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Which Amazon Echo to buy? How to pick the best Alexa device for your needs

ZDNet

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2017. It's been republished in June 2018 with all the new Alexa options Amazon introduced in the past year. You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She answers your math questions. She's your canister of helpfulness wherever your voice can be heard in your house. She does everything you need, that you should be able to do yourself. And, as long as she doesn't wake up one morning, decide to take over the world, and murder all of us in our beds, she'll be a friend to us all. But Alexa is more than the Echo, that black Pringles Can of Doom we met back in November of 2014.


Of course I want an Amazon drone flying inside my house. Don't you?

ZDNet

I always know a new product is excellent when its makers describe it as "next-level." I hear you moan, on seeing the new, wondrous Ring Always Home Cam. Also: When is Prime Day 2020? Oh, how can you be such a killjoy? When Amazon's Ring describes it as "Next-Level Compact, Lightweight, Autonomously Flying Indoor Security Camera," surely you leap toward your ceiling and exclaim: "Finally, something from Amazon I actually want! A drone that flies around my living room!"


Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands

ZDNet

Last month, I published a list of 25 reasonably helpful queries you could ask your Amazon Alexa device. But, really, who needs helpful when there's silly, ridiculous, nerdy, or just plain fun? So, this time, I have 18 Alexa tricks, and I promise none of them are even the slightest bit useful. The answer you get here is pretty useless, but it's the perfect setup for the next command. Amazon's Echo is something special.


Which Amazon Echo to buy? How to pick the best Alexa device for your needs

ZDNet

You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She answers your math questions. She's your canister of helpfulness wherever your voice can be heard in your house. She does everything you need, that you should be able to do yourself. And, as long as she doesn't wake up one morning, decide to take over the world, and murder us in our beds, she'll be a friend to us all. But Alexa is more than the Echo, that black Pringles Can of Doom we met back in November 2014. Since the Echo was introduced, Amazon has been fielding a plethora of Alexas, a veritable Alexapalooza of devices. Since Alexa answers "Sorry, I don't know that one," to "Alexa, which Alexa should I buy," we figured we'd help out.


After a month of Alexa in every room: The good, the bad, and the creepy

ZDNet

It's been about a month since we put an Alexa device into just about every room of the house. With the exception of the bathrooms, we can talk to an Alexa everywhere in the house, including the garage. To be honest, we've had mixed results. Alexa is our primary method for controlling our lights and thermostat. In our Florida home, we had integrated about 20 or so Hue lights into our house.