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.
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).
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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|
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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I bought the Dot along with the Netatmo Thermostat for a discount price in the Black Friday sales, and this has spiralled into a whirlwind of home automation products.
From the Smart home perspective the echo / dot really just create a voice interface to enable you to link in to your smart appliances. It is very convenient to ask alexa to put the kettle on when you're in front of the TV and you know the adverts are coming on, but she can't make the Tea for you yet. It works very well at completeing multiple tasks with a simple command as well. There are currently fewer integrations in the UK than in the US but more skills are appearing day by day.
As a standalone product with no smart home equipment Alexa is still a very usable device. She will answer questions, stream music, create shopping and to do lists, keep track of your diary, give you the news and weather, and you still won't have scratched the surface. Of course all of this is reliant on a stable wifi connection, I haven't had any problems with dropouts but I know that others have reported intermittent problems but this could be down to their internet provider so not necesarily the fault of the echo.
The voice recognition is very good, placement of the product is critical. Amazon recommend that the dot is placed at least 8 inches from any walls on a flat surface. This should also be worded to include away from other objects such as ornaments etc by the same distance. The top of the device has 7 microphones in a ring which it uses to listen to you. If you place it near to another object you will confuse it as the sensitive microphones pick up the inaudible echos you can't hear. If when you speak to Alexa you notice the light on the top of the device moving then you need to move your device. It should light up the ring directly in line with you and stay steady while you are talking. That said, I can stand in my kitchen approximately 15 feet from the device facing away from it and say "Alexa" in a normal voice and it will hear me.
Is it a fad that will be in a draw before Easter? For me no as it is now connected to the various smart appliances I have ended up buying since purchasing it. Without the smart home side of it, I'm not so sure. It is an innovative product which Amazon are pushing further development of so should be fairly future proof.
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The main reason for buying the dot is that we have British Gas Hive heating and also Hive light bulbs throughout the house. Now that the Dot has been released I can now control my heating and lights by voice.
I decided to go with the smaller dot as this one is in the living room where I have a Samsung Bluetooth soundbar and subwoofer which I can connect to my new Dot if required by simply asking the Dot to connect to connect to our Bluetooth soundbar.
The quality of the inbuilt speaker in the Dot is not bad for the size of the device and is loud and can be heard clearly from other rooms.
The Dot truly is wonderful and is so simple to setup and use. When music is playing from the device I can still say the keyword and she picks me up over the playing music. I have also tested the Dot from my Kitchen, Hallway and also our furthest away bedroom and she can pickup my voice and understands me nearly every time.
If you have a good home Bluetooth speaker system that you will be connecting this too then buy this version and not the dearer £149 Echo.That's really the only difference between the two (better inbuilt speaker) so save your money and buy this Dot if you have your own home sound system.
I have attached a video that I took showing the Dot working in our house.
All I can say is if you have a smart heating system, wireless plugs or hive/hue lights then go the full hog and control them with your voice!
Check out my video that I took with the Amazon Echo Dot in action.
Mostly, it's like talking to a very elderly relative. It often doesn't understand you. You have to enunciate like someone is lip reading you. And it can be wildly frustrating but you have to keep your cool if you want to eventually be understood.
What it can understand, and what it can't, is surprising...
Me: Alexa, play rock and roll music.
Alexa: I can’t find rock and roll songs.
Me: Alexa, play gypsy jazz
<Alexa plays gypsy jazz>
I have Spotify Premium!
Honestly, Spotify integration is really not very good at all. Whereas, unsurprisingly, things work much better if you use Amazon Music (why am I not surprised?).
The sound quality is slightly better than expected considering its small size although not fantastic.
It's a well built, sturdy device that's heavier than I expected. Good quality materials, not cheap plastic as I anticipated.
In a nutshell, it's a speaker with some very specific voice activation functionality. You have to learn precisely what to say to make it do what you want it to do. Whereas, the Google Home should be able to interpret most things you yell at it and via the Google search engine it will translate and comprehend it. How do I know? Because I've been testing Google Assistant and it understands practically everything to an unbelievable extent. I just asked Google Assistant "What is an amuse-bouche?" and it even understood that, incredible!
Me: Alexa, play Radio 4 Extra for 10 minutes.
Alexa: Here's a station you might like... Jess Glyne.
Me: Alexa, STOP.
Me: Alexa, play REM
Alexa: Playing R O M E.
Me: Alexa, play Hotel California by The Eagles
<Alexa plays the LIVE version of Hotel California>
Me: Alexa, play the album Hotel California by The Eagles
<Despite the album Hotel California, by The Eagles, being available, Alexa chooses instead to play an album named "Hotel California Remixes" by someone named "Rafha Madrid" and my ears bleed profusely>
I asked it to play BBC Radio London, adjusting how I phrased the request time and time again but, the best result I got after many attempts, was for the BBC Asia network to start playing. As it happens, I remember BBC London's analogue frequency, so I asked it to play "94.9 fm" and its response: "Playing BBC London". Yet it didn't understand when I simply asked it to play BBC London via TuneIn. So it can be absolutely key to understand HOW to instruct it and often the method is stupid.
One other oddity I noticed, this time when trying to change my location. If I enter my address into the settings, it refuses to accept No. 60, where I live, and will only accept No. 44, where I do not live. This setting is used by some skills and an inaccurate address will have varying consequences: the weather skill will still provide local weather, of course, however what about deliveries, taxi collections, or some other skill in the future which relies on your address being accurate?
In summary, the TV advertising implies the Amazon Echo is infinitely more conversational - and intelligent - than in reality it is. When it comprehends my request, and does the right thing, I feel surprised. Probably the most infuriating thing is this: by looking at the app, I can see that most of the time the Echo does hear what I'm saying perfectly well, it just fails to do the right thing.
Update: she's going deaf. Alexa... ALEXA.... ALEXXXA!!!! <nope, no response>. She's also often refusing to switch off when requested which was never previously a problem.