Amazon Echo Dot

8.8/10 AVG.
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The Amazon Echo Dot is an easy way to update your home stereo system with smart home features.

- Anna Attkisson , Tom's Guide 

A lower price makes Amazon’s smart home access point even more attractive.

- Dan Seifert , The Verge 

Specs / Features


Echo Dot (2nd Generation) 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, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn | Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others | Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free... More

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) 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, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn | Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others | Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free 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 computer | Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more | Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot

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Specification

Brand Amazon
Model RS03QR
Size 8 x 3 cm (3.2 x 1.2 in)

Reviews summary

8.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Accurate controls
  • Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio connections
  • Echo Spatial Perception
  • Integration with other devices and services via Alexa Skills

What's bad  

  • Limited support for multiple accounts
  • Requires power connection
  • Occasional false activations
  • Thin audio

Smart speakers offer a new way to interact with your home and the world around you. Then again, if they don’t work well, they offer new ways to get frustrated at your tech.

The original Amazon Echo made plenty of fans. Does this new scaled-down version still have what it takes? Reviews are out! Let’s see what they’re saying!

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At only 1.3-inches (3.3-cm) tall and 3.3-inches (8.4-cm) wide, the Echo Dot is one of the smallest smart speakers yet. Many reviewers noted it reminded them of a shiny hockey puck. Stuff TV said, “Overall it's pleasingly unobtrusive. Once sat on a shelf somewhere it'll stay mostly unnoticed other than when it's answering a query.”

While the black and white color options provide basic choices for matching it to your decor, you’ll also find a selection of covers available should you want something more noticeable.

The Echo Dot requires power from a microUSB adapter, so you cannot to use it on the go.

Reviewers found the hardware controls straightforward and responsive. There’s a dedicated mute button if you don’t like the idea of an always-on microphone. Other than that, you’ll find volume controls and an action button.

They also praised the voice controls. Activating the Echo Dot involves saying the “action word” followed by your command. By default, the action word is “Alexa.” If you have a TV near your Echo Dot, The Guardian noted that Alexa TV commercials will activate the speaker.

Reviewers mentioned minor delays between making requests and Alexa answering. Those with a Google Home also found that Alexa wasn’t as good about answering general questions.

However, many of those same reviewers found that the range of Alexa Skills available made it easier to interact with other devices and trigger contextual commands. Stuff TV noted, “Where the Echo Dot (and indeed the Echo) really comes into its own is as the hub of your smart home. Link it to the likes of Hive, Hue, Nest and Netatmo and you'll be able to control your heating and lights with voice commands - and trust me, being able to do this is as wonderful as it sounds.”

Amazon’s Echo Spatial Perception feature means you don’t have to worry about triggering multiple requests if you own multiple Dots. Reviewers found the feature worked great, with the closest Dot responding to requests.

Reviewers had mixed opinions on audio. Techaeris said, “I had music playing in one room and needed to walk to the kitchen to get a drink and the music was clear enough to hear still. Do note that I’m in a two story house and the room I was in is on the other side of the house.”

While the Dot gets loud, it doesn’t offer much in the way of bass—though this isn’t surprising given the size. Most reviewers recommended connecting a speaker to the Dot using bluetooth or the 3.5mm headphone jack if listening to music.

Reviewers loved virtually everything about the Amazon Echo Dot. Trusted Reviews summed up opinions well, saying, “The Echo Dot is simply a better device than the original Echo. It does everything its big brother does, but offers greater versatility and it costs a third of the price. If you’re after a voice assistant to take control of your home, or even if you’re just curious to take a peek at the future of home automation, this is a no-brainer.”

Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)


Android Authority

cheap and easy to use

from Android Authority

At $50, the Amazon Echo Dot is perfect for those that want to try a smart assistant without making a big investment. It’s also great for those with a quality speaker setup already. If you fit into either of those categories, YES BUY IT NOW. You won’t regret it. That said, if you are more of a Google Assistant guy, Google Home is going to make more sense — to bad it’s slightly more than double the price. Personally, if there were a $50 Google Home ‘Dot’, I’d buy it over Amazon’s in a heartbeat. Mostly because “Okay Google” is engrai... Full review

Notebookcheck

Expandable via skills, compact build

from Notebookcheck
With the Amazon Echo Dot, the US Company offers a home assistant at a fair price that definitely has its charm thanks to the assistant Alexa. We see its advantages primarily in the Smart Home control that does not require additional switches or a smartphone. However, voice control is sometimes awkward here and also needs a smart configuration depending on the device... Full review
The Wirecutter

Alexa for less

from The Wirecutter
Perfect for audio-lite applications or connecting to an existing music system or Bluetooth speaker... Full review
The Gadgeteer

Can do all kinds of cool things

from The Gadgeteer

I think the Amazon Echo Dot may be one of the best tech products to hit the market in the last decade. Is it perfect? No, but name me any new tech that is. It’s easy to setup and use, so you don’t have to be a tech nerd like me. It comes loaded with plenty of great features with the promise of more to come. You don’t have to look any further than this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where a lot of new Smart Home products were introduced, most of them supporting the Amazon Echo Dot. So whether you want it to just play music, set alarms, give you the latest weather r... Full review

PC Advisor

Better value than the big Echo for most people

from PC Advisor
At a third of the price of the big Echo, the Echo Dot is the best choice for most people. The only difference is that the built-in speaker isn’t great, but you can plug in your own hi-fi or use a Bluetooth speaker. Alexa is genuinely useful, especially in the kitchen and if you have compatible smart home gadgets... Full review
Techaeris

Can’t go wrong if you don’t mind getting a smaller version of the Amazon Echo

from Techaeris
If you’re not really into the whole AI concept, that’s definitely not a problem at all as it’s not really mainstream, but you can’t help but think it’s cool. For the price of $49.99 you really can’t go wrong if you don’t mind getting a smaller version of the Amazon Echo. I’ve already recommended the Echo Dot to friends and family... Full review
Stuff

Amazon's smaller smart assistant is the one to go for

from Stuff
The Echo Dot is far from a perfect device. It's sometimes a little buggy, needs to be spoken down to and falls short when asked certain questions. But I'd still wholeheartedly recommend that every single person reading this buys one... Full review
The Guardian

As good as the Echo for one-third of the price

from The Guardian
The Echo Dot is everything that’s great about the larger Echo speaker condensed into a small puck that costs one-third of the price. Being able to voice control things without having to pull out a phone or push a button marks a massive step forward for the Internet of Things. Activating, changing, switching things off and firing up automation routines via voice feels natural and satisfying: there’s nothing quite like marching into a room and commanding the lights to turn on... Full review
TrustedReviews

A potent smart home assistant, now better and cheaper too

from TrustedReviews
The Echo Dot is simply a better device than the original Echo. It does everything its big brother does, but offers greater versatility and it costs a third of the price. If you’re after a voice assistant to take control of your home, or even if you’re just curious to take a peek at the future of home automation, this is a no-brainer... Full review
Android Police

A delightful and cheap way to get started with voice assistants

from Android Police

Honestly, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the Echo Dot and Alexa as much as I do. It's true that I see a lot of missing features, a few hiccups here and there, and the Alexa Android "app" is a big turnoff, but I keep coming back again and again to one point: this thing costs $49.99. In the kitchen, on your desk, in your bedroom, in the hallway, the Dot can blend and fit seamlessly in any setting, and provide additional value. It's a surprisingly convenient Bluetooth speaker for your Android phone, a good enough WiFi speaker on its own, and a relatively cheap way to smart-up any existing au... Full review


Amazon.com Reviews Summary

23,799 from Amazon.com

23,799 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Amazon Echo Dot. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

9 from Amazon.ca

9 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Amazon Echo Dot. Ratings are generally negative, averaging 2.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

5.4/10

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