The Amazon Echo Dot little helper made a pretty good impression on us. Thanks to its low cost, this Alexa voice-controlled speaker can be called an entry ticket to the world of smart gadgets. The sound quality of the model is not the most convincing, but the speaker’s capabilities are enough to display voice messages. In any case, via Bluetooth or a classic audio jack, you can connect better acoustics to the Echo Dot.
low price at the start of sales
offers all the voice control capabilities of other Alexa devices
Bluetooth and classic audio jack
A smart speaker can be purchased at a relatively affordable price (from 59 euros in Europe and from 8,000 rubles in Russia), while the device offers all the functionality that other Echo models have. So the Echo Dot is the right gadget to get to know Alexa. And with such speakers, you can easily create your own network of smart assistants in a large room.
Of course, there are differences between different models — the Echo Plus, for example, has an additional Zigbee wireless standard, and the Echo Show is equipped with a 7-inch display — but these are all nice additions that go beyond pure voice control.
All the technical filling of the Amazon Echo Dot is hidden in a round plastic case, which makes a pretty solid impression. Google Home Mini, in our opinion, looks more attractive, but the Echo Dot can easily fit into a home interior thanks to its compact size.
The Echo Dot has very few controls, but this is not a problem, because the speaker works using voice commands. The top panel of the gadget has buttons to adjust the volume, mute the microphone, and trigger an action that can alternatively be set to the keyword «Alexa». There is also an LED ring that displays the volume level and readiness to listen to commands. On the side panel of the device are a network port and a classic audio jack.
Compact but not loud
Based only on the external dimensions of the case, it can be assumed that the Echo Dot will not be able to produce enough surround sound. The column creaks a little, and almost does not reproduce the bass. To put it bluntly, the Amazon Echo Dot sounds like a typical kitchen radio, but it’s good enough for voice reproduction. Those who want to improve the sound quality can upgrade their assistant by connecting additional speakers to it through the already mentioned interfaces.
You can find out what this voice assistant is capable of in our article First look at the Amazon Echo smart speaker.
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