Introducing Amazon Echo Spot - Black
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
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- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
- Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free. Just ask.
- Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, set music alarms, control your smart home, and more.
- Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and see lyrics with Amazon Music. Also, stream music and books from Spotify, TuneIn and Audible.
- Use the built-in speaker or connect to speakers through Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm stereo cable. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms (available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify. Bluetooth not supported).
- Control your compatible smart home devices. Ask Alexa to turn on your lights, show baby monitors and front door cameras, and lock your doors. Plus, control your thermostats, plugs and more.
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App, or make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App. Quickly connect to other Echo devices around your home.
- With thousands of skills, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features. Just ask Alexa to track your fitness goals, order a pizza, get train times and more.
Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set a music alarm (Amazon Music, Spotify & TuneIn supported), see lyrics with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalise your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family between supported Echo devices or the Alexa App, or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App.
Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation, so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Echo Spot is small and compact, and fits easily into any room of your home. The compact size and viewing angle of the screen make Echo Spot ideal for use on a bedside table or desk as a smart alarm clock that can also turn your lights on and off, show your commute time, get the weather or show your calendar. Or use Spot in the kitchen to easily set and see timers, call friends and family, see shopping and to-do lists, and more.
Echo Spot can connect directly to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable or Bluetooth 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 Spot. Plus, with multi-room music, play your favourites throughout your home across multiple Echo devices (available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify, Bluetooth not supported). Learn more
For news and information you can see and hear, just ask Alexa for your video flash briefing from the BBC, The Telegraph, and more. Curious about the latest film trailers or show times? Just ask.
Echo Spot helps keep you organised at home. Start a timer in the kitchen and watch as it counts down, or easily see and manage your family's calendar. Sign in to the Alexa App to take your to-do and shopping lists with you. Just add an item to the list from home, and whoever is out shopping will see it added instantly on their Alexa App.
Echo Spot provides hands-free voice control for your music. Watch as the display comes alive to show song lyrics, curated playlists and album art with Amazon Music. Listen to 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited.
Echo Spot also connects to Spotify and TuneIn, giving you voice control for all of your music. Echo Spot is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services such as Apple Music from your phone or tablet.
Use Echo Spot to see a live camera feed from the baby’s room or your front door. Turn on the fan or dim the lights from the couch—all without lifting a finger. Control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights when you go to bed.
Echo Spot works with smart home devices such as cameras, lights, TVs, plugs, thermostats and more. Learn more about compatible smart home-connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup from brands such as Ring, Arlo, Philips Hue, Ikea, TP-Link, WeMo, Hive, Sony and others.
Make hands-free voice calls to anyone who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App, or video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App. When you're busy making dinner, just ask Alexa to place a call from your Echo Spot. You can also enable the Drop In feature for when you want to connect quickly with other Echo devices in your home or closest family and friends. For example, you can drop in to ask what time dinner will be ready, see the baby's room, or check in with a close relative. Learn more
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 free—to get started, download the latest version of the Alexa App on a smartphone with iOS 9.0 or higher, or Android 5.0 or higher, and verify your mobile number.
Echo Spot can use thousands of skills and counting. Skills add even more capabilities such as ordering a pizza from Domino's, tracking your fitness with Fitbit, controlling your TV with Sony, and more. To enable new skills, just ask Alexa.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills
Echo Spot 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 Spot to stream over 2 million songs with Prime Music, view their Prime Photos, and play films and TV shows from Prime Video. Learn more
Alexa is always getting smarter—the more you use Echo Spot, the more Alexa adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences. And because Spot is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
Just in the last few months we've added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music and reminders, along with skills from third-party developers. Explore more things to try with Alexa.
Simple to Set Up & Use
Use the Alexa App to connect music services you already use such as Spotify. Link your calendar from Gmail, G Suite, iCloud, Outlook.com or Office365. Set up your compatible smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, WeMo, SmartThings, Ring, Arlo, Nest and more. Control your timers and set reminders, and much more. Alexa App is available for iOS, Android and Fire devices.
Compare Echo Devices
|Price||£49.99 £34.99||£89.99 £74.99||£139.99||£119.99||£199.99|
|Overview||Echo Dot (2nd Generation), add Alexa to any room||Immersive sound with a choice of fabrics or finishes||The simple way to start your smart home||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen||Optimised for visuals and room filling sound|
|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|
|Video calls to supported devices|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible ZigBee connected smart home devices|
|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|
|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|
104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm
The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other fees.
Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting 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 Spot or from Echo Spot 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. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included).
