Amazon introduced the second technology of its Echo Plus good speaker at an occasion in Seattle. The up to date speaker brings a brand new design to match the smaller Echo speaker and new Echo Dot, while additionally enhancing the sound expertise.
How does the all-new Echo Plus examine to its predecessor although? We now have put the 2018 Echo Plus up towards the 2017 Echo Plus to see what the variations are and what has modified in a 12 months.
New Amazon Echo Plus (2018) vs outdated Echo Plus (2017) design
New Echo Plus: 148 x 99 x 99, 780g
Previous Echo Plus: 235 x 84 x 84mm, 954g
Materials end on new Echo Plus
The all-new Echo Plus presents a whole redesign in comparison with its predecessor. Gone is the plasticky end many would possibly keep in mind from the unique Echo, changed by a fabric encompass, a rounded high and an general softer and extra premium design.
The brand new Echo Plus is shorter and lighter than its predecessor but it surely has a wider diameter, which is similar as the brand new Echo Dot, with the 2 units displaying a transparent resemblance to one another, because the outdated Echo Dot and Echo Plus did.
Like the brand new Echo Dot, the brand new Echo Plus is available in three color choices, comprising Charcoal Cloth, Heather Gray Cloth and Sandstone Cloth. It has a Three.5mm audio output on the again, together with a small energy port. The highest in the meantime, has a lightweight ring across the circumference, together with the quantity up, quantity down, microphone off and motion button.
Final 12 months’s Echo Plus is kind of a bit taller than the brand new mannequin, however extra importantly it solely is available in black as a color choice and the end is that plasticky look we talked about beforehand. The ability port and three.5mm audio output sit on the backside, whereas a lightweight ring is current on the high once more.
In contrast to the brand new Echo Plus and Echo Dot nonetheless, the outdated Echo Plus has a quantity ring for sound adjustment quite than buttons with solely the motion button and microphone off button on the high.
New Amazon Echo Plus vs outdated Echo Plus sound
New Echo Plus: zero.Eight-inch tweeter, Three-inch woofer
Previous Echo Plus: zero.Eight-inch tweeter, 2.5-inch woofer
Equaliser adjustment in Alexa app for each
The second technology Echo Plus is putting a giant emphasis on an improved sound expertise. Inside, it options an zero.Eight-inch tweeter on the backside of the speaker, with a Three-inch woofer positioned on high.
The audio system are additionally powered by Dolby once more, as they have been on the earlier Echo Plus, which we discovered to ship 360-degree audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response, as promised. By comparability, the primary technology Echo Plus incorporates a zero.Eight-inch tweeter too, however solely a 2.5-inch woofer, so it is best to discover a distinction within the new mannequin.
Each fashions can even enable the person to regulate the speaker’s equaliser settings by the Amazon Alexa app, following an replace to the Alexa app.
The brand new Echo Plus and outdated Echo Plus additionally each have seven microphones, in addition to beam-forming expertise and noise cancellation.
New Amazon Echo Plus vs outdated Echo Plus options
Each management good house merchandise
Each provide identical Alexa performance
New Echo Plus has temperature sensor
The all-new Amazon Echo Plus and the outdated Echo Plus each provide the identical options by way of Alexa. You possibly can ask Alexa to verify the information, play your favorite music, ask for sports activities scores, discover out what’s on TV that night, and even discover out restaurant hours or info, amongst loads of different requests.
Each Echo Plus audio system even have a built-in Zigbee hub to simply setup and management appropriate good house merchandise however solely the brand new Echo Plus has a built-in temperature sensor.
You possibly can learn all about Zigbee in our separate function, however the Echo Plus audio system primarily imply you do not want a separate hub, making all the things extra easy relating to controlling appropriate units. Additionally they each work with any Works with Alexa smarthome units too.
Moreover, each the Echo Plus audio system enable for calling and messaging between different Echo units and the Alexa app and this function will quickly embrace Skype too.
New Amazon Echo Plus vs outdated Echo Plus worth and conclusions
The brand new Echo Plus shall be obtainable from 11 October for £139.99, which is similar worth as the present Echo Plus is accessible for.
Primarily based on the specs although, we might recommend ready for the brand new Echo Plus should you’re available in the market for considered one of these Amazon audio system. The brand new Echo Plus has a a lot nicer design, sound enhancements and smarthome enhancements, all for a similar worth because the older mannequin.