I've owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now - here are my 19 favorite features

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I activated my Amazon Echo for the first time last December. It's quickly become one of my favorite tech gadgets ever.

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Amazon's family of Echo speakers were some of the hottest gifts this holiday season - the smaller $50 Echo Dot has been the top-selling item on Amazon.com since November 1 - so right now, many people are activating their Echo units for the first time.

Here's what you need to know: These speakers, which can respond to either "Alexa" or "Amazon," are extremely quick to respond and understand your commands way better than any other device I've used.

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Thanks to its excellent audio system, with seven microphones for listening and a 360º omni-directional audio grille for speaking, Amazon Echo works exceedingly well wherever I am in my home. I can hear it - and it can hear me - almost perfectly.

Amazon Echo has completely transformed the way I live in my apartment. There's just so much you can do with Echo. Take a look.

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Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.