Publication Date: 9/4/18 – One of Amazon’s smartest decisions was to let outside companies build Amazon’s Alexa software and service into non-Amazon gadgets, because Amazon realized there are specialist outfits like Bose, Sonos, Acer and others that have already built some fantastic smart home products that can be made even better by adding Alexa. Today, we’re taking a look at some of those non-Amazon devices with Alexa built in.
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones
Bose has earned a global reputation for high-end consumer audio, and their latest Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones (Canadian readers click here) (UK readers click here) are no exception. In addition to Alexa voice-command access to music, information and more, these wireless headphones offer up to 20 hours of wireless play time from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, up to 40 hours of listening in wired mode. All this powerful technology is supported by Bose’s own noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear phone calls and voice activation.
Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop/Tablet with HD Touch Display
The Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop/Tablet with HD Touch Display (Canadian readers click here) (not currently available in the UK) is Acer’s latest take on the convertible laptop/tablet, and in addition to all the convenient features you’d expect from any convertible, the Spin 5 offers up to 13 hours of battery life and adds Alexa.
All-New Sonos Beam – Compact Smart TV Soundbar with Amazon Alexa Voice Control
The All-New Sonos Beam – Compact Smart TV Soundbar with Amazon Alexa Voice Control (Canadian readers click here) (UK readers click here) delivers rich, detailed sound that fills the entire room whether you’re listening to music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games. Thoughtfully designed for your home in a compact form factor that makes it easy to add the unit to your TV stand or wall mount.
Polk Command Sound Bar with Alexa Built In
The Polk Command Sound Bar with Alexa Built In (UK readers click here) (Canadian readers click here) offers the same type of home theater foundation as Sonos’s sound bar, but adds support for 4K and HD TVs with included HDMI and optical cables. Polk is an established and respected brand in audio.
All New Sonos One Smart Speaker with Alexa Built In
The All New Sonos One Smart Speaker with Alexa Built In (UK readers click here) (Canadian readers click here) offers a higher-fidelity alternative to a standard Amazon Echo in a speaker that connects wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room.