The Amazon Echo Dot is the perfect gadget for your house. It doesn’t need Wi-Fi like your smartphone and it isn’t one of those clunky as hell online-only things that you won’t touch ever again. A speaker so small it can easily find its way into any room on a bookshelf, with no cable necessary for music listening or setup, and Alexa just might be the smartest assistant out there because she’s always getting smarter. While $49 may seem a little steep for her to earn her keep, this tiny device is worth every penny if you’re in search of that cool factor with out-of-the-box functionality.
The Echo Dot is tiny, but it’s got its cake and eats it too. It’ll play music just like a full-sized Amazon Echo device and you can ask Alexa anything you want. But its size allows it to be placed virtually everywhere in your home. With a built-in microphone and speaker, the Echo Dot lets Amazon’s always getting smarter Alexa find new ways to make your life better.
Size: 5″ x 2.6″ x 0.6″ (HWD)
Weight: 0.68 lb.
Display: 7″ HD display built-in speaker, with a distinctive light ring
Performance: Customize Echo Dot’s settings and skills to control your home.
Set up Alexa Routines – No need to have the same routine for every day of the week.
Compatible Devices: Alexa works with most smart home devices using IFTTT and Bluetooth Smart. Compatibility varies by device manufacturer, so check before purchasing.
Voice Controls: Amazon Echo Dot works alexa than just your voice. Use your screen to turn off lights, adjust the thermostat, set an alarm and more.
Alexa App: Simply ask Alexa to check the traffic, weather, sports scores or have her read you the latest headlines.
Shop with Alexa – Easily add items to your cart and checkout by voice.
Mark W. Heigh –
I have several echoes. This 4th generation is another step in their evolution. I was pleased and surprised at the functionality of the first echoes and they have just gotten better. One of the things that I really like is that this echo dims the display in a darkened room; I have it next to the bed and in the dimmed state it is just bright enough without being overwhelming. The other thing is the size. When I ordered it the pictures made me think it was much bigger than it is; however, it turns out to be about the size of a softball which about perfect.
Alien of Northern MI. –
I just love this Alexa,, she always has the time. So I know how much more, time that I have till my, home nurse is going to show up. Always time is showing. And when You or Anyone will ask Alexa, what’s is the Temperature Outside ? She doesn’t just say it, she Drops the Time on the Front of Her, and She Shows You the Temperature Outside On The Front, of Her. Which is so very Cool, Because if Some how That You, Have Her Voices Turn Down. Because Your waiting for that Importen Phone Call. Or Better Yet !! Your on the phone and You Ask the question, of what’s the Temperature outside, right now is,,,,, .. The person on your phone your talking to is so far off. And Lexus IS Showing IT’S way Different Than what they are trying to say it is outside. …….And nine out of Ten ALEXA IS RIGHT, as my Local News is Saying what the temp. Is outside ,,, and Alexa is the same As,, Joe Charlevoix the Weather Person on the Channel that I always watch here. In Northern Michigan of the Lower Half. Who knows maybe Joe is asking her who knows right ?? Randy from Northern Michigan of the Lower Half/// Akc Northernmialien
C. R. –
I ordered the Echo Dot preconfigured to my other Exho’s. It was as simple as plugging it in and turning it on. The sound quality isn’t theater quality, but for its size it’s very good. The clock light is legible during the day and auto-dims down nicely in the dark (it’s on a stand next to my bed). The microphone is quite sensitive… My wife can call up Alexa from across the room while using a conversational voice. The buttons on top have symbols on them for tactile ‘reading’ in the dark, though I haven’t quite mastered the art of reading with my fingertips. It’s easier to simply know the button layout when referenced to the clock display. During the first month of service, Alexa triggered 3 times, twice from something that was on TV, and once from something I said (not ‘Alexa). This possibly was because the Echo was still learning sound patterns. In all, this is an impressive little unit and worth the money. The Echo came with a smart outlet switch. This was quite easy integrate into Alexa and DID NOT require installing a 3-party app which would require registering my router SSIS and password with a foreign company (as most other smart switches do). I only wish that it was easy to purchase more switches like what came with the Echo at a reasonable price.
