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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 10586 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than 2 Gen , Love it!!

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    TheRiceLover
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    Sound quality is the best I've heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a little extra for this one over the 2nd generation model. I'm not going to discuss the functionality as there's tons of info already out there. One important note: If you set up the Alexa app on your phone, IT WILL IMPORT ALL OF YOUR PHONE CONTACTS. I didn't think I gave it permission to do so but Alexa did indeed import my contacts! You may have read stories how, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, Alexa can record what's being said in your home and then send it to ANY or ALL of those contacts! Yikes! And, I won't want any of my kids to accidentally send messages to or call people on my contact list. So, if you want to keep your contacts from Alexa and prevent that from happening here's how I did it: Before installiing the Alexa app on your phone, export your contacts to a file and save it for later. Then, go back to the phone and delete those contacts (don't worry, you'll import them back in later). Now, install the Alexa app on your phone and go through the set up process. At some point, you'll have the option to allow Alexa to automatically import any additions to your contacts. Please "disable" that option. After you're done with the installation, you'll notice there are no contacts in your Alexa app! Now, you can import your contacts back into your phonebook using the file that you initially created and you're good to go! If you already installed the app but want to delete your contacts from Alexa, it's not too late. Simply export your phone contacts to a file and save for later. Then, delete the contacts from your phone. Now, open the Alexa app and click "Contacts." On the Contacts page, click on "Import Contacts" and enable it by moving the button to the right side. This will cause Alexa to replace your existing contacts with the now empty phonebook. After a few minutes, your Alexa contacts will be gone. Go back and disable "Import Contacts" to prevent Alexa from importing them in the future. You can now import the contact file that you created back into your phone. Of course there may be some contacts you do want to use with Alexa. I simply added them manually by clicking "Add Contact." I hope this info is helpful as I wasn't able to find an easy way to manage Alexa contacts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Didn't think I would like it, but I really do!

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    CaptK
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    So I was one of the early adopters of the original Amazon Echo when it first released many years ago. When Iearned about the Echo Dot, I could see why a smaller unit would be desirable (to have more than one around the home), but it seemed silly to me. Furthermore, the original Echo was touted for its strong speakers, so a smaller Dot (to me) would not be able to produce audio quality anywhere close to the original Echo. As a result, I refrained from purchasing the Dot and figured it would benefit those who wouldn't want a larger Echo or wouldn't want to pay a higher price for it. It seemed like the Dots were on sale everywhere from Thanksgiving through Christmas (and beyond). I still wasn't interested, but when Best Buy did a daily deal on a Ring Pro + Chime that also included a free Dot, I bit on the Ring deal (but still wasn't interested in the Dot). However, once I got everything hooked up, my wife wanted to put the Dot in our bedroom for music and to be able to access some of the features we love about the Echo that sits in our kitchen. Plus, where the Dot can be linked to the Ring Pro doorbell, it is nice to be able to have Alexa notify us verbally of a door event. Within moments of getting the Dot set up, my wife was thrilled...and I was impressed. The Dot doesn't produce the power of the original Echo speaker-wise, but the Dot isn't trying to be an Echo. The Dot does, however, produce very good sound--much better, stronger, and clear than I anticipated. For its size, I am pretty amazed. My wife loves the ability to utilize the alarm, timer, and shopping list features (all without needing to head to the kitchen). Plus, learning that the Dot can be linked to the Echo, there is now an ability to get closer to a "whole home" speaker system experience. In fact, I purchased a third Dot a few days later for this very option. Add to all of this support for Apple Music (our preferred music provider), which (for us) was a thrilling development. The Dot isn't the unnecessary novelty I figured it would be (although it may still be a novelty). It has become a very happy addition to our home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome prodcut for the price

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    TechyGuy01
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    I was pleasantly surprised by just how much this little guy\girl can do. I have never had any issues with this device recognizing my questions its always accurate and knows exactly what I am asking it. The one issue I have with it is unless you are a techy person you may never use it to its full potential because you may never really pick up on just how the "Skills" as Amazon calls them work. Basically you have to download an Alexa app on your phone and then setup the device but from there you have to download skills to really take advantage of this device, an example would be I downloaded a Fios Skill so that I am able to control my cable box with commands such as "Alexa watch AMC on Fios" The problem is setting up the skills for this to work I had to enable the Fios TV skill then I had to choose what cable box this device was going to control, well if you never named your cable boxes by the rooms they are in then you have to figure out the name the cable company gave your cable box. Anyways like I said once you get everything figured out its great. I have it tied to my calendar in Outlook, my cable box, my Fire TV, I use it to play music from Amazon "Apple Music is coming to this device soon" I ask it what my commute to work is like, what's the Weather today. As far as the Sound quality goes, this small device is perfect for a bedroom or office if you want good sound in a bigger room buy the ECHO or ECHO Plus its that simple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly handy.

