NEW AMAZON ECHO DOT BLACK

The Amazon Echo family continues to get smaller and cheaper as smart devices take over our homes. Making a great gift, what does the latest cute-as-a-button entry offer the smart family?

Key Features

  • Single 1.6" speaker, 
  • 3.5 mm audio line out
  • 43 x 99 x 99 mm
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks
  • Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

One step down: If all you need in life is music 

Bush Acorn Bluetooth Speaker (£9.99) 

Next step up: If you want lounder and higher-quality audio, this echo packs in five speakers

Amazon Echo Studio Smart Speaker with Alexa - Charcoal (£189)

Details

The Amazon Echo range has rapidly evolved from something high-tech for the gadget lover to a device that anyone can have in their room or around the home to keep them company and provide entertainment or information. 

The latest Echo Dot improves on the audio quality of its diminutive predecessors. Stereo mode means you can buy two and use them for even better listening, or use them as intercoms around the home. Ideal if you have an infirm relative or pesky kids on the prowl. 

But, perhaps the best feature is that Alexa continues to get smarter and add new features on a very regular basis. She can help control other smart home gadgets, access music and audio book services, order takeaway meals and so much more. She can even alert you when an Amazon delivery is about to be made. 

All that from a tiny little box hiding on a shelf, and if you get bored of Alexa, you can chat to a range of celebrities with recent content from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson to brighten up your day, or you can print out documents using your voice, whatever takes your fancy. 

Summary

Available in plum, grey, black or white, the latest Echo device is compact, brilliant and with an ever-growing bag of tricks. Even if you only plan to use it to listen to the news or play music today, the power behind it can make an Echo a great part of the family as your needs change. 

Pros

  • So small, it can fit anywhere
  • Decent audio output 
  • Softer edges to previous models

Cons

  • Can be made portable, but you need a powerbank and a USB lead!

Score

4.9 out of 5 from 6,977 reviews

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