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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little voice recognition product

    Posted
    Bobby
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    After a bit more time with the dot, or maybe I should say dots(3dots) since I went out and bought another one for my daughters room, I've come up with a few tips. Setup was very simple. The Echo Dot came with the micro USB cable and wall outlet adapter so just plug those all in and you're ready for next steps. It's already added as a device on my Amazon Prime account so I didn't need to add it as a new device. I just downloaded the Android Alexa app and followed the directions to connect to to my home wireless router. The voice recognition is pretty accurate about 90% of the time. Going further away from the Echo Dot may be a problem especially if there is any subtle background noises. Other than that, if I have it next to my computer, there's usually no problem hearing what I'm saying unless there's loud music playing from it. You can basically ask Alexa almost anything and get some answer or in some cases she'll say unsure. I have been using it to play music, ask trivial questions that come up, tell an occasional joke and check the weather mainly. There's so much more it can do that I haven't touched yet but I am very impressed by this device. Use the best speakers you can with it. I found that while Bluetooth was convenient I got much better sound out of my Bose Soundlink speakers. If a phrase doesn't yield the results you're looking for, reword it and try again. For instance, "Alexa, lower the temperature to 75 degrees" got no result, so I tried "Alexa, Nest Thermostat, 75 degrees" and she picked it up perfectly. Take the time to look through all the skills. I was a bit worried initially that Alexa might be triggered accidentally by ambient TV or general household noise, so I'm really impressed that it's only happened twice so far. Both times in my living room when I was watching TV at high volume. If it's a concern, the mic can be temporarily disabled, so the dot won't trigger and listen accidentally. It's fun to ask Alexa general questions to see if she's capable of finding the answers. So far I've gotten accurate responses to "Alexa, what's the definition of", "Alexa, how far away is", "Alexa, Wikipedia" (just about anything you can think of and she'll tell you more if you ask "Alexa, tell me more"). If you have the time, ask her a set of questions and you'll quickly get used to her nuances. Even though the microphones are extremely sensitive and quite accurate, I've found that the Dot works best when placed on a surface that's close to the level of the person speaking to it. Generally speaking, three to five feet off the ground. Alexa had some trouble hearing my requests when the dot was placed above or behind me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the money!

    Posted
    ClonesFan

    Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Recently, I purchased the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The Echo Dot has exceeded my expectations; if you decide to purchase this item you will not be disappointed. Design The Echo design is modern and compact. The small size allows you to keep your Echo hidden in plain sight. The Echo Dot has four buttons: two volume buttons (+ and -), microphone off, and an action button, so the device is very simple to use. Sound The Echo Dot produces high quality sound and maintains sound quality even when the volume is maximized. Despite the small size, the Echo Dot has about 40-60 dB of superior sound. Compared to other Bluetooth speakers, the Echo Dot has the most impressive sound quality. “Alexa..” Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Echo Dot is the voice recognition system, “Alexa.” The Echo will respond to anything following you saying “Alexa.” Although the voice recognition may not pick up on what you are saying all of the time, you can rephrase your sentence and she will usually find what you are looking for. Also, to improve the voice recognition, you can voice train Alexa to improve the accuracy of the search. With the Alexa feature you are able to select music, ask questions, call, and even shop without ever looking at a screen or moving from the couch. Wireless The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to pair your phone or any other Bluetooth capable device to the Echo. This feature makes it possible to call, text, and listen to music through the Echo Dot. The Bluetooth connection can reach about 30ft. The Bluetooth can keep connection from room to room without sacrificing quality. Cost Efficient The Echo is also only $39.99. Compared to other Bluetooth speakers on the market such as the JBL Flip 4 and the Beats Pill by Dr. Dre, the Amazon Echo is about $60 cheaper, while maintaining the highest quality. Capability In addition to being helpful for phone purposes, it is also incredibly helpful for looking up information. When referring to a phone, you can say the information is at your fingertips figuratively. Now with the Amazon Echo, it is even better than that. It is on your command in a sense. One can ask anything that they would look up on the internet. The technology is advanced enough that not only can the Echo search anything for you, but it can do it without any touch being involved and only by sound. All in all, this purchase was well worth the small cost. For being as advanced as it is and having the outstanding quality it has, I don’t see anyone being disappointed in this purchase. Treyton Jacobsen

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bang for the buck

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    BBFan
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    We purchased a few Echo Dots at the same time bought an Echo, so I'll share some of the same comments/feedback that I shared about the Echo. This was our entry point into IoT/smart home devices and we're enjoying it. Not perfect, but it's still early in the game for voice-activated devices. The Dots are a great way for folks to get their Smart Home connected. The speaker on the Dot is what usually receives the most criticism, so I'll add my two cents by saying I feel the speakers are not bad, but adequate. If we want to listen to music and want slightly better quality, we'll pair a Bluetooth speaker. Even a decent $35-25 Bluetooth speaker does the trick, though admittedly we're not audiophiles. Setup was relatively straight-forward. Not a huge fan of the Alexa app, but that's a separate review, I suppose. For the uninitiated, you'll find out that you'll spend quite a bit of time in the app even though this is a voice user-interface device. For example, we have about 35 skills enabled after just over 7 weeks of playing with the devices. It's getting a bit difficult to remember the commands for launching different skills. Ultimately, you'll likely need to refer to the skills list for reminders. I'm surprised how much we use lists, reminders and alarms. If your reminder descriptions are difficult for Alexa to sort out, you'll also find yourself going into the app to edit the reminder. The bigger surprise that we had was how much we appreciate 'Drop In'... think an intercom for your home. We're not in a huge house, but it's just nice not having to yell to get a family member's attention, e.g., dinner time, or a 5-minute warning as we're getting ready to leave the house. Alexa skills that run the gamut - some good (math skills practice, surf report checker, and interactive storytelling skills), some excellent (link to smart devices, streaming content like TED Talks/The Daily/NPR) and all lot not worth even mentioning. One thing we've had a tricky time getting set up is to get Alexa control of our Fire TV. It's been a couple months and a couple failed attempts. There's plenty of documentation online about how to do this, but we just haven't had any luck. I suspect this is mostly user error, but it would be great if 'it just worked' since they are both Amazon products.... honestly this is a relatively minor niggle. Of course, the whole privacy issue lingers in the back of my mind but there's not a lot you can do at this point unless you want to wait on the sidelines for the market to mature. Fingers crossed Amazon and the other smart device companies to do their part.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Echo or Google Home?

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    macster99
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    I purchased the Echo Dot (ED) and 2 Google Home (GH) units. So I am in a position to compare them a bit. They are both loads of fun and since I am not comparing the GH to the original Echo I won't compare features like sound quality, etc. What first attracted me to the ED was the price and the ability to purchase directly from Amazon just by talking to the ED. However, it does much more than that. I would say that the ED is worth every penny if sound quality not your main focus. It does have a built-in speaker but it's not hi-fi in any way. However, it is fine for listening Alexa's voice. Having said that, it does almost everything else the Echo does. And Echo does a lot! What attracted me to GH was the ability (with a Google Cast unit) to stream to my home theater system. I have plenty of music in the Google Cloud and now, rather than playing it through the GH speaker, I can just tell it to play through my home sound system. To me, that's huge. None of the Echo products can do that. Another was the resources the Google has that no one else does. The Echo products use Bing as their information source and GH uses, well... Google! There are many questions that GH can answer that Echo simply can't. So from a general information perspective, GH kicks ED's butt. Google GH is adding new things all the time, as is Amazon. But right now Amazon is kicking GH's butt in terms of working with 3rd party devices. Until recently if you wanted to book an Uber ride you would have to use Alexa. Now I see that you can do the same thing with GH. I'm sure that both of these units and their abilities are in their infancy and you will see much more from both of them in the coming months and years. So in a way, this is about the hardware itself and your trust in the company that developed it. If want to order from Domino's Pizza, or want more options in working with 3rd party devices, the ED wins hands down. They both do the basics (light control, thermostat control, etc.) but the Amazon products works with many more brands at this time. I just look at GH's potential. Google has your calendar, your music, Google Maps, Google Mail, all of your contacts, Google News, Google Translate, etc. And you know they're not just going to sit around and let Amazon beat them at this game. They have so many more resources for your information and and general information that I foresee that Amazon's lead will eventually shrink. Bottom line? I like both of them very much. In many respects, Echo is far ahead of GH. If you must order products from Amazon, or work with specific devices that the ED does and GH does not, and you need all that right now, you need go with an Echo device. If you want instant access to more esoteric or even general information and get answers, GH is best. But remember, this will be a hard fought battle and don't count either company out yet. If you can, just purchase one of each. For around $180 (or less if they are on sale) you can check out the best of both worlds and watch this amazing technology mature before your very eyes (or ears).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value - Alexa is awesome

