Review: Smart Alarm Clock Includes Alexa, Supports Spotify

No matter what you're looking for in a speaker, the odds are pretty good that iHome has something that meets your needs. The company even has cosmetic mirrors that double as Bluetooth speakers. iHome sent me the iAV14 Alexa Bedside/Home Office Speaker ($99.99) to check out and I do indeed like that it has Alexa built in. Amazon has redefined what a speaker should be; and if you're going to spend $100 it should include a smart home assistant, which the iAV14 does. Another nice touch is that it supports Spotify, if you use that music streaming service.

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In addition to functioning as a smart Bluetooth speakerspeaker, the iAV14 is also a nice bedroom alarm clock. It sports a novel time display with large, pixelated digits, tucked away behind a mesh screen, so you should be able to see the time from across the room even while groggy. While it does include Alexa and therefore gives you access to voice-based alarms, it is a fully functional alarm clock with integrated alarm options including a snooze button cheekily named "---ZZZ---."

iAV14

The iAV14 includes a USB port to charge your smartphone via a customer-provided cable. However, given the iAV14's $100 price tag, I would have liked to see a Qi wireless charging pad on the top, as some other iHome products offer for less. Considering that the original Echo Show, with an actual screen, can be purchased for a little more, not to mention iHome's other speakers that offer Qi charging, there may be better deals.

Pros

  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker
  • Alexa built in
  • Large time display
  • Integrated alarm option with snooze
  • USB port to charge via customer-provided cable

Cons

  • No Qi wireless charging
  • No color choices
  • Pricey versus Amazon Alexa devices

Final Verdict

The iAV14 Alexa Bedside/Home Office Speaker from iHome is a fully functional alarm clock that also operates as a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker, with Spotify and Alexa integration. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.