obtain 2 devices for $30 off though I don’t know how long it will last.--- My recommendation would be to preorder this item now. If you don’t obtain a possibility to do so, then you can purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is in mid-July).--- The customer can obtain this item on sale during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price (if you have an older device) and the 25% discount to obtain this item. However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.- Conclusion: 3.5/5 starsTo sum up my review, my slight frustration is that this device doesn’t exactly function as a stand-alone smartphone nor does it function as a stand-alone speaker device so it can be a @#$%!&allenging to use initially. In my opinion, the Echo Present is a device still looking for its niche (i.e., in, a lot of senses everything that the Echo Present 5 does, can be done better using dedicated devices like the Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, or the Echo speakers). However, overall this device works really well in a little room. Updates worth noting in this ver are the increased privacy options and lower cost. The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain an affordable device that is well rated, has a little profile, is lightweight, and can function as a intelligent tablet, intelligent speaker, alarm, intelligent home devices controller, etc.(though not being amazing at anything per se plus being a bit challenging to use and have a few minor bugs) then this device is the method to go. I don't think this device deserves 4/5 stars. 4 is too high a score for this device as it has numerous flaws. 3 is too low a rating for this product as I think it is a amazing concept that requires much refining. However, Amazon doesn't give me the option to give a 3.5/5 or 7/10, but 3.5/5 is my final rating for this ease note that several resources were used in the compilation of this review, but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product. Additionally, because of the length of the review and some info fitting into multiple categories, I have repeated some key ideas to support customers unfamiliar with the device to obtain acclimated.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. This means that I am putting my trust in the global community of reviewers to help me with finding the best choices for my family and self. My reviews are a method of giving back to the community, and I strive to be an ethical reviewer following the golden rule. Consequently, my reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    Ugh. The constant huge ads to “Try, Alexa [insert question or skill here]” that splash across the screen and cannot be turned off are annoying. Super annoying. Like return this annoying. There is no option to turn them off. You can only have *all of them play once then stop, but that means the content that you actually wish regular updates of, like your stocks or news, scroll once and then never again. Oh, yeah, the images of the product on this page? None of them present that “Try, Alexa” screen or card as they call it. So you have no idea that you will be constantly subjected to those screen filling ads all the time. This is not worth $90. It’s not worth $45. It’s an annoying ad machine. Oh and the screen is dark, low resolution so your images look terrible, and there are only 2 video options (prime and nbc) but the software to select and watch them is terrible. This is a poorly conceived and executed product.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    having to disable cards as the only method to stop the rotating alexa suggestions is not really a sane nsidering the price of the device this should be easier to permanently disable instead of only being able to partially disable it (it will still present when interacting with the device) by disabling useful agine going to the films and seeing a banner at the bottom with "we are also playing this other film you might like" and then 10 mins later "did you know you can buy popcorn?" and then "we have free restrooms". I think they are going for this kind of experience. no matter how amazing the movie, the banners undermine it.I will hold it for now in case they release an modernize removing the advertisements. but I will probably be returning it if there is no permanent fix.EDIT:I have been exploring more and i can review some skills:smart ligths: works decent enough with philiphs hue. you can se a dimmer switch for the room you asked alexa to control. i believe it should have access to the intelligent home application showing all the lights. unfortunately asking alexa to show/open intelligent home doesn't present you the intelligent home instead it shows you some irrelevant "smart home tip"timer: works great!, timer stays on clock screen. is a easy task but really works perfectlyspotify: major disappointment, puts in question the value of the device, the user interface is minimal there is only a recently played screen. no playlist or any other method to discover the spotify catalog!, I was expecting a method to discover the catalog as part of the minimum set of : like intelligent lights the screens seem disconnected. you can play an audiobook and you obtain primary controls play/pause back/forward 30 seconds but that's it. you can ask alexa to present you your audiobooks but it's a easy list with no options other than resuming the audiobook you select. no chapters no options.EDIT2:I started the return process.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    I do love this small device. I wanted a device for my desk at work for the clock but also because I watch a lot of videos and listen to melody as I work. The sound is awesome for such a little device, the display is very nice and clear for the type of screen they've used to hold costs down. That said howeverBrowsing Prime Videos is a allow down- it's very primary and limited toward manual use- after locating a video or series touching the icon for it immediately starts playing the series without displaying info about the show, AND, does not let you to select a season or episode.- after watching for a while and leaving, upon returning touching the icon to start playback does not return to the latest played point, it starts the series entirely Over again- Pausing playback for more than a min or two causes the display to go back to the home screen, "Alexa" resume OR going back and searching/touching again RESTARTS the series rather than picking up at the latest played point.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    I have Google Home and Amazon Echo products in almost every room of my house. I love the connected home. My toys that allow me control intelligent plugs and access my security cameras have tickled me pink.But I've stayed away from Amazon screens because most of the professional reviewers have stated that you can do the same things with Amazon screen products that you can do with the Amazon tablets. Besides, over the 2018 holidays I picked up four Google Nest screens and I love them. Amazing pictures, videos, amazing view of my Ring and other security cameras.I purchased the Amazon Echo Present 5 in the "buy two save $30" sale thinking they wouldn't be too bad. When they finally arrived I unboxed one and was immediately disappointed at how little it was. Of course, I knew the size when I ordered them, but holding it my hand - it just looked tiny. After set up I realized the screen on the Echo Present 5 was smaller than my smartphone. So...immediate disappointment, let's see if it was still worth the adjusted $75 e sound quality pleasantly surprised me. Just as amazing as the Echo speaker only. Sadly, that was the only positive I discovered after a week-end's use. The screen was too little to have fun videos. I don't like the Amazon home screen and the number of screen tickers that run across the screen. I kept thinking it was trying to tell me something important. Instead, messages like, "ask Alexa to tell you the time." kept popping up. Lame, man.Anyway, perhaps I was doomed to never like the Echo Present 5. I don't like that I'm locked out of the Android/Google environment with Amazon. When I ask Alexa to play "Stacy's Mom", I wish to see Stacy's mom. And I don't wish to have to do it through a browser like a neanderthal.I've attached two pictures to illustrate the size of the screen. Eh...If I had only purchased one for $75 I probably would have kept it instead of returning them both. But I honestly think this belongs at a $50 price. No higher. "A intelligent alarm clock.", some said. I agree.EDIT 7/17/19Well, two days after my $160 refund came through for the return of my original two ES5's came through and Amazon Prime Day happened. And they went down to $50 a piece. I didn't realize I had so much influence over Amazon pricing. Anyway, I repurchased two ES5's.I still think the unit is too little to be of any practical use. But, it's a toy for me and for $50 I'll splurge and mess around with them.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    I got this hoping that it would resolve some of the issues with my old Echo Spot. It is worse in every way.When I took it out of the box, I immediately noticed that it feels much lighter than the Echo Spot. This is a poor sign since sound quality typically correlates to the heft of the magnet driving the every respect this is a cheap, buggy, not good quality ver of the older Echo Spot:1. The sound is muddy and thumpy. I adjusted the bass all the method down and the midrange and treble all the method up, but it has only a minimal affect on the poor, muffled sound. It's not defective, just obviously a cheap, not good design.2. The timer still disappears. If I set a timer, I need to see it. Especially if the device is doing nothing else. What is the point of hiding the timer when that is all I've asked the thing to do? The Present 5 is worse, however, because the timer sound is not as loud and is muffled.3. Changing the volume cancels the timer. At least the Spot does not suffer from this "feature."4. There is no method to disable the incessant "Try, 'Alexa,…" suggestions. They simply cannot be removed. And if you would like your screen to cycle through the weather and news headlines then you're going to have to cycle through the Amazon ads as well (where they "suggest" that you use Alexa to order things or check on shipping status).5. The microphone is still not good and unresponsive. I was hoping that this was one thing that could be fixed. My Apple HomePod can hear me halfway across the house with the TV going. If the Spot is playing the news or there is any other ambient sound I have to yell at it. Same with the Present 5. The microphone still makes it a struggle to be recognized if things are not library quiet.6, The is still no loudness equalization, Going beck to before the 1st iPod it's been simple to set things to normalize things to the same volume. With the Present 5, a low-volume news source is nearly inaudible while a high-volume source is too loud. When I have the Present 5 play three news sources I have to constantly adjust the volume between then. The old Spot has the same issue but you would have expected it to be fixed by now.7. There is still no option to configure how you wish the home screen to look. The entire point of a bigger screen is to present more information, but this still has the old crude system of the Spot that just lets you select a few things that it will rotate through, including the Amazon ads about "Try, 'Alexa,…" I wish weather, news headlines and time fixed on the screen. That's it but it cannot be done.8. There is no method to set the screen to huge numbers. If you wish to read time from a distance, or in bed if you are near sighted, you cannot fill the screen with the e device is so hostile to its users that it's inconceivable that any true users were involved in its design and testing. It is completely and utterly disappointing.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    My nightstand has a fresh companion, the Echo Present 5. I was using the spot, but because of the little screen size, I wanted a larger display that would do more. The Present 5 has done just that. From watching Youtube and Prime Video, to just having a clock. I like how much real-estate the screen has. I have the digital clock with the date and weather all on one page. I use my own photo's as its background. Overall I think it's an make batter over the spot, which was moved to my office. If you wish a fresh clock for your nightstand or something to play melody or just to watch multiple sources of video, the Present 5 is for you.I see all these complaints about only having two sources of video, Prime Video and NBC. As I mentioned up above, Youtube is also available. You can access it through either of the two built in browsers (Firefox and Silk). It works very well.I guess each person has there own opinion of this product. It's not as poor as some of the reviewers on here are saying. I see me pictures clearly as they rotate on my Present 5. All I did was turn up the brightness. Amazon updates their software all the time. What might not be working now, could be fixed later.I bought this to use on my nightstand to replace the Spot. It hasn't allow me down since I got it. Things I didn't like showing up, I shut them off either through the Alexa application or on the present 5 y it for yourself and create your own decision.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    After wavering between a 4 or 5 star rating, I decided on a 4 star, but a "solid" 4 due to the reasons essentially is a intelligent alarm clock (like the Spot) with a much better speaker.Unboxing the Echo Present 5, it immediately looked and felt less substantial than the Echo Spot. It is light with a plastic screen giving a down-market feel, but at $40 less, I guess it t up was fairly straight forward (on the device, not in the Alexa app) and then on to the e screen (while cheap looking/feeling as mentioned) is the size of a now standard intelligent phone in panoramic mode but with far fewer pixels. This gives it more functionality than the Spot, but it still feels “small” as a intelligent home device in a globe of 5.7 plus inch phones. If you’ve ever had a Nucleus Intercom (which Amazon supported and then copied), you will be very familiar with the plastic feel/look of the Present 5.I took advantage of the buy two offer for the discount and then applied two more discounts after trading in a couple of Spots. Would I do it again? I am unsure. If buying a device new, the fresh Present 5 is a no brainer over the Spot (which will eventually go away), due to the better screen size, better speaker and significant price difference. If considering a trade in or trade up, definitely look for a discount or wait to see what Prime Day has to offer, as just the “feel” of the device will create you question your this point, we are up to 14+ Alexa devices in our house/cars, so have gotten quite critical of every small device Amazon decides to roll out. But hey, what do I know? I’m a person who sent back two Gen 2 Echo Show’s and ordered refurbed 1st Gen Shows due to what I thought was a horrible bass sound from the fresh ain, for a first time user or as an add on (not replacement), it can’t be beat at its price.

