Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker With Amazon Alexa - £29.99 @ Home Bargains.
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Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker With Amazon Alexa - £29.99 @ Home Bargains.

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Found 8th Mar
Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa. Price now reduced to £29.99. (Was £49.99) at Home Bargains. These are very good speakers and compare favourably with the Amazon Echo. Think this would be a better choice than the Echo Dot having better sound.
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powerbrick35 m ago

These are not the same as echo devices, do some research.


Ok can u help by telling us why please?
‘Alexa, remind me to sign on, on Thursday’
There seems to be people who love to run these non Amazon speakers down, but give no decent reason why.
If you can’t add any constructive criticism then just don’t bother
Does it have the creepy laugh?
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Seems like a no brainer. Has to be better than the measly sound the echo dot outputs.
These are not the same as echo devices, do some research.
I posted this when it was £49.99, when it was first on sale at home bargains.
The comments were mixed, but seemed to be mostly positive.
So does it do what the echo does,or is it just for music etc?
powerbrick35 m ago

These are not the same as echo devices, do some research.


Ok can u help by telling us why please?
phillyboy19 m ago

Ok can u help by telling us why please?


? Amazon echo is made by amazon this isn’t but has Amazon’s voice Alexa on it , the echo dot is good but small and sound not as good as bigger echo or this speaker, hot from me
monkey19997 m ago

? Amazon echo is made by amazon this isn’t but has Amazon’s voice Alexa on …? Amazon echo is made by amazon this isn’t but has Amazon’s voice Alexa on it , the echo dot is good but small and sound not as good as bigger echo or this speaker, hot from me


So you need an amazon echo to use the speaker?
Does anyone know how loud it goes please? And what the battery life is like?
Edited by: "Happysteveo" 8th Mar
Lislocket24 m ago

So you need an amazon echo to use the speaker?


No this is a speaker
Doubt this does all what echo does
This piece of junk again. Posted like 3 weeks ago
Well this is jnteresting. Amazon has made the Alexa API free to use for anyone, so you cancobble together a working Alexa from say a Raspberry PI and a USB mic. Many similar projects on YouTube.

My only concerns would be, how sensitive is the microphone (Alexa and the Dot both use an advanced beam forming array) , it probably doesn't have the ESP which allows multiple Alexas to have spatial awareness so only the nearest responds, and it wouldnt work with the Alexa app so you won't be able to add Skills.

Still heated for providing the speaker functionality at almost a third of the price.
Edited by: "hcc27" 8th Mar
Oh no not again..this thing gets more posts than royal mail. There's a reason its cheap people...and there's a reason the price has dropped by nearly 40% since it was posted last
Could anybody tell.....Apart from the price and may be built in quality, what is the difference between this and the real Alexa?
‘Alexa, remind me to sign on, on Thursday’
Great. Have 1 room left without an Echo or Dot, so this will do. Like the idea of rechargeable battery for the bathroom/garden.
There seems to be people who love to run these non Amazon speakers down, but give no decent reason why.
If you can’t add any constructive criticism then just don’t bother
Wait, it will be £19.99 soon and then we can all get it at least for the Bluetooth speaker
Why is this needed when you have Alexa Echo and if I buy this would this do everything Alexa does so would I need to buy both or just this
Does it have the creepy laugh?
Have added Alexa skills to mine and they work ok , don`t see what all the fuss is about as it works all ok
Walgeon3 m ago

This is just a speaker. A very misleading title that has confused many …This is just a speaker. A very misleading title that has confused many people here.THIS DOES NOT HAVE ALEXA / ECHO INSTALLED.


Wrong, try clicking on the link to it before posting on something you know nothing about.
Disclaimer...don't know much about this device...

However, i do have have a lot of Amazon dots and echoes throughout my house. The microphones are amazing and that's what you are paying for (in the dots particularly). The echo is overpriced imho.

I am not sure how good these are but if they don't pick up voice commands from other side of room then it's not really that useful to me. Anyone who has one can advise how these compare against Amazon devices
This can't link to groups like echo devices do, which is a huge issue imo.

That means no multi room audio, no intercom 'drop-in' feature & no call or message features either.
redromski2 h, 19 m ago

Does it have the creepy laugh?


No, and cold for that reason! 😁
These don't support as much as the 'real' Echo's, even the £200 Sonos devices with Alexa don't support the full feature range of real echo's.
shalton6 h, 23 m ago

I posted this when it was £49.99, when it was first on sale at home …I posted this when it was £49.99, when it was first on sale at home bargains.The comments were mixed, but seemed to be mostly positive.