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    Shirley
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    I had absolutely no idea what the Echo Dot was, honestly! But, it was free with something else totally unrelated that I ordered so I figured why not? I just thought I'd figure it out when it gets here or give it to one of my tech savvy nieces. It arrived, I was clueless! Haha. But I forged ahead, followed the directions and wa-la! I have a mini Alexa! The speaker is decent for music for my purposes. It's small, compact and easy to hide in a room. Nobody even knows I have it until I talk to it and I'm a minimalist neat freak so I don't want cords and devices all over the place. I totally love the features that allow you to just add things to your to do list and shopping lists by talking out loud where the device can hear you. I would buy one for just that feature in fact. I love that my lists show up on my phone automatically and my shopping list also shows up in my Amazon Prime lists. It makes it so easy to never forget things. I also love the search feature that allows you to just ask a question like... "how long do hummingbirds live?" Alexa came right back with the answer. For those who think it's silly that I even mention this, there really are those of us out here who have no clue about these "smart devices" except that they make us feel intimidated and dumb! Well this is one I'm willing to support because at it's core there are very practical and handy things it does that make my life simpler! I'm all for that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best investment

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    WillR1496
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    I purchased 2 Echo Dots when it was on sale, even after reading mixed reviews about them. The setup was very simple. I placed one in the bedroom and another in the living room. I setup the skills I wanted and that was the only time consuming thing as I had to see which ones we would use the most. Once setup, it was very easy to use. The only thing "issue" we ran into is when playing music. Some radio stations use different skills and although you say the radio station name, there can be multiple. So we have to use the radio stations' call name like WPGC, WKYS, etc. Once you use it a few times, it stores the names on the Alexa app. I've had the echo's play a radio station feed for hours. It never turns off on us unless the radio station stops the feed (has happened to 1 particular station). Once in the app, I can control the volume, location of stream (bedroom or living room) without any issues from wherever I am. I do not have to be on the same network to get it to work. I also synced my phone to the Echos so that I an use that as a speaker instead of my phone if I needed to. Best part is that these Echo's have great volume to it. It goes from 0-10 and I usually keep it at 3 or 4 and it's loud enough for me. If you have a party with a lot of people, you can increase the volume to a comfortable level and still hear it just fine. I also use the Bluelink skill to remote start my SUV in the mornings so I don't have to use the Bluelink app. This comes in handy when I'm doing things in the morning. I'd purchase more if needed. Well worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation is great

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    John
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    Back towards the end of 2018, I bought 2 of the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation for $50,00 at BB. When I got it home, I was surprised at the sound quality from such a little device because the sound quality is very good. I have used the device to listen to my radio stations on Pandora and my local FM music stations and my all news radio stations on the AM band. Note the device only works with your wifi; it is not a radio receiver. If you have an amazon music library you can play the music you have on amazon.com. I have used the device with some smart plugs to turn on and off electric heaters. It is a very useful device since you can ask it all kinds of questions, and it responds like Apple Siri or Google Assistant. I liked it so much, I went to BB 2 more times, each time buying 2 at a time for $50.00. I have a total of 6 of these devices in different rooms of my house: Living Room, Kitchen, 2 Bed Rooms, Bathroom where I can use it as a shower radio, and a Game Room. When you can get the device at BB 2 for $50.00 or 2 for $60.00 ($30.00 each), it is an especially good value. The device responds to queries/commands directed to Alexa, and Alexa is getting smarter all the time by amazon adding "skills" to what she can do. I opted for the Echo Dot in Charcoal which is very attractive. Final comments: What sold me on the device in the first place was the review on youtube by Craig's Tech Talk...On youtube look for "New Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation - Unboxing and First Impressions" where you can find out all about the device and see and hear how great it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes us Lazy

