I was optimistic about this item at first given my experience with the BOSE SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker which has excellent audio quality and bass for its size. However, I was disappointed by this device. The bass wasn't as rich as I had hoped, and it didn't fill the room like I had hoped. It sounds very mono-directional compared to other sound bars which have speakers on the ends to simulate surround sound better.
I've had the Echo for a few months now, and despite being skeptical of voice control in general, have been pleasantly surprised by Alexa!
Realistically, I haven't found all of the promoted features as useful as they try to make them appear. So far, it has been most useful for: