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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 10578 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great considering it was free, but would I buy it?

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    Yhuzan
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    The answer is... It depends. I got this for free after purchasing a Blink XT camera and Alexa is, well, nifty. The concept of the Echo Dot to me originally came off as a novelty for people who wanted to be TeChY and tReNdY, but after having the device for a couple weeks, I see some utility to it. But also some issues. First off, the voice recognition is maybe a tad superior compared to Google and looks like a genius compared to Siri (I have Android, my fianceé has Apple. We... Have settled our differences). Asking questions while studying without having to reach for my phone feels ~oh so good~ and setting reminders, alarms, and... Well, that's pretty much all I've done so far. Because, well, the issues... The setup tutorial tells you how to connect your phone properly to the Alexa app. There's a problem, though... The directions don't match the interface. "Scroll to the bottom of the home page and select settings then..." but the home page only has tooltips for teaching Alexa things, and nothing in the settings has revealed much luck either. Which is a shame, because I'd love to have an easier way to send texts while cooking/cleaning/studying, etc. The other downside is more or less a fault of my own, though: I don't really NEED this. I don't have smart devices throughout my home like an advanced security system. I could upgrade my existing one, but the one I have works, and there's little benefit to be had. I could install smart light bulbs or even outlets, but the technology is still fairly new and the benefits of minor convenience wouldn't warrant the entry costs. So where does that leave me at the end of the day? Well, if you're a tech savvy person with multiple smart devices and home systems and have some disposable income to get everything connected, then I wish you the best in your endeavours and recommend you get this! The build quality is robust, the speaker is adequate, the microphone will pick your voice up from the next room, and the accuracy is great. But if you don't have the time/money/know-how, then perhaps you can still buy it if you can get it for a reasonable price. It is neat to have, and if you can get it fully connected to your phone, it's a great little assistant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keeps getting better and better

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    Bill
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    Have you ever thought about how close we are to the future portrayed in Star Trek? Their communicators? Our cell phones. Medical imaging? Check. Turn in reports on tablets? Ditto. All hundreds of years ahead of time. But the best is when someone would enter a room and call out "Computer. What is the current status" of something or other? Or ask for music? Etc. This is almost there. I have several Dots and their Echo hub to handle other smart devices. It is an easy setup. To get started, you will need a (free) Amazon account, a smart phone and wifi. Bought the first one for an elderly parent for help in answering and making phone calls. Turn off and on lights. Worked great. I now have several scattered around the house plus the version built into the 2 new Toshiba Fire TV's purchased from Best Buy. Also controls a Nest thermostat. But it all started with a single Dot. This 3rd generation looks and sounds a little better than the last model but is pretty much the same. And watch for special pricing - I paid $25 for this 3rd generation model. What do you have to lose by trying it? Still some issues in being fully implemented but getting better all the time. Besides updates, Alexa learns from how you use it. Do you NEED it? No. But did we need cars instead of horses? Jets over propeller airplanes? This is part of an interesting future. Hop on and enjoy. Still no sign of food replicators yet, unfortunately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from previous Echo Dot

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    gsr852
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    While this is larger than the previous Echo Dot, the rubber like material on top and the mesh wrap around is a step up. The sound quality and increase in volume level is what I found to be the biggest improvement... That said, I feel that there is no true mid level volume. My experience is that if I’m looking for that “sweet spot” it doesn’t exist, as it’s either quieter than I would like it to be or louder than I would like it to be. I did purchase two Dots for one room for the purpose of stereo sound. This is where I believe Amazon fell short. For the last few years, I have been able to use a pair of very inexpensive Bluetooth wireless speakers at the same time for listening to music from my cell phone & laptop. With the Dot, you are limited as to what will play in stereo and what won’t. I feel as if I have taken a step back in time with respect to technology as relates to this issue. My only other hope for future Dots is that they make them waterproof. Again, I have wireless Bluetooth speakers that I can attach via suction cup to my shower wall. I’d like to be able to take advantage of the smart home I’ve created, forged on the foundation of the Echo Dot when I’m in the shower, or anywhere there might be water. Bottom line, for the price you can’t beat it. Amazon has made improvements. I am hoping for refinements with the next generation Dot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Bang For Your Buck