What do you want...a medal...?
Sambat3 h, 21 m ago

There seems to be people who love to run these non Amazon speakers down, …There seems to be people who love to run these non Amazon speakers down, but give no decent reason why.If you can’t add any constructive criticism then just don’t bother


Most of the 3rd party devices have no ESP and don't support messaging or calls. If these aren't important features for you then worth a shot.
Walgeon3 h, 26 m ago

This is just a speaker. A very misleading title that has confused many …This is just a speaker. A very misleading title that has confused many people here.THIS DOES NOT HAVE ALEXA / ECHO INSTALLED.


Yes it does! It works just like the echo.
I've got both and this works with Alexa fine!
This is NOT just a speaker. You need to link your Amazon account to this device when you set it up - then you can talk to it just like an Alexa.

People saying this is just a bluetooth speaker are plain WRONG.

You do not need to have Amazon Prime for this - just create a free Amazon account and you are good to go.
great find
Perfect for people just wanting to play amazon prime music, DAB stations, news updates, weather, temperature/time, set alarms etc. The mic sensitivity is the important though, perhaps someone who owns one could expand on that.
My only issue with these is a) cant do multi room music with them and b) cant ask alexa to play spotify on them, but rather have to use your phone and spotify app to play the music to them. Kinda a deal breaker for me as I use mine mainly for music and have a few echos around the house that I wanted to link up. Also If i ask Alexa to turn on a light for example I will have this speaker and one of my echos respond.... annoying so I ended up putting this one in my office at the back of the garden and use it for tunein etc.

Overall, good bit of kit just be aware of the limitations.
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At this price if they did this in white I would give it a go. Seems to do everything the Amazon version does and and has the bonus of being portable / rechargeable which is a massive bonus. I usually have brand phobia but I think this is a bargain. I wouldn't use it as my main music speaker as I have another set up but nor would I use the Amazon one for this either. Very handy for certain purposes. Heat (apart from colour). The thing I don't like on their website is the RRP £119 which is misleading to some people.
Edited by: "deleted1836930" 9th Mar
Does it need to be used via a third party app like the bush one from Argos?
Happysteveo16 h, 27 m ago

Does anyone know how loud it goes please? And what the battery life is …Does anyone know how loud it goes please? And what the battery life is like?


Yes it goes from 0 to 11
simandoo4 h, 2 m ago

How are they taking your feed from Amazon and sending it to China if they …How are they taking your feed from Amazon and sending it to China if they have the echo software on here? You're saying they have sneakily added more software into the device so that the Chinese government can plant it into your house as a listening device and hear you talk about your mum's bad hip and how good the latest episode of stranger things is? Hmmm


Erm, I suspect I'm talking to someone with very little understanding of IT here.

In order for this device to function, there need to be several layers of software. Only at the topmost layer does the software which interfaces with Amazon's AVS API (that is, the part which you use as Alexa) come into play. Of the rest of the software on here, you have no idea what it may be doing, or what it may be capable of.

On the note of whether there may be a risk, I think you should look around for some info. Here's one article about how 700m budget smartphones came to be infected with Chinese spyware. What's to say there isn't something similar on this device?

If you genuinely don't think there's any issue having a potential mole device in your home, I'll invite you to tell me now some of the information you're likely to broadcast verbally while you're on the phone to your bank, or utility suppliers. What are your bank account details, your date of birth, your phone numbers, your mother's maiden name, and your place of birth?
dxx9 m ago

Erm, I suspect I'm talking to someone with very little understanding of IT …Erm, I suspect I'm talking to someone with very little understanding of IT here. In order for this device to function, there need to be several layers of software. Only at the topmost layer does the software which interfaces with Amazon's AVS API (that is, the part which you use as Alexa) come into play. Of the rest of the software on here, you have no idea what it may be doing, or what it may be capable of. On the note of whether there may be a risk, I think you should look around for some info. Here's one article about how 700m budget smartphones came to be infected with Chinese spyware. What's to say there isn't something similar on this device?If you genuinely don't think there's any issue having a potential mole device in your home, I'll invite you to tell me now some of the information you're likely to broadcast verbally while you're on the phone to your bank, or utility suppliers. What are your bank account details, your date of birth, your phone numbers, your mother's maiden name, and your place of birth?


Sorry, but that's a bit silly - because you could do this then with anything with a microphone in it (or just hide one in anything else that connects to the internet), so you should be equally suspicious of your phone, your laptop, your tablet, your voice activated smart TV or games console (assuming those exist). Are you? If not, then why are you worried about this? The processing for the voice is not done on the system, it's done in AWS.
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