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    TUBuckeye29
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    I actually only bought an Echo Dot to gain vocal control over my Philips Hue smart bulbs. But this device has quickly become valuable for quite a bit more. The Echo Dot already quickly fulfilled my primary need - I feel like I'm straight out of "Star Trek" by walking into my living room, saying "Echo, turn on Living Room Lights," and having my Hue bulbs all come to life. But soon I stopped to realize how many darned questions pop in my head each day. That's where Echo Dot/Alexa shines. I no longer am flipping open my tablet and typing questions into a browser - whenever I see something curious on TV or find myself wondering if I remember a piece of trivia correctly, I can now just ask aloud and get an answer. As an Amazon Prime member I have access to Amazon Music. So I can also ask Alexa to "Play music from The Beatles on shuffle" and get a nice playlist rolling. While the volume on this speaker is mighty good for its size, the audio quality itself doesn't make for audiophile satisfaction. Luckily the Echo Dot can be connected to speakers or an A/V receiver (Bluetooth or via a 3.5mm cable) - so when listening to music I just connect the Dot to my receiver and that works out great. Sadly I don't have any comparison between the Echo Dot and its bigger siblings. But for my smallish living room this works perfectly (aside from listening to music, as described above). The volume range is good enough to hear from all around the living room or from my kitchen; and the Echo Dot catches what I'm saying even with my odd vocal twangs - I rarely ever have to repeat myself or focus on enunciating to be understood. The Alexa app does have a voice-training feature, though I haven't had need to use it. The only quirk I encountered: I have tablets that I wanted to utilize the Alexa app on, so I downloaded it onto one (Samsung Galaxy Tab S2) and then proceeded to perform the Echo Dot setup from there. Something was awry with how the app identified the available settings for the tablet: it was urging me to turn off some WiFi option on the tablet that didn't actually exist. So I initially could not get the Echo Dot added to my network. I had to install the App on my smartphone (Moto/Lenovo) and perform the setup from there. First-world problems lol; but once I completed the Echo Dot setup on my phone its settings were accessible from my Galaxy Tab. Hopefully Amazon gets that worked out. But otherwise it's all been great with the Echo Dot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great first smart home device

    Posted
    Mramirez181
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    I'm really into the latest when it comes to Tech, but smart home devices never really felt like they were worth it to me. I knew I would try them eventually, but the price and the tech had to be right for me to jump in. Finally, this Black Friday I decided that I would try the echo dot bundle with the TP-Link wall socket because I had heard great things about the dot and for $35 it seemed like a great time to finally try a smart home device without spending a lot of money. After spending about a week and a half with the dot and the TP link I have to say that I'm impressed with all the Dot has to offer at a low price. The TP link itself is a bit of a hit and miss device, but being able to control light/s and other appliances with the dot is quick, easy, and very responsive. The dot is also very good at picking up your voice from quite a distance as long as things aren't too loud. Aside from home automation, the dot is excellent for, but not limited to, music, news, asking random questions, and even controlling certain Sony Bravia TVs (which was probably the best surprise as I just jumped on a 4k Sony Bravia). The only two things that I didn't like too much were the integrated speakers and how precise you have to be with voice commands. The speakers are okay and for all that your getting for $30-$50 it's not a huge deal as most that care about sound will have a Bluetooth speaker that can be paired with the Echo to use for much better sound. As for the voice command, they're good, but you have to be very precise about the way you word the phrase otherwise the dot will not understand what you want it to do and it can be a bit frustrating at times. The commands could definitely be improved upon, but for me it wasn't a huge deal in the end because with time I've found myself becoming more used to the way I have to phrase all my commands to get what I want out of my dot. Overall, for 35$ I'm very pleased and I have to say that even at $50 the price is definitely justifiable for all the features and hardware you're getting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for the money

