The Amazon Echo already plays nicely with plenty of smart home kit, but the new Echo Plus is meant to be an all-in-one home hub. Sure, this new version gets a few sound upgrades over the original Echo, but the real focus here is on connected kit, with all the wireless protocols and invisible handshakes you need to hook up a whole range of products from different companies. It even comes with a free Philips Hue smart light bulb to get you started. So just like a dealer giving you the first taste for free – the rest’ll cost ya. Still, that’s not a bad deal for £139 – a tenner cheaper than the original Echo. Pre-orders go live today, and should be arriving soon after on October 31.
Alexa, turn up the volume
All of the right things to say to your new chatty speaker…
Alexa, let’s get set up