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    Thankfully, I figured out (just this morning) how to turn off "things to try", ads, reminders, etc and how to create the screen stay on the clock face/clock mode on my Echo Present 5. It's easy to do, and it works! Here's how you do it: On the face of your Echo Present 5, go to Settings. Then go to Home and Clock, then go to Home Content. Once you obtain to Home Content, turn off EVERYTHING in that section. Just go down the list under Home Content and create sure that the slider for each item is not green (which means that it is turned on). After you do this, go back to your home screen, and your Echo Present 5 will be on whatever clock face you had previously chose/set up for it. Your Echo Present 5 home screen will continue to stay on that clock face, in the clock mode until you give it a command, or ask a question, etc. And after Alexa answers your question, your Echo Present will go right back to the home screen/clock mode once again. No more annoying "things to try"!

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    Echo Show 5 Sandstone with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-11-29 18:2

    I was unhappy with the Present when I first set it up. I wanted the clock to present but Amazon Hints kept minimizing the clock. After giving it 1 star, Amazon customer service reached out to me. I received an email explaining how to stop the “Things to Try” and now I love it. Here is an excerpt from that email and I hope it helps can edit your home page to not present you certain things on the Echo Present 5:1. Go to settings2. Begin Home & Clock3. Home ContentThere you can turn off things like- Rotate Continuously- DiscoverTrending Topicsor anything else you dont wish to see

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    ORIGINAL REVIEW: July 1, 2019: 3.5/5 stars (more on the rationale behind the 3.5/5 rating at the end of the review)For background information, I am a professor and a tech geek. I have used Amazon devices for around eight years now. I currently own three Kindle e-readers (Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 3rd generation, and Kindle 10). I also own four Amazon Fire tablets (2015 Fire 7 -5th generation, 2019 Fire 7 – 9th generation, 2017 Fire HD 8 - 7th generation and 2018 Fire HD 8 –8th generation) and 3 Echo devices (1st generation Echo, 2nd generation Echo Dot, and 3rd generation Echo Dot). Please note that I have traded-in some of the dated versions of the above-listed products to obtain upgraded versions (more on this under the “Saving Cash on Purchases” section).This device - Amazon’s Echo Present 5 (2019 release) is a refresh of the Echo Present line-up at an outstanding price. The Echo Present 5 (henceforth referred to as ES5) is in a fresh class of its own. The combination of quality and value are really tough to beat and the ES5 does well overall. This is a comprehensive review, but for those looking for the bottom line, scroll down to the bottom to see some feedback on how to save cash on purchasing the Echo Present and my final recommendations. I honestly don’t know why this device is called Echo Present 5 when this is the third ver (generation) of the Echo Present line-up. Some reviewers have suggested that this could allude to the device’s display size.I have spent the past few days interacting with the ES5, using it, and reading other online reviews about this device to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of info provided in this review.- The Box (package): The Echo Present 5 (ES5) intelligent speaker, a quick-start guide, things to test card, 15W wall adapter, and a cable (4.9 foot). The item arrived sealed and packaged well.- Availability (Color): Charcoal and Sandstone. Option to also purchase this device with either color and a Ring Video Doorbell Pro at a higher price-Set up: Plug in the device to keep prompts, and then connect to the Internet. Overall, the set-up was self-explanatory.- Summary of critical aspects that have changed in this version: Echo Present 5 (ES5) vs. Echo Present 2 (ES2). Technically, there is nothing to compare this device to other than the previous Echo Present 2nd generation even though it is not a fair comparison because the previous device is a premium device. Perhaps, Amazon is trying to improve the number of offerings for its Echo Present line-up while decreasing the price and/or the Echo Present 2nd generation didn’t obtain as a lot of sales (no clue, I am just guessing here). Please note that the Fire Tablets, the Kindles, and the Echo speakers have 3 models each so the above guess is a reasonable one.--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES2 (2018)--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES2 (10.1 inch HD screen)--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES2 (1280 x 960 resolution)--- Speakers: ES5 (one 4W speaker) vs. ES2 (two 10W drivers and a passive radiator with Dolby processing for room-filling sound)--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES2 (5 MP)--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES2 (microphone/camera on/off button)--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES5 (4 mics)--- Built-in Zigbee intelligent home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES2 (present)--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES2 [9.7” x 6.9” x 4.2” (246 mm x 174 mm x 107 mm)].--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES2 [62.2 oz. (1765 grams)]--- Processor: ES5 (MediaTek MT 8163) vs. ES2 (Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor)--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES2 [Power adapter (30W)/cable (6 ft.)]- Key things are related when compared to Echo Present 2nd generation device:--- Alexa is the same: However, please note that Alexa has several skills and is constantly being updated--- Primary functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Present device and uses) is the same--- Color options are the same.--- Warranty and Service options are the same--- Ports and buttons are the same- Comparison between the Echo Present 5 (ES5) and Echo Spot (ES)--- Release Date: ES5 (2019) vs. ES (2018)--- Display size: ES5 (5.5 inch) vs. ES (2.5 inc)--- Display resolution: ES5 (960 x 480 resolution) vs. ES (480 x 480 resolution)--- Camera: ES5 (1MP) vs. ES (VGA)--- Camera Controls: ES5 (built-in camera shutter and microphone/camera off button) vs. ES (microphone/camera on/off button).--- Microphones: ES5 (2 mics) vs. ES (4 mics)--- Built-in Zigbee intelligent home hub: ES5 (NA) vs. ES (present).--- Dimensions: ES5 [5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)] vs. ES [4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” (104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm)--- Weight: ES5 [14.5 oz (410 grams)] vs. ES [14.8 oz. (419 grams)]--- Adapter and cable: ES5 [Power adapter (15W)/cable (4.9 ft.)] vs. ES [Power adapter (W)/cable (6 ft.)]--- Color Options: ES5 (Charcoal or Sandstone) vs. ES (Black or White)- Key things are related when compared to Echo Present 2nd generation device:--- Alexa is the same--- Primary functionality (i.e. the purpose the Echo Present device and uses) is the same--- Warranty and Service options are the same--- Ports and buttons are the same- Technical specs and other info (Echo Present 5):--- Size: 5.8” x 3.4” x 2.9” (148mm x 86mm x 73mm)--- Weight: 14.5 oz (410 grams)--- Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty is available for U.S. customers and is sold separately.--- Wi-Fi connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks. Does not help connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.--- Ports: 3.5 mm stereo jack, power port, and USB port.--- Audio: Full range 1.65” built-in speaker. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers.--- Buttons on device: Two volume controls (Volume Up and Volume Down) and Camera Shutter (On/Off).- Some limitations (listed in order of concern) to be expected because of this device being sold at a bargain price and is the mid-tier model:--- There was some lag time in loading videos, some confusion to access things, and the screen doesn’t function related to a smartphone (swiping to access options and apps). Additionally, the software on this device occasionally kept freezing and navigation was a bit of a challenge. For instance, there were multiple times when the video I was watching restart to the beginning (after the video was paused and the home screen came on) and songs stopped mid-way. Consequently, I am docking down 1/2 a star.---The constant ads on the home screen (try Alexa to do something) can obtain a bit annoying. I am docking down 1/2 a star for this issue.--- FreeTime could not be enabled on this device. I tried repeatedly but couldn’t figure out how to create FreeTime work. Enabling Amazon FreeTime in the Alexa application can create any Echo Device kid-friendly. Again, I am docking down another 1/2 a star.--- The speaker is not as amazing as compared to the Echo Present 2nd generation--- No audio cable includedTotal stars docked: 1.5- Some useful features on the Echo Present (not a comprehensive list).--- “Alexa has 80,000 skills and counting. Skills are like apps and support you do more like play Jeopardy! Just say, ‘Alexa, present me skills.’”--- Accessibility: “On Echo devices with screens, you can enable Alexa captioning and closed captioning, magnify the screen, toggle color inversion, and choose between color correction options. You can also enable the VoiceView screen reader to use gestures to navigate the screen and hear spoken feedback about the stuff you select.”--- Bluetooth: “Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) help for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Present 5 or from Echo Present 5 to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.”--- The “Drop In” feature on Alexa functions as a two-way intercom between any 2 Echo devices (needs to be enabled on receiver device). Additionally, customers can use Announcements as a one-way intercom to other household devices. This can be done by asking Alexa to “Drop In” on Kitchen, Kid’s bedroom, Living Room (depending on how you have named your Echo devices), etc. Family members do not need to accept Drop Ins (announcements) as compared to a hands-free call that needs to be accepted (similar to a traditional phone call, people can reject the call). Basically, the Drop In feature works in your house while the hands-free call feature (calls require that you input the contact name and phone number by letting the Alexa application access this information) is making a physical call to either someone in your home or somewhere else using the Echo device. Calls can be created to the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Calling family members has been amazing. The noise-canceling set-up works really well and conversations are crisp and clear. Messaging option exists for those with the Alexa app, an echo device with a screen, or Skype.--- Ability to customize clock face, add background photos, entertain, and make morning routines.--- You can watch videos on WikiHow (unique fresh addition)--- There is a fresh and upgraded wake up alarm system (option to add ambient sunrise lighting feature)--- Surfing the web using Amazon’s web browser - Silk--- Other apps (games, educational tools, etc. available in Amazon’s application store) plus several prominent apps included like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.--- Ability to check email.--- Ability to control your intelligent home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)--- Ability to watch film trailers, news, see song lyrics, and album art--- Ability to listen to radio stations, podcasts, see song lyrics, and audiobooks--- Ability to make to-do lists, calendars, look at weather, and traffic. Also, you can keep step-by-step directions for cooking--- Customers can create purchases from their Amazon account-Some Usage Hints (Amazon’s review zone limitations prevent me from putting any more tips):--- Changing Device Name: Please note that the device name can be changed from something generic to something specific. This is especially helpful if you own multiple Echo devices and was automatically assigned a generic device name (like “Echo Dot”) and has no clue which device is which on the Amazon Alexa app. This can be done by opening the Alexa application -> selecting “devices” -> selecting “All Devices”-> selecting “your respective device” -> then scroll down in your device options and select “Edit Name” -> Then you can change it to whatever you choose. Personally, I have named devices either based on user, model and/or zone at home.--- Devices can be registered using the same methods listed above and getting to the Device specific page. This applies especially if you are gifting the device to another individual or are reselling it.- Potential best areas for device placement:--- Bedroom as an alarm clock and ambient device (slowly turns on in the morning), to see to-do lists, weather, news updates, wake up to music, play radio station, potentially seeing nursery (by using Alexa integrated nursery cameras) and also ability to control your intelligent home devices through voice control (security cameras, light, thermostats, etc.)--- Kitchen as a device to help with cooking by providing step-by-step directions, to turn on music, etc.--- Home Office as a device to quickly check any updates (check the above list from bedroom).- Saving cash on purchasing this device:--- Occasionally, Amazon also offers discounts for a bundle sale on products (get 2 or 3 stuff for a substantial discount). So, if you are considering buying the ES5, now is the time to order it. There is a limited time sale - you can obtain 2 devices for $30 off though I don’t know how long it will last.--- My recommendation would be to preorder this item now. If you don’t obtain a possibility to do so, then you can purchase this item during a sale happening (for instance, Amazon Prime day is in mid-July).--- The customer can obtain this item on sale during Prime day (based on prior sales analysis), and then stack the trade-in price (if you have an older device) and the 25% discount to obtain this item. However, one thing to hold in mind is that Amazon might decide to remove the trade-in bonus card and 25% discount at any point.- Conclusion: 3.5/5 starsTo sum up my review, my slight frustration is that this device doesn’t exactly function as a stand-alone smartphone nor does it function as a stand-alone speaker device so it can be a @#$%!&allenging to use initially. In my opinion, the Echo Present is a device still looking for its niche (i.e., in, a lot of senses everything that the Echo Present 5 does, can be done better using dedicated devices like the Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, or the Echo speakers). However, overall this device works really well in a little room. Updates worth noting in this ver are the increased privacy options and lower cost. The bottom line is that if you are looking to obtain an affordable device that is well rated, has a little profile, is lightweight, and can function as a intelligent tablet, intelligent speaker, alarm, intelligent home devices controller, etc.(though not being amazing at anything per se plus being a bit challenging to use and have a few minor bugs) then this device is the method to go. I don't think this device deserves 4/5 stars. 4 is too high a score for this device as it has numerous flaws. 3 is too low a rating for this product as I think it is a amazing concept that requires much refining. However, Amazon doesn't give me the option to give a 3.5/5 or 7/10, but 3.5/5 is my final rating for this ease note that several resources were used in the compilation of this review, but most of this review was based on my private testing of the product. Additionally, because of the length of the review and some info fitting into multiple categories, I have repeated some key ideas to support customers unfamiliar with the device to obtain acclimated.Whenever I create any purchase, I test to do a thorough and accurate job with the review. This means that I am putting my trust in the global community of reviewers to help me with finding the best choices for my family and self. My reviews are a method of giving back to the community, and I strive to be an ethical reviewer following the golden rule. Consequently, my reviews are my honest and comprehensive assessment of the product. I always post future updates and corrections based on fresh info if deemed necessary. Additionally, I always contain images of products to verify both that I purchased this product and to back up appropriate claims in the review. If you have any feedback or questions or corrections, leave a note in the comments section. Thank you!

