Geek Pick AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart Dinner

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerGeek Pick: JBL Charge 4 Takes the Party Wherever You GoGeek Pick: Sonos One (Gen 2) Is a Sleek Smart Speaker for Tech Loverscenter_img The evil genius of Amazon’s Alexa-powered internet and things initiative is realizing that instead of creating one ultra-powerful smart device to controls homes (and therefore people) they can just release legions of only moderately intelligent devices that do one thing really well and connect with each other. So by the time customers have realized their house is packed full of Amazon products it’s too late.That was the case with the Amazon Echo Wall Clock, not much more than a clock with some lights counting down timers you set with your voice. And that’s still true with the AmazonBasics Microwave, a device that offers the same convenience when it comes to reheating food.Like the Wall Clock, the AmazonBasics Microwave is just a regular microwave until you tether it to another Echo device. And you have to speak into that other device in order for Alexa to control the oven with your voice. But once you do the dumb joys of voice-powered cooking open up to you. Having one less thing for your hands to worry about is a chef’s dream.There are built-in presets for cooking specific types of food like coffee or soup. Imagine shouting “Cook potato!” at an appliance and then it actually cooks the potato. Along with telling Alexa to cook for different amounts of time at different power levels you can also give it instructions based on the type of cooking you need like defrosting or reheating. You have to phrase your commands with the right syntax Alexa understands, though. That can feel a little unnatural.Fortunately, this smart functionality is paired with some pretty solid overall microwave hardware. It’s a little small, especially for families, and could be a bit more powerful, to cook denser frozen food in fewer cycles. But the specs are totally in line with other microwaves at this $60 price point. And those microwaves don’t even have Bezos’ blessing.For more on the AmazonBasics Microwave check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on food tech check out this Whirlpool oven from CES and this fridge/dating service.More on Geek.com:last_img

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