Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – Smart Speaker with Alexa – Black
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- Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
- Controls lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
- Hears you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device
- Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
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Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Echo Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they've ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask.
Echo Dot can hear you from across the room—even in noisy environments or while playing music. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo Dot responds. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Sleek and compact design makes Amazon Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Echo Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and more using just your voice. With multi-room music support, you can play music across multiple Echo devices simultaneously (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported). Learn more
Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room. Learn more about Bluetooth speakers and devices that work well with Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favourite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn More
Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Spotify and TuneIn.
Introducing Alexa calling and messaging—a new way to be together with family and friends. When you’re busy making dinner, just ask Alexa to place a call to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. You can also enable a new feature called Drop In for the special cases when you want to connect with your closest friends and family or other Echo devices in your home.
With the Alexa App, conversations and contacts go where you go. When you’re away from home, use the app to make a quick call or send a message to your family’s Echo. Alexa calling and messaging is available within the United Kingdom, and at no additional cost—to get started download the Alexa App on iOS and Android smartphones. Learn more
Use Amazon Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a film—all without lifting a finger… or even raising your voice.
Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs thermostats and more from WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Tado°, Tp-link, Nest and others. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Echo Dot now supports IFTTT (If This, Then That), a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or “applets”) that automate how your devices, apps and websites work with each other.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo Dot can hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo Dot, simply say the wake word, “Alexa”, and Echo Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognise and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Dot.
Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo Dot—updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo Dot, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences.
Just in the last few months we’ve added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music, Amazon order tracking, IFTTT, local search from Yelp, movie showtimes, Google and Outlook.com calendar support, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks and thousands of new skills from third-party developers.
Skills add even more capabilities such as ordering take away from Just Eat, requesting a ride from Uber, checking train times from National Rail and more. Enabling skills lets your Amazon Echo Dot do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
Amazon Echo Dot is even better with Prime. Order millions of products using only your voice - all voice orders include fast, free shipping, and Alexa can even track your delivery for you.
Prime members can also use their Echo Dot to stream over 2 million songs with Prime Music. Learn more
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers, you can easily set up and manage your Amazon Echo Dot.
Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Google Calendar. Set up your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and more. See which books are available to listen to from your Audible library. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover and enable third-party skills.
Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android only).
Compare Echo devices
|Overview||Echo Dot (3rd Gen), add Alexa to any room||Echo (2nd Gen), smart speaker with Alexa and room-filling sound||Echo Plus (2nd Gen), premium sound and built-in smart home hub with Alexa||Echo Spot (1st Gen), stylish and compact Echo with a screen, great for bedrooms or the office||Echo Show (2nd Gen), premium audio and an HD screen optimised for visibility across the room, great for the kitchen|
|Speaker size||1.6" speaker||2.5" woofer and 0.6 tweeter||3" woofer and 0.8" tweeter||1.4" speaker||Dual 2" drivers with a passive bass radiator|
|Display||2.5" screen||10.1" screen|
|Controls compatible smart home devices|
|Built-in Zigbee smart home hub|
|Dual-speakers powered by Dolby|
|Play video from Amazon Video and more|
|Line out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth||Line in and line out||Bluetooth only|
|Audio calls between Echo devices & Alexa App|
83.5 x 83.5 x 32 mm (3.3'' x 3.3'' x 1.3'')
SDual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connection to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported
Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included)
Amazon Echo Dot comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android and iOS devices and also accessible via your desktop browser. Certain skills and services are subject to change, may not be available outside the United Kingdom, and may require separate subscriptions or other fees
Warranty and Service
Amazon Echo Dot is sold with a limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. If you are a consumer, the limited warranty is in addition to your consumer rights, and does not jeopardise these rights in any way. This means you may still have additional rights at law even after the limited warranty has expired (for further information on your consumer rights, click here. Use of Amazon Echo Dot is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box
Amazon Echo Dot, power adaptor (9W), USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide.
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We have ours in the kitchen and it's perfect for when you have your hands dirty/wet/in food prep but want to play music, skip a song, set a timer, check the time, without stopping from your current activity. The speed and ease of getting information is brilliant. Flash briefings for the news/weather are a great addition to our house.
My main concern was the quality of the speaker, especially in comparison to getting the full size echo. My main purpose for buying was for listening to music and it so delivers. Quality sound and not at all tinny. Very impressive considering it's small size. I genuinely don't know why you would pay more for a full size dot when this cheaper/smaller version is such a high spec.
The white version looks very sleek and the compact size of the dot is perfect. Do note that it needs to be plugged in at all times (lots of images show it standing unplugged) just so you can properly consider where you'll place it.
My total problem with the concept is the software lagging behind the product. Yes it's getting better but very, very slowly. It is brilliant at answering mundane questions, although, when asking about Ann Hathaway the American actress I had a lecture on William Shakespeare's wife and no amount of putting the question in a different manor would illicit a proper response to my question. I did ask the other evening "did you have a good day today" and received a yes thank you response so perhaps not all is lost.
1. You can't unplug the echo dot.
It needs constant power to work as there is no power storage for this product, when unplugged it just turns off and then takes a few minutes to turn back on when plugging back in.
2. You need a Amazon music unlimited subscription to get your moneys worth.
You do get a 14 day free trial upon purchase and then can follow up with a 30 day free trial but after this you can't enjoy it as you have been for the past 44days without paying a monthly cost. Also I've found that Amazon music is limited with a lot of music, I've been struggling to find a few of my favourite songs even through manual search.
3. Sound quality isn't the best.
Unless you plan on connecting your echo to a blue tooth speaker or via audio cable I doubt you'd be impressed with the volume. also with volume on full the echo struggles to hear its wake call.
Echo dot does not come with a user manual, you have to go online for help and support and things can become a little complicated.
I'm impressed with what the echo can do once set up is complete but don't quiet understand why you have to enable skills, really they should just be built into the A.I system.
Overall I'm still happy with my purchase, i just think there's a lot of finessing to be done to get this product right.