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    Ugh. The constant huge ads to “Try, Alexa [insert question or skill here]” that splash across the screen and cannot be turned off are annoying. Super annoying. Like return this annoying. There is no option to turn them off. You can only have *all of them play once then stop, but that means the content that you actually wish regular updates of, like your stocks or news, scroll once and then never again. Oh, yeah, the images of the product on this page? None of them present that “Try, Alexa” screen or card as they call it. So you have no idea that you will be constantly subjected to those screen filling ads all the time. This is not worth $90. It’s not worth $45. It’s an annoying ad machine. Oh and the screen is dark, low resolution so your images look terrible, and there are only 2 video options (prime and nbc) but the software to select and watch them is terrible. This is a poorly conceived and executed product.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    having to disable cards as the only method to stop the rotating alexa suggestions is not really a sane nsidering the price of the device this should be easier to permanently disable instead of only being able to partially disable it (it will still present when interacting with the device) by disabling useful agine going to the films and seeing a banner at the bottom with "we are also playing this other film you might like" and then 10 mins later "did you know you can buy popcorn?" and then "we have free restrooms". I think they are going for this kind of experience. no matter how amazing the movie, the banners undermine it.I will hold it for now in case they release an modernize removing the advertisements. but I will probably be returning it if there is no permanent fix.EDIT:I have been exploring more and i can review some skills:smart ligths: works decent enough with philiphs hue. you can se a dimmer switch for the room you asked alexa to control. i believe it should have access to the intelligent home application showing all the lights. unfortunately asking alexa to show/open intelligent home doesn't present you the intelligent home instead it shows you some irrelevant "smart home tip"timer: works great!, timer stays on clock screen. is a easy task but really works perfectlyspotify: major disappointment, puts in question the value of the device, the user interface is minimal there is only a recently played screen. no playlist or any other method to discover the spotify catalog!, I was expecting a method to discover the catalog as part of the minimum set of : like intelligent lights the screens seem disconnected. you can play an audiobook and you obtain primary controls play/pause back/forward 30 seconds but that's it. you can ask alexa to present you your audiobooks but it's a easy list with no options other than resuming the audiobook you select. no chapters no options.EDIT2:I started the return process.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    I do love this small device. I wanted a device for my desk at work for the clock but also because I watch a lot of videos and listen to melody as I work. The sound is awesome for such a little device, the display is very nice and clear for the type of screen they've used to hold costs down. That said howeverBrowsing Prime Videos is a allow down- it's very primary and limited toward manual use- after locating a video or series touching the icon for it immediately starts playing the series without displaying info about the show, AND, does not let you to select a season or episode.- after watching for a while and leaving, upon returning touching the icon to start playback does not return to the latest played point, it starts the series entirely Over again- Pausing playback for more than a min or two causes the display to go back to the home screen, "Alexa" resume OR going back and searching/touching again RESTARTS the series rather than picking up at the latest played point.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    I have Google Home and Amazon Echo products in almost every room of my house. I love the connected home. My toys that allow me control intelligent plugs and access my security cameras have tickled me pink.But I've stayed away from Amazon screens because most of the professional reviewers have stated that you can do the same things with Amazon screen products that you can do with the Amazon tablets. Besides, over the 2018 holidays I picked up four Google Nest screens and I love them. Amazing pictures, videos, amazing view of my Ring and other security cameras.I purchased the Amazon Echo Present 5 in the "buy two save $30" sale thinking they wouldn't be too bad. When they finally arrived I unboxed one and was immediately disappointed at how little it was. Of course, I knew the size when I ordered them, but holding it my hand - it just looked tiny. After set up I realized the screen on the Echo Present 5 was smaller than my smartphone. So...immediate disappointment, let's see if it was still worth the adjusted $75 e sound quality pleasantly surprised me. Just as amazing as the Echo speaker only. Sadly, that was the only positive I discovered after a week-end's use. The screen was too little to have fun videos. I don't like the Amazon home screen and the number of screen tickers that run across the screen. I kept thinking it was trying to tell me something important. Instead, messages like, "ask Alexa to tell you the time." kept popping up. Lame, man.Anyway, perhaps I was doomed to never like the Echo Present 5. I don't like that I'm locked out of the Android/Google environment with Amazon. When I ask Alexa to play "Stacy's Mom", I wish to see Stacy's mom. And I don't wish to have to do it through a browser like a neanderthal.I've attached two pictures to illustrate the size of the screen. Eh...If I had only purchased one for $75 I probably would have kept it instead of returning them both. But I honestly think this belongs at a $50 price. No higher. "A intelligent alarm clock.", some said. I agree.EDIT 7/17/19Well, two days after my $160 refund came through for the return of my original two ES5's came through and Amazon Prime Day happened. And they went down to $50 a piece. I didn't realize I had so much influence over Amazon pricing. Anyway, I repurchased two ES5's.I still think the unit is too little to be of any practical use. But, it's a toy for me and for $50 I'll splurge and mess around with them.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    I got this hoping that it would resolve some of the issues with my old Echo Spot. It is worse in every way.When I took it out of the box, I immediately noticed that it feels much lighter than the Echo Spot. This is a poor sign since sound quality typically correlates to the heft of the magnet driving the every respect this is a cheap, buggy, not good quality ver of the older Echo Spot:1. The sound is muddy and thumpy. I adjusted the bass all the method down and the midrange and treble all the method up, but it has only a minimal affect on the poor, muffled sound. It's not defective, just obviously a cheap, not good design.2. The timer still disappears. If I set a timer, I need to see it. Especially if the device is doing nothing else. What is the point of hiding the timer when that is all I've asked the thing to do? The Present 5 is worse, however, because the timer sound is not as loud and is muffled.3. Changing the volume cancels the timer. At least the Spot does not suffer from this "feature."4. There is no method to disable the incessant "Try, 'Alexa,…" suggestions. They simply cannot be removed. And if you would like your screen to cycle through the weather and news headlines then you're going to have to cycle through the Amazon ads as well (where they "suggest" that you use Alexa to order things or check on shipping status).5. The microphone is still not good and unresponsive. I was hoping that this was one thing that could be fixed. My Apple HomePod can hear me halfway across the house with the TV going. If the Spot is playing the news or there is any other ambient sound I have to yell at it. Same with the Present 5. The microphone still makes it a struggle to be recognized if things are not library quiet.6, The is still no loudness equalization, Going beck to before the 1st iPod it's been simple to set things to normalize things to the same volume. With the Present 5, a low-volume news source is nearly inaudible while a high-volume source is too loud. When I have the Present 5 play three news sources I have to constantly adjust the volume between then. The old Spot has the same issue but you would have expected it to be fixed by now.7. There is still no option to configure how you wish the home screen to look. The entire point of a bigger screen is to present more information, but this still has the old crude system of the Spot that just lets you select a few things that it will rotate through, including the Amazon ads about "Try, 'Alexa,…" I wish weather, news headlines and time fixed on the screen. That's it but it cannot be done.8. There is no method to set the screen to huge numbers. If you wish to read time from a distance, or in bed if you are near sighted, you cannot fill the screen with the e device is so hostile to its users that it's inconceivable that any true users were involved in its design and testing. It is completely and utterly disappointing.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    My nightstand has a fresh companion, the Echo Present 5. I was using the spot, but because of the little screen size, I wanted a larger display that would do more. The Present 5 has done just that. From watching Youtube and Prime Video, to just having a clock. I like how much real-estate the screen has. I have the digital clock with the date and weather all on one page. I use my own photo's as its background. Overall I think it's an make batter over the spot, which was moved to my office. If you wish a fresh clock for your nightstand or something to play melody or just to watch multiple sources of video, the Present 5 is for you.I see all these complaints about only having two sources of video, Prime Video and NBC. As I mentioned up above, Youtube is also available. You can access it through either of the two built in browsers (Firefox and Silk). It works very well.I guess each person has there own opinion of this product. It's not as poor as some of the reviewers on here are saying. I see me pictures clearly as they rotate on my Present 5. All I did was turn up the brightness. Amazon updates their software all the time. What might not be working now, could be fixed later.I bought this to use on my nightstand to replace the Spot. It hasn't allow me down since I got it. Things I didn't like showing up, I shut them off either through the Alexa application or on the present 5 y it for yourself and create your own decision.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    After wavering between a 4 or 5 star rating, I decided on a 4 star, but a "solid" 4 due to the reasons essentially is a intelligent alarm clock (like the Spot) with a much better speaker.Unboxing the Echo Present 5, it immediately looked and felt less substantial than the Echo Spot. It is light with a plastic screen giving a down-market feel, but at $40 less, I guess it t up was fairly straight forward (on the device, not in the Alexa app) and then on to the e screen (while cheap looking/feeling as mentioned) is the size of a now standard intelligent phone in panoramic mode but with far fewer pixels. This gives it more functionality than the Spot, but it still feels “small” as a intelligent home device in a globe of 5.7 plus inch phones. If you’ve ever had a Nucleus Intercom (which Amazon supported and then copied), you will be very familiar with the plastic feel/look of the Present 5.I took advantage of the buy two offer for the discount and then applied two more discounts after trading in a couple of Spots. Would I do it again? I am unsure. If buying a device new, the fresh Present 5 is a no brainer over the Spot (which will eventually go away), due to the better screen size, better speaker and significant price difference. If considering a trade in or trade up, definitely look for a discount or wait to see what Prime Day has to offer, as just the “feel” of the device will create you question your this point, we are up to 14+ Alexa devices in our house/cars, so have gotten quite critical of every small device Amazon decides to roll out. But hey, what do I know? I’m a person who sent back two Gen 2 Echo Show’s and ordered refurbed 1st Gen Shows due to what I thought was a horrible bass sound from the fresh ain, for a first time user or as an add on (not replacement), it can’t be beat at its price.

