In keeping with Amazon, the Echo Dot is its best-selling speaker (not simply sensible speaker – all audio system). And it isn’t exhausting to see why: it’s cheap and Alexa can do precisely the identical issues she will be able to on Amazon’s dearer audio system.
As with the third era, you could have a selection of two fashions, one with no clock show and one with.
As a result of the 2 gadgets are equivalent other than the show – and worth – we determined to cowl them each in a single evaluate.
Options & Design
In contrast to in earlier years, the Dot is equivalent in design to its bigger counterpart, the Echo 4. It’s merely smaller – a 100mm diameter as an alternative of 144mm.
This is how the 2 sizes evaluate:
The Dot is available in the identical three colors as the large Echo: Charcoal, Glacier White and Twilight Blue. Its plastic physique is constituted of 50% recycled plastic, 100% recycled aluminium and 100% recycled material.
The standard 4 buttons are nonetheless on prime for adjusting quantity, muting the mic and stopping the alarm that goes off when a timer ends (amongst different issues).
As with the larger Echo, the sunshine ring on the fourth-generation Dot is on the base and displays off your desk, or wherever you select to position your Dot.
This may make it more durable to see, particularly when different gadgets are on the desk or shelf close to the dot as they have a tendency to obscure it from view.
There’s no threaded gap within the base of the Echo Dot and the three.5mm minijack socket is an output solely: it will possibly’t be configured to be an enter within the Alexa app like the larger Echo.
When you pay a really affordable £10/$10 further for the clock mannequin you get an LED show which curves across the entrance and shines by way of the material. There’s no distinction between the 4th-gen and Third-gen fashions when it comes to what it will possibly present: the time, timers, outside temperature, alarm instances and show the amount and display brightness ranges – from zero to 10.
Internally, there’s the brand new AZ1 processor which permits Alexa to reply sooner as it will possibly course of a few of what you say on the gadget itself, however with much less obtainable reminiscence than the Echo and Echo Present 10, the Dot and Dot with clock don’t get the complete vary of recent options which, so far as we all know, means they received’t be capable of deal with the brand new, extra natural-sounding voice of Alexa.
It’s price noting that the Dot doesn’t have the Zigbee hub of the Echo 4, nor does it get a temperature sensor. Alexa can report solely the surface temperature, which she will get from climate providers.
Sound high quality
The brand new Dot and Dot with clock have a single 1.6in speaker which is identical dimension because the Third-gen Dot, however being inside a sphere means higher bass.
And so the fourth-generation Echo Dot sounds precisely just like the third, however decrease frequencies are extra noticeable. As with all Echo Dots, they’re not your best option for listening to music when you care about sound high quality, however they’re nice for listening to the radio, podcasts or just Alexa’s voice.
The brand new Echo 4, Echo Dot Four and Echo Dot 3
If even the bigger fourth-gen Echo, reviewed, isn’t going to fulfill you with its audio high quality, then hooking up your individual speaker(s) to a Dot may very well be a great way to save cash when you can reside with out the Echo’s further options resembling that sensible hub.
Keep in mind, too, that the Echo Dot and clock model have built-in Bluetooth which works each methods. You may stream music out of your cellphone or one other Bluetooth gadget to it, however you may also pair a Bluetooth speaker to get higher sound from the Dot, as long as the speaker doesn’t want a PIN to pair it.
Worth & Availability
The fourth-generation Echo Dot is identical worth that Dots have all the time been: £49.99/US$49.99/AU$79.99 and you should buy one from Amazon within the UK, Amazon within the US and Amazon Australia.
The Echo Dot with clock is £10/$10/$40 dearer at £59.99/US$59.99/AU$99.99.
When you’re within the US, you even have the selection of a 3rd mannequin, the Children Version. Amazon has provide you with extra enjoyable designs this 12 months: you’ll be able to decide between a tiger or panda.
These are each $59.99 and have a child-friendly model of Alexa together with a free 12 months of Amazon Children+ (beforehand known as FreeTime Limitless). That features age-appropriate Audible books, interactive video games and academic expertise.
For an additional $15, you should buy an Echo Dot Children Version plus an Echo Glow, which is a great, multicolour nightlight.
When you’re comfortable to go with out the brand new processor and new design, the third-generation Echo Dot remains to be offered alongside the brand new fashions for £39.99 within the UK, although it is discontinued within the US.
Do not forget to take a look at our roundup of one of the best sensible audio system for options to the Echo Dot.
The most recent Echo Dot could have a brand new design and sooner, extra power-efficient processor however to all intents and functions isn’t actually a lot completely different from the previous one. It sounds largely the identical and has the identical capabilities. The identical goes for the model with a clock.
That doesn’t imply you shouldn’t purchase one of many new fourth-gen fashions, however there’s no purpose to improve in case you have a third-gen Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th-gen): Specs
100 x 100 x 83mm
3.5mm audio output
Far-field beamforming microphones
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