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Echo Input Portable Review: The Smart Assistant Speaker One Can Take Anywhere In Their Home, Cord-Free



If youâve always wanted an Amazon Echo but didnât really want it confined to one room, Amazon came out with a solution with the Echo Input Portable. Instead of buying multiple Alexa devices to have in multiple rooms, this smart speaker can be carried with you anywhere in the house. It does not need a power outlet and is small enough to be carried in the palm of your hands. This smart speaker is instead powered by a battery and can be charged when it runs low. You can use it to listen to your favourite music and carry it with you to do all the smart things Alexa is capable of doing. It costs only Rs 4,999 and hereâs why you should get it for your home.  


When you first look at the Echo Input Portable, it resembles any generic Bluetooth speaker out there. But when you look closely, it has a more premium design than any Bluetooth speaker in this price range. At the top, it comes with two buttons where one can be used to mute the microphone while the other can be used for bringing up Alexa. It also comes with four microphones so that it can pick up your voice even when listening to loud music. 

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There are also three buttons that can be used to operate the smart speaker. One of them is a traditional power button while the other two can be used for controlling the volume. Having said that, the Echo Input Portable does not have a 3.55mm jack which means you will have to rely on a Bluetooth connection. The name of the device is quite misleading as it does not have a headphone jack for audio input.

Usability and Sound

When using the Alexa Input Portable, you will feel right at home as many Bluetooth speakers now come with digital voice assistant integration. While the Input Portable may not be a Bluetooth speaker in its truest form, it does double up as a smart speaker and an audio device. Using Alexa on the Input Portable is flawless as it can easily pick up your voice from far away, thanks to the additional microphones. It performs way better than any audio device that has Alexa integration. You would kind of expect that from an Amazon device, it surely delivers. 

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When it comes to the sound, the overall experience was quite pleasing and in line with most small Bluetooth speakers. It is loud enough to fill up a small room but isnât loud enough to host an entire party. You can use these speakers when you have small gatherings or are in a hotel room. The Echo Input Portable isnât supposed to be a full-blown audio speaker, however, if you are interested in that, you can always get the Echo Studio. You can stream music from every service such as Amazon Music, Gaana, Apple Music, Spotify, Saavn and others.

 Being portable means it needs to last long and according to Amazon, it can last up to 11 hours. We found that our review unit lasted for up to 9 hours on loud volumes. However, if using it on lower volume levels, you can easily push it to last 11 hours. It comes with a 4,800mAh battery but unfortunately, it cannot be fast-charged. You can always use it when it is plugged in, however it will take time for the device to get fully charged.

Echo Input Portable Review: Specs, Price, Other Details © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla

In order to use Alexa skills and other commands, you need to have an internet connection. It does not use your smartphoneâs internet and instead uses a Wi-Fi connection. So if you are wanting to use the smart features of the phone outside of the home, you will need to be connected to a WiFi network. Having said that, switching Wi-Fi networks is not an easy task especially if you plan on using it outside your home. Bluetooth connection is quite easy from the Alexa app and takes only a few seconds. 

The Final Say 

For Rs 4,999, you can get yourself a decent Bluetooth speaker that also doubles up as a smart speaker for your home. It is quite cheaper than third-party speakers that have digital assistant integration and can hold its own with competent Bluetooth speakers in the audio department. Having the flexibility to carry your smart speaker with you instead of going to your speaker changes the entire smart speaker experience for everyone. 

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