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    ToMacOrNotToMac
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    If you are getting into the smarthome world, this is should really be your first buy. It has incredible functionality in a small package for a really reasonable price. I was hesitant to buy an echo dot for a couple of reasons at first. The original and 2nd gen. echo dots has horrible horrible sound quality. I mean truly atrocious. I am a bit of an audio snob that prefers Bose products and I promise I know what I am talking about when in comes to sound quality. However! When I heard the 3rd gen. echo dot I was pleasantly surprised. It still isn't fantastic, but it is about 300% better than the old dots. So that sound stuff, moving onto smarthome features. My Echo dots (yes plural, I now own three) control my smarthome and act as a mini-hub for me. I control my bulbs, outlets, and music all from Alexa, which has worked great for the past couple months. I also use Apple HomeKit just in case I want to use my phone to control lights and such but that is just a personal preference. The echo dot 3rd Gen. has so much functionality that I haven't even tapped into yet and am excited to keep exploring. Highly recommend. And for 40 bucks it is pretty much a steal. I also recommend getting 2 of these because the stereo pairing ability is fantastic stuff, I use it all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Listens well, plays okay

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    WhitehouseWillie
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    Of the echo devices in our home this one is a convenient size, it listens well, and it produces decent sound. The larger echo device has much better sound and listens about as well, but is more obtrusive and has to be accommodated to project sound for listening enjoyment. The echo "show" has the added dimension of "dropping in" with a camera so you can see who you are talking to and get visuals, but it is much harder of hearing. I actually got this echo dot to use by our pool to control our ION Bluetooth outdoor speaker (which is also AWESOME!). This gives us the ultra convenient options to control our listening experience without using our wet hands or getting out of the pool to control a device. The dot can access music from Apple or from Prime and change volume, mute, pause and switch playlists or play ad hoc from anywhere within earshot. This device is decent, but what it can do to innovate with technology is the actual power and usefulness. I DO recommend this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alot better than the previous Dot

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    NARN
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    I have both the 2nd generation of the Dot and now the 3rd generation. The 3rd gen improves upon the 2nd in almost every way. The look of the 3rd gen is much nicer than that of the previous model. The cloth and matte finish on the top look far classier than the previous model with its fingerprint prone shiny surfaces. Most importantly, the sound quality has been greatly improved. While this will never rival the larger Echo products in volume or sound quality, compared to last years model, it is night and day different. The audio sounds much more rich and intelligible. Listening to music, radio, or podcasts are much more enjoyable and far less tinny than with the older Dot. For those that have a 2nd gen Dot, I would not upgrade if you don't use it for music, radio, or have it hooked to a stereo or set of speakers. But, if you use it regularly relying on the internal speakers for music, podcasts, etc, I would definitely consider upgrading. Especially if you can get it on one of Amazon's many sales.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seems buggy at times.

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    Corey6486
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    I've had the 2nd gen dot for a while in my home and just replaced it with two new 3rd gen dots. one in the living room and one in the bedroom. The device itself is more aesthetically pleasing and the speaker on this one is way better but my only complaint I suppose is that they have seemed to be a lot more prone to not working right than the last one I had. At times, she may not hear the wake word, other times shes way to sensitive. The follow-up command seems buggy, sometimes working and at other times not. Things she used to be able to control she cannot "communicate with" Keep in mind that these issues seem sporadic, sometimes non-existent and then giving trouble the next. These things could potentially be fixed in future updates though. Just a comparison of mine from my 2nd gen to my new 3rd gens. I will add that the sandstone color looks great in my home and blends in with the decor. Don't even notice it until you summon her and she lights up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far much better than 2nd gen Dot.

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    TEPDesign
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    Simply put - I practically hated every waking moment with the 2nd Gen Echo Dot. The mic never worked right, but forget even hearing my voice if there was any music in the background. The speaker was that of an early 2000's cell phone, which I don't use this to listen to music... It just made "Alexa" sound tinny and unbearable to listen to for more than 2-3min. The 3rd gen? I gotta say Amazon finally decided to put some real thought into it, bravo. (Even though it looks like a carbon copy of the Google Mini). At least the mic seems on the money each time. The speaker is so much better I don't mind listening to podcasts, etc. on it at all. Somehow the Bluetooth seems to work more efficiently... I've been told that's because it's using different, less error-prone hardware and protocols behind the scenes. All in all, trying to remove all bias aside from the experience with the 2nd gen... I would say regardless it's actually a pretty good product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alexa you are great!

