Amazon Echo Dot Review
Date : Aug 12, 2021
Author : DR Armed Zayed
Amazon Echo Dot is one of the most popular smart speakers in the world today. This smart speaker has gotten so much attention over the past few years, and it has been an integral part of many homes today. Amazon has released several versions of the Amazon Echo Dot, with the Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation being the latest.
The Amazon Echo Dot is a great smart speaker, and it comes with several great features such as voice control, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, online streaming, and more. For its great features and functionality, I would give this product 4.8 out of 5 stars. You can see that over 300,000 users gave it a similar rating.
- Alexa Built-In: Yes
- Speakers: 1.6 inches front-firing speaker
- Line Out: 3.5mm line out
- Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches
- Weight: 12 ounces
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Language: English and Spanish
- Very easy to set up
- Kid-friendly mode
- Relatively cheap
- Great microphone for picking up voice commands
- Surprisingly good sound quality
- It can do everything Alexa does with other Echo devices
- Connects easily with other devices
- It does not provide 360-degree sound
- A bit difficult to mount on walls and outlets
- No line-in connection, only line-out.
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Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation Review
The latest entry-level smart speaker of Amazon comes with a new design. It also comes with several improvements over the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen.
1. Amazon Echo Dot Design
The design of the Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation is different from that of the 3rd generation. The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation has a hockey puck shape while the 4th generation is a palm-sized sphere. The spherical chassis has two different parts – a plastic back piece and a layer of hard mesh. To prevent scratches on your table, there are rubber feet on the plastic back piece.
There is also a plastic translucent ring at the bottom of the device, and it serves as the indicator light. It has different colours, which means different things. If the light is blue, it means that Alexa is listening. If the light is red, it means that the microphone is muted. When the light is yellow, it means that the speaker has lost internet connection.
There are four control buttons on the top of the speaker. The buttons include a microphone on/off, volume down, volume up, and a button to activate Alexa. However, you might not always use these buttons, as you can control the device with voice commands. Interestingly, the device has a 3.5mm aux jack that allows you to send audio signals to a sound system.
Beneath the top layer, we have a full-range front-firing speaker with a diameter of 1.6 inches. The speaker is small but very powerful, and it handles the whole frequency range of sound. The sound of this device is great but it still needs some improvements. The microphone is also strategically positioned to pick voice commands, even when music is playing.
This device was made with 50% post-consumer recycled plastics, 100% post-consumer recycled fabric, and 100% recycled die-cast aluminium. It is also designed to reduce energy consumption by entering a Low Power Mode when it is idle.
2. Amazon Echo Dot Performance
When it comes to sound quality, this smart speaker from Amazon falls in the mid-range category. It provides clear and audible vocals in music, which makes it great for listening to podcasts. However, the sound does not cover a wide range, which is why many people connect it to external speakers. The device does not offer 360-degree sound, despite having a spherical shape. The sound is directional and focused.
At its maximum, the speaker gets moderately loud. If you are looking for a party speaker, then you might want to consider another option, as this device does not hold max volume level for a long period.
3. Alexa Voice Commands
With this device, you can use your voice to control your entertainment. If you already have an Alexa device in your home, you can log in to your Amazon Alexa app and connect the devices. If you do not have any device, you have to go through the process of downloading the app afresh and setting it up to connect the smart speaker.
Once you set it up, you can tell Alexa to do a wide range of tasks such as playing music, creating calendar events, telling you the weather, set timers, read the news, call mobile phones and other Echo speakers, and a wide range of other tasks.
This device allows you to stream music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, SiriusXM, and others. Interestingly, Alexa does more than just listening to your commands to play your favourite songs. Alexa can answer questions, tell jokes, and more.
You can also control the volume of the device with a voice command. With a voice command, you can change track, and tell Alexa virtually everything you want her to do. By connecting this device to your smart home, you can control your smart home with your voice. You can use voice commands to adjust the thermostats, turn on lights, lock doors, and more.
4. Alexa Guard
Alexa Guard is one of the most outstanding features of this device. The Alexa Guard is designed to help keep your home safe. You can set up the Alexa Guard free of charge in the App and it would alert you if the device detects the sound of glass breaking or a smoke alarm while you are not at home. The Guard Plus, which is the premium plan, even has more security features to offer, such as an Emergency Helpline that you can call with your voice.
5. Alexa for Kids
The Amazon Echo Dot is also designed to be kid-friendly. You can turn on parental controls from Amazon kids to make the device kid-friendly. This will make the device give kid-friendly responses, block shopping, and filter explicit songs. It will help your kids to learn and grow while having fun in the process. This device can also help your kids with their assignments and help them to study better.
The Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation is a pretty great device. It is the successor of the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation, and it comes with a new design, new features, and more. The device is relatively cheap, easy to use, and highly functional. You can use it as a standalone speaker, connect it to eternal speakers, or connect it to your smart home.