Amazon has announced the Echo Input. It’s essentially an Echo Dot but without the built-in speaker. It’s the most affordable way to add Alexa to existing speakers. It includes far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa, as well as a mute and action button on the top. The Echo Link will be $34.99 when it’s released, but currently you can only sign up to be notified when it’s available to order.
The Echo Input is a small circular puck that is nearly an inch smaller in diameter than the new 3rd-gen Echo Dot and less than a third the height. It connects to external speakers through its 3.5mm audio out jack or through Bluetooth.
If you’re looking to add hands free Alexa capabilities to existing speakers, the Echo Input might be a good way to save $15 versus buying the Echo Dot. One thing to keep in mind is that the Echo input does not have an LED light ring, like most Echo devices. Instead, it only has a single LED dot in the top center. this might not seem like a big deal, but the LED ring on an Echo and Echo Dot is a hand indicator, which can be easily seen from across the room, so you know that Alexa has heard you.
The Echo input is powered by an included 5W power adapter that uses a micro USB connection. It also comes with an included 1-meter auxiliary audio cable for its 3.5mm audio out jack. It will be available in either black or white when it’s released.