As a professor in technology, you have to admit google are behind both design and sound quait when it comes to the devices are selling, my only critical would be the microphones need to be either samples or made more so you are talking to it and not having to speak from above. Maybe a centred hidden microphone would resolve the issue.
Bought this 2nd echo for our bedroom, worked well out of the box (well plastic wrapping) as a recon no oem box is provided. Sound is good and works well syncing for same audio in both rooms with our 1st gen echo downstairs. Only once has it woken in the night. So best turned off at night. Coloured sleeve is good preventing it from standing out.
I cannot see any fault in the refurb and cheaper option. Happy with it although it sometimes struggles with my cokney accent.
I got one of these as a combination of a small speaker for my room and with the possibility of adding smart home devices to it in the future. The small unit looks neat, alexa is very responsive and intuitive, the sound quality is great and cohesiveness with spotify is flawless. I’m now going to order two more for my kitchen and living room.
- Alexa, buy me another Echo
- Buying Refurbed
- Great speaker
Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (2nd generation), Oak Finish
- Amazon Echo connects to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
- Just ask for a song, artist or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on Echo devices in different rooms, available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify; Bluetooth not supported. Echo can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefings and more.
- 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.
- New speaker with Dolby processing that fills the room with immersive, 360° omnidirectional audio, and delivers crisp vocals, deep bass, and clear highs at louder volumes.
- With seven microphones, beam-forming technology and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction-even while music is playing.
- Just ask Alexa to control your compatible smart lights, switches, thermostats and more.
- Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills. Just ask Alexa to request an Uber, order a pizza, get train times, and more.
Very easy to set up and we are now enjoying challenging alexa to find all our favourite music. Came beautifully packaged and is just like new.
By far the best smart speaker on the market pound for pound. I paid £55, and for that you can’t grumble. Quality is surprisingly good considering how much smaller it is than the previous gen. Maybe not quite as loud sounding, and to my ears not quite as clear but definitely warmer sounding. The only thing i miss is the rotating wheel on top for volume, i really miss this feature and wish it would come back.
Didn’t think i would love a product so much. The shopping list is a great boon, just tell alexa when you need something added and when you get to the store up pops your list on your phone. Also love her reading me my novels from my kindle whilst i’m doing the dreaded ironing. Of course playing music is great, the to do list is useful too, in fact i could go on all day about this product, how did i ever manage before i bought it.
Ideal for any gift sound quality is excellent and so is alexa.
The first “refurbished” one i received had a very loud and annoying buzz from the speaker but this was very easily sorted through amazon returns. The second one works perfectly. The sound is so much better than the first generation echo – much clearer highs and loads of bass. I used to run my old echo through a bluetooth speaker to get better quality sound but no longer need to with this device. And looks wise it is also a load better than the earlier device. I am really really pleased with my new echo.
Fairly easy set up and a huge selection of skills to play with. Need more time to learn all of it.
Firstly, i cannot fault (or tell the difference) between this and a new one. Though i believe the packaging is different. This comes in a plain box, which is no problem. The echo speaker was immaculate and sounds really great either connected to the internet or by bluetooth. My only reservations are down to the alexa operating system. Initial connection to my wifi network was troublesome. After having to go through the motions several times – and reseting – it eventually connected. I’m not sure if it was due to my internet hub. (i have my internet from bt, and there have been issues in the past.
I’m impressed with the normal 2nd gen echo. At nearly 30% off the normal price this is excellent.
This is my third echo having 2 dots in other rooms and needed one to replace my speakers in the lounge and cautiously opted to go for a refurbished one. It’s quite literally as good as new. Arguably the packaging is actually better than that provided with a new one. Sound is fantastic, better than the speakers it’s replacing and looks great in the lounge too.
I have an amazon echo in my living room, which i use all the time and have come to appreciate greatly, particularly the sound quality and alexa’s assistance :di had my older echo dot in my bedroom and enjoyed it’s use, however, the sound quality isn’t as good as that of the echo :/ further i couldn’t justify the near indulgence of the purchase of another echo for my bedroom, this, however, was completely changed by the opportunity to purchase a refurbished echo :d and at the price doesn’t feel like indulgence at all :dthe refurbished echo arrived today 🙂 and i must comment that, in terms of it’s cosmetic appearance, looks brand new, no scratches, scuffs or marks of any description :d indeed looking identical to my first echo on it’s arrival :d so shopping amazon’s own refurbished devices will hold no fear for me in the future, based on my current experience :dset-up was straightforward, given my prior experience with my first echos. The sound quality is well rounded and rich :d i streaming music from amazon prime and listening to talk & music internet radio. Though i am not an expert, i would comment that i haven’t heard better sound quality on a smart speaker at this price point. Overall, i am more than happy with my purchase :d i am looking forward to listening to tunes snuggled up in bed on those cold stormy winter’s nights :d.
I was close to throwing alexa out the window because i could not get it to connect to my wifi through my samsung s8. After a couple of hours online searching for answers i was giving up and then i tried to connect through my samsung galaxy tab s2 which worked easily. I know this is probably a mix of an android and amazon issue but please amazon, please make it easier to connect with the newer phones. Anyway, since setting up, i am very happy with alexa. I am learning new skills every day. The only glitches i have noticed are the occasional incorrect actions when she mishears me. An example is when i ask her to play one of my spotify play lists slow beat house and alexa always replies that there is no playlist called slow beach house. All in all, i love alexa and i highly recommend the echo.
I’ve had a few of the refurbished echo’s and they’ve all been perfect. This new generation is much better than the 1st gen echos. It’s smaller and with a better finish. The sound quality is way above the 1st gen as i always thought they were a little heavy on the bass. These are much more rounded, the bass is still there but not overly done, and as a result it just sounds better.
Took a bit of time to figure out that using my laptop would be easier to set up alexa. Once that was done it was straightforward. Paired alexa with my iphone via bluetooth and now i can listen to music or audible books through the echo. The speaker is very good, we are using the echo as a stand alone device. I purchased a refurbished echo and to me it seems just as good as brand new and saved me quite a bit of money. After being used to using siri on the iphone, alexa is a few steps up in comparison.
Really pleased with the refurbished echo 2 nd generation, not only looks good on sideboard, it performs excellent would recommend.
She’s so clever and keeps me occupied sorting out her skills.
Needed a speaker and couldn’t find one with a reasonable price and i saw this which was too hard to turn down. Very easy set up and one of the best speakers i’ve heard around this price point.
Bought this product as a bit of a sceptic on voice-controlled gadgets, but have to say for our uses it works very well indeed. I have it hooked up to my spotify premium account and it works pretty much flawlessly. Speaker quality is better than i anticipated, and i do like to use it for listening to the radio and also to get news and weather updates. I am sure there is a lot more that it can do, but for now, it covers the basics really well. Pleased to have taken advantage of a refurb offer, as the price is hard to beat.
I was going to buy an echo dot but opted for this one instead. . Great sound and looks good on my shelf.