    Posted
    SpeedWave64

    I have been playing around with this little hockey puck sized personal assistant named Alexa on the Amazon Echo Dot and I have to say that I am quite impressed with how well it functions. It easily can pick up your voice from about 35 feet away with you using regular indoor voice when it is completely quiet. It's pretty good at recognizing what you say and links your music accounts such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and Tunein. For the price this little assistant does a pretty good job, Some things to consider though, it can stream to multiple devices like Google Chromeccast and Google Home and the search engine isn't as good as Google either, but still pretty decent for many different things. If this thing could do multi-cast like Google Home I would buy more for my house, but sadly it cannot, well yet anyways! I bought one of these for $50 and bought a pair of wired speakers for $18 and wow it sounds really good. If you buy the Echo Dot wireless remote you can extend the range for your voice to around 50 feet which is awesome so if you have an apartment you only really need one of these things. It does have bluetooth so you pair your speakers with it and use them anywhere which is really nice and super easy. If you are trying to make a smart home and don't mind not having multi-cast and the ability to use the Google search engine then go for it and for the price it's well worth it. Oh did I mentioned that there is a 3.5 headphone out jack that can connect any speaker and to a stereo system. I used a double headphone jack which allows me to connect my Echo Dot to my stereo receive and to some speakers that always stay on so I can hear Alexa when I use the Echo Dot. I hope that this helps in your decision!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just get it already! but get a speaker too

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    caaflex
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    I bought the dot as a gift for my brother, but decided to get one for myself to see how it was. First impressions were it was small, the well put together, simple yet efficient design, and the build quality did not feel cheap. Set up was easy, which you do through the Alexa app for your phone. If you don't have a smart phone or a tablet, I'm not sure how you would do the set up, but I'm also not sure what you'd be doing buying a home assistant if you're still rocking a flip phone. I started using it and immediately noticed why it was only $39.99 on sale, the sound! It sounds like you would expect for how compact the unit is. The overall volume and frequency range are acceptable for things like reading the news, traffic updates, weather, etc but if you want to use it to play music then you'll certainly want to either A) pair it to a bluetooth speaker or B) use the aux output and hook it up to a stereo. That's the end of the flaws though, the functionality is great and I've loved it so far. Each morning it will read NPR news to me (you can pick a variety of sources), tells me about the weather, and then plays music for me while I get ready for work. Now if you want the best tip I can think of, go out and get the Insignia Bluetooth speaker (NS-CSPBTHOL16). For starters, this little thing is great on it's own. The sound is mighty for such a small package and makes listening to Pandora or what have you on the dot much more enjoyable. But the real gem here is that this specific bluetooth speaker also has a microphone (you can use it for phone calls) which listens and communicates with Alexa even if you aren't around it! I had the speaker in the bathroom with me while I was showering, asked Alexa to skip songs, change the volume, all why i was showering with the noisy water and music playing and it still worked like a charm. $50 all together and I am one happy customer, and I'm sure my brother and his family will be stoked as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Fun and Useful

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    Chief255A
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    This was my second Echo Dot purchased, and it was to be used in my office to compliment the Echo in the living room. Here is something that I DIDN'T know... they have a built-in speaker! Maybe it is listed somewhere, but they always said you had to pair it with a bluetooth speaker (or plug it in with an aux cable), so I used one of the many small bluetooth speakers in the house to pair it to, but the speaker died one day and Alexa kept talking through her built-in speaker! It isn't a Bose-class speaker, but for a small room it is perfectly fine. Maybe not a big deal to some, but I was pleasantly surprised, and not having to find another plug for the speaker is nice. It is easy to use, and even my tech-averse girlfriend has come to rely on it. When the first one showed up and I demonstrated it for her, she was not impressed, but as more skills became apparent (such as the timer, and adding things to a grocery list), she used it more. And once I hooked my Harmony remote system and SmartThings hub into it, she has almost forgotten how to use the remote control and light switches! I have a Harmony Remote hub and my Samsung SmartThings hub skills enabled with Alexa, and they work perfectly. Now, the cons... Sometimes Alexa gets a little weird. If the Amazon Cloud Service suffers a problem, then Alexa won't really work for most things since that is where she lives. Sometimes she hears something on the TV and starts doing some random skill, like playing classical music. And I'm PRETTY sure nobody on the TV said Alexa at that time. Sometimes she just quits working and the only thing to do is reboot her. But these have been rare occurrences, and the good FAR outweighs the bad. I will say that if you are paranoid, or a bad guy (or girl), then you may want to pass on something that can conceivably be a microphone in your home that is always on. Overall I am extremely pleased with the Echo Dot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Assistant

