2020 AMAZON ECHO DOT BLACK

The Amazon Echo family continues to evolve. We’ve had cylinders, hockey pucks and now a stylish globe as the range tries to fit more into our homes and not look like a technology obelisk. 

Key Features

  • Single 15-watt 4cm speaker, 
  • 3.5 mm audio line out
  • Size H8.97, W10, D10cm.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks
  • Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

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Details

Also available in white, black and blue, the fourth generation of Amazon Echo takes another twist with the design, going for a globe look after several generations of hockey-puck styling. It maintains the cloth mesh look, with a stylish glow to fit in any room around the home. 

Ideal for keeping family members company during the day or entertaining in the evening, The new Dot provides a world of information, with the speaker delivering the crisp tones of the Alexa smart assistant, or your favourite music, audiobooks or podcasts 

It supports a wide range of apps including  Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and more. And if you want a bigger sound you can chain devices to fill a room with music, radio stations, using compatible Echo devices in different rooms.

On the practical side, Echo Dots also make life easier around the home. You can set alarms and timers, ask Alexa questions, add items to shopping or to-do lists, and create calendar events and other reminders. She can check local traffic and weather, or provide an easier way to listen to the news. And there are huge numbers of Alexa skills to link to other apps or services including smart home devices, all controlled by your voice.

Summary

The usefulness of the Echo Dot range continues to grow even as the form factor evolves. 

Pros

Not as big as you might expect, but with so much cloud power delivering plenty of fun and practical services. 

Cons

Liking the new style but not quite as invisible as recent generations and less portable 

Score

4.9 out of 5 based on 411 reviews

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