    Posted
    PantherDJ
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    We have enough items in our house to make buying an Alexa device practical. I have connected the following to our Alexa app: 1. Our car - remote lock and remote start by asking Alexa. 2. Our Roomba 3. Several TP-Link plugs 4. Our NEST thermostat 5. Our Ring security system You can also link it to apps that manage calendars and grocery lists. Therefore you can add to a list just by asking Alexa to do so when you think of it so you don't have to write it down. Oe of the main decisions I had to make was which version of the speaker do I need for listening to music? I considered the $400 Bose speaker but didn't want to spend that much. Then there is is the $180 Sonos speaker but you need 2 for stereo. But, here is the great part - this Dot will connect to my Bose mini soudlink that I already have giving me fantastic sound. I highly recommend going this route rather than buying an expensive speaker with Alexa built-in. If it is also important to have a screen then there is the Spot or Show for that. However, the Echo Dot understands me even when the TV is loud and performs whatever skill I ask of it. I decided on the Dot rather than the Google Mini simply because I am already an Amazon Prime member and have a Fire TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Promo Item

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    ACW993
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    We got this as a free item with purchase. It was very easy to setup and operate and our whole family has enjoyed using it. The sound quality is really good and I have been impressed by how far away I can stand and speak in a normal voice and it still hears me (as in telling a child what to say to Alexa kind of far away and Alexa hears me and does what I said so the child doesn’t have to repeat it). When you activate a skill you do have to pay attention to the exact language that you need to use to activate the skill. In terms of smart speakers, I wasn’t necessarily in the market for one because our phones have very good voice activation that really meets that need for us, but since this one was free with purchase, I will say it is nice to have the speaker for our family. Alexa listens to anyone who says her name, whereas my phone only listens to me, that means Alexa can entertain my kids screen free or answer their questions (great for checking math homework and random questions they have that I would normally ask my phone on their behalf). We don’t have any smart devices (besides the doorbell it came with that won’t work with this model because it doesn’t have video), so we haven’t really maximized our use of it yet (I’m thinking a smart plug for the Christmas lights), but we really are enjoying it so far even if it isn’t vital. The thing I most often use it for is playing music when I’m cooking or cleaning. It would make a great gift for the person who has everything but one of these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally

    Posted
    ThatOneRandomTechGuy
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    The older echo dot has been the ugly stepchild of the Amazon Echo lineup. Not because it was particularly bad at what it does best (Virtual assistant) but because of how laughably bad it sounded. The good news was that you could connect a separate speaker using a 3.5mm adapter or Bluetooth but this was cumbersome and unless it was stationary, there was always that one extra step of connecting to it to a speaker that would get annoying. Anyway, out with the old and in with the new. This new echo dot sounds spectacular. Relatively deep bass and not overly punchy but present miss and highs. The volume also loud enough to fill a small room all while being able to hear your commands from accords the room. You still have the 3.5 and Bluetooth option but unless you have a really nice speaker you won’t really need to use those features. The only “ negative” thing I could say about it is the removal of the micro USB port. This was cool for connecting it to the car or a portable charger. There were also several accessories that used that port that will no longer work with the new dot. That being said I love this product. The setup is much easier and the sound alone makes this an easy buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Took Google Home Mini back

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    THOUSANDSMITH
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    I purchased one for my living room. It got nonstop usage for over two weeks. My kids were in love with it. My teenage nephew even took it in his room a few times to use it. So I got him one for Christmas. My kids got a Google Home Mini from a family member. But it proved to be too difficult for a 4 and 6 year old to operate. It required too many apps to operate the same way the Echo does. I dont like having too many subscriptions. And the Home Mini required just that. So we exchanged it for another Amazon Echo. Easy set up. Easy to set routines for my kids like bedtime and alarm setting. I also like the Parent Mode that controls what they can listen to. No need for the kids version Echo. This works just fine. They can also call me when Im out, no phone required. Im gonna regret that later lol. But its a nice feature as I dont want them to have cell phones at this age. Sound quality is just as good as a house phone. It has a nice modern, simplistic style. Everyone loves it. The Google Home Mini was much harder to set up on the app. The customization on the Home Mini was much more complicated. I found myself downloading more and more apps, just to make it function. All the apps I have for my Echo is Tidal for music, and Amazon Alexa. We’re up to 3 Echos. I’ll get another one when we get a bigger house lol. But maybe one more wont hurt. I recommend this for anybody. Kids as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound in a small package

