Amazon Echo Input, we analyze the device that Alexa brings to any speaker

Amazon continues to launch more and more "Echo" products, the North American company's own range designed to democratize devices that house all the capabilities of Alexa. Undoubtedly, this is marking a before and after in the deployment of IoT or smart home products. We also recommend that you see our analysis of the Amazon Echo Spot and Amazon Echo Show if you want to know the full range.

We have in our hands the Amazon Echo Input, we are going to show you what it contains, how to configure it and everything it can do. So, stay with us once more in a new Gadget News analysis in which you will discover all the characteristics of a new device. If you have any questions, it is time to solve them.

As always, accompany this written analysis a whole video in which you will be able to see the "Unboxing" And of course all the steps you must follow if what you want is to configure the Amazon Echo Input in the simplest and fastest way. On this occasion we analyze the model in white in great detail, but you can also buy it in black from 24,99 euros (with a limited time discount of 15 euros) in this link, in case you want to take a look at it. Get comfortable because we started with the analysis.

Materials and Design: Less is More, Amazon Says

As the title says, Amazon has understood in the case of Echo Input that less is more, the same happens with the direct competition, the Google Chromecast. Amazon has built a circular device in the shape of a solid plastic flying saucer that is pleasant to the touch, to the eye and also to the taste. It measures exactly 14 x 80 x 80 millimeters and has a ridiculous weight of 79 grams if we do not count the rest of the peripherals necessary for its operation. The plastic is exactly the same as for the rest of the Echo devices and it also has a status indicator LED.

  • Colors: White and black
  • Size: 14 x 80 x 80 mm
  • Weight: 79 grams
  • Contents Package: 1x Echo Input - 1x 5W Adapter - 1x AUX Cable - 1x MicroUSB Cable

We have at the top with two unique interaction buttons, one to turn off the Echo Input microphone and another to directly operate the device, which will be necessary for a first configuration or to restart it. While in what is understood as the back part we found a microUSB connection (yes, still), and a 3,5 mm minijack outlet. For its part, the base is covered with a round silicone strip that gives the device complete stability. In the package we find an AUX cable, a microUSB cable and a 5W power supply, all matching the color of the purchased device.

Technical characteristics: Without losing absolutely anything

We found the same old Alexa inside this little device, I know it's hard to believe, but the only difference with the rest of Echo devices is the absence of the speaker. We have 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, which in this case has a fairly reduced range, we recommend that you do not intend to use this Amazon Echo Input more than 10 meters from the WiFi network, in which case the probability of connection error is quite high. For its part it also has Bluetooth with A2DP and AVRCP profiles to improve audio quality.

  • Wireless connection: WiFi 801.11ac and Bluetooth
  • Physical connection: AUX and microUSB cable

You have no choice but to listen to us, so you have four omni-directional microphones. We have not found any difference when interacting with the device with respect to, for example, the Echo or the Echo Spot. In order to configure it andIt is necessary to have any device compatible with the Alexa application, be it iOS, Android or Fire OS.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Input

The Amazon Echo Input is very easy to configure. We are going to leave you below the steps you must follow, although I highly recommend that you visit the video that we have left in the header of this analysis because it is the most graphic and simple way to do it:

  1. Connect the Amazon Echo Input to any power source
  2. Wait for the blue lights stop flashing
  3. Once they are fixed, press the right button on the Amazon Echo Input for at least 6 seconds
  4. When the Indicator LED turns orange go to your smartphone and open the Alexa app
  5. Tap in the upper right corner to "Add device"
  6. Choose Echo Input from the list, click on next and wait for it to appear
  7. Select it, and choose the WiFi network now to which you are going to connect it, it may ask you for the password
  8. Now just follow the settings recommended

Now we simply have to choose if we want add a speaker through the Bluetooth connection, also from the Alexa application, or we can choose to connect the speaker with our Amazon Echo Input through the AUX cable what includes.

User experience: The usual, smaller

Honestly, if you have a good stereo and want to provide it with technical capabilities according to the year we are in, it is an alternative that seems more complete and efficient than the competition. Install it and making it work is insultingly easyAlso It does not lack any of the Alexa options, we have a full version with which to listen to Spotify music, the news and of course even manage all the smart devices in our home compatible with Alexa.

Front view

Of course this device also has an additional advantage and that is that thanks to its small size we can move with it wherever we want, In fact, if we have WiFi connection in our car, we will also be able to put it wherever we want. The options of this device hardly have limits, you put them.

Editor's opinion

Pros

  • The design due to its size is totally successful and ideal
  • It has no limitations just because it is smaller and cheaper
  • It is extremely easy to configure and operate
  • The box includes all necessary accessories and power supply

Cons

  • The price without specific offers seems a little high to me
  • Keep using microUSB in full 2019
  • (I am not able to find any more defects ...)
 

Undoubtedly this Alexa device has for me a point that for now is negative, although with this special offer of 25,99 euros It is almost a mandatory purchase if you have good non-smart speakers at home, at its usual price of 39,99 it seems smarter to opt for other alternatives, whether they are official Amazon or not. You can also buy it at in this link at the best price and leave us any questions you may have in the comment box.

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