Ama­zon Echo Spot

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

(€140, Ama­zon.co.uk or Lit­tle­woods)

Ama­zon re­cently started selling its se­ries of voice­ac­ti­vated Echo de­vices in Ire­land. But th­ese were largely just smart speak­ers used as ves­sels for its Alexa voice sys­tem. Its new Echo Spot de­vice adds a cir­cu­lar touch­screen which can show you video con­tent, a clock and other in­for­ma­tion. It also comes with a built-in cam­era, in case you want to make video calls (with other Echo de­vices). The whole pack­age ar­guably has a more home-friendly de­sign.

Sony Bravia AF8 (€2,949, Har­vey Norman)

If you’re in the mar­ket for a top-end new telly, they don’t come much bet­ter than this at the mo­ment. As well as 4K and HDR, Sony’s AF8 in­cor­po­rates one amaz­ing fea­ture that does away with the need for a sep­a­rate sound­bar. The en­tire screen acts a speaker, through a vi­bra­tion sys­tem. It comes in 55-inch or 65-inch vari­ants.

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