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    DJ11001
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    I was skeptical about what kind of sound experience the Echo Dot would provide. When you look at it, the first thought is, wow, this is small. It isn't terribly bigger than a hockey puck, but the sound it produces is pretty impressive. The size of this speaker really works to it's advantage. It won't get knocked over, it is very discreet to a point that you usually don't even notice it's there, until you start up the music. Of course, since this is a smaller speaker, you are not going to get the bass impact like you do from it's big brother the Echo. However, when you have a Dot paired with an Echo, they compliment each other quite nicely. The price point on this device is great. I was able to pick a couple of the Dots up during the Holidays for $25 a piece and for that price these are a steal!!! Even at the regular price of $49, you are getting a quality speaker with enough functionality through the Alexa app to make it a worth while purchase. If heavier bass and volume are your thing, then go with the bigger Echo, otherwise, you can't go wrong with the Dot if you are looking for a way to break into the world of Alexa. The Dots are currently 2 for $50, which makes this a no brainer purchase in my opinion. Go get some!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Stryker
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    First off, this is not the normal Amazon Echo so the sound is not quite as good, but it is still an amazing device. I upgrade from the 2nd Generation Echo Dot and I am amazed by the improvements. The 3rd gen Dot is worth the price even when not on sale. The sound coming from this little device is amazing for such a compact system. Deeper base than the previous version as well as highs. This is perfect for an office, dorm, or bedroom. It works well in a home kitchen, but I find the full sized Echo to sound better when competing with the sounds of cooking and the overhead range. If you are interest in having an adorable Echo connected to your more expensive sound system, this is a perfect purchase. In addition, the 3rd Generation Echo Dot is capable of connecting to nearly any Bluetooth speaker or headphone. I have personally pared them to my Bluetooth Bose AE2 SoundLink Headphones for a more "considerate-of-others" listening experience. I have also connected this Echo Dot to my Bose SoundLink Mini II portable speaker to play music while sitting outside by the firepit. My final thoughts are simply this; "You Won't Be Disappointed!"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Echo Dot 3 Gen

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    RetiredMarine303
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    Great little device, I received it free for purchasing the Echo Show 2nd generation along with a Phillips hue light bulb, great promotion from BestBuy Includes Echo Dot (3rd gen) and Amazon Smart Plug – everything you need to start your smart home. Echo Dot is our most popular voice-controlled speaker, now with improved sound and a new design. With Echo Dot and Amazon Smart Plug, you can add voice control to any outlet. Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Simple to set up and use—plug in, open the Alexa app, and start using your voice. With 4 far-field microphones, Alexa hears you from across the room. And with compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your whole home with music. No smart home hub required—set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app. Amazon Smart Plug is for indoor use only, works exclusively with Alexa, and must be connected through a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Next Gen

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    ChelBell
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    I already had a 2nd Gen Dot, which I purchased 2 years ago. I really wanted a Ring doorbell, and saw that the 3rd Gen Dot was free with the purchase of a Ring. I snagged that deal! I put the 3rd Gen in my bedroom and wasn't expecting much. I was WRONG! The sound quality is, hands down, 110% better than the 2nd Gen Dot. Plus, it is much more responsive. I have it on my headboard, and use it for Sleep and relaxation sounds. It's wonderful because I don't have to listen to my husband snore anymore. lol I also like the fact that it doesn't interfere with the other Dot that is in my kitchen. Plus, when I play my Amazon Prime music on it, and connect it via Bluetooth to my Samsung Stereo bar, it doesn't drop out, or lose connection like the 2nd Gen did. I will be using it much more now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everyday I Learn Something New That Alexa Can Do

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    Techdad
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    I received an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen. ) for Christmas and immediately fell in love with Alexa. I especially like the daily trivia questions, it gets my brain working in the morning. Anyway, I started getting ideas as to how else I could use Alexa and decided to buy 2 more Echo Dot (3rd Gen. ) and since BestBuy had the 2 for $50 deal going and free shipping made it an easy. I have a total of three now in separate rooms I can use it as an intercom as well as wake up alarms for the kids. I add items to my shopping list when I think about it from anywhere in the house. I can turn lights on and off as I enter or exit a room. Set reminders as I remember them without having to find a pen and paper. I check weather, traffic and make announcements heard around the house, “Dinner’s ready” is a family favorite. It is so good knowing that if I have any problems or questions about how to use the Amazon Alexa Echo Dots I can ask someone at BestBuy too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can You Live Without It?