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    HAL2001
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    LOVE OUR NEW ECHO! I have been watching the reviews online and checking with friends that have purchased the Echo to see how much they liked or disliked its features. Last person I talked to went on and on about all the things there were using it for and that persuaded me it was time and Amazon Prime Day was the perfect opportunity to go for it. Amazon did a fantastic job of creating this tubular info-taining command center! There are so many cool and awesome things its able to do that I'll hit the highlights that work for our household. First, we love that it follows your voice in the room (the circle lighting will show which direction it is 'listening'), the speaker is wonderfully balanced, so whether listening to music, the news or to Alexa speaking, I have nothing but high marks for its sound quality, given its size. Next, set up (after downloading the app to our iPhones) was quick, easy and very intuitive. The more you look over the app, the more you will realize a world of 'skills' (as Amazon refers to them - we've nicked named them "echolettes" LOL) that the unit is able to perform once they are turned on and you master the right sequence of keywords to initialize them. We've added things to shopping lists, while asking about the weather and our calendar of events and then asked Alexa to change the temp of our Nest thermostats in various parts of the house, simply by saying her name and then our commands, sometimes sitting in the living room or simply pass through - she is always there listening and ready. We've ordered some LED programmable lights and I can hardly wait for Alexa to help set the mood in the house, room to room, all from a simple voice request.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Smartest of them all!!!

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    pinnerman08
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    Having lived with the echo.for about six months now, and Alexa being a part of our lives every day, it’s clear that Amazon has gotten off to a great start and open up quite a lead over its rivals. I’m surprised at how intuitive most of the commands are. If she fails to understand, you can usually rephrase your command in a slightly different fashion and get her to pick up what you’re trying to say. Really the only major limitation I have encountered so far is web search capabilities. After a family gathering that resulted in everyone asking Alexa some random questions, we quickly discovered that limitation. The next best rival in this category is probably the Google home mini, and since it is attached to the great Google search engine, I figured it would easily become my new favorite. Well, not so much. And here’s why. Probably one of the biggest advantages the echo dot has is the ability to connect to a Bluetooth sound system. Being able to trigger music with a simple voice command that pipe through my own sound system is just awesome. Probably the next biggest advantage is thinking ahead in terms of smart home devices and skills/routines. Everyone is picking up smart plug in Wi-Fi power strip these days, and Alexa makes it super easy to not only control those devices, but set up routines such as “movie time” that turns on the TV, sound system amplifier, amplifier fan, and dims the lights. Software is developing rapidly in this category and I hope to see improvement soon that helps the Echo communicate more easily to pause my TV or control the volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent if you're plugged into Amazon!

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    Trellus
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    Disclaimer: I'm an Amazon junkie -- Prime member so I order things shipped to me frequently, have a Kindle e-Reader (more than one, actually), and regularly buy Kindle books and Audible audiobooks from Amazon, and so Alexa is WONDERFUL for getting info on my orders, deliveries, literally reading Kindle books (that have Text-to-Speech enabled from publisher, which for me is almost all) as well as Audible books just by asking her -- and resuming where I left off in the book on my other devices (phone or Kindle reader, etc.)! Alexa also has pretty spot-on integration with Spotify, so unlike Siri on my iPhone, I can actually ask Alexa on my Echo Dot to play a particular artist or even a particular song through my Spotify premium service, although she will only play it through the built-in speaker or a Bluetooth speaker paired with the Echo Dot itself -- but that's still pretty darn good! Ordering anything from Amazon is super-easy -- maybe too easy, although I did set up a PIN so orders require me to recite the PIN before I place an order -- as is checking status of existing orders and asking about order history. For $50, this is an awesome, surprisingly capable digital assistant. It's fun to get the emails I get periodically from Amazon which have some example things to ask Alexa, so I am constantly finding out new things I can do with Alexa, and unlike with Siri, the API is very open so that third-parties are easily able to extend Alexa's "skills". I am very happy with this purchase and will likely add an Echo Spot (the little tiny one with the round screen) when it is released in December 2017.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite tech so far

