The best Alexa to buy equipment for use by 2020 – CNET

To buy the best Alexa-devices, for 2020 – CNET

Amazon Alexa is good for more than to play music or for the current outdoor temperature. You can use this voice assistant in a number of ways, with compatible Amazon Echo-smart speaker and displays, of the voice control of smart devices and two-way audio, the move to the Philips Hue lights, if you join a room, or control who is at your door with a Ring.

Amazon introduced its first Amazon-Echo-speaker in the year 2014. Since then, voice control, have become an increasingly important part of how we interact with our smart home devicesGoogle Assistant and Siri jumped on Board with their own smart-in speaker and voice control, but the Alexa voice assistant was the first to champion the voice integrations in the smart home.

let’s take a look at the best Alexa-enabled smart home devices of today.

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Amazon has a LED at its third Generation, smart speaker, the Echo Dot clock, and it is our favorite speakers for the price. Not only that, this 2019 third-gen Dot offer an impressive sound for its modest profile, but it also makes helpful information, such as the clock, Timer, and the outdoor temperature — is well visible. 

While there are a lot of Alexa devices to choose from, the Echo-to-Dot with clock, carries with its impressive performance, small footprint, and the sheer practicality. At just $60, this pint-sized smart speaker is an excellent entry into the world of Amazon Alexa-devices.

Read the Amazon-Echo-Dot with at make.

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Although there is a $500 prize, the two-pack Arlo Pro 3 is a great security camera with local storage and high-quality 2K-streaming. Between its rapid alerting and a comprehensive suite of features, like a built-in siren, motion detection, color, night vision and 12-fold zoom, the Arlo Pro 3 is our favorite high-end smart-cam.

r camera stream on the Echo smart displays, although Arlo, the previous 7-days-free-event-based cloud storage option is no longer available, so you will need to sign up for its monthly plans (start from $3 per month) to store footage on the cloud.

Read the Arlo Pro 3 review.

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Ring $199 spy Cam is a unique product for the Amazon company. Instead of mounting to a door frame or somewhere else on the side of the door, the spy Cam with a traditional look replaced the hole.

That is to say, this product is perfect for people living in apartments who want a smart doorbell, but don’t want to be with a wired device, or otherwise screwed up a door frame for installation. None of the Ring the main competitors offer this kind of seamless solution for apartment-dwellers, this door is particularly innovative, in addition to the other devices available today. 

Not only that, but the spy Cam has the easiest installation of a doorbell, I have tested so far. It also advanced Alexa integrations has. Yes, you can pull up the live feed to an Amazon smart display, but you can also chat, who’s at your door via the built-in speaker of the smart display, with the command, , Alexa, answer the front door.em>”

The two-way-talk function on a Alexa smart display is unique to the Ring devices.

Other notable doorbells values of the Ring: The battery-powered or hard-wired $199 the Ring Video doorbell 2 and the hard-wired $249 the Ring Video doorbell Per. 

Read give the Ring spy Cam.

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The Ecobee smart thermostat is connected to a $249 thermostat. This model replaces the Ecobee4 smart thermostat, but has a lot of the same excellent properties.

you can control your smart thermostat using the Ecobee app and you can use Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri voice commands to set the temp from your smart thermostat. Alexa is the voice control that really stand out here, though, since the thermostat itself has a built-in-Alexa smart-speaker.

it means That you don’t need a separate Echo-device-just connect to your thermostat, turn on the speaker and start asking Alexa questions.

Read review of the Ecobee smart thermostat.

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The Amazon Echo-Show 8 is Amazon’s latest smart display. For $130, you get a eight-inch screen with the best resolution of all the Echo Show, a camera shutter, and all the smarts of previous Amazon smart shows.

The Echo Show 8 has a built-in Alexa-in speakers. This means that you can use this smart display to ask Alexa to your service, it asks it to play, music, season, the weather or just tell you a joke. And, since it is a smart display, it offers extended compatibility with Alexa-enabled surveillance cameras.

ask Alexa to “answer the door,” if someone Cam its rings Ring-a spy-and you can see the live feed on your card 8 and actually talk to the person directly from the smart display.

