Amazon Echo Dot Review (3rd Generation) – The Amazon Echo Dot is the small gateway to having Alexa and a smart speaker at a minimal cost. It’s basically a compact speaker with built-in Amazon Alexa where you can use voice commands to play music from your favourite music streaming services, ask for the weather today, turns off your lights, and more.
And if you have other “dumb” speakers at home, you can actually connect Echo Dot via Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm cable to hook Alexa to your speakers. It’s pretty nifty.
Amazon Echo Dot Review (3rd Generation) – Packaging
There’s not much in the packaging, apart from the Echo Dot and a power cable. There is no 3.5mm cable included.
Amazon Echo Dot Review (3rd Generation) – Design, Features, and Sound
The Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular voice-controlled speaker and it’s easy to see why. It’s only AU$44 at the moment ( Amazon AU), and yet it offers many hidden gems at your disposal. While it can easily fit at the palm of your hands, the Echo Dot is not exactly a portable speaker because you still have to plug it to a power socket. However, you can easily carry it in a bag or backpack for travelling.
The unit is covered with fabric materials on the sides (where the sound comes from) and has four physical buttons on the top: Volume Up, Volume Down, Action, and Microphone Mute. These are definitely the most frequent actions you’d perform and I’m grateful they add these quick shortcuts onto the unit itself, rather than having to rely on your voice commands all the time.
Design wise, it’s a far more modern and stylish compared to the 2nd Generation.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of sound quality, but Amazon managed to amaze me. Even with this tiny size, it’s still very enjoyable to listen to it. Sure, there is practically no bass to boast about – I mean, yes you can hear it, but it’s quite distorted and hollow. However, for casual listening to music at home or in a hotel room, the Amazon Echo Dot is great. Songs with acoustic instruments and vocals are enjoyable to hear with the Echo Dot.
The tiny speaker is after all, powered, so we should expect some kick out of it at least. If you want more, you can add an Amazon Echo Sub (which I’m currently reviewing at the moment) for that extra bass.
If you are thinking to get the Amazon Echo Dot, it’s probably not for the sound. Well, Alexa is built-in, and because of the unit’s small footprint, you can practically place it anywhere around the house: on the kitchen bench, on your bedside table, or even in the toilet to accompany you while you do your business.
So what can you do with the Amazon Echo Dot & Alexa? Well, plenty – assuming you have other smart home integrations around the house. For example, here are the things you can do with Alexa through the Echo …read more
Source:: Daily times