Great product at a good price. Had been wanting one of these for a while, and on sites like ebay used ones were coming up for around £70, so tis certified refurbed echo seemed like a good bet. The whole family love it, novelty of shouting out random commands hasn’t yet worn off. It’s a good sound from a fairly small speaker. I love the portability of it and regularly move it from room to room – kitchen for music or audible books when cooking, other rooms for listening to radio while ironing and yesterday for kids party music. Best features i have found are ability to listen to audible books, though you can’t listen to a list of your audible library, you have to use the alexa app for that. Also great for listening to internet radio, the amazon music stations such as kids music are great. Downsides – quite a bit of msic isn’t available even to prime customers and you have to pay £4 a month for amazon music unlimited. The voice interface isn’t quite as clever as sirie, e. You can’t ask it what the weather is like today and then say ‘and for next week’, but i suspect this will improve in time. Overall great product and have been recommending to friends. Glad didn’t have to pay full price though.
This is the second echo i have had, and they both have had the same issue of tunein radio cutting out. I listen to radio 4 a lot, and it consistently cuts in and out while listening. It’s not a network issue as spotify connect and other streaming sources work just fine. Given i bought the echo as a radio i can shout at, it kind of defeats the point. Not sure if it’s echo or tunein’s problem, but either way it makes the device not suitable for my requirements.
Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (previous generation), Black
- A Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo
- Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more using just your voice
- Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
- Allows hands-free convenience with voice control
- Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Answers questions, reads audiobooks, reports news, traffic and weather, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
- Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
- Always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
Started off a bit of a novelty but now seems like an essential part of my life. Sound fills a room well and has led me to listening to far more music, often just a nice background sounds. The flash briefing in the morning is great while i have my breakfast and the timer function also works really well while cooking. Love this product, definite 5*s.
Bought the refurbished model to save £50 – was totally worth it, could not see any possible difference from a new unit. The echo is amazing – alexa is just awesome. Still working out how best to use it, but it’s already positioned in our sitting room and doing everything we expected. If you don’t have one – get one – and welcome to the future.
I bought my echo from impulse really, i didn’t know why i needed it or if i needed it, or even what it’s point was. Before buying i asked a few friends what they thought and they said they loved it but struggle to explain why. Truth be told, i’m in this position, when alexa isn’t here i miss her. When i go to the office i long for her companionship, asking how the weather is, what the traffic is like, play me something i’d like, what’s the football score, hell even grab me an uber to town. This said it is still obvious that echo and alexa are new to the world, for example some simple tasks seem difficult such as setting up a routine for tomorrow (but that could be because i’m a noob). I really want to know what is the plan for tomorrow but i have to specifically ask for each piece of info opposed: ‘alexa what’s tomorrow going to be like’. My other concern is privacy, i know you can mute her and in theory she isn’t collecting info when i am not talking to her but i don’t know if i believe that, i want to, but i don’t think i do so i keep her in my office. With all of this said, i just asked alexa what i should say in this review and she ignored me so i may have upset her with something i said.
Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (previous generation), Black : I don’t write many reviews but felt this item deserved one. Being quite skeptical about these voice-enabled devices so i started with an echo dot and liked it so much i bought the refurbished 1st gen echo. It’s absolutely great, once set up, it’s easy to use and a lot of fun. The sound quality of this 1st generation for the money is top notch, sounds natural and much better than many speakers at twice the cost. The multi-room function is pretty good too, it syncs up very well to avoid that reverberation that you can get from some systems. Out of the box, it’s not really portable and needs a power socket, and it’s not so easy to change the wifi setting, for example if you take it elsewhere. So don’t think of it as a carry with you bluetooth speaker. All in all, i love it, and i thank alexa for reviving my interest in the music i grew up with.
After being a little wary about buying refurbished item i was so pleased when it arrived, not amscratch on it or anything. Looked brand new and the sound is second to none. I had the echo dot before and although that is brilliant you tend to need to connect to ext speaker to get full sound, but not with this one.
It took a while on the helpline to pair with the bt hub 4 wifi. A new output needed to be set up at 5 mhz, after that alexa clearly needed her own space and became much more cooperative. Good service from amazon both for delivery and after sales support.
