We’ve already featured these two new devices on previous blog posts but haven’t really made an in depth comparison of the two. In today’s article, let’s take a look at how they compare with each other.
The Echo Plus on the other hand, costs $149.99 and doesn’t offer flexible payment option or discounts.
The Echo Plus which is 9.3” tall and a weight of slightly over 2 lbs (954 grams) is taller and heavier than the New Echo (just 5.9” tall), but both devices mimic the cylinder design of the original Echo.
The Echo Plus is only available in the colors Black, White and Silver while the New Echo can be customized with your choice of Echo Decorative Shell that’s available in a range of fabrics and finishes – Charcoal Fabric, Heather Gray Fabric, Sandstone Fabric, Walnut Finish, Oak Finish and Silver Finish.
Both are equipped with a 2.5” woofer and tweeter powered by Dolby to deliver crisp vocals and dynamic bass. But the Echo Plus has a larger tweeter than the second-generation Echo, giving it a more improved sound dispersion.
The new Echo devices have improved wake-word performance that allows users to command Alexa from any direction, even in noisy environments or while playing loud music.
Both also support hands-free calling and messaging and come with a Drop In feature for room-to-room with other compatible Echo devices.
Smart Home Integration
One of the many skills that Alexa is known for is controlling smart home devices with a single voice command such as locking the doors or turning off the lights. However, most integration require a smart home hub (e.g. Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon) that acts as a middle man between your Alexa device and your light bulbs, thermostats, locks, switches and outlets, etc., but not with the Echo Plus.
The Echo Plus already has a built-in hub that seamlessly connects and controls compatible smart home devices without the need of a separate smart home hub.
There isn’t really much of a difference when it comes to design, sound quality, connectivity and Alexa capabilities. The biggest factor would be the smart-home integration. If your main purpose of purchasing an Alexa-enabled device is for managing various smart appliances, then the Echo Plus is worth the additional $50.