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    Thankfully, I figured out (just this morning) how to turn off "things to try", ads, reminders, etc and how to create the screen stay on the clock face/clock mode on my Echo Present 5. It's easy to do, and it works! Here's how you do it: On the face of your Echo Present 5, go to Settings. Then go to Home and Clock, then go to Home Content. Once you obtain to Home Content, turn off EVERYTHING in that section. Just go down the list under Home Content and create sure that the slider for each item is not green (which means that it is turned on). After you do this, go back to your home screen, and your Echo Present 5 will be on whatever clock face you had previously chose/set up for it. Your Echo Present 5 home screen will continue to stay on that clock face, in the clock mode until you give it a command, or ask a question, etc. And after Alexa answers your question, your Echo Present will go right back to the home screen/clock mode once again. No more annoying "things to try"!

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    Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug review [Book]  2019-12-2 18:1

    I was unhappy with the Present when I first set it up. I wanted the clock to present but Amazon Hints kept minimizing the clock. After giving it 1 star, Amazon customer service reached out to me. I received an email explaining how to stop the “Things to Try” and now I love it. Here is an excerpt from that email and I hope it helps can edit your home page to not present you certain things on the Echo Present 5:1. Go to settings2. Begin Home & Clock3. Home ContentThere you can turn off things like- Rotate Continuously- DiscoverTrending Topicsor anything else you dont wish to see

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    This is my very in-depth review for:Echo Flex - Plug-in intelligent speaker with AlexaIf you prefer a quicker summary, go straight to the summary ckground:A bit of background here will probably be good. I own two Echo Dots (2nd Gen), 1 Echo Spot, and two Echo Dots (3rd Gen). Small by small I have been getting my feet wet in the home automation pit. I have added intelligent bulbs, intelligent locks, intelligent plugs, and intelligent switches. To this point, I have found that with the Echo devices I own, I can cover most of my house, except for my garage (That was about to change…).For a while though I have been thinking I should obtain another Echo for my garage. My main needs are: turning on/off the garage lights with my voice instead of an application (I use the Wyze Bulbs), to use voice control for my kitchen door which has a Yale/August intelligent lock, and for reminders or fast shopping whenever I am working on a e day that the Echo Flex was announced, I said, I gotta test one of those, so I ordered one. While I did have my reservations on the “not optimized for melody statement”, that was not the reason I was getting it and I do have a Bluetooth speaker I could use with it if I ever wanted to listen some melody in the stallation:The installation was a breeze, had the echo running in about 1 minute. Just as installing any other Echo:- Connect the device to an outlet- Begin the Alexa app, click on the menu and select “Add Device”- Select “Amazon Echo”, then select “Echo Flex” (close to the bottom of the page.).- Follow the screen prompts as needed. this point if you have a Bluetooth speaker to be added, I would do that as well. The process is beautiful much the same, using the Alexa application to pair them up.Positives:What Like the most about the Echo Flex, is its size and convenience. It is an Echo. It doesn’t take a lot of counterspace which is always a plus. It also has a USB port underneath for adding attachments, I do not have any of those yet, but knowing that I liked the Flex so far, I might obtain the motion sensor attachment. If not, you can always use that port to charge your phone ☺. It uses a single outlet and is designed in a method that it could be plugged in, even when other huge plugs are connected in the top outlet. Finally, we got the price; it goes for 25$ regular price. Knowing how functional this device is, this is a amazing gatives:The product description specifically states that this Echo is not optimized for music. I can attest that this is true. The sound quality is not bad, it is just that the bass is not there and there is an extremely faint quasi-metallic echo to it, it sounds very related to how some old speakers would sound back in the day, just with much better voice clarity. If you own a Bluetooth speaker, then this is not a issue at all, if not then just know that melody is not its forte.Other thoughts:I tried to be as comprehensive as I could in this review. However, since I have only used my Echo Flex for about a week, I will modernize my review as required if any nuances present up.__________________________Summary:This is a very impressive unit, that works well for anyone either getting their feet wet in the home automation pit or looking to expand their Dots listening range. They will obtain the job done. They will take one outlet and no “counter space” making them an affordable voice controller for any device. It will play melody on them, but the sound quality is subpar for that. At this price point though, they are probably the best voice control device available and although not perfect, well deserving of a five-star rating.If my review helped you in any way, please allow me know by clicking the "helpful" button below. Any questions you may have, feel free to ask… Thank you!