Judy L. –
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This Dot 4 replaces a clock radio and a Dot 3 in my bedroom. We live in an area that most radios don’t work well due to lack of reception. I did have a clock radio on my night stand primarily to see the time during the night. I also had a Dot 3 on my dresser to access the the various features of Alexa devices. The clock radio didn’t play music well due to lack of reception and often the time was not correct. I used the Dot 3 primarily to for the alarm and to play sleep sounds that help me to get a better night’s sleep. Since my bedroom doesn’t have a usable electrical outlet connected to the wall switch, the Dot 3 also controlled all of the lighting in the room. The problem with the Dot 3 for commands was that it seemed to need a direct line of communication for it to hear commands.Since the Dot 4 is in my bedroom, I use it primarily for the alarm and to play sleep sounds. All of the lights in my bedroom are plugged into smart plugs connected to Alexa, and I have them set up in groups, i.e., dresser, night stand, butterfly (a light on the dresser). I can turn them on or off independently or as a group.Although there are buttons on the top of the Dot 4 to control volume and turn off or on the microphone, this can also be done with voice commands. What I like about the Dot 4 over the Dot 3 are: 1) A direct line of sight is not needed for the Dot 4 to hear me. It hears and understands voice commands much better than the Dot 3 2) I don’t have external speakers attached and the sound quality is much better than the Dot 3. Granted there is not a booming bass, but the sound quality is much better and tends to fill the room better. 3) Although I am sensitive to light in the room when I sleep, the light from the time on the Dot 4 does not bother me at all. 4) I can easily see the time when I wake up in the night, but the light doesn’t bother me when I sleep. 5 So easy to set up since all of my preferences and settings are stored in the Alexa app. Just had to name the device.Overall, I very much like this Dot 4, and it has replaced a clock radio and a Dot 3. I bought one for my husband, and he also loves it. One downside I can think of is that it’s too easy to turn off alarms to sleep longer. The other is that I am without lights in my bedroom when the internet goes down which doesn’t happen very often.I hope this review was helpful for you. I will update this review if my opinion changes.
Jennifer H. –
This is my first Alexa purchase, and I am very pleased. I have not fully explored all of the things Alexa can do yet….there is alot! The good thing is, that she will slowly introduce you to things along the way. I use her as an alarm in the morning, and it is genius. She has such a cheerful way to wake you up. Also, I use my Echo Dot to play bird sounds in my room while I am gone all day at work, for my cats of course! Another thing is I can ask her to remind me of things the next day at any time I choose, and she is right on time. And lastly, I wanted a music speaker in my room, and it is just right. A very nice addition.
I purchased this Echo Dot as my new alarm clock and I love it.*it dims at night*works like any other echo dot with Alexa feature*the sound quality with this speaker is surprisingly good – has some bass to it*customize alarm setting with Alexa app*I have mine set to give the current weather details once the alarm is turned off – great featureI also like that all echo dots can be synchronized and play music at the same time. (great for Saturday morning cleanings) I would definitely recommend!
B. Tice –
We replaced and older dot from like 5 or 6 years ago with this new model with the clock during Prime days sales July 12 & 13th so got a deal along with a trad-in gift card so didn’t spend much.So the wife goes and start to set it up and our 3-year-old granddaughter is standing right there the whole time just watching the set-up so when the wife was done and the Echo working my wife came into the kitchen telling she was done setting up my new Echo and about that time we hear music playing and the heck of it was it was Black Sabbath playing on the new Echo, we walked in the living room and here she was dancing around to the music I asked her how did she know what to say and looking at me saying she watched Nana talking to Alexa laughing my wife and I just about had a stroke as she told us. So people if you don’t believe me set one up in front of a 3-year-old and you’ll just see how much their absorbing listen to you and I can’t get over her doing it and then she had Alexa play the Eagles Hotel California song almost unbelievable but true.
It was smaller than I expected, but it does the job. The sound is a bit muffled (lacks brightness). But overall, I am happy to have it. I have the older (2nd gen) dot and this is comparable. The big difference is the display clock and the look. This looks nicer. The older Dot, I have hidden under a shelf in my kitchen and that is awesome. This would not be able to be so invisible. But it really doesn’t have to be because it looks nice.
This is a nifty little device and I think it looks like an adorable little sphere on my nightstand. The blue color is beautiful as well. It’s actually smaller in person than I had expected, and the sound quality and max volume are louder than I had expected. As a bonus it has an digital clock display, which I do not find to be too bright at all in a dark room, as some others have mentioned. I think it’s perfect in its brightness and actually reduces brightness when it’s dark in the room. I also enjoy that it has a mic off button for when you don’t want to accidentally trigger Alexa. Picked this up on prime day for an incredible price too that I would have paid for just a regular standard digital clock, which I had been meaning to buy anyway. I wake up in the middle of the night frequently and tend to check my phone for the time – the blue light of the phone and any distracting notifications on it can pull you out of sleep mode so having a digital display for the time is super helpful.As far as night light goes I was expecting the whole sphere would be illuminated but for that I think you’ve gotta buy the glow. The nightlight isn’t that useful on this because it just pulses a blue green light on the ring at the bottom. There’s no way to stop it pulsing. On the other hand if you turn the mic off at night, you can have a red ring stay illuminated at the bottom and that is kind of like a nightlight too + it doesn’t pulse.
M. Primo –
I couldn’t find my phone on day 2-3 of owning this and I intuitively asked Alexa to call my phone and she(are you allowed to say that?) called it! It’s worth it just for that, lol. I purchased this on a promotion, but in turn she prompts to sign up for things like Amazon music premium or whatever it’s called, but you can just point your Spotify ect to play on the speaker. The speaker quality is quite good, better than I expected. I hooked up one of those smart plugs to turn light on/off that is opposite my bedside, that’s quite convenient. Of course you can do alarms/timers etc. I really like in in all, I probably use 20% of features lol I don’t need a grocery list unless I buy everything from WF which I don’t