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    jailoliv
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    I have an Echo Dot 2nd generation but this one looks a lot better. It doesn't look like an old piece of electronic device the one I already had. The design is great and the color goes with anything. It definitely sounds better than the 2nd generation but I would not recommend it for that reason alone. It is not worth it to replace it with this one. But if you - like me - are adding more of these to your house or are buying one for the first time, then this is the one. If you never owned an Alexa device before, you will find out that she can meet a lot of needs that you didn't even know you had. When I first brought one home, I actually thought that I had made a mistake but I ended up finding out that it could do a lot more than I expected: help me with language learning, with cooking, reading audio books, entertaining, and so much more. I just can't live without Alexa anymore and this Echo Dot is more attractive to the eye.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So much more than music and weather

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    PvtPilot
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    I love the deeper volume/bass the 3rd gen has over the first gen. Setup is very easy and there are so many more uses than music, weather, jokes, alarms and timers. Linking to smart bulbs, smart light switches and smart power outlets makes "The Clapper" a thing of the past. Turning your TV off/on, volume contol, fireTV stick contol, no problem! My favorite (most used) feature is the DROP IN feature. I have a 3 story house and it is a pain to walk down 2 flights of stairs from my office to ask a simple question on 1st floor then go back upstairs. You can link 2 echo dots together and say "Alexa, drop in on kitchen" and the Echo Dots will link together like a wireless intercom. If you only have one Echo Dot, you can use a mobile device with the Alexa app from anywhere in the world to "drop in" on your echo dot. It can also be used as a hands free speaker phone to dial out even when your mobile device is not present. It will establish a VoIP call and your mobile number will be displayed on the device that you are calling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great introduction to Alexa ecosystem or expansion

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    Justin
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    The dot is a great way to start your venture I to smarthome or a cheap way to add to it. The 3rd gen has greatly improved audio over the 2nd gen dot to the point it's usuable as a music speaker either by itself in a small room or paired in stereo with another. Microphone pick up is great when calling to it, and the color choices allow to match a shelf, counter, or table. Don't buy it just to get a speaker, but learn about using Alexa for home automation and other tasks. I am very happy with our home set up (2 floor house and finished basement): 2 floor - 2nd gen echo in master bedroom, dot in hallway, dit kids edition in 2 bedrooms and dot in 4th bedroom 1st floor - 2, 2nd gen echo plus paired in stereo in living room, echo show 2nd gen in one kitchen counter, 2 other 2nd gen echos and 3 dots through out rest of floor Basement - firetv paired to home theatre and another dot on otherside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This was a great for my mother !

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    Smuckie
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    I bought this for my 95 year old mother, I was worried that she would be afraid to use it. But my mother told me this was the best thing anyone gotten her, I told her what I use my for and she said that would come in handy. She uses it when her TV goes off air due to the weather, she knows to ask for the current weather in her area. Also there are times that she wants to spell a word an had to look it up in the dictionary and she can not see the small print due to her eye site. I showed her how to ask Alexa, she loves that and I showed her how to use it as a reminder. Best present ever, that makes me happy knowing that it can help her. Even at the age of 95, this unit can come in handy. I am going to buy another one for my upstairs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent smart speaker.

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    BlackwoodTech
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    If you are like me and have never had a smart speaker of any type this is an excellent device to start with. Amazon's 3rd generation echo dot come with improved sound and better microphone than it's previous efforts. The far field microphones will pick up speech even if not in the same room. The speaker itself is full of sound and bass. If plan on getting multiple echo dots you will be happen to know that you can group multiple dots together to have them play the same music, podcast, audiobook, etc. The list of features do not stop with audio playback, the echo dot is capable of controlling smart home items such as light bulbs, thermostats, locks, etc. all done though set up in the Alexa app. In short there are many things that this small speaker can not do, if you decide to pick it up you will be happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend