Amazon has simply introduced a complete of 15 new merchandise, and whereas the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Echo Studio are the primary points of interest, it additionally refreshed or launched new merchandise throughout its Echo and Ring product strains.
New Echo Merchandise
A kind of new merchandise is the Echo Dot Clock, which is a third-gen Echo Dot with a easy LED clock within the entrance of it. Amazon says it constructed this product as a result of folks continuously ask Alexa for the time, and now they received’t must.
It additionally can be utilized as a voice-controlled good alarm clock for people who had been intrigued by the Echo Present 5, however don’t need a good show or digicam of their bed room. You’ll be able to smack the highest of the Echo Dot Clock to silence an alarm as a substitute of attempting to find a particular button or utilizing a voice command, and the dot-matrix show may be simply seen at evening.
Apart from that, it’s the identical Echo Dot as introduced final yr, and it places out a formidable quantity of sound and quantity from its compact bundle. The Echo Dot Clock prices $59.99, about $10 greater than the usual Echo Dot, and is offered for preorder at this time with shipments anticipated later this yr.
Together with the brand new Echo Dot Clock, there’s a brand new customary Echo, which adopts the design and sound high quality of final yr’s Echo Plus, however drops the built-in Zigbee good residence hub. The brand new Echo appears higher and, extra importantly, sounds manner higher than the second-gen Echo that got here out in 2017. Amazon has ditched the wood panel trims and goes all-in on the material covers, which are actually out there in 4 totally different colours. The brand new Echo is priced at $99.99 — similar because the prior gen — and is offered for preorder beginning at this time.
There’s additionally a brand new Echo Present — a mid-size mannequin known as the Echo Present Eight. The Eight has an identical design and options because the Echo Present 5, however with a bigger and brighter Eight-inch display screen. It’s additionally louder and higher for listening to music than the Present 5, however has a smaller foot print than the Echo Present, which has a 10-inch display screen. The Present Eight has a front-facing digicam, however adopts the bodily shutter change first seen on the 5. Maybe most vital is the worth: at $129.99, it’s $100 lower than the Echo Present and simply $40 greater than the notably smaller Present 5.
A totally new product is the Echo Flex, a tiny little Echo speaker that you simply plug immediately right into a wall outlet. The aim of the Flex is to present you quick access to Alexa in any room of your own home, with out the necessity for a bigger Echo or Echo Dot. The Flex doesn’t have a really loud speaker — it’s not designed for listening to music with it — however it does help all the Alexa options discovered on the bigger fashions, together with multi-room audio.
Cleverly, it has a USB-A port on the underside of it, so you should use it to cost your telephone. Or you’ll be able to plug in one in every of Amazon’s new modules, which add both a nightlight or a movement sensor that you should use to set off Alexa routines and management different good residence devices. he Flex goes to price $24.99; the add-on fashions shall be out there for $14.99 every.
Maybe probably the most whimsical of the brand new Echo merchandise is the Echo Glow Lamp, which is mainly a glowing gentle orb that may be managed by an Echo. You may make it pulsate to the beat of music, flash by means of totally different colours, mimic a candle or hearth, or simply faucet the highest of it to alter the colour. It’s cute and at $24.99, will most likely be fairly standard.
New Ring Merchandise
Amazon’s Ring model introduced three new merchandise at this time: a cheaper out of doors digicam, an all-new indoor digicam, and a tool that permits you to combine legacy residence safety techniques into the Ring Alarm system.
The brand new Ring Stick Up Cam is quite a bit just like the one launched final yr, and it really works on both battery or wired energy. The massive distinction is its value: at $99, it’s 30 p.c cheaper than earlier than. The corporate additionally teased the discharge of an Ethernet-powered digicam known as the Stick Up Cam Elite for $199, however we didn’t get a demo of that at this time.
Maybe extra attention-grabbing is the brand new Ring Indoor Cam, a shrunken model of the Stick Up Cam that’s Ring’s first digicam designed for indoor use. It’s a way more compact digicam than the out of doors fashions, however solely works with a wired connection — no battery energy right here. It’s additionally aggressively priced at $59.99.
Ring confirmed off a brand new function coming to its doorbells subsequent yr that can enable Alexa to reply the door and work together with guests for you, however we weren’t in a position to get a demo of that at this time. It’s anticipated to first arrive on Ring’s Elite doorbells, which require fixed energy.
For the Ring Alarm, the corporate introduced the Retrofit Alarm Equipment, which can let householders join current, legacy wired residence safety sensors right into a Ring Alarm system. It helps contact sensors — door and window sensors — and as much as eight “zones” of sensors. It will likely be out there for $199 or as a bundle with a Ring Alarm set for $379.
A brand new, lower-cost Eero
Lastly, Amazon introduced a brand new Eero mesh router system. This new Eero is less complicated and cheaper than prior fashions, beginning at simply $99 and out there in a three-pack for $249. It’s designed to be low cost and straightforward to arrange — it’s not going to compete on the opposite Eero fashions for pace or protection, however it’s additionally significantly cheaper than these, which run over $300.
Amazon additionally introduced that it will be increasing the APIs for Alexa voice management with mesh router techniques to incorporate extra particular and granular controls, akin to enabling a visitor community or shutting off web to particular units. This API received’t simply be for Ring, although, as different mesh router makers will be capable to faucet into it, as nicely.