48 hours after going live, the $30 Amazon Echo Clock has begun arriving in homes… including redditor kaotsu, who has posted his first impressions of the Alexa accessory, and our very own Adam Miarka who shot a hands on video.
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the clock pairs to a single Echo device, over Bluetooth, and linkage is handled by voice: “Alexa, set up my wall clock.” Multiple timers can be set and are represented while well-lit tick marks that countdown, as you’d expect. However, the clock itself emits no audible notification once a timer has run it course. But, I wonder if blue indicator light used during pairing and software updates, might one day take on additional functions. Build quality is described as “cheap-feeling plastic” yet “pretty solid overall” — shipping with 4 AA batteries and a screw/drywall mount. I do share kaotsu’s desire for a second hand… and suspect this somewhat simplistic product represents a market test on Amazon’s part. As such, I’m way more fired up for the Echo Auto, which will hopefully be available for order this week.