The Best Certified Refurbished Echo Plus with built-in Hub – Black – 2018
Echo Plus is a simple way to start your smart home. It has a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, which allows for simple and direct setup of compatible ZigBee lights, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale. No additional hub required.; Echo Plus connects to Alexa—a cloud-based voice service—to play music, make calls, set timers and music alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more—instantly.; Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms. Echo Plus can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.; Call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.; Improved speakers with Dolby processing deliver crisp vocals and extended bass to fill the room with immersive, 360° audio; With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing; Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills. Just ask Alexa to control your TV, request an Uber, order a pizza, and more.
I saw that these were on sale during the big sale and decided that I would dive into the voice command thing. It arrived and looks brand new. Set up was super easy. I put it in the kitchen (to replace and clock radio that honestly I hate - reception sucks and it doesn't keep time - you had TWO JOBS and you failed at both) which is the room farthest away from our wireless AP. It connected easily and responds to almost all commands well - there have been a few funny mishaps, but nothing major. I like that I can ask it to play NPR and stream my amazon playlists (but don't love that I can't listen to two devices at the same time), it pairs with the phones we all have and we can use them to stream music from other sources. I am not sure that we will ever invest in "smart home" devices to make full use of all that is offered, but so far it's been fun to have. I am sure there is more I could be doing with it, but for now it responds and the sound quality is very good.
I purchased this on a whim, not sure of the value we'd get from Alexa, since we didn't have any IoT devices (except the thermostat). But we've found so many uses for Alexa. My wife loves to stream music, my kids love to ask questions, and I love checking balances, listening to music, adjusting the temperature in the house, and using Alexa as a timer/reminder.
I'm not certain how I've survived without this. It sounds great, understands commands, and I've been hooking up light bulbs, plugs, and sockets. Flipping awesome. I'm almost 60 years old and it is s-i-m-p-l-e. What's taking you so long?
Amazing sound, I was impressed with the base. Very accurate voice recognition even with high volume. So much better than my Echo dot.
Doesn't like to connect to everything like schlage products and a few other things. Interface is sometimes difficult.
Great buy, item looked new, instantly set up with app. Why buy new???
Great product but other appliances don’t recognize the hub feature
Works great, and the discounted price for refurb was awesome!