The standout of Amazon’s big Echo line-up refresh at the tail-end of 2017 was undeniably the Amazon Echo Spot.
Everyone likes a new form factor and this one is Amazon’s most appealing yet: cool enough to shrug off the basic design of the Amazon Echo Show, while keeping its video smarts, and small enough to act as an Echo Dot replacement.
But where the Dot was created to be out of sight, a companion piece to a bigger speaker setup, the Echo Spot really wants to be seen – whether on your bedside table, in the kitchen or on your desk.
While the Amazon Echo has the ‘goto’ of being a speaker, the Spot’s form factor does mean – with its circular 2.5-inch screen – that most will see it as some kind of smart alarm clock.
But Amazon is hoping that it will be used for much more than that.
Spot, the difference
There’s a timer functionality for the kitchen, flash briefings when you are at your desk and commuting and weather information ready for you when you wake up. Actually, there’s all the Skills that are available through Alexa as that’s how it works with Amazon’s device – one skillset to rule them all.
Amazon also revealed to TechRadar that it has added some new functionality to celebrate the UK launch and that’s the ability to get your Spot to wake you up with the song or radio station of your choice.
This essentially means you can relive Groundhog Day by having ‘I Got You Babe’ as your wake-up tune of choice. This essentially means you can relive Groundhog Day by having ‘I Got You Babe’ as your wake-up tune of choice.
The Amazon Echo Spot is available to pre-order now and comes in two flavours: black or white. It’s priced at £119 but Amazon is also doing a double deal where you can buy two for £200 saving you £40 in the process.
The Amazon Echo Spot UK release date is 24 January.