Warranty and Service
Amazon Echo Spot 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 Spot is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box
Echo Spot, power adaptor/cable (1.8 m), and Quick Start Guide.
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Wish I knew this before. Sadly I will go back to echo dots 2nd generation unless they bring a software update for it.
Otherwise it's great device. But 2 stars for me as no external bluetooth speaker support.
Firstly, setup is an absolute breeze. Normaly, with Echo or Echo Dot, you have to use a companion smartphone app (or wireless laptop), put the device in setup mode, connect to them from the app and then enter all the details of your home wifi system. They then reboot and you can then enter the settings page on alex.amazon.co.uk to change the region, change their timezone, and change other settings.
Not so with the Spot. You power it on and you have a touchscreen and a surprisingly nice one at that! You select from a list of available wifi networks on the screen, you type your password in on the screen - which is also surprisingly accurate and easy, and then it connects. It automatically downloads any system updates, reboots, asks you to confirm who it thinks you are (it's automatically tied to your account at order unless you specified it to be a gift) and you are done. After that, you can interact with it using your voice, or you can use the touchscreen to change settings.
It was all very easy.
Looks and size
Looks are subjective, I know. But I went for the white one and it looks stunning. It is larger than I expected and heavier too, but not too large that it looks out of place on the bedside. It looks no larger than a standard alarm clock, but it is probably twice as big as the Echo Dot. Same diameter approx, but 2 to 3 times taller.
The contrasting white surround and black face look really nice. The white one came with a white plug and cable too. I assume the black one comes with a black cable and plug.
In my opinion, it is the nicest of all the Echo devices.
Sound impressed me. Obviously it isn't as loud as the full size Echo, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY louder than the Echo Dot. I didn't expect it to be able to produce the sound that it did. My elderly dad has and Echo and my elderly mum has an Echo Dot and my mum stuggles to hear the Dot, even when turned up full. It's never been an issue for me, but it is something to bear in mind if you have hearing issues. The Echo Spot is much louder than the Dot and I took it to my mums house to show her and she could hear it much better and is going to get one.
As well as the volume being much better than the Dot, the sound quality is also much better. Again, it lacks the bass of the full size Echo, but for normal casual listening or as a bedside radio it is more than adequate. It would be fine by the bed, in the kitchen or on an office desk. But if your main use is audio, you can always pair it with bluetooth speakers or use the audio-out cable and connect it up to something else.
I don't have the Echo Show as I don't have any other friends or family with an Echo Show so no one to video conference with and as it doesn't support Skype or Youtube, I figured there was no point. But I've been waiting for the Spot and had it on pre-order as I wanted an intelligent alarm clock. The screen was an extra. However, now I've seen it, I get it. If you ask Alexa the weather, she will tell you, but also display it on the screen. If you ask how high the Empire State Buidling is, she'll tell you, but also display a picture of it on the screen.
All nice and simple so far. But if you ask for your "flash briefing", you don't get the audio news we all know and love from either the BBC or Sky, you get video new instead! You get a video briefing from the BBC with the newsreader reading it out to you just as if you were watching the TV. Ok, its a small screen, but as a bedside, kitchen or office desk device, it works perfectly!
I really get the screen now. It has more uses too. If you wish, as well as the clock, it can cycle through clock, weather, messages, reminders, appointments, tending news items and more. All silently without disturbing you. So as you are falling asleep (or waking up), or cooking in the kitchen, you can see the weather, the latest news, your first meeting in the morning, all on the screen without asking Alexa. It's very useful. So useful that if Youtube and Skype come to the Echo Show, I will order one immediately.
As a bedside alarm clock, it is brilliant. You have a selection of analogue and digital faces and there is a "night mode" you can schedule to ensure the brightness turns down. You really don't need this though. My top tip would be to turn the brightness down to about 50-75% and then turn on the automatic mode. This then adhjusts to the ambient light. In a light room, it's nice and bright. Get in bed and turn the main light off and just use a bedside light and the Spot adjustst its brightness down. Turn all the lights off and go to sleep, and the Spot adjusts all the way down so that you can still see the clock, but it doesn't light the room up. Sort of like looking at an illuminous watch face.
You can set alarms with your voice or with the Alexa app. You can say, for example, "Alexa, set an alarm for 6:45am every week day" and she does. You can have multiple alarms so you can have one for the weekend that is a different time. Or you can set a one off "Alexa, wake me up tomorrow at 6:30am" - that then won't repeat.
When the alarm goes off, tapping on the screen snoozes it for 9 minutes. Swiping up on the screen cancels that current alarm. You won't find that documented anywhere, so make a note! :)
So, if you've never had an Echo, what can Alexa do?
