Two years after its birth, the device that inspired dozens of copycat smart speakers and spawned thousands of integrations is getting a makeover. Amazons all-new Echo is smaller, cheaper and promises better sound. But, with a pile of new competitors and even more in the pipeline, the second-generation Echo needs to prove its still worth your money.

Compared to the older Echo, the new one is somewhat squat. The previous version was like a tall glass of water, while …<...
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