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    The GOOD:-Price: At $25, this is one of the least expensive Echo options. It is less expensive than the Dot, and is one of the cheapest ways to add Alexa to your home.-Utility: Most people that I've talked to about this product were looking forward to having an Echo device that they could use in a little space, like a hallway or bathroom. These locations are usually not ideal for placing an Echo or Echo Dot, but the Echo Flex is excellent for the job. I found the Flex to be useful by my front door, and in a hallway where I didn't have room for an Echo device before.-Flexibility: The Flex supports at least two add-on devices; a night light and a motion sensor. Each one plugs into the USB port at the bottom of the Flex. The intelligent night light is beautiful useful; it functions as a regular night light, but it can also be assigned routines in the Alexa app. You can also change the brightness and select one of 16 colors. The motion sensor allows for fresh routines that are triggered by any detected motion. It was simple to set up a routine that turns my intelligent lights on when motion is detected by the Flex motion sensor. The light and the motion sensor are each $15 currently, which seems like a beautiful amazing deal to me, as I've found the motion sensor to be particularly e BAD:-Speaker: This 0.6" speaker is actually fine for just talking to Alexa, but it is definitely not designed for playing music. I feel like the speakers on my phone sound better than the Flex as far as melody playback. This is not a really huge deal to me, as I hadn't planned on listening to melody on the Flex, and for regular calls or Drop Ins it sounds fine. It is also worth noting that the Flex does come with an audio out connection where you could hook up your own speakers if you were interested in playing music.Overall:This small device seems like it is worth getting in two specific situations: A) You wish Alexa in an zone of the house like a hallway where you can't put any other Echo device, or B) You wish to use a motion sensor to trigger routines. For either of these purposes, the Flex is amazing and is an inexpensive solution. If, however, you were looking for something that can also double as a speaker to play music, this is probably not the device for you.I will modernize this review if I encounter any problems over time, or to respond any questions that you have. Feel free to comment under this review if you have a question or something that you would like me to test, and I'll answer as soon as I can.* (If you found this review to be informative and/or helpful, please click "Helpful" to allow me know. Thanks! ) *

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    I got this for one of the basic reasons I suspect most multi-echo households will. The size. My house has a huge central room that all the other rooms feed off of. We have echoes in just about every room in the house, except the central room. The main reason for that is the cords that are on the dots. I would have loved a 3G dot in this central room, but the zone of all the power outlets create it visually unappealing. I'd have to run a cord to where I could place the dot, and that would just look when Amazon announced this small item, it was an automatic purchase. Now I know we don't have it for melody - my office setup handles that (Two Echo 2.0's & the echo subwoofer). But my wife does not have a particularly loud voice, and when she tries to problem commands to turn on lights in other rooms, it frequently mishears I wanted one for this central room, but didn't wish a cord. This is perfect. The voice isn't as amazing as a regular speaker, but that's to be expected. But it does work as something for light conversation - or commands to turn lights on and goofy thing about this, I have it on an outlet near the floor, and to that, our cats checked it out immediately upon installation. There is a skill you can do to create your device meow like a cat, and it was most enjoyable.Anyway, the device is little - I have pictures below of the thing in my hand before I installed tom line is - this does what it says. Adds Alexa to locations where it wasn't before via a very little footprint device. It lacks sound fidelity due to its size, but if you know that going on, and don't plan on this to be your basic melody source, then you're good.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    Wow! They are finally letting me review this. It arrived several days ago and when I tried to review it earlier today it said it hadn't yet been released. So here are some random is a nice addition to my 1st gen and 2nd gen Echo family. I've added this to my kitchen where my greatest need was a timer. No need to go to (or yell to and wonder if she really heard) the living room to set timers t up was simple as usual through the Alexa exa's voice sounds off, so I was surprised to search the melody comes through quite well. Not great, but surprisingly amazing for the size and just fine for a noisy kitchen.I wasn't sure what to expect from the Flex, but I'm very happy I got this Price-wise it is a amazing deal!

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    If it did not have a speaker, I would have rated higher. However it does and it sounds like a radio my amazing amazing grandfather would have had - very tinny and the loudest volume is limited. I was hoping to listen to talk radio in the morning, but it sounds horrible even for that. With all the inexpensive little Bluetooth speakers out there, they certainly could have fit a better sounding speaker in this little footprint and a low cost. I love the idea of this, especially the USB port where I can plug something else in (my electric toothbrush uses USB) and turn my 2 socket outlet into a 3 socket unit. But the poor sound trumps all - making this amazing idea a very not good execution.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    This is an Echo Dot with a little speaker that plugs directly into the wall. That means that the sound quality is low; despite being called a "smart speaker" it can barely play melody and even the voice quality is not good (Alexa's own voice is little and tinny). But it can go a lot of more locations much less obtrusively than a 's called the "Flex" because accessories can be plugged into the USB port on the bottom, potentially giving it a lot of extra abilities. As happens too often in the electronic-gadget market, though, those accessories mostly don't exist yet; whether more than two or three ever will remains to be seen. That is probably why at the moment Amazon's product description doesn't dwell much on the "Flex" aspects. Perhaps a lot of useful and imaginative accessories are coming and Amazon decided to release the Flex before they are ready so as not to miss the Holiday season. Or perhaps ere are use cases for a little Dot with a little speaker that plugs directly into the wall. But that's just about all this is for now. And suggesting that this device itself qualifies as a speaker is unrealistic.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    I'm a HUGE fan of Echo devices. I have one in nearly .... *thinking* ... yes, nearly every room (I don't have one in the dining room but only because the ones in other rooms can pick up my voice while I'm in the dining room). I even have a vehicle one so ... when I saw this one ... I was PRETTY intrigued. I bought it to go in the bathroom, to replace my Dot that I have in there, plugged into and hanging on the wall via a bulky thing created just for it that you can search on Amazon (that I don't mind ... I'm just saying it's bulky).The set up on the Flex is just as simple as the set up on other devices. You plug it in, it starts up and if it's registered and you have an Alexa acc on your phone, you're set to - there's a USB port on the bottom of the Flex, so you can plug in a charger cord or a fan cord or whatever you wish that is USB powered. Nifty! I was going to plug in a night light.But, the sound. So, the sound is not as amazing as the most latest generation of Dots (pre the one with the clock, I haven't tried that one yet). It's a much smaller speaker, obviously, and the sound isn't as rich. I plugged it into the outlet in the bathroom, turned on the shower and hopped in for a listen. Even at the highest volume, it wasn't really the sound I was looking for to obtain me going in the morning. Boo. So, I replaced it with my bulky Dot and took the Flex into my computer room, where I don't really NEED an Echo device because I have a Fire TV with Alexa built in but ... my family can't drop in on that (NOT a poor thing, right?).Because of my outlet situation, I ended up putting it in an outlet midway up the wall, behind a little lamp. I had to turn it upside down. I noticed that either because it's in a bigger zone (13'x9') or because it's upside down, the sound is better but still not like a Dot but still passable. Like a first generation Dot's sound.Anyhow, my husband dropped in on my with it latest night and it worked great. It would be amazing for a garage or a little bathroom without a shower or somewhere where there isn't a lot of background noise. Of course, you can use the USB to plug in a speaker but ... there's already a speaker. It's literally touted as a mini-speaker!I also found the voice pickup wasn't as responsive as my newest Dot. It responds but you have to give it a second to wake up to your voice and speak slower.I don't wish you to think I don't like this Flex ... I really do. I think it's excellent for certain locations ... ones that don't have a lot of background noise and are smaller. I really like the added USB and I like the shape and the method it looks on the wall. I think if you're going to have Echo devices, you should have them in every room (especially as you age) and they should be the right ones for each room. This one serves a purpose for specific locations and the price is certainly right.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    I have this in my garage and works perfectly when I'm working there and wish to turn on lights I have connected to a intelligent plug. Also if I wish to know the weather or if I have a question in general works great. I can play melody on it but it's not amazing for sound, but I don't think that was the intent for this. If your buying it for higher quality sound obtain a Echo Studio - High-fidelity intelligent speaker with 3D audio and Alexa. Or pair it up with a Bluetooth speaker or use the 3.5 mm audio jack and hook it to your stereo. I did the drop in with an echo dot in the house and it worked great. I could hear them clearly and they could hear me, which is nice if someone needs me they can drop in on the garage. I also have a camera in the garage so I can also see and now talk to whoever is there. Overall I'm satisfied with it. Oh and if the LED is flashing a yellowish color it's the method it notifies you you have a notification. Found that out when The one I have in the house was also flashing indicating I have a notification.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

    I've been using Echo devices for years now and have Echos, Dots and a Present 5 around the house. But there are still locations where Alexa doesn't hear me well and it's either a complete guess which device will answer to me, like in a hallway, or can't hear me at all, like in my master bathroom. The Flex is amazing for those spots where your need is more for a method to talk to Alexa or trigger a Routine than to rely on the device as a basic e mics on it are very good. The speaker is clearly not the selling point of this device, but it's fine for primary questions and commands, most spoken content, communicating with a Ring doorbell, DropIn, or giving commands to another device. You wouldn't wish to listen to melody on it and it doesn't obtain terribly loud, but it's loud enough for a little zone like a hallway or bath. You can connect the Flex to external speakers via aux cable or Bluetooth.I purchased this with the nightlight attachment to use in the master bath with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It suits that purpose quite well. It replaced my old nightlight, so now I have Alexa access, a nightlight, and a USB charger in a single outlet and device, all with no wires or counter zone used. Amazing if you have a smaller vanity! It's also amazing for hallways because again, no wires and no need for something to set it e Flex and the nightlight attachment both set themselves up. If you've previously saved your wireless connection information to your Amazon account, just plug it in and it does the setup for you.I can see the motion sensor being incredibly useful for kicking off Routines, but figured my dog would be tripping it all the time. For that reason, I didn't add one to the Flex for the hallway.

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    Introducing Echo Flex - Plug-in mini smart speaker with Alexa review [Book]  2019-11-23 18:2

     I use it outside in my caport to control all my exterior lights - I can do it from my phone, but that's a pain, especially if I am dirty, have my hands full, etc. I can obtain my outside lights on with ease, and I can still obtain time temp, time, weather, or put calls from it by just telling it to call someone on my contact list or just spout out the number. It has bluetooth which I have not tried, but also a 3.5mm headphone jack so I could hook it to a speaker with ease. Love it so far!The onboard sound is tinny and very little sounding, but I expected that from this very little device.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    I have had the Echo Dot for some time now. Bought a intelligent plug with it t up was a mystery but if you follow the directions, worked exa is fast to answer and works the intelligent plug perfectly. Lights on, or Turn the Lights On, or what have you, and it works. The same for lights off. I love that you can turn lights on remotely with the Alexa app.Owning an echo is a learning experience. When you come home and see a green or yellow flashing circle, you're like, um, what? It takes a small bit of research to figure out if this is some kind of countdown or notification and simple enough to turn off.I want there were better security measures on the device. I'd love to have it only work with my voice, but alas, there's some infinite (corporate) wisdom that has not created this option possible yet, out of the factory box.Other wise, watch set up. If you have Amazon set to a mailing address but live somewhere else, it defaults to that mailing address location, but it's simple enough to fix/change. In fact, as you encounter things from the Echo Dot, everything is simple enough to fix/change.I'm still learning it, but so far, thumbs up!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    I love having the Government listening to me (Thats a joke), and having my female lady mate see what my Alexa can do... she liked talking to mine, so I bought her one. After my lady mate got over all her kinfolks telling her the CIA is listening to her, she loves it. Make all type of routines that create it so much easier. What’s better than laying in bed and being able to create sure the door is locked, Christmas tree is off, lights are off, so you can go to sleep? My toyota has Alexa on it and when I arrive at home I say “Alexa I’m home” and everything is turned on. Sweet.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    its a amazing thing for my house