Well you can ask her questions. Ask her to tell you a joke. You can control smart home tech like lights, TV's, some fridges. You can order things from Amazon.
You can add things to your "to do" list. Set reminders (I use those all the time). I have mine interfaced to my work Outlook calender via Office 365 so I can ask "Alexa, what is my next meeting" and she will tell me where I should be and with whom I'm meeting.
You can have her read the news. Tell you the weather. Tell you the traffic on your normal commute. You can play hundreds of thousands of free songs from Amazon Prime Music and even more with a subscription. You can play thousands of internet radio stations.
You can have her read books aloud with an Audible subscription. You can call and message other people with Echo devices. If you have multiple ones in your house, you can "drop in" on the others and call them like an intercom. You can even play Amazon Prime movies on the tiny screen.
There are also some 15,000 skills you can install. A skill is a third-party app developed by someone else. Think like installing something from the app store. There are skills for everything like Tube times, tide tables, games. Far to many to go in to.
Anyway, I like my range of Echo devices. But the Spot takes top place. I would get rid of the others and just have 3 Spots in the house if money allowed!
Note: You can turn the camera off if you are concerned. I'm not...
Hope that helps. Any questions, feel free to ask...
So straight into my wish-list of improvements for the Spot...
- Screen dimming must have more intelligence
Sure you can set the screen brightness and as you’d expect it adapts the brightness based on the surrounding light. But as a bed-side clock I reckon my request must be shared by others: if I set the brightness for actual sleeping time —where it’s dim enough for me to sleep yet I can still read it in the pitch dark-- this setting is not bright enough to read the display during daylight, even with its automatic ambient light compensation. So cue my routine each evening and morning where I have to turn the brightness down before bed and right up when we are all awake. There definitely must be a “past midnight” setting or something better named that understands this fact. Or the ambient light setting needs to adjust the daylight operation to be much brighter as a percentage. Grrr!
- Is it worse at hearing you than the Dot?
So far the family believe it is worse, but time will tell.
- I want more flexibility to change clock-faces
And it’d be nice to have a face-builder app that would let me upload images for different component parts of the clock face.
- Positioning custom clock face backgrounds is a bit hit and miss
You upload them in the Alexa app and it’s a bit squiffy!
- Has Alexa got more paranoid?
Not technically Spot-specific, but over the past few weeks Alexa wakes when none of us have said Alexa. It seems to be getting more and more frequent (with our Dots).
- My Dots don’t know each other well enough!
We seem to get multiple Dots answering, and often inter-selectively between close-by Dots, even though you’ve just initiated a conversation with the closest. Again, not Spot-specific but it does seem to be since we introduced our Spot.
- You just try setting a song as an alarm, pah!
We keep trying and Alexa just doesn’t get it. We’ve also tried asking for the radio to be played as an alarm too, no such joy :-(
- The buttons on the top of the Spot need to be more tactile
Seeing as you are likely to use these buttons in the dark, you’d think there would be more physicality to them to help you locate which one you are pressing.
- It’s pretty big
We love our Echo Dots, sure they’re a little plasticy but they’re small, light and you rarely look at them other than to marvel their spinning light display. The Spot on the other hand you look at a lot, and it’s quite an imposing ball. Here’s my quick-fire list of observations...
- Top heavy - the base that the Spot actually makes contact with the table top is significantly smaller than the Spot’s overall circumference, so it’s not quite as stable for something that weighs quite a lot.
- Screen size and resolution is a little bit of a let down, and the border around the screen is huge.
- Why doesn’t the top mic/cam button only turn off the camera, or at least have a setting to allow you to decide. With owning so many Dots I never mute their mics, but with the Spot I can see I may want to turn the camera off quickly. Sure you can do it from the settings and I am sure I could ask Alexa to disable it, but meh.
- I can’t watch YouTube!
- I can’t find a way to play my videos in my Amazon photos collection.
- There aren’t that many Spot-enabled skills, and I couldn’t find a way to filter the Skills ‘store’ for Spot-only skills. Other than searching for the word Spot.
These are niggles of varying annoyance/wishful thinking. I am confident that the support for the Spot will improve over time. With more features (ie: a screen) comes more expectation and unlike the Dot where we had our expectations limited to just listening we were pretty much happy from day one. With the visual element of Spot we’ve not quite had the same experience (yet).
We still love Alexa and actually do love Spot despite this review readimg to the contrary. It’s a nice looking clock and the sound is great. But having to turn the brightness up every morning means it gets forgotten and often isn’t used st all other than as a way of telling the time in the depths of night. At the moment it’s an expensive alarm clock but oddly one we love having!
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