The revamped Echo from Amazon, unveiled Wednesday in Seattle, comes with improved sound, a lower price and a new design. But for the discerning eye, at least a couple of the finish options on the smart speaker look a lot like the “Echo Silver” featured on “Saturday Night Live” back in May.
That spoof featured cast members playing seniors who were trying to communicate with a traditional Amazon Echo. By introducing the Echo Silver — a partnership between Amazon and AARP — those folks were able to call out to any name even remotely close to Alexa — Alisa! Amanda! Odessa! — among other hilarious features.
The $119.99 Echo with oak finish looks especially close to what “SNL” was going for with the design of the Silver: real wood grain on top and holes for the lower speaker portion on the bottom.
Along with three fabric finish options, the official Echo also comes in walnut or silver — which looks a bit like a garbage can that you might find on the Millennium Falcon.
Here’s that “SNL” video again if you want another look: