Amazon Echo Dot Review: A step up terms with design and musicality


The second generation is where Echo Dot  – “the Echo most people buy.” Thus, anyone reasons a new model with superior sound. The third-generation Dot makes things prettier, still looks a hockey-puck with softer edges and wraps in a choice of charcoal, sandstone, or grey fabric.

Thus if one buys a smart speaker, with things playing music, the second-gen Dot costs around $10 less. The older model is with capability controls smart home devices, sold around millions, where the introduction is in 2016 with great accessories and much better. My own smart home fills with various smart speakers—Echos with Sonos Beam for music listening.

Points to note consideration of Echo Dot?

Why am I awarding the third-generation Echo Dot where four stars and a TechHive Editors’  is a Choice Award?

Because with capability, of an originality which is prettier and sounds better, wants to play music on it. In fact, Echo Dot, a good near-field speaker for $50, though cannot recommend any in the Echo lineup for critical listening.

Audio performance

Thus with a full range driver of 1.6-inch inside a new model, which is comparative where a 1.1-inch speaker in the original produces pleasant, high and mid-range frequencies. The bass response has a small speaker responsible. Amazon, however, did not disclose any amplifier specs. This is where there a new Dot considers a louder than the original, without distortion. This withdraws more power where the second-gen model powers a 9-watt wall wart and a  micro-USB cable, the third-gen model rely on a 15-watt power supply. This is where there a cable at the end of the barrel connector.

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation)

Thus, it is strictly a near-field speaker moves more than a few feet away. This is from where one listens to a speakerphone. Hence, one does not necessarily need in relying on Dot’s built-in speaker, of course. You pair it with your favourite Bluetooth speaker. Amazon thus equips with 3.5-mm auxiliary output plugs any self-powered speaker or even an amplifier or A/V receiver. The new installation routine intends using external speakers, walks you through a process if does.

Setup and installation

Setting up a new Dot is easy, far installing with one or more Echos already. The Alexa app remembers Wi-Fi networks and passwords with one user in the past. This does have a pick from the list —needs in reentering those credentials. Thus with the rest of the Echo line, a dual-band Wi-Fi adapter onboard, either has with the 2.4-5.0 GHz frequency bands.

The Echo Dot integrates a multi-room speaker system with Alexa-powered speakers, display-equipped Echo Show models higher-fidelity Sonos One and Sonos Beam sound-bar. Google Home users groups speakers with Chromecast Audio devices, and cannot include a display-equipped Google Home devices with multi-room configuration. Google works to eliminate a limitation with new firmware not available until at least the new year.

2nd gen vs 3rd gen dot power supplies

If you hate wall warts, the real dislike where the power supply comes with the third-generation Echo Dot.

Using the Echo Dot (3rd gen)

The new Echo Dot is slightly larger with the second generation model not fitting the battery or speaker and docks with the previous version. It is not attractive where Google Home Mini entirely covers fabric and touch-sensitive volume controls. This is due to the new Dot wants in muting four-microphone array easier in keeping cleaner than Google’s speaker. You make in touch the Echo’s fabric-covered surface moving it. You touch the fabric with Google Mini everytime adjusting the volume and needs picking up muting mic.

Google Home Mini

Thus a short travel mechanical button is Echo Dot with four-point compass: Volume up and down at north and south. This is in par respective action where a button is with a mic mutes at east and west, respectively. The action button summons Alexa speaks the wake word.

It is worth noting with most smart home devices operate your Wi-Fi network. Unlike, several expensive Echo models, no ZigBee radio is onboard. This is not only a drawback most smart home enthusiasts. This is with other smart homes, a controller where Echo talks to.

Echo dot 3rd gen vs 2nd gen with cover

Thus the first smart speaker interested in control with smart home devices. This retrieves news, weather forecasts, and other information on the internet. This saves yourself with 10 bucks, with buying the second-generation Echo Dot.

If there is a  higher-quality audio is without a need for outboard speakers, is the third-generation Dot with an easy recommendation. It sounds better class to include the Google Home Mini — and Amazon. This is a lead over Google compatibility third-party products and services.