The Hearth HD 10 docked in Present Mode.

Sarah Tew/Proinertech

Amazon needs you to think about your Hearth pill as not only a pill however a full-fledged Alexa-enabled system — or extra exactly, a slimmed down Echo Present. 

It is known as Present Mode, and it is obtainable now as a free software program replace for current-generation Hearth HD eight and Hearth HD 10 tablets. Just like the Echo Present, the brand new mode serves up full-screen visuals to enrich voice responses from Alexa. With out touching your pill, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to play music and Prime movies, see trending information, the climate report, calendars, digital camera feeds and extra. It is a fairly nifty characteristic, and house owners of these aforementioned tablets will certainly wish to test it out.

In case you already have a case with a built-in stand, you’ll be able to simply put your Hearth pill into Present Mode — you entry the characteristic by swiping down from the highest of the pill to disclose the settings menu — and fake your pill’s an Echo Present (the HD eight must be plugged into energy to make use of Present Mode however that is not required for the HD 10).

What the brand new Present Mode Charging Dock does is create a extra elegant Present expertise. This docking station accent prices $40 for the HD eight and $55 for the HD 10 and is simply appropriate with present fashions. It features a cowl that magnetically adheres to the dock, fixing your system in place on the angled stand. (UK and Australian pricing will not be but obtainable however we’ll replace this after we discover out.)

How does it work? Effectively, the essential, slim case — it is manufactured from onerous plastic — has a brief, built-in Micro-USB charging cable that plugs into the USB port on the underside of your pill. To cost your pill, you set it within the dock — there are two contact factors — and it costs inductively. So whereas there is a wire from the dock to the wall, for all intents and functions it is a wi-fi charging expertise.

In case you’re questioning whether or not leaving the pill within the dock for prolonged intervals will harm the battery, it will not, says Kevin Keith, common supervisor of Amazon Units. It is also value mentioning that the dock has no extra microphones to reinforce Alexa’s listening capabilities.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.