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    i refused to have something in my house able to listen everything i say but with the mike off option i bought another one life much easier thanks god for technology lmao

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    We just replaced all of our original Echo Dots with the fresh (3rd Gen) Echo Dots and they are great! The sound quality is so much better.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    I bought this one for Christmas 2019 for my granddaughter. I loved the first one I got. I would recommend these.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    Buying these two devices together was an perfect deal! Normally the intelligent plug by itself is $25, so this was a steal.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    The Echo is wonderful, the intelligent plug that came with is garbage. If I purchase another intelligent plug, it wont be this e Echo Dot performs excellently, set up/use is super simple and was happy how quick it was delievered.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    We have loved having an echo dot and intelligent plug. No complaints here!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-24 18:2

    Works amazing and sounds amazing I love it

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    I have had the Echo Dot for some time now. Bought a intelligent plug with it t up was a mystery but if you follow the directions, worked exa is fast to answer and works the intelligent plug perfectly. Lights on, or Turn the Lights On, or what have you, and it works. The same for lights off. I love that you can turn lights on remotely with the Alexa app.Owning an echo is a learning experience. When you come home and see a green or yellow flashing circle, you're like, um, what? It takes a small bit of research to figure out if this is some kind of countdown or notification and simple enough to turn off.I want there were better security measures on the device. I'd love to have it only work with my voice, but alas, there's some infinite (corporate) wisdom that has not created this option possible yet, out of the factory box.Other wise, watch set up. If you have Amazon set to a mailing address but live somewhere else, it defaults to that mailing address location, but it's simple enough to fix/change. In fact, as you encounter things from the Echo Dot, everything is simple enough to fix/change.I'm still learning it, but so far, thumbs up!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    I love having the Government listening to me (Thats a joke), and having my female lady mate see what my Alexa can do... she liked talking to mine, so I bought her one. After my lady mate got over all her kinfolks telling her the CIA is listening to her, she loves it. Make all type of routines that create it so much easier. What’s better than laying in bed and being able to create sure the door is locked, Christmas tree is off, lights are off, so you can go to sleep? My toyota has Alexa on it and when I arrive at home I say “Alexa I’m home” and everything is turned on. Sweet.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    its a amazing thing for my house

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    i refused to have something in my house able to listen everything i say but with the mike off option i bought another one life much easier thanks god for technology lmao

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    We just replaced all of our original Echo Dots with the fresh (3rd Gen) Echo Dots and they are great! The sound quality is so much better.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    Buying these two devices together was an perfect deal! Normally the intelligent plug by itself is $25, so this was a steal.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    I bought this one for Christmas 2019 for my granddaughter. I loved the first one I got. I would recommend these.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    The Echo is wonderful, the intelligent plug that came with is garbage. If I purchase another intelligent plug, it wont be this e Echo Dot performs excellently, set up/use is super simple and was happy how quick it was delievered.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    We have loved having an echo dot and intelligent plug. No complaints here!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    Loved this Alexa. It was easy to use and set-up. Works great.

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    All-new Echo (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    Pros:• This is a solid built machine. Very sturdy and no dust cracks, while retaining its easy form. One of the few times I can say you’re getting exactly what every picture on the web is showing.• I had the primary black design, but I do appreciate that Amazon is offering more colors rather than there primary set (even if it’s only a few generic colors).• The mute option is the most appreciative tool. When you activate it the classic blue glow will fall into the red, giving you the visual display that your privacy is being protected.• The sound performs exactly what it’s built for. I found no problem in testing in an begin living room. The volume goes to amazing levels as once again, for a 360-degree intelligent speaker, Amazon reigns supreme.• Testing all ranges of music, I found that that bass to be rich and powerful. My colleague has the previous Echo Plus and she states that there is an improvement in the bass with this Echo. An overall rich sound when a piano came in and a warmer outcome when acoustics came into play (You’ll obtain the bass experience when you hit those hard beats).• Like any other model, the Bluetooth connectivity between a third party stereo works flawlessly. I tested this out with some Bose surround sound, and nothing but clear music. You can also pair the Echo if you have smaller / weaker speakers. Both together will pump up the experience.• The connectivity is so flawless that buying two of these devices (or use Echo’s previous versions, if you have one) and place them in separate areas doesn’t create this a poor idea. You’re going to obtain amazing quality in melody without paying an am or a leg for it.• I have to appreciate Amazon for not pushing their melody platform. They offer the usual Spotify (which I used) but also Apple Music, Deezer, TuneIn, even BBC sounds. You’re getting a lot more features than just a primary intelligent speaker.• Using Google Home for over a year I can say that just saying “Alexa” felt more natural than saying “Ok Google.” Not to mention having Alexa listen to me every time I said: “Alexa” (Google Home users will understand this).• Like before, intelligent applications fit like a glove in this system. I only used it for lights and the Echo was spot on. This feature is more common than ever on any intelligent speaker, and the Echo does what it’s supposed to do.• I admire the organization of the application because it’s your remote control on anything you wish the Echo to do. Turn off lights, switch music, mute volume, install fresh features, and so forth. We all carry our phones like carrying our driver licenses when going outside. This day in age I’ll always prefer an application than a physical remote.• I did some Alexa calls on this and found only clear responses and answers (this will depend on your Wi-Fi).• I would give 70% of Alexa sounding more human.• Everything is in the cloud so, you don’t need to worry about manual updates. All taken care of.• As I mentioned before, everything else is the same in a intelligent speaker. Ask for the weather, traffic, upcoming appointments, and all other general questions. I didn’t try all of them because…well is the same technology as latest year.• The largest difference in my book is the price. Newer and ns and Oks:• No Zigbee controller. This isn’t much of an issue, but if you already have a intelligent house layout than you’ll need to spend some additional time configuring with the Echo. The problem for this is that it puts more work on the Echo than you need. Also, there may be some intelligent devices that won’t work on the Echo because of this. I know latest year's models had some connectivity problems with Philips Hue bulbs. Hold an eye out for which intelligent devices are compatible with the Echo.• I did message that the application slows down when you place a lot of apps and intelligent applications in the Echos. I tested a lot of features out that require a decent amount of downloads, but the results did make a delay in the app. I have to assume without Zigbee’s software, if you have a lot of intelligent applications connected to the Echo, and with the general apps you use, there will be a delay in the long run.• The Echo gets loud. Loud enough that you’ll obtain some distortion when you’re around 95% in volume. The result is shown when a lot of bass is start made. Please note that 90% and up is booming your entire house.• Compare to Google Home, Alexa still isn’t the brightest intelligent speak in the family. For the primary day to day task it works fine, but those random questions that we tend to have throughout the day Alexa doesn’t deliver. Alexa will usually provide you with a fast one-sentence summary (Unlike Google, it would provide you a short paragraph.). This problem doesn’t happen all the time, but you’ll message it when it does.• I’m trying to learn Spanish, so asking smile Spanish questions with Alexa is not reliable. Example I will say “Alexa, what does “Qué estás haciendo” in Spanish mean (What are you doing?)? Alexa will say “What are you happy.” I’ve been studying for 6 moths so my speech on that sentence was spot on, but Alexa. Not a reliable study buddy.• I had the first ver of the Echo and all I can say is I miss the rotation ring. Bring it back Amazon.• The design is nothing new. It’s built very solid, but it’s identical to Echo Plus 2. My colleague had the Echo Plus and putting them aside there was no method you can tell the difference (a nice note if you wish to steal your mates and replace it with the latest version).• Even the sound is almost related to the previous Echo. Both are fantastic, but almost the tom Line:It’s a amazing intelligent speaker system, but almost identical in every method as its previous model. There is nothing wrong with that because Amazon does place in a lot of features into this Echo that makes this right in the top three (Google Home, HomePods, and the Echo Family). It’s accurate, perfect sound, and lower in price than its previous me concerns are the effects in the long run with those who have a decent amount of intelligent applications, and making sure the compatibility can be performed accurately. Also knowing the limits of what Alexa can and can’t do as the hardware is identical to its previous version. I wouldn’t be surprised if you wish to just read Echo’s previous model amazon reviews. Trust me when I say that they’re almost identical in sight and the end, the reason it doesn’t matter about the flaws is because the price is well worth what you’re getting. It’s a machine that I can see using it every day for the simplest things such as setting up an alarm to enjoying it in little parties. I will say that if you’re planning to use your surround sound stereo connected to this, then this is a must buy. You pay a massive price for a HomePod, have fun a generic performance for a Google Home, and are presented with an overall user-friendly experience with the Echo 3. Cheaper than its predecessor and the worth every penny.Overall: A little make batter from its previous model, but still an perfect experience in sound for all.Hope I was a support to ,Honest Reviewer

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    All-new Echo (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Charcoal review [Book]  2019-11-26 18:1

