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Sound takes centre stage for all-new, fluffier Amazon Echo

Alexa gets wrapped in fabric for the first time

Smaller, sleeker, and a heckuva lot better sounding – that’s the idea behind Amazon’s all-new Echo speaker. It might have shrunk, but Amazon has found room inside for a dedicated bass tweeter, which should give your tunes some much needed extra oomph. Got a couple dotted around the house? Just say “Alexa, play XXX everywhere” and every speaker will spring into life, multi-room style. Amazon’ll even knock £50 off if you buy three at once. Design-wise, the new Echo looks a lot like the old one, just a bit stubbier – but that’s only if you opt for the plastic case. It’ll launch with a load of different customisable shells, including wood and fabric, that will let it better match your furniture. Pre-orders open today: you’ll be able to bag one for £89, and by the time it arrives on October 31, Amazon should have flipped the switch on Echo messaging and calling in the UK too. Nice one, Alexa.

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A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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