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    Redbandit
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    I got this at a great price during the recent Black Friday sale. This is now my 4th echo dot which I placed it in my son's gaming room. Everything was easy including setup and use. The only drawback which I mentioned in my other review is that Alexa only allows you to link 1 Spotify account. And because of this limitation, you can only play music from one Spotify account at any single point in time. For example, if my wife plays music from the echo dot in the kitchen via Spotify, I cannot play music from Spotify on another echo at a different part of the house. I also cannot play Spotify from my phone without terminating the earlier playback since Spotify only allows you to play at a single source at any given point in time. If Alexa can allow multiple Spotify accounts (which many of us do with the family plan), this will be a 5 star rating! I ended up setting up this echo dot under my son's Alexa account which allows him to link this to his Spotify account. However, this means that this echo dot is in a separate set up as my other echo dots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Device but edged out a bit by the Google Mini

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    GoldLeader
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    The Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) is a cool device to own and use. It can do fun things that the Google Mini is not seemingly readily equipped for yet. Like the Mini, these smart devices are constantly learning and their expandability is quite immense. I like how a free app may be downloaded into one's mobile device that allows a user to customize Alexa. Since I'm an Android / Google fan, I find that the Google Mini edges out the Echo Dot in the sense that it is easier to make sense of how Google Mini works and how it may be linked to other Android / Google-based devices such as the Google Chrome. Overall, buying either device will be pleasing if you want to own a smart speaker. Just beware that owning / using a smart speaker may also be compromising your privacy a bit given their open microphones. Fortunately, these mics may be manually shut off easily by a switch located outside of each of the two devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Music and Home Automation

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    Clayjk
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    Primarily invested in a couple echos for playing music in our living room. Due to the Low cost and easy integration with other inexpensive home automation accessories such as light bulbs, smart outlets, and already existing smart devices like TVs and thermostats I quickly saw the value in acquiring more to use throughout our home. The echos are very inexpensive compared to other similar smart speakers and buying at Best Buy is convenient as they are always the same price as buying directly from Amazon with the benefit of same day pickup at a local store. Yes, Amazon is likely making this technology very affordable in an effort to learn more about you and profit off you in other ways but this is one of the few devices/technologies that actually has a meaningful benefit in everyday life so it’s a fair trade-off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alexa!

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    Redbandit
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    I got this at a great price during the recent Black Friday sale. This is now my 3rd echo dot which I placed at the kitchen. Setting up was easy and syncing with the other smart home devices around the house was seamless too. The only drawback with Alexa is the ability to link up with different Spotify accounts (it can only be linked to one) and because of this limitation, you can only play music from one Spotify account at any single point in time. For example, if my wife plays music from the echo dot in the kitchen via Spotify, I cannot play music from Spotify on another echo at a different part of the house. I also cannot play Spotify from my phone without terminating the earlier playback since Spotify only allows you to play at a single source at any given point in time. If Alexa can allow multiple Spotify accounts (which many of us do with the family plan), this will be a 5 star rating!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the upgrade.

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    GlxyReviews
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    I have owned Amazon Echo products for a very long time now. Before this I had the 2nd gen echo dot and decided to gift that one away and upgrade to this new generation. The good: Sound quality is much improved which I like a lot. Just don’t expect anything crazy from this little speaker. It also looks much nicer now, so it makes for good decor to any home. The bad: I’m still a little annoyed by Amazons speech recognition. I speak as clearly as I possibly can in a quiet room and the Echo still has a hard time understanding what I say sometimes unless I speak a lot slower. Overall it is a great assistant and speaker and I recommend one to anyone looking to get a cheap entry level smart home assistant or is looking to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive and better than the 2nd generation

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    Dumy44
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    The third generation Echo Dot has much better sound than the 2nd generation. It is good enough and loud enough that I can listen to most music without connecting to an external speaker. I have 2 2nd generation devices and 2 3rd generation devices. Each are connected to my TV through TIVO and my Ecobee thermostat. Both 2nd and 3rd generation seem to have the same software. They are OK but often get the commands wrong, and you have to pick the right words. For example, if I ask Alexa to change the channel it will change my TV channel through TIVO. If I ask Alexa to change the station, it will pick some Amazon or other station. Also it will sometimes tell me that it cannot find TIVO or Ecobee depending on the words that I use when asking. The bottom line is that I like the Echo Dot 3rd generation especially for the $25 that I paid for it and an Amazon smart plug.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice but not as useful as Google

