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The best Echo device for India
Reviewed in India on 24 December 2019
The Echo Flex may not be received in a good light internationally, but trust me, for India, this is the best Echo device. Let me explain-
In India, most people have their electrical outlets at 1 to 1.5 metre above the ground, and usually away from any tall furniture. Hence, the echo Flex makes perfect sense, as you would no longer have to find a spot to place your echo dot, and manage the nasty cable hanging from the wall.
Secondly, most people buying Echo devices would be using it for two main purposes- (1) Listening to music, and (2)Using Alexa voice commands to control smart devices or know the weather, etc.. For listening to music, most people already have at least a set of 2.1 speakers with Bluetooth. In that case, connect this to your speakers and listen to a music in much more detail. And the sound quality of the Echo dot is not that good compared to your speakers to begin with. And for stuff other than music, the built in speaker is enough for a decent sized room.
Also the echo flex includes a USB port which can supply upto 1.5A. That's incredible. And talking about the USB port, it supports third party add-ons like motion sensors, etc.. Now, I am not sure if or when the add-ons will be available in India, but I really wish they are, specially the motion sensor.
Lastly, it is the cheapest Echo device with a built in speaker, as of now.
Also, kudos to Amazon for the setup experience. It was basically plugging the echo to the outlet, and waiting for a few seconds. That's it. Seriously. No need to touch the mobile phone. But, there is a catch. It only works if you have a previous echo or fire TV, or anything for which you have your home wifi network credentials saved in your Amazon account, and you have opted for the "Link this device to your Amazon account" option in the product page while ordering. Yet, it's an amazing gesture towards convenience.
The only downsides with the echo flex, to me, are it's massive size(which can cover the socket or switch next to it if they are too close) and the fact that the USB port cannot be controlled.
Clearly, the Echo Flex is not for everyone. It depends on where and how you want to use Alexa and Amazon services. For me, this is the best thing ever. I have a wall outlet just above my computer table, and I have connected the PC speakers to the echo flex via Bluetooth. No hassle of managing wires or shelling out extra 600 to 700 rupees to buy a wall mount. Great product, Amazon.