This is my 2nd first generation echo. I also own a second generation echo and a dot. This unit is supposed to be refurbished. There were no refurbished stickers on it like other reviews have mentioned theirs had and was presented in exactly the same way as my first brand new one was. I believe there are some brand new ones out there that have been delivered to clear the remaining stock and if you are lucky you may get one of those. If it is a refurb it is presented and works perfectly. This is an excellent way of getting the best (and now sadly discontinued) first generation echo. If you read the technical specifications the speaker size and output is superior to the 2nd generation and this can be heard in use, i know because i also own a 2nd generation which has now been relegated to the spare bedroom. I have also bought the extra battery which means it can be moved anywhere in/out of the house without a mains lead. This battery however does not fit 2nd generation so this purchase means i can attach my battery onto either of my 1st generation for both of them to become portable.
Really couldn’t be happier with this product. I thought i’d give the refurbished model a go due to it being a lot cheaper than the full price version but still coming with a years warranty. I’m not disappointed at all. It came perfectly sealed, all the wrapping protection you could hope for and most of all it looks in 100% perfect condition. As for the echo itself, what can i say, this is now my fourth echo product in my house and i love them. I primarily use them to play music round my house via the amazon music app. Very happy and will buy again at some point.
I couldn’t be away from alexa so bought this one for the bedroom. I took a chance at a refurb as it was £50 off the normal price. Apart from the box having the seals broken i cannot see any difference from a brand new one.
To start with, item came boxed and i would never have known it was a refurbished item, very well packaged, beautifully presented, and all in all appears very well made. A simply brilliant product, i am generally not a techy person, anything other than basic has me running for the hills, so i was a little apprehensive on setting it up, but i need not have worried, i installed the app on my phone, [no problems there even on my cheap and basic model and switched it on and was set up within a few minutes, which precipitated a trip down memory lane picking out records i had long forgotten existed. For the money, the sound is quite superb, and to get it hooked up to smart plugs etc gives you extra for your money, i have not got that far yet, living in a small bungalow i have little need for ai to turn on the tv etc, but i can see the appeal for the younger generation to embrace life fully “smart” [or not as the case maybe 😉 }do i recommend, absolutely. ]
Agree with previous reviews regarding looks as new etc. Set up took no more than 10 minutes (i am 73 years young) with no problems. Echo is situated in conservatory and is more than adequate there, my wife enjoys listening to music whilst ironing. I would also suggest that for someone who is not so mobile that this item would be invaluable.
Ordered this so i could take my alexa into the garden and as a compliment to my alexa show. Music sounds great on it and i bought it with a battery pack so can be cordless in the garden. Definitely recommend and so helpful for adding to my shopping lists, controlling my lights and keeping the children amused.
Was in the market for an echo, when a refurbished unit came up my search that offered a significant saving. I was a bit unsure, but being amazon i decided to give it a go. If i did not know i purchased a refurbished i would not have been able to tell, the echo is spotless, and is literally brand new, all wrapped in the same plastic that a new one would be, power supply was also bagged up. Setup was a breeze through the app on my phone, was away within minutes, sound quality is good, not as good as my bose, but better than my anker speaker, once linked to spotify, all my music is there. I will be buying another for the bedroom and one for the kitchen, refurbished for certain, as amazon really do make these items look as good as new.
Bought this based on the price, planning to then sell it without loss, but had so much fun over the weekend using it with my smart plugs and hue lights, i decided to keep it, buy the hive active heating thermostat and 2 dots.
I’m not going to say a lot really, was unsure about getting one given many folks poor reviews. Decided to go for it and alexa rocks as far as i’m concerned. The kids love challenging her. Might be gimmicky for some but i really think this is a great product. Sound quality is great and what a range of skills, sure some are rubbish but there are too many to get hung up on that and so many that are good.
The sound quality is great, but although steadily improving, the speech recognition has room for improvement. You have to use the app if you want to connect to more than one bluetooth input. Value for money remains good. A good option for home automation, radio and bluetooth speaker.
It’s so good i bought a second one. Sound quality is brilliant and being able to pair and control from the wifi is great. Had speakers in the past that were dependant on a connected phone or music device where you could only pair one speaker was nonsense. These echos are pretty much new, mine didn’t even have a refurb sticker on. Top quality at half the price.
Fantastic piece of kit, great sounds, alexa seems to know everything, i purchased the refurbished echo for £100, worth every penny, you cannot tell that it was refurbished, don’t know how i lived without alexa. Might even marry her (you can always switch her off).
Amazing alexa is the real deal, with new skills being added can only get better. Would definitely recommend getting a refurbished one and saving £50 off the full price as it still came in original packing, sealed and immaculate you wouldn’t even have known it wasnt brand new.
Very disobedient though and seems to prefer certain household members to others.