Amazon launches the Echo Flex, a smart speaker that plugs straight into the wall

The Amazon Echo Flex is an affordable smart plug with a difference: it brings Alexa to wherever there's a plug socket. Clever

Amazon Echo Flex
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Amazon's first wireless Alexa device is (nearly) here. Put simply, the Echo Flex, which you can pre-order now, is a smart plug/smart speaker combo that brings Alexa to wherever there's a socket. And, at just $24.99 in the US or £24.99 in the UK, it might be their most affordable device yet. 

Whether you're new to the world of smart speakers and are looking for an entry level device that will allow you to test the waters effectively; or are looking to expand an existing smart home system throughout your home, but don't want to break the bank in the process, the Amazon Flex might be just what you've been looking for.

Plus, its wireless design means you won't have to worry about disrupting the aesthetics of your home too much. Perfect if you're interiors lovers like us.

Amazon Echo Flex

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What can smart assistants do?

We get it, some people still aren't sure whether a smart assistant is for them. And venturing into the world of smart home tech can be a little daunting. So, we wrote a handy guide with you in mind – smart assistants: a guide for beginners and the confused. You can read our review of Amazon Alexa, too, to see if that's the smart assistant for you.

Available for pre-order on Amazon and due to be shipped on 14th November, Amazon's Echo Flex is a plug-in smart speaker that's Alexa-enabled. But how does it work?

Simply plug the device into any standard electrical outlet and interact with Alexa as you might with any other Echo device: using voice control. This is especially handy in areas where having trailing wires might be a problem – think in the hallway – or where surface space is at a premium (we're talking to you, small home owners).

Whether you're asking for an update on the weather, your diary or daily news bulletins, this super handy device delivers. Plus, thanks to its super simple and streamlined design, you'll barely even notice it's there. Brilliant. Our friends over at TechRadar have reviewed the Echo Flex – take a look for more info.