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    Albinomexi
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    At first, I was skeptical about buying the Amazon Echo Dot because of being "locked" into an echo system ran entirely through Amazon. It's great to know that the Echo has a large following of companies that support it. I personally got it to see if I can integrate into stuff to convert my stuff into smart appliances (like my lights and space heater, and certain switches throughout my home.). Once I had these features setup, the Echo became more and more useful as more and more stuff came out (you add "skills" to your Echo to add features) I was blown away to know that I can order pizza (dominos and Pizza Hut so far), play music via Amazon Prime Music (free month trial and only $3 bucks afterwards), use Bluetooth to pair your phone to it, have it tell you news/weather/traffic and even play games via skills. My only major gripe about it is the speaker on it is very quiet but it does have an auxiliary jack to connect it to a bigger sound system or via Bluetooth speaker as well (mine is actually connected to a compact JVC mini shelf system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If into home automation in 2017, just get it

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    anichauhan
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    Currently have 3 Echo dots, using it for home automation and works like a charm. Upgraded home to Leviton & Lutron smart switches, Ecobee 3 thermostat with 4 sensors and Orbit B-Hyve sprinter controller. Love the fact that i can control my home with Alexa, I mean Echo Dot. Just add the scenes and you are good to go. You can ask basic questions and Alexa will answer back with fairly good results. I'm impressed on two fronts: Voice recognition is way (way) better than Siri (I'm an Apple fan with everything else Apple at home) and response time is simply amazing, replies back instantaneously. Really with the my echo dot purchase from best buy, I ended up buying 2 echo and 2 echo dots from Target (better deal). Ended up returning the big brothers "Echo" as they are literally useless. Could not listen and respond to instructions, and the sound was absolutely terrible. So ended up keeping just the echo dots and am very happy with them. If you want music, the entire echo family is limited as they cannot play your Apple music or Google music family. If you are invested there (in my case Apple Music) then you are out of luck. Echo (Dot or big brother) have limited music selection and will always annoy you, asking to upgrade to Amazon Music unlimited which I'm not interested in (mostly because of their sound quality). So bottomline, if you are into home automation and in absence of Apple homepod (and terrible home kit support), echo dot is the way to go specially given the price of $29. Avoid any other Echo product, they just suck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Cheapest and Greastest thing amzn has to offer

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    Astocker16
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    I bought the echo dot for my grandfather and I so we could have more knowledge on what's happening in today's world and local news, what's the weather in our area, Etc. we also could settle debates by flipping a coin. For example if I wanted to go for pizza I'd say alexa heads or tails and it would pick heads so we'll go for pizza. Also the newest feature I could call anyone who has an echo or who has the amazon app. It's also great with math questions. I'm currently finishing up on my freshman year in college and it got me through all my finals and studying was a lot easier and less stressful. I could also check my ny Giants score and what's going on with the team. When summer comes I'll definitely be scheduling some cookouts and bbqs and some date nights with the girlfriend on the echo dot. It connects through the amazon app through apple and android and the app is free. The speakers are just as good as the bigger and much more expensive echo so theirs no need to spend 200 dollars when you could spend 50. Now if you have a decent size house say 3 plus bedrooms I would go with the bigger size or buy more echo dots but if you live in a one 2 bedroom apartment that's one floor theirs no need to buy the more expensive echo. If you have a blutooth speaker it will help big time with the speaker noise but not needed. By far it was the greatest and coolest thing I've bought in a long time. I am sure going to buy my grandmother one for Mother's Day and I know she'll love it. One more thing if your looking for a good laugh just say alexa tell me a joke and it'll tell you a joke. It's pretty freaking awesome!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Device!!!

