However, the company now stocks 'Made for Amazon' battery bases that mean you can take your Echo speaker on the go, using it as a Bluetooth speaker in the great outdoors and beyond.
If you have access to a Wi-Fi connection, you'll be able to use Alexa too, allowing you to control your smart home devices, ask questions, set reminders, and more.
- Read our Amazon Echo (2020) review
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The Mission Battery Base gives you five hours of wireless playback, with your Echo kept securely in place thanks to a thumb screw.
Available in the US since the end of the last year, the Battery Base is now available to buy in the UK too, costing $39.99 / £39.99 (about AU$50).
Super smart speakers
The latest spherical Amazon Echo was released in 2020, and represents a complete revamp of the company’s flagship smart speaker, with a new spherical design.
That aesthetic overhaul, while impressive, is just the half of it, with improved audio, a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, and a new AZ1 neural edge processor that the company says reduces the time it takes for Alexa to respond to commands (though the chip is currently only active in the US, with a global rollout to be confirmed).
The Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock were also given a significant makeover in 2020, sharing the spherical design of their larger sibling – though on the inside, these mini speakers are largely the same as their predecessors.
- Read our Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review