    We love our Alexa! A fresh member of the family that will place on your favorite song when wanted, and tell you how a lot of ounces are in a cup!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    I bought a 3rd gen Echo Dot latest year and returned it beautiful quickly. The design and build of it were amazing and solid but the sound of the Alexa voice was badly muffled. And it is still muffled in this one. The best part about this is the clock. And the best part about the clock is the brightness level setting. The first night I had it plugged in, it lit up the whole room like the sun. Then I discovered auto brightness. The auto brightness works very well, keeping the clock readable while not too bright. At night it is so dim that it casts virtually no light but it is simple to read. I gave the 3rd gen Echo Dot two stars. This one gets four because of the addition of the clock.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    I replaced my decades-old alarm clock when I saw the Echo Dot now has a visual display of the time. I mean, I've been using my Gen 1 Echo Dot in our kitchen for a timer and all other fun Alexa-enabled skills, so adding this to my bedroom was a natural. Setting the old alarm clock was a chore, but now it's as simple as "Alexa, wake me up at 5:05 a.m. tomorrow." And, it's amazing to have her read me the news while I obtain dressed. The alarm possibilities are endless, but I chose a classic one. You can dim or brighten the clock display 1-10, or create it answer to the light conditions. I set up my bedside lamps with a intelligent plug and the Alexa application recognized them quickly. Suffice to say, my bedroom experience has been modernized, and I love it!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    It's a dot with a clock. What more do you need to know? Works well and is nifty on my night stand. Love you Alexa!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Amazing so far no complaints. First Alexa product and now thinking of buying more. I like the clock face as ill nervous of those that listen.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    When your too tired to roll over to look at the clock. Sounds stupid until you realize all you have to to is ask Alexa. What's the time? What's the temperature? Set an alarm to wake up. Play that song that's stuck in my head this morning. No more fumbling with an alarm clock to snooze 10 more minutes. It's been awesome.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Lots of room for improvement. Want there was a method to add widgets from Alexa application so that I could run routines and trigger plugs without opening the application (iOS) secondly Alexas voice recognition/ voice learning ability is horrible. I do have a small bit of an accent but I’ve never had this much problem with Siri nor google

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Like having the clock visible and the brightness can be controlled thru the Alexa App. Used as timer and it shows the countdown. another plus. Again simple to set up and amazing value for the money.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Me and my family are loving our Echo Dot third generation with the clock! Alexa is very simple to talk to and has never created any mistakes.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Amazing product havent had any problems it works as it is supposed to. Connects with intelligent plug and the display feature is a nice touch.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock and Amazon Smart Plug - Sandstone review [Book]  2019-11-27 18:2

    Hard time getting it set up and working. Still ok a lot of time.did not connect as simple as said. Still learning about rest of it. I have lots of questions.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    Sound quality is the best I've heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a small additional for this one over the 2nd generation model. I'm not going to discuss the functionality as there's dozens of information already out there. One necessary note: If you set up the Alexa application on your phone, IT WILL IMPORT ALL OF YOUR PHONE CONTACTS. I didn't think I gave it permission to do so but Alexa did indeed import my contacts! You may have read stories how, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, Alexa can record what's being said in your home and then send it to ANY or ALL of those contacts! Yikes! And, I won't wish any of my children to accidentally send messages to or call people on my contact list. So, if you wish to hold your contacts from Alexa and prevent that from event here's how I did it:Before installiing the Alexa application on your phone, export your contacts to a file and save it for later. Then, go back to the phone and delete those contacts (don't worry, you'll import them back in later). Now, install the Alexa application on your phone and go through the set up process. At some point, you'll have the option to let Alexa to automatically import any additions to your contacts. Please "disable" that option. After you're done with the installation, you'll message there are no contacts in your Alexa app! Now, you can import your contacts back into your phonebook using the file that you initially made and you're amazing to go!If you already installed the application but wish to delete your contacts from Alexa, it's not too late. Simply export your phone contacts to a file and save for later. Then, delete the contacts from your phone. Now, begin the Alexa application and click "Contacts." On the Contacts page, click on "Import Contacts" and enable it by moving the button to the right side. This will cause Alexa to replace your existing contacts with the now empty phonebook. After a few minutes, your Alexa contacts will be gone. Go back and disable "Import Contacts" to prevent Alexa from importing them in the future. You can now import the contact file that you made back into your phone.Of course there may be some contacts you do wish to use with Alexa. I simply added them manually by clicking "Add Contact."I hope this information is helpful as I wasn't able to search an simple method to manage Alexa contacts.

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    I've been a satisfied owner of a 2nd generation Echo and three 2nd generation Echo Dots for a year now, and I was glad to add this to the arsenal. After using it for a few days I am generally happy with it, but it does have limitations, especially when it comes to sound quality (no surprise there!). I will begin by summarizing what's fresh about the 3rd Generation Dot, then I'll describe the device in more detail, and finally I'll add some thoughts about how to choose which Echo device may be best for e most obvious modernize to the Dot is the fresh look: it's as if someone took a 2nd generation Dot, inflated it with an air pump, and wrapped the edge in fabric. And it's not bad!What's different/updated in the 3rd Generation Dot:1) It is slightly larger than the 2nd generation device, measuring 3.9" wide x 1.7" tall (2nd gen was 3.3" wide x 1.3" tall), and the top and bottom edges are more rounded. It is also substantially heavier at nearly twice the weight of the 2nd generation model.2) The 2nd generation Dot came in two color options (black and white), each of which had a shiny plastic exterior that I personally thought looked a small cheap. The 3rd generation Dot has a fabric exterior which gives it a classier appearance, and it's available in three colors: heather grey, sandstone, and charcoal. The fabric and rounded edges give the 3rd generation Dot a much softer look than its predecessor.4) The 3rd generation Dot has a larger speaker (1.6", vs 1.1" on the 2nd gen), which is paired with a larger driver as well. I'll talk below about the result this has on audio quality.5) The placement of the microphones is slightly different: while the 2nd generation had seven little far-field microphones on its top surface; the 3rd generation has four microphones.---------------------------Overall appearance---------------------------I purchased the "sandstone" version. The cloth is a polyester woven fabric created up of lighter and darker shades which gives it more visual interest than if it were just a solid, uniform gray. The neutral color blends in with nearly any decor, and the cloth gives the unit a softer look which is amazing for locations of your house where you don't wish something that screams "I'm a device!"Aside from its larger size and slight convex bulge, the top of the device is nearly identical to that of the 2nd generation Dot: it has four buttons (volume up, volume down, microphone off, and an "action" button) and a multi-colored light ring around the top edge that tells you about the Echo's status. The side of the device has an input for the power cable and a 3.5-mm output notable improvement is the shape of the power cable, which sits flatter versus the wall than the 2nd generation Dot's cable (see my image to see them side by side). This may sound like an insignificant change, but it makes a large difference if you wish to plug the cable into an outlet that is behind a piece of furniture.-------------Setup-------------Setting up the Dot couldn't be easier. You simply plug in the power cable, then use the Alexa application on your phone to connect the Dot to your WiFi network. The application leads you through everything, and the whole process takes less than a minute. Boom.----------------Audio----------------I did a side-by-side audio comparison of the 2nd and 3rd Generation Echo Dots, first with melody (orchestral, a jazz combo, and some AC/DC) and then with a few newscasts. Everything does sound better on the 3rd generation Dot, but to be honest, the sound is still beautiful anemic. Compared with the 2nd generation Dot, the sound is slightly fuller, not as annoyingly tinny, and has a little amount of bass presence (not much, but the 2nd generation had none). Newscasts and other spoken texts benefit from the fuller sound as well, but the difference is more pronounced with music. Just for fun, I also compared the 3rd generation Dot with my 2nd generation Echo, and THAT'S where I noticed a huge difference. Yes, the fresh Dot sounds a bit better than its predecessor, but they both sound weak compared to the full-sized Echo. (To its credit, Amazon doesn't claim that the Dot has room-filling sound.)I'll be blunt: I really like the Dot, but I don't use it to listen to music. At all. With so a lot of other speaker options out there, there's just no reason to use this as your basic melody device.-------------------------Voice recognition-------------------------As I mentioned above, the number of microphones on the top surface has dropped from seven to four. I'm not sure what the rationale for this was, but after testing the Dot's ability to pick up my voice from various distances and angles, I didn't message a substantial difference in the overall microphone sensitivity compared to the 2nd generation Dot. Like the other Echo devices, though, it seems to have more difficulty detecting voices that come from below it (which happens if I talk to it while I'm on the floor playing with my daughter).-------------------Functionality-------------------The bottom line is that the overall functionality -- what the 3rd generation Dot "does" -- is nearly identical to that of the previous generations (and of other Echo devices, or at least the ones without screens). This is largely because the Alexa assistant software on which all Echos operate is run on Amazon's cloud, not your individual device. This means that as Amazon adds fresh features and updates to Alexa they automatically become available on all Echo devices. So, you can use any of them to:- Stream melody via WiFi from multiple sources- Control intelligent home devices with your voice- Create hands-free calls to other Echo devices or phone numbers in North America- Create purchases from your Amazon Prime account- Listen to news feeds, podcasts, etc.- Do anything else in Alexa's ever-growing skill set, such as create shopping lists, set timers/alarms/reminders, play games, tell you your everyday schedule, and any other skills Amazon dreams up for Alexa in the future.If you don't wish to use the Dot's built-in speaker, you can connect it to your own speakers via Bluetooth or by using the 3.5-mm output fresh feature for the 3rd generation Dot is a small puzzling to me: You can pair two Echo Dots in a "stereo mode," giving you essentially left and right speakers. I tried this briefly and the results were beautiful much what I expected: yes, it's stereo, but it's still weak sound! You can also pair an Echo Sub with the Dots, creating a small 2.1 sound system. Frankly, I'm not sure why you would do this; if I were setting up for stereo sound, I would wish speakers that are designed for decent audio performance, not two Echo exa's skill set is enormous and always growing. In fact, part of the fun of owning an Echo device is seeing what fresh skills Amazon comes up with (even if a lot of fresh skills are just silly or entertaining). I'll mention two of my favorite skills here: the Flash Briefing and the drop-in feature. The flash briefing is fully customizable everyday digest of news and other info which you can hear any time by asking "What's my flash briefing?" There is a large list of content you can add to your briefing including news updates, weather forecasts, sports and traffic updates, and educational snippets along with a lot of that are just humorous or entertaining. Using the Alexa phone application or your Echo acc page you can select exactly what content you wish in your briefing and in what order you wish to hear it. For example, I configured mine with news feeds from NPR, BBC, and Reuters. I love having an on-demand synopsis of the recent news from my favorite other favorite feature, "drop in," essentially opens a two-way communication channel between any two Echo devices, sort of like an intercom. Simply ask Alexa to "drop in on [the living room, the kitchen...]" and you are instantly connected. My wife and I use this feature to communicate from opposite ends of the house. You can turn drop-in capability on or off for each of your Echo devices individually, and you can also choose whether each device can drop in with ANY Echo device or only those in your own home.[Note that the drop-in feature is NOT the same thing as Alexa's hands-free calling feature. Hands-free calling allows you to call most phone numbers and Echo devices in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada from your Echo by saying your contact's name or number. Just like with a phone call, the other person must choose to respond your call before you can communicate. By contrast, with the drop-in feature communication is instantly established. For this reason you will probably wish to use drop-in only with your closest family and friends, and probably only for certain rooms in your home!]-----------------------------------A few (minor) complaints-----------------------------------Unfortunately this 3rd Generation Dot shares an annoying trait of its predecessors: widely varying volume levels within the everyday Flash Briefing. As you listen to the briefing, some components (such as BBC News) come through quietly while others (like Reuters) are much louder. Not a deal-breaker, but slightly so, occasionally when Alexa misunderstands a command, you have to "start over," which can be really irritating. For example, if Alexa thinks you asked to turn on a light but you really asked something else, she will repeatedly say "In which room?" until you say "Alexa, stop" and then begin over. I'm guessing this type of thing will improve over time as voice recognition software becomes more advanced. This is really more of an Alexa problem than a Dot issue, but it drives me nuts at ly, I want the Alexa phone application was easier to use. It works, but its organization is not intuitive and it feels rather clunky to navigate. Again, this is more of an "Alexa" problem than a "Dot" issue, but still... Hopefully Amazon will continue to create improvements to it!--------------A few tips--------------1) The Dot seems to pick up voices best when placed at or below eye level (i.e., roughly the level from which your voice emits). Mine has problem detecting voices coming from below it, so I don't recommend placing this on a high shelf.2) When you select news feeds for your Flash briefing I recommend picking one U.S. source and one international source (I use NPR and BBC - both are excellent). If you add too a lot of feeds you'll obtain a lot of overlap and hear the same story several times.3) If you have multiple Echo devices in your home, sometimes speaking to one will cause others to answer as well, especially if they are in close proximity (like in adjacent rooms). One method to prevent this is to change the wake word of one of the devices to "Echo" or "Amazon." The only downside is that you then have to remember which wake word you assigned to each device!------------------------------------------------------------------------Echo Dot vs. Echo vs. Echo Plus: Which one to buy?------------------------------------------------------------------------(Please note that I am only comparing Echo devices that do NOT have screens.)When choosing between the Echo Dot and one of the larger Echo devices, perhaps the most necessary question to ask is "How much do you plan to LISTEN to the device?" This question is necessary because one of the largest differences between the Echo Dot and the larger Echo devices is sound quality: the 1.6" speaker of the Dot simply cannot match the fullness and heft of the Echo or Echo Plus. (Remember, they all run on the same Alexa software, which means they all have nearly identical skill sets!)So, if you don't currently own an Echo device, begin by thinking carefully about how you plan to use it. A lot of Alexa skills fall into one of two broad categories: those that rely heavily on the speaker and those that don't. For example, features that benefit from amazing sound quality contain playing music/newscasts/podcasts, the drop-in feature, and hands-free calling. (This is why I chose an Echo Plus for my kitchen - I use it every morning to listen to the news.) If you plan to use your device largely for these type of features, you would probably appreciate the better sound of the Echo or Echo Plus.On the other hand, if plan to use the Echo mainly for "non-listening" purposes such as voice-controlling your intelligent home devices, then the sound quality isn't as necessary and a Dot is probably all you need. In fact, you could even save some cash by purchasing a 2nd generation Dot instead -- especially if it's not going to be in a highly visible zone or you don't mind its shiny plastic look. I have several "single-purpose" Dots in my house in rooms where I wish to voice-control one thing, such as a lamp in the room, and 2nd generations Dots are just fine for this -- and now that their price has gone down they are a amazing value!==========Bottom line==========The Echo Dot is an extraordinarily useful and versatile device -- one that becomes more useful all the time as Alexa's skill set expands. The 3rd Generation model has a amazing fresh look, but despite marginal improvements in the speaker, it's still beautiful unsatisfying as a playback device for melody or newscasts. As long as you are willing to accept its acoustic limitations, the Dot can be a unbelievable device to have in your home. And if you DO wish better sound quality for the features you use most often, you can always connect the Dot to your own sound system via Bluetooth or the 3.5-mm audio jack. Hope this was helpful!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

