Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), 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
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.
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).
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|Overview||Echo Dot (2nd Generation), add Alexa to any room in the house||All-New Echo (2nd generation), a hands-free Alexa-enabled speaker designed to fit any room||The simple way to start your smart home||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen||Everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things|
|Speaker size||0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.8" tweeter||1.4" speaker||Dual 2.0" speakers|
|Screen size||2.5" screen||7.0" screen|
|Dual-speakers with room-filling sound, powered by Dolby|
|Play video from Amazon Video and more|
|Streaming Wi-Fi music (including Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more)|
|Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth||Bluetooth only|
|Audio calls between Echo Devices and Alexa App|
|Video calls to supported devices|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible ZigBee connected smart home devices|
|Compatible with most smart home brands|
|Device size/weight (Actual size and weight may vary)||32 x 84 x 84 mm, 163 grams||148 x 88 x 88 mm, 821 grams||235 x 84 x 84 mm, 954 grams||104 x 97 x 91 mm, 420 grams||187 x 187 x 90 mm, 1170 grams|
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The fact it has no internal battery could be seen as a drawback but indoors that is hardly a problem if you want to move it from room to room. It is just a question of plugging it in and waiting a few seconds for it to connect to Wi-Fi, and at the current price it will hardly break the bank to have a second unit if you don't want to move the unit regularly between plugs upstairs and downstairs for example.
In the garden away from a power socket it will run quite happily on a mobile phone/tablet power bank which solves that particular problem.
Sound quality is acceptable rather than exceptional but the dot can be linked to Bluetooth speakers and any number of Bluetooth devices such as sound bars or even Sky Q. You can then adjust volume by telling Alexa what you want to do.swqz, skip tracks and so on by command
I invested in a pair of Sony SRS XB10 speakers which improve the sound quality immensely and are found by the Dot as soon as they are switched on. The speakers are superb for the size with clear sound and excellent stereo separation. They also have a good range for Bluetooth.
If there is a fault it is that Alexa is a friend to everyone so will accept requests from anyone. My six-year-old grandson loves it for picking songs he likes, which is good . . . most of the time. My wife can tell Alexa to stop whenever she likes, which is not so good.
It was bought for me as a gift and I have been delighted with it.
The echo, if connected to an external device (Bluetooth is most noticeable) there is an audible hum, and it's not due to ground loops or anything, I have tested. The voice recognition is good, but nowhere near as good as most of the open-source alternatives, though that may just be because the Echo is a low powered device, it frequently misunderstands me, and often will ask for something completely different than what I asked. I don't mumble, I have a clear British accent, I pronounce everything correctly, and yet it still happens. it also draws a surprising amount of power while just idle. I know that it has to stay connected to wifi and to check for updates and listen for your voice... but Google home does that at half the amperage. this I see frequently drawing upwards of 1A while idle, the Google home pulls 500mA at most usually. It's a shame Amazon is being petty and not selling the Google Home, so as to not provide competition on their market, as I'd much rather have gone with a second Google Home really. The only reason this isn't a 1 star is because it's still functional sometimes.
I don't use it to turn my lights on or off or any of that stuff so I can't really comment on that side of things.
The app could be better. There is no search function to search for specific artists or albums, only a a to z of artists that you have to scroll through. Despite this, it is easy enough to browse for what you want on the unlimited site then just use voice commands for what you want.
I found it easy to set up and the voice recognition is much better than I expected.
I have only had this since Christmas, so I'm still learning things, but I am so glad I got it. I would recommend it to anyone.
Alexa picks up voices easily and understands almost all speech commands given.
This is really useful when you want to know a quick answer to something, Alexa will usually get you the answer in seconds.
Easy to set alarms as well.
Where this really shines is the music playing ability, coupled with amazon unlimited you can quickly and easily listen to your music and playlists or other playlists and stations that fit a certain mood, i.e. just ask Alexa to play smooth Jazz and it will quickly find it for you. It has really changed my listening habits and am using my WiFi speaker so much more now.
Just waiting to get the echo plus now with the built in hub so we can make our home even smarter.