Updated 1 Mar 2018

Amazon

Echo (2nd Gen)

Snapshot: The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) doesn't have a battery, instead relying on mains power. It is light, and can connect to WiFi.

Echo (2nd Gen)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$179

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Test results

Overall score
81
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound.
  • Very good ease of use.
  • Excellent sound signal.

But

  • No 3.5mm line input.
  • Isn't battery powered.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and other sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on an October 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$179

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
821
Mains powered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
×
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Battery low indicator
n/a
Claimed battery life (hours)
n/a
Battery runtime (mins)
n/a
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
150x85x85

Features

Controls

Microphone on/off, Vol +/-, Action button

Microphone
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a