     I cannot say enough about this amazon echo dot. It is WONDERFUL. Loud, crisp, and knows my voice so well. I love the size of this one. It is much more convenient and simple to stow away but still be heard with the far field of sound. My guests have absolutely enjoyed asking questions and about the weather and especially using it with my Spotify. I purchased a wall mount too that works very well. Again I would recommend this to anyone who loves to have melody around the house being played. Did I mention the price? Unbeatable. Don’t obtain a knock off! Just obtain the amazon echo dot 3rd generation and do yourself a favor. I am just over the moon about this item. Thanks amazon!EDIT - After two months using I am so happy with my proud bird wall mount! It fits my echo dot perfectly! I have already bought another!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    I had no idea I'd love Alexa so much - I wake up in the morning and she does the routine I've set up, and she's so comforting and useful and fun overall. My husband and I played Skills trivia android games for hours latest night. If we had children it would be even more super useful (kids workouts, stories, games) - we even had a goodnight story read to us by Alexa and it was awesome. I'm really loving it. The Echo Dot itself is beautiful amazing - the sound quality is beautiful good, the bass when turned up is not that great, but if you really wish to rock out you can connect it to other speakers or just use something else instead. I'm really surprised by how much I like the Alexa application (and the Echo Dot), because I'm a small resistant to technology, but it's beautiful simple to figure out and feels like a fresh small buddy in the home. I'm excited to obtain some SmartHome items now so I can turn on/off lights, heat, etc. The only little problem I have is that for some reason Alexa doesn't pick up my husband's voice as much as it does mine - maybe because I've used it more? Really cool, though, overall - I feel like Judy Jetson!

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    I was excited when they said it had a better speaker as the echo dot's are disappointingly quiet. Meanwhile the google home mini of the same size is VERY loud and crisp. This fresh ver the 3.0...is somewhere in the middle. A small louder but not quite enough. I was hoping to have one in the kitchen and have it play my audio books while i clean/cook, but its still difficult to hear ti clearly over the kitchen activity. No such issue with the google home mini. Also a downside, they changed the charge port to an old fashioned pin style instead of the micro USB. This limits the locations I can use it I have a little powered hub in the living room I connect my devices too and I was going to obtain another one of these for that, but I won't now since I can't connect it easily where I wish to. I also used to bring one onto the back patio and have it powered by my Anker usb battery, but I can't do that with this one anymore. Not sure why they suddenly abandoned the micro usb style. It can easily meet the 15 watt demand the 3.0 so if you need/want a wall mount for this version, you can obtain one to print on thingiverse.UPDATE:Within a few mins of leaving this review I got multiple calls from Amazon asking me to explain my review....not offering to take it back or to exchange it or solve anything for me...but asking me to explain myself. The girl by the end of the call seemed nice enough, but the fact that within a few mins of a review I got multiple calls on my private cell asking me to "explain myself" seems almost like they're trying to intimidate you away from giving an honest review. Especially since I think I gave all the relevant info in my review. Afterwards I was kind of thinking...is this like a modern "mafia thing? Are my orders going to arrived busted up or just go missing now?

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    I have 5 Echo Dots (gen 2) and we use them throughout the house for just about everything, being we have a fairly intelligent home. What I liked about the gen 2 versions, were that they were compact and very flexible on how you could use them. They were simple to mount in various positions and being that they used a fairly standard USB interface for the power, you could really be flexible on how and where you mounted them. The one thing that they really missed on? The well known sound quality.Enter the Gen 3...I really like the improvement in sound. Sure it is not a high quality speaker system, but for the size it is beautiful good. Especially when you consider that you can pair them and add a sub for beautiful amazing sound. The look is improved over the gen 2, however it does lose a small bit of the customability that the gen 2 had. With the gen 2, you could purchase various wraps, stands, clock mounts, wall mounts, etc. You could really customize it. The gen 3 is a bit bigger and has a much more rounded shape. While it makes it look better by itself, it lacks the ability to really customize it. It surely would not work as a power socket mount, like you could do with the gen 2, just due to the extra at is before you obtain to the horrendous power cord and adapter. The power adapter is twice as huge as the gen 2 and the power cord went away from the, simple to find, usb style cord to a old style input style and it is permanently attached to the power adapter. This is really my largest complaint as it took away so much flexibility, that you could have fun with the gen 2. Don't obtain me wrong, I am sure there will be several fresh cords and adapters place out to fill the gap, but that is not as simple as using cords a lot of already have. Just makes no sense. Not to mention the cord is really long, so in locations where you wish it to be a bit more discreet, this thing sticks out like a sore thumb.What I like...Sound Quality is a step upSound Volume is much improvedBase look is much improvedWhat I dislike...Much less flexibility on how it is used vs previous versionNon-standard power cordBulky adapterUgly long cord

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    Echo Dot (3rd Gen) bundle with Amazon Smart Plug - Plum review [Book]  2019-11-28 18:1

    I'm forced to use the online Alexa application because I don't own any Apple or Android device device and my Windows 10 PC doesn't have the app. I'll list just a few of the issues I've had:1) It often fails to understand what I say. 2) It often fails to answer to my voice at all, though it's only two or three feet away. It responds to dead silence just as often as to my voice commands. 3) A lot of commands are not executed. For example, it will not create adjustments to the audio equalizer; it will not give my everyday briefing items; it will not play stations saved to my iHeart favorites. 4) There's no product support. I've sent a number of email requests to help and received no response. 5) I had a bunch of recurring reminders set up, and they worked for a couple of days. Suddenly they all vanished. These were necessary work-related reminders. Of course, there's no method to back them up or save them. So, they're simply gone. 6) The audio quality is not good and sounds muffled no matter what I do. Speech is sometimes unintelligible. 7) Volume is unstable. During some melody it will constantly decrease and I have to hold turning it up. Then when an announcer comes on, it's loud enough to take the paint off the walls.If I'd paid significant money, I would be returning it. For 99 cents, I can't be bothered. Maybe they will improve it in the future, but for now it serves no purpose; there's nothing it can do reliably. So I place it back in the box and stored it away.

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