Read the Amazon-Echo-Show 8 issue.

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the August Smart Lock Pro, bundled with the connection Wi-Fi module, is a great smart lock. The Smart-Lock-Pro-will not retrofit to most standard deadbolts, so you have to come up with a complicated installation. The Connect module makes it possible to access and control your smart remotely lock your Wi-Fi network that is outside of the Bluetooth range.

This product comes with a open/close sensor, also called DoorSense — that you installed on the door where your Smart Lock Pro. So, the app can not only tell you whether the door is locked or unlocked, but even if the door is open or closed. 

The Smart Lock-Pro works with Alexa, so you can lock and unlock your door from a Alexa enabled smart speakers with your voice.

Read the August Smart Lock Pro review.

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SimpliSafe is a solid DIY home security system with a ton of accessories, so you can need the scaling of the system. The starter kit costs $230 for the hub, keyboard, keychain fob, a motion sensor and a door /window sensor. 

SimpliSafe also works with Alexa, so you can sharp the system and check its status with simple voice commands.

not SimpliSafe needed a contract, but the monthly fees start at $15 for access to the app and will go up to $25, if you want to with a professional monitoring. 

Read review the SimpliSafe.

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The latest version of the Philips hue White LED works with ZigBee and Bluetooth. The addition of Bluetooth is essential for Philips Hue, because it does not mean that you will need a Philips hub, this smart-working lamps.

Instead, the smart bulbs connect directly to your phone-and you work with Alexa voice commands. Ask to turn the Alexa, on the living room lights, or dimming the dining room lights to 70%. 

Philips Hue White LEDs not only cost $15 each, so you do not have to dish out a lot of money for these simple Alexa-enabled light bulbs. 

Read the Philips Hue LED article Know.

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The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug-Mini is a big name for a small, smart plug, the cost is only $30. A smart plug like this connection over your Wi-Fi connection directly to a wall outlet and convert your nonsmart lamps, fans and other devices in smart devices.

Use the TP-Link to connect app and control devices — or enter Alexa, and you use your voice. Say, “Alexa, turn the lamp”, the plug Mini smart plug to control the connected devices with ease.

Read the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug-Mini-review.

more: Best smart plugs for 2020

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The Amazon Echo-Flex is a small smart Box that plugs directly into a power outlet. For $25, it all smarts from Alexa, plus offers a USB port for additional modules, such as a motion detector and night light.

As the name suggests, the Flex-fit many functions that help you strengthen your home security and expand Alexa to hear range, if you need help, in the less Central corners of your home.

The addition of a motion-sensor also means Alexa automations can create based on your motion, turn on lights when you enter a room, or they deliver your morning news, if you sit down for Breakfast. 

Read CNET’s review of the Echo-Flex.

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The Alexa-landscape

Amazon’s voice assistant-easy control of devices in your home, set a Timer and see how long your way to the office. But privacy has become a growing Problem as the smart speakers and displays to grow in popularity.

reports Amazon keeps records of your calls, even after you have deleted the Alexa audio recordings, has led to concerns about the privacy of the users. Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos looking for answers about Amazon-Alexa data of the user and how it is stored. Amazon has since introduced the “Alexa, delete everything I said today” – function. The tech giant says it’s their transcripts is to delete new ways for the customer.

Amazon’s latest smart display, the Echo Show 8 comes with a built-in camera shutter button, unlike in the past, Echo-Display of the devices.

Amazon is not alone. Facebook, Google, and other major tech companies use, given its own problems with privacy, prompting questions about data. 

Fortunately, Amazon and others seem to work to win back our trust. This has security concerns they kept from buying a voice assistant (Alexa or otherwise)? Weigh in in the comments below.

Still have questions? Read more about Alexa. 


Originally published in the year 2019, and updated periodically.

Released on Sun, 26 Apr 2020 03:24:00 +0000

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