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Once considered an odd experiment, the Echo devices powered by Alexa have become the clear leader in the smart home market.

But while the devices themselves were impressive-if not for their depth, but for their breadth-it was the new abilities and skills that Alexa is gaining that will help keep Amazon's voice assistant one step ahead-or at least on a par with-Google Assistant. It's gone on to make various flavors of Echo, including smaller Echos, an alarm clock, one with a screen and a device just for kids.

The company has also demonstrated that even if your internet goes out, you'll still be able to control the smart home devices with this speaker.

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"You plug in the Wi-Fi Simple Setup enabled device, and it immediately looks for the Wi-Fi Simple Setup Network". These two Echo products will also not come to India for now. Well, this smart microwave will retail at a mere $60!

Microwaves haven't seen many innovations in the last few decades but that's about to change. Amazon, however, has a microwave using the technology that the owner can, "command the microwave to do things like defrost a half-pound of chicken, or set it up to automatically reorder a favorite type of popcorn on Amazon". Don't know how long to nuke your frozen peas for? Why would you need a virtual assistant to run your microwave? It packs dual 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a bass radiator and Dolby processing for better audio. You get the idea. You can sen the content to your Fire TV, Echo Show or Fire tablets.

To complement the Echo Sub, the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp are devices with multiple audio input and output connections. It connects via Bluetooth and costs $50.

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The Echo Plus has also picked up a fabric design that makes it resemble the standard Echo, and it now includes a temperature sensor in addition to the ZigBee smart home hub.

Not exactly a new product, but the popular tiny Echo Dot speaker is getting an upgrade. Priced at $49.99, it comes in three colors (white, light gray and charcoal).

Pre-order the microwave now; it's set to launch on November 14.

The Echo Show, available for the first time in Australia, is a brand new design with a vibrant display for video, movies and accessing all Alexa content. It will cost $149 in any country where Alexa has foot.

The Echo Sub spotted by Pocket-Lint, adds a 100w bass bin to your existing Echo or Echo Plus.

The Echo Link and Link Amp are for more serious listening. Its compatible with existing stereo equipment and can be completely controlled through your Echo or Alexa app. If you have an aging but high quality audio system, this will let you enjoy music from more sources.

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