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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the best part of the echo product range is possibly as a smart speaker to play your music. thats where all these devices Sonos, Alexa, Google Home etc fall over or rather their music services fall over.
The echo for example, wont play from your Apple Itunes library because of business rivalry. So youve all spent time developing your apple music library to find that you can only access it by bluetooth linking your phone and playing your music using those antiquated spaghetti sausages on the ends of your hands, fingers and not the harmonic god inspired voice activation of "Alexa, play misty for me" as smartspeaker intended. Nore will it connect by any shape or form to my subscribed itunes account.
I sacked off my itunes account shortly before buying my echo device in favour of the much cheaper Amazon Music unlimited subscription, £7.99 a month as I recall, so the Echo was the logical choice of smartspeaker.
On receipt I reeled off my aged rockstar tunez and all was going well until on one song Alexa complains that it wasn't included in my subscription but I could upgrade to play it? "my subscription" I thought, I have music unlimited already, I should be able to play everything in the amazon library? assuming it hadnt yet associated my music account I instructed alexa to upgrade. then it played it...great....for a while, as time passed I started encountering a new restriction, although I could play some songs on my phone using my amazon music account, songs I was instructing alexa to play on my echo device was being met with "You cannot play that song on this device"...I was like WHAT? What more do I need to do..?
So it seems, that the upgrade I authorised on the divice by voice, downgraded my music unlimited to some cheapo version £3.99 music not unlimited, and to get the same music, playing from the same amazon account on my phone or my echo took yet a third type of account at £14.99 a month or something, which is the same ammount I was paying for itunes family....
I had noticed while faffing around that you could however set up you device to default to a spotify account, although never having one, I had heard obnly good things about spotify, so I opted for their month free trial...great, download the app on my phone, created the account, connected to the account on my alexa and said "alexa, play sex crimes by eurythmics"
to which alexa tells me in one way or another "cannot play sex crimes by eutythmics on this device through your spotify account"...because the trial account is limited devices....and Im buggered if Im going to pay for spotify, just to find out I still have to do something else to simply say to my device "play a blooming song".
Its simple, I want to be able to tell have my music subscription play from any of my IoT devices anywhere and anytime I want. is that too much to ask...isnt that THE WHOLE DEFINITION OF IoT? complete data integration???
so back to the divice itself. its recognition of voice is quite good, better than the Sonos which also uses Alexa, its quite frustrating issuing any command to the Sonos which has the same OS i suppose...why the Sonos struggles with basic commands and response I have no idea, but the echo dot at 1/5th the price is much more responsive, I also have the Echo plus, and I would say that my dot is a bit more responsive than that even.
The major difference from the more expensive options is the quality of speaker, being a low end device intended more for your bedside than featured music player. My dot however, despite having the Echo Plus and Sonos on hand is the go to choice for my music player as I have put the other devices in less central locations of my house and the dot, for all its failings is attached through the 3.5mm audio out jack to my B&O reciever, providing supreme quality of sound. I just wish I had access to the music as easy. The more expenive and better built in speaker devices act as satellite speakers dotted around the house.
I have also indulged in Hive heating controls of various of the 3rd party switches you can get that are compatible with these. I do reccomend the Philips light bulb, which is smart in its operation, rather than just on/off. you can adjust brighness and using the switch, you arent trapped between the logic of what is managing its on/off alexa or mains switch. if off with alexa, but on at switch, a quick off/on at switch restores it to its last on brightness, to which you can instruct alexa to set. I doubt this would work as efficiently with a physical dimmer in conjunction.
the 3rd party switches are a bit hit and miss, often I find alexa feeds back taht the device is not responding, I suspect the device since operations with the philips bulbs are exemplary.
some of the novelty things like question of the day and make cat noises become old hat quickly. this is definately the way to go though and I can see big things to come. at £34.99 the echo dot is 100% the first purchase you should make to see if smart speakers is for you.
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.
A long way short of the instant information you can get from OK Google and Siri. Can't give you sports information outside premier league teams. Won't give you a rundown of current scores, you have to ask for a particular (only premier league) team. Doesn't have info on tennis or anything else. Ask if Andy Murray won? Can't do it. Brighton's next game? Can't do it. When does John Wick 2 come out? Can't do it. This is a quick example, but if you're used to OK Google and Siri, you may be frustrated on occasion.
The inability to change default apps (skills). The default weather info is awful. Never close to accurate. I just asked the weather - said it was 7 degrees. It is actually minus 1. Big Sky which uses Dark Sky info is fantastic. But you have to say - Alexa, ASK BIG SKY about the weather. You can't just ask - Alexa, what's the weather?
This is further a problem I have had when listening to podcasts. The default podcast player is TuneIN. It is missing a lot of podcasts but does has the ones most will need. However you can't fast forward. Very annoying. So you have to enable 'Pod Buddy' skill. So - Alexa, ASK POD BUDDY to play the Vergecast. Then you get to an advert. Alexa, skip 2 minutes. Doesn't work, I know, Alexa, ASK POD BUDDY to skip 2 minutes. Doesn't work. I had to go to the Pod Buddy skill on Amazon (has to be desktop to see detailed invocations) and realise the command I needed. Alexa, ASK POD BUDDY to FAST FORWARD 2 minutes.
This is way too much work. Give us the ability to choose default apps, and you really need to work on the conversational abilities. Right now you have to be way to specific with the commands. I shouldn't have to remember specific phrases that are all different to specific apps.
I am impressed by the speaker on the Dot - easily sufficient for the kitchen, where it sits and having the option to link it to powered wired or Bluetooth speakers is a bonus.
I haven't really found much else to do with it. My wife keeps asking it questions which get the response that it doesn't have that information.
My 85 year old mum saw it over Christmas and is convinced she needs one but had no idea why (other than because her friends didn't have one)!!
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