Amazon rolls out better (and wackier) new Echo products

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Amazon's new microwave is super smart.
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Amazon hosted its annual “secret” event this morning in Seattle where the company unleashed a tidal wave of new Alexa-powered Echo products that are designed to take on pretty much every major tech company in the world.

From its new microwave to a pricey new subwoofer, Amazon has a new product for pretty much everybody at every price point. The event was so action-packed it was hard to keep up with the catalog of new options, but we’ve rounded them all up so you can figure out what Alexa products you should splurge on next.

Check out all these new goodies:

Amazon Wall Clock

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The new clock puts timers and alarms on your wall.
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One of the newest Echo companion devices is the new Wall Clock that makes it easy to set times, alarms and reminders. It connects to other Echo devices through Bluetooth so you can command it from a different room. Units will ship later this year and only cost $30.

Amazon Smartplug

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SmartPlug makes your coffee-maker a lot smarter.
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We’ve seen a lot of HomeKit-powered wall outlets, but they’re about to get some serious competition from Alex. The Amazon Smartplug comes with WiFi Simple Setup to make it easy to turn dumb devices into smart ones. Just tell one of your Echo products to turn on the coffee machine and it will communicate with your Smartplug to get your brew going. Smart Plug ships next month and costs $25 per plug.

AmazonBasics Microwave

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Amazon’s new microwave is super smart.
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Microwaves haven’t seen many innovations in the last few decades but that’s about to change. The new AmazonBasics Microwave comes with dozens of quick-cook voice presets. Don’t know how long to nuke your frozen peas for? Just Ask Alex. Everything can be operated via voice command so you just tell it to run for three minutes at medium power. It only costs $60 and it comes with built-in Dash replenishment so you can automatically order things like popcorn when you’re running low.

Echo Show

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The new Echo Show.
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Amazon completely redesigned the Echo Show with a new sound system. It packs dual 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a bass radiator and Dolby processing for better audio. Up front you get a 10-inch HD display combined with an 8-microphone array. It costs $229 and ships in October.

Fire TV Recast

Rather than taking on DVRs straight on, Fire TV Recast lets you watch, record and replay over-the-air programming. You can sen the content to your Fire TV, Echo Show or Fire tablets. Fire TV Recast lets you record up to four shows at once and stream to multiple devices at a time.

Echo Auto

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Alexa is about to invade your car with the new Echo Auto that mounts on your dash and puts an 8-mic array in your vehicle to take your Alexa requests. You can get directions via Waze or use the device to do other things like add items to your shopping list. It connects via Bluetooth and costs $50 but the invite-only version costs just $25.

New Echo Dot

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Echo Dot got a redesign.
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The redesigned Echo Dot is 70 percent louder than its predecessor and better looking too. It has a fabric covering on top and looks less metallic than the last one. Priced at $49.99, it comes in three colors (white, light gray and charcoal). You can pre-order one today with units shipping next month.

Echo Input

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Amazon wants to put Alexa everywhere.
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Amazon is making it easier to turn old stereos into smart speakers with its new Echo Input. It’s basically an audio adapter that brings voice control and streaming music to stereo systems. It packs a microphone but doesn’t have a microphone and costs $34.99.

Echo Sub

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Echo Sub brings the bass.
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Need more bass in your house? Amazon’s new subwoofer can be combined with two or more Echo speakers to provide 100W of bass thumping sound. It costs $130 and ships next month.

Echo Link Amp

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Echo Link Amp is ready to take on Sonos.
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Aimed at the high-end audio market, the Echo Link Amp costs $300 and comes with a built-in 2-channel amplifier as well as digital and analog inputs and outputs. Its compatible with existing stereo equipment and can be completely controlled through your Echo or Alexa app.

Echo Link

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The Amazon Echo Link.
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Like the Echo Link Amp, the Link allows you to connect to a receiver or amplifier. It comes with digital and analog inputs and outputs to adapt your old audio system into the age of smart audio systems. Sonos better watch out because it’s priced at just $200 and could be a gamechanger.

Ring Stick Up Cam

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Ring Stick Up Cam has wired and battery-powered options.
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Adding some extra security features to your house is getting easier with the new Ring Stick Up Cams. They can be powered via batteries or from a wired connection. You can use them indoors and outdoors. Video is recorded in 1080p and can be livestreamed to the Ring app. Amazon is keeping the price the same as the old version at $180.