Eufy Genie Smart Speaker
2W Speaker. In-built Alexa.
Amazon Echo Dot is the entry level smart speaker from Amazon for the Alexa ecosystem. Since Amazon now supports third-party use of Alexa we have cheaper options for Echo Dot. This smart speaker by Eufy is one of such products. Eufy is a lifestyle electronic appliance manufacturer with products ranging from vacuum cleaners to smart plugs and light bulbs.
Eufy Genie is meant to the central brain for the Eufy appliances in your home. It comes with built-in Amazon Alexa.
Compared to Echo Dot, Eufy Genie struggles to answer a voice command from across the room. But powered by a 2 W speaker, fairly higher than that of Echo, Eufy Genie delivers a louder response.
Setting Up Eufy Genie
The speaker comes with a dedicated app. All you need to do is
- Download the Eufy app from Google’s Play store or Apple’s App Store depending on your phone’s operating system.
- Launch the app and enter your home wifi password, this allows the speaker to connect to your home network.
- Sign in using your Amazon account. Create an account in case you don’t already have one.
- Configure Amazon Alexa
- Test the speaker by triggering with it with a voice command.
Eufy Genie is not meant to play music. It doesn’t come with Bluetooth support either, however, it allows you to connect better-sounding home speakers using a 3.5mm aux cable. Amazon Echo is a better alternative if you are looking for a smart speaker with decent sound to enjoy some of your favourite tracks. But that comes at a much higher price point of Rs 10,000.
You can ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio etc on Eufy Genie. Please note that you can’t stream music from your phone to the speaker as it doesn’t support that. However, you can pair Amazon Echo Dot as a Bluetooth speaker. So, this is one of the other areas where Genie lags Echo Dot in audio capabilities. But it tries to make up for that with a 3.5mm aux support. And we recommend you use it if you intend to stream music through Eufy Genie.
Amazon Alexa devices come with a feature called Multi-Room Audio which allows you to play music on all your Alexa devices. It also gives you control over what song plays on each speaker. You can also set all the speakers to play the same track. It is a nifty feature if you are into music and if you live in a house big enough. That said, Eufy Genie doesn’t support this feature yet. Maybe in future software updates, they might add this feature. And we hope that they do.
Eufy Genie Smart Features
Since the smart speaker is powered by Amazon Alexa you can ask Eufy Genie to anything that Alexa can. Which includes features like
- Managing smart appliances,
- Answering factual questions and weather summary
- Setting up alarms and reminders.
- Order a service like food or Uber.
- News and sports updates
- Access to Alexa Skills which allows you to do more with Eufy Genie
To manage all of Alexa’s setting you need to have Alexa app. So, at times you will find yourself fumbling between apps to adjust settings as per your needs. This can at times be an annoyance, and we hope this wasn’t the case. And it is of one many reasons that we recommend you go for Echo Dot in case you are planning for a budget Alexa device for your home.
Eufy Genie packs a loud enough speaker for a budget smart speaker. Powered by Amazon Alexa it offers you the versatility to manage to your smart appliances and configure Alexa for your smart home. However, it does struggle to keep up with the product that it is competing with, Amazon’s Echo Dot. Eufy Genie tries to be Echo Dot but at a cheaper price and compromises heavily on some of the key features like the lack of Bluetooth and support for Muti-Room audio.
We recommend you hold your purchase and buy Amazon Echo Dot or Amazon Echo, as they are better alternatives but come at a higher cost.