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    alexm499
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    I truly enjoy my Echo Dot! I am new to home automation and virtual assistants and I feel as though the Echo Dot is an excellent choice to get anyone’s foot in the door when it comes to home automation! I ended up going with the Dot over the other Alexa/Echo devices mainly due to the affordable cost and its standard features. I own a few high quality Bluetooth speakers which I paired with the Dot therefore helping me in my decision to buy the Dot rather than the standard Echo as I am using my Bose Soundlink Mini II with it rendering the standard Echo overkill for my purposes with its main distinguishing feature between it and the Dot being a built in speaker with the standard Echo. The second reason I bought the Dot is it’s very small form factor which I truly enjoy to this day as I don’t like clutter and the Dot is easily hidden while still being able to hear my voice at impressive distances and fulfill my commands. Overall, if you have your own external speaker and want a small, but effective device, then I strongly recommend the Echo Dot to fulfill all of your home automation needs and wants!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Echo Dot for the win

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    DJZ123
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    This little device is all that I hoped for and more! I read reviews online before the purchase and decided to get one based on the positive reviews. My brother has the original first generation Amazon Echo and I was always intrigued and wanted to get one but could never justify the price. Fast forward to Best Buy having a sale on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, and I couldn't resist. Setup was a breeze, it works in unison with the Alexa app on your smartphone. Pairing it was simple enough. I purchased multiple Echo Dots to have in other rooms, but have yet to set them up. I am looking forward to having access to my new personal assistant in my bedroom, great room, kitchen, and office at work very soon! For the price you really can't beat this product. If you are on the fence do yourself a favor and try this product. You won't be disappointed. I purchased the white for the great room and kitchen and a black for my bedroom and office. The packaging is minimal and the device feels very solid! Came with power cord and instruction manual. No aux cable, which I learned from reviews, was included in the original version of the Echo Dot. The voice recognition has been outstanding for me. Even when speaking to the Dot that is sitting on the entertainment center, and sitting on the couch about 8 feet away while listening to music. I have the Echo Dot connected via a Bluetooth Dongle/transmitter that I purchased at Radio Shack to my Yamaha receiver. Also I'd be happy to answer any questions as well. I hope this review helps! If so please like this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than I expected

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    Larry
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    I already own an Amazon Echo and I am very pleased with the sound quality. When I saw the 2nd generation Dot, I was very apprehensive about whether I would get any decent sound from a speaker that small. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! The volume goes from level1 to 10 and gets pretty loud at 8. I had no trouble hearing it and it did not sound like a tin speaker. Actually, for verbal sound production, it sounded no different than my Echo. I tried music and again it was decent. It sounded just fine for a stand alone speaker at a moderate volume level: not as good as my Echo for music, however, it can connect to better stereo speakers if that is important to you. For verbal commands and feedback the speaker works amazingly well for such a small device. To sum it up, this device does everything the $180.00 Echo does at a fraction of the cost! I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More uses than most know about!

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    Rob625
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    Amazon's Echo system has been out for over two years now. I am amazed how few tech blogs, articles and press there is on how very versatile this device is. As an original owner of the Echo, I now own five Echo Dots and utilize them throughout my four level home. The home automation features of the Alexa system affords me voice control of my Hue lights, WeMo devices, Simple Control, Sonos speakers, SmartThings and irrigation system! Combining resources of Simple Control, SmartThings and Alexa, I have full voice control of my audio/video equipment. "Alexa, tell Simple Control to watch Sony" On comes my tv, Sonos surround system and my lights turn on for tv viewing. This product is now so very economical that you can truly get into a basic home automation setup at a much improved price point. I highly recommend the Echo Dot and encourage all to try it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXcellent, a real bargain at the price

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    WoodchuckIOne
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    I have an Amazon Echo and several of the original Echo Dots that I purchased for twice what the new Dot 2 (the item I am reviewing) costs. This Dot does everything the original does, at half the price. Setup was a piece of cake. I use it to control my Phillips Hue lights, listen to radio stations through Tune-In, set timers and alarms, listen to music from Amazon Music and Audible audio books, get information from Wikipedia, add items to my shopping list and to-do list. And all of this is done by voice control through Amazon's Alexa server. And it only costs $50!! You can't beat that! Yes, the built-in speaker is small but I prefer having the ability to send sound to external speakers, either wired or Bluetooth, of my choice instead of being stuck with the speakers a manufacturer prefers. To me this is the biggest bargain I've come across in a long, long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend