Make your home smart
Amazon Smart Plug lets you voice control your lamps, table fans, electric kettles, TVs and more. With the Amazon Smart Plug, control your existing appliances hands-free using a compatible Echo, Fire TV or any Alexa device. Or turn off your TV remotely from office to regulate your kids’ TV viewing time.
While the compact and inexpensive Echo Dot makes for a great way to put Alexa in your bedroom, den, or home office, it’s not much help in a space with minimal or nonexistent shelf space, such as a kitchen counter, a hallway, or a tool shed. Enter the Echo Flex, a diminutive, squarish Echo speaker with an integrated AC power adapter so you can plug it directly into a wall outlet.
Set up helpful routines
Use the Alexa app to create customized schedules to automate your day-to-day activities. For example, you can create a morning routine that turns on lights and electric kettle with a single request.
Getting the Flex up and running is effortless if you already have Echo speakers in your house. If you buy the Flex using the Amazon account that your home Alexa devices are registered to, the Flex should be able to connect itself to your home Wi-Fi automatically, with your other Echo speakers acting as “helper” devices for the connection process, no password required. The setup process worked flawlessly for me, with the Flex connecting to the Wi-Fi network within a minute or so after I’d plugged it in. Even if you don’t have any other Echo speakers at home, setting up the Flex is your first Echo device, you can set it up as you would any other Echo speaker using the Alexa mobile app.
Frustration free set up
Set up within minutes – plug in, open the Alexa app, and start using your voice. Struggle-free, tinker-free, and stress-free. No patience needed. Setup with Alexa is simple and after that, it only gets better.
As with an Echo Dot or any other Echo speaker, you can pair the Flex with an external Bluetooth speaker, or you can connect an external speaker using the 3.5mm audio jack on the right side of the unit. And if you need a moment of privacy, you can press the mic mute button, while the Action button lets you silence alarms or reset the device.
So many things to plug in
Use your Amazon Smart Plug to turn on and off any appliance that works with a plug
The Flex’s optional modules make the diminutive speaker even more useful. The smart nightlight module, for example, would be a clever choice if you plugged the speaker into a hallway outlet. For the Flex that I installed in my kitchen, I created an Alexa routine for its modular motion sensor to turn off my kitchen lights after 15 minutes of inactivity. (I could have also created routines to, say, turn on the kitchen lights whenever someone entered the room, with both daylight and nightlight modes; but in the end, I opted to keep it simple.)