Amazon Echo Dot Review

The Amazon Echo Dot was designed as a affordably route into the smart world of Alexa. It was designed to control your home at your command, everything from lights, alarms, TV and everything else. And, it succeeded to do its job. There were no shortcomings to the Amazon Echo Dot’s first and second generation, considering the low price of $50.

However, with the advent of Google Home Mini, the Amazon Echo Dot faced tough competition which led to a hardcore revamp of the Amazon Echo Dot. The Google Home Mini was sleek, slender and pleasing to look at with its fabric design. The 3rd generation of Amazon Echo Dot latest product in the line acknowledges Google Home Mini’s competition and faces it ruthlessly.

The Fabricated Outside

Out of the box, all you get is the 3rd generation Echo Dot itself and the power cable. The exterior of the Amazon Echo Dot has been completely redesigned for good. Gone are the days of the sharp-edged, hockey puck looking Echo. The new model features rounded edges and a fabric speaker grill on the outer edge of the device, although it’s worth noting that the fabric will attract dust and get dirty in due course, unlike hard plastic. Apparently, Amazon took notes from the Google Home Mini and that’s nothing to complain about.

The fabric grill of the device also matches refreshed Amazon Echo line-up. Moreover, the new Amazon Echo Dot comes in colors to match the rest of the line-up as well, that is namely Charcoal, Heather Grey and Sandstone.

On the top of the device, you’ll find four familiar buttons- Volume Up and Down, Mute, and Alexa. Alexa can be activated by pressing the button on top, or by calling it out loud which is way more convenient.

On the back of the unit, there’s a power cable and an AUX out cable. The power cable has been revamped as well and now features a barrel-like proprietary design instead of the micro USB. The AUX out port can be used to hook up Amazon Echo Dot with a speaker system to play your tunes. Sadly, an AUX cable is not provided in the box. However, you can also use Bluetooth to connect it with a speaker system, hoping that your speaker system has Bluetooth

A peculiar fact is that you can connect your echo Dot with another Echo Dot via Bluetooth and sync their speakers to play music. Honestly, I see no point in doing that, except if you have an extra $50 burning a hole in your pocket and you can’t find anything better to spend it on than another Amazon Echo Dot.

An Above Adequate Performance

One of the most important aspects of the new Amazon Echo Dot was the speakers. A device as small as Amazon Echo Dot was not fit to be one’s main speaker system. The previous generations of Amazon Echo Dot have passable speakers if used as an alarm clock. However, when Google Home Mini stepped in the competition which with much better speakers, Amazon had to do something.

And they did! The Amazon Echo Dot has much better speakers than the past two generations of the device. It is at par with Google Home Mini’s speaker. But is it good enough to be your main sound system? Probably not. When it comes to music, the vocals are completely lost and the bass is almost non-existent, which is fair given the size small size of the device.

Apart from the speakers, the new Amazon Echo Dot is pretty great and does what it should do. Setting up the device is a child’s play, especially if you already have an Amazon Echo device up and running. The voice recognition is excellent. This also implies that the microphone is excellent as well so you can easilycall your friends and family via the Amazon Echo Dot. Not to mention the factthat it comes with all the functions and features of Alexa that can be found ina full-fledged Amazon Echo.

Final Thoughts

Priced at just $50, Amazon Echo is a cheap yet great device. Its a perfect boon to those who are looking to break into the world of smart home control.

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