Up ’till now, I have viewed my Amazon Prime Membership movies and box sets through my Xbox One and have been doing so for a year or two.
Having bought an Amazon Fire TV Stick (with Alexa Voice Remote), I find myself using this instead, the interface works for me and using voice control is a big time saver.
Setting up was very easy, connecting to my BT Hub, registering the voice remote with the TV stick and connecting with my Prime Membership Account.
Once up and running, it is easy to use and I have not noticed any problems so far with buffering.
This week, I took advantage of my Amazon Prime Membership and bought two items I had been thinking about picking up for some time.
After setting up my Amazon Echo (£70 discount on Prime Members Day) – which was fairly easy once I got it talking to my BT wi-fi hub and I’m loving it.
I find myself wondering how I managed without it.
The first and most obvious thing is linking it with my Amazon account to play music, with over 1 million songs available, I found myself enjoying tracks I hadn’t listened to for years.
The single speaker pedestal is great for what it is with good high, medium and low end and can easily be linked to a Bluetooth stereo, headphones or speaker system.
Today, I used the lists function to compile a shopping list for a visual reminder of what I needed to order from my online supermarket for delivery, loaded the list in one tab and the online supermarket in another tab.
I was able to check off each item as I ordered it and you can also print your list or send to OneNote or to disk for email forwarding or further processing.
Using reminders and alarms is a breeze too.
I am looking forward to listening to an Audible book next and really look forward to using Smart Home Automation when I’ve decided which system to use.
What I like best is the pure simplicity of talking to Alexa from anywhere in the room and the fact that I am understood after slight frustrations with other voice systems such as Siri and Cortana, Amazon seem to have got it right with Alexa being cloud based.
I also picked up an Amazon Fire TV Stick for a discount which I will talk about in another post.