Echo Pop review: Accessible smartness with speakers that sound good
It has been many years since Amazon introduced the Echo series of devices. Many homes have almost become furniture, with everyone from toddlers to grandparents using them for instant access to entertainment and information. One of the best things about Echo devices is their affordability. At the more affordable end of the spectrum, Amazon now has the Echo Pop with a new front-facing speaker design that blends easily into your décor.
In contrast to some earlier models, the Echo Pop has a round speaker that fires toward the front instead of lying flat. The device is powered by a simple cord and has volume and mute buttons at the top. There is nothing more simple than that. Using the Alexa app, setup was easy. After updating the device, I was ready to use it.
I was really surprised by how clear the speaker was. String instruments could be clearly heard. During Alexa’s 1980 Yesudas playlist, they were filling the room. There was not even a full volume on the Echo Pop. Full blast, this one is a beast.
It has been many years since Amazon introduced the Echo series of devices. From toddlers to grandparents, they have become a part of many homes, providing quick access to everything, from entertainment to information. One of the best things about Echo devices is their availability across a range of price points. A more affordable Echo Pop is now available with a new front-facing speaker design that blends easily into any room.
There is a round speaker on the Echo Pop that does not sit flat like some earlier models, but instead fires towards the front of the device. Power is provided by a simple cord at the back and volume and mute buttons are on the top. It couldn’t be simpler. Alexa’s app made setting up easy. I was able to use the latest Echo device after one update.
I was really surprised by how clear the speaker was. It was very easy for me to hear string instruments. My 1980 Yesudas playlist was filling the room as I asked Alexa to play it. It wasn’t even at full volume when I heard the Echo Pop. It’s a beast at full blast.