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    Ranger1
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    I have mixed feelings about the Dot. Sound quality is okay until you turn it up a bit then distortion kicks in. Functionality is okay. It's interface with Harmony Hub is unreliable. Sometimes it works great, other times it loses track of the connection. The same is true of the interface with KasaTP-Link. It frequently loses the connection. We also have a Google Home Hub in the house. It seems to be more reliable with its Harmony Hub connectivity. Google also seems to be more user friendly and understands queries better than Alexa, I asked both when it was going to rain today. Google responded with very specific information regarding the times it might be raining. Alexa just said it might rain today, 59% at 11 a.m. I've also purchased the Amazon Echo but haven't opened yet. I may return it and purchase the Google product line instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good....but...

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    HectorUno
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    I love this Echo Dot, i am setting up my house to be a smart home so I have some outlets that are smart which i connected to Echo Dot not bad, but I thought I would be able to remove Apps from my phone and just use the App from Echo Dot and that was not the case....I still have the App for my smart outlet, which I connected the App to Echo Dot and had to provide my password to Echo Dot (password that pertain to the smart outlet)...the main issue I have with this is that I ask it some questions and she doesn't understand or can't help....I think it is mainly due to the fact that the search engine is BING and not GOOGLE, because Google has Google Mini competition of Echo Dot.....overall I like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Sound Than 2nd Gen

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    Ranks
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    This 3rd generation of Echo Dot has noticeably much better sound quality than the 2nd generation Echo Dot (and presumably the 1st generation). The Dot also has a much nicer and softer look to it--not as industrial. If you can get this for the reduced price that alone would justify the purchase because it is good for use as a bluetooth speaker for the home. If you have smart products, the ability to control them is an added bonus. You will need to have an Amazon account to use it. Also, I understand that the 3rd gen Dot has fewer microphones than the 2nd gen and it seems like there are more times when it does not register my "Alexa" prompt and I am forced to speak louder. Again, the reduced price is worth it just to use as a bluetooth speaker but voice recognition and smart device control can be real spotty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Honest review

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    DJWillyJo
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    I must say. I am a Huge Apple fan and a HomePod owner. While we’re not discussing sound. Alexa AI is far superior to Siri. I must admit I wouldn’t have bought this if I hadn’t gotten it for free. But now... this Echo Dot can do so much. So many voice commands to connect to my thermostat ring video doorbell etc. I must say I’m in love. It can get pretty loud too. But the sound quality is not even close by more than half to my Homepod. But this little dot packs a punch and does more than I ever imagined it would. So if your looking to purchase you won’t be disappointed. You need to download the app on your phone and connect it to your devices. But after that it’s one of the best

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressice

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    CasualGamer
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    For the size and price, the speaker quality is very impressive. Factor in all of the smart features, and that takes the device to another level. As much as I like it, if you’re looking for a small, cheap, quality speaker, there are far better options for you. JBL has some great waterproof, wireless speakers in the same price range. If, however, you’re looking for a great sounding small speakers that also has very good smart features, then the Echo Dot is a great options. I haven’t used it much, as it was a gift (and I generally use my wireless JBL Flip 4), but I know the recipient of the gift has been happy. Main reason I couldn’t give it five stars is that it isn’t wireless. I learned that when I didn’t have it plugged in and was trying to show someone one its cool tricks and nothing happened.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    5th Echo Dot!

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    Redbandit
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    This is my 5th echo dot! Bought this for my daughter's room. My other reviews have mentioned about the Spotify limitation where you can only link one Spotify account to each Alexa account. I now just get around this by setting up a different Alexa account for both my son and my daughter. This allows us to attach their respective Spotify accounts to their own echo dots such that all of us can play our own songs at the same time through different echo dots around the house. The downside of this setup though is that I am not able to use the shared features of using multiple echo dots e.g. playing the same music around the house (like a multi-speaker system) or using features like 'drop in' to talk to folks in different parts of the house. I hope Alexa can be linked to multiple Spotify accounts soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend