Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot is a voice activated, hands-free device containing an internal speaker. If preferred, you can connect it to your headphones (via Bluetooth or audio cable) as well as your home or office speakers. The Amazon Echo Dot is connected to the Amazon Alexa Voice Service so you are able to play music, get information, the latest news or sports scores, weather reports, etc. All info is provided immediately!
The Amazon Echo Dot is able to understand your voice in any room, even if music is playing in the background. To activate the Amazon Echo Dot, simply say “Alexa.” Amazon Echo Dot will respond almost instantaneously.
Benefits of Amazon Echo Dot:
- Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot.
- The 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot is voice controlled and hands-free. The Alexa service is used to play music, control smart home devices, obtain information, contact local services read the news, set alarms, etc.
- The Amazon Echo Dot uses Bluetooth to connect to headphones or speakers or headphones to listen to music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
- The Amazon Echo Dot is able to control smart home devices such as lights, thermostats, fans, switches, garage doors, sprinklers, etc using compatible devices with WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, etc.
- Amazon Dot is able to understand your spoken word from across the room using 7 microphones. Hands-free control. Dot can understand what you say even in noisy environments or while music is playing in the background.
- Built-in speakers are inside the Dot so you can use it as an alarm clock or the kitchen. Place the Amazon Echo Dot anywhere you would like to use a voice-controlled computer.
- Amazon Echo Dot is constantly adding new features and skills including the ability to contact Uber, Domino’s pizza, etc.
The compact sleek design of the Amazon Echo Dot makes it a welcome addition to any home. In the bedroom, you can use it as an alarm clock or simply tell Dot to turn off the lights. In the kitchen, the Amazon Echo Dot will set cooking timers, look up recipes online for you or shop on Amazon- simply by using your voice. If preferred, you can connect the Amazon Echo Dot using a stereo cable directly to external speakers or use Bluetooth for voice control of your home stereo system. Learn more about Bluetooth speakers and devices that also function well with Amazon Echo Dot.
BEGIN HERE Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more.
Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With a more powerful processor, the all-new Echo Dot has improved wake-word performance to hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo Dot, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly
Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more. Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
Alexa—the brain behind Echo Dot—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Dot, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo Dot is always connected, updates are delivered automatically. Just in the last few months we’ve added Amazon order tracking, repeating alarms, and thousands of new skills from third-party developers.
Skills add even more capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from Uber, tracking your fitness with Fitbit, ordering flowers from 1-800-Flowers, and more. Enabling skills lets your Echo Dot do even more—simply discover skills you want to use in the Alexa App. To enable a new skill, just ask Alexa.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
Customize your Dot for any room with the optional Echo Dot Case. Available in leather or fabric and a range of colors.
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup and manage your Echo Dot. Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Calendar. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, Lutron, and more. See which books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover third-party skills.
What is the difference between Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot?
“The original Echo is much taller and heavier, most of it’s size/weight is the 360 degree built in speaker. While that’s nice for music say at the office or something, the Echo’s speaker isn’t as good as Dot + a good quality external speaker. I have Echo at the office and Dot + a Harmon Kardon Onyx bluetooth speaker for home use. This 2nd gen Dot also has physical buttons on top for volume control where as Echo has a rotary dial instead. Dot has a headphone out jack on it, Echo does not. Dot is powered off of a small USB wall adapter, Echo has a proper wall plug I assume because it has a built in amplifier to drive the speaker inside so it needs more power. Dot does have a speaker inside but it’s mostly for audio responses to your inquiries or alarms, you can play music off of it but it sounds relatively poor. That’s about all I can think of. In my opinion a gen2 Dot + a good quality speaker is the better option. $50 for Dot gives you $150 to spend an a great bluetooth speaker that’ll sound better than Echo for $199. Also the new gen2 Dot is available in White if you’re into white devices.” By Kevin S on September 14, 2016
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What people are saying about their Amazon Echo Dot?
My brother Robert who has been bed ridden and paralyzed with Multiple Sclerosis from his neck down for more than 30 years now has a new friend named Alexa! He was in tears with happiness when Alexa played 70’s music, played Jeopardy, answered all his questions and wakes him up every morning. Thank you Amazon for giving my brother a new bedside companion. By Roy Estaris on December 1, 2016
Having worked in the electronics retail industry for years now, I’ve seen scores of Smart devices come and go. Until now, nobody quite got it right. In the Echo Dot, Amazon has created a near perfect blend of hardware and software. I’ve seen plenty of the former, but truly seamless multi platform software has illuded everyone but Amazon. We’re talking major players like Samsung and Google who have been at it for much longer than Amazon. The main problem is that excellent products like the Samsung Smart Things hub, which do a fantastic job of unifying a slew of different connected devices from different companies (Nest, Honeywell, Phillips, and so on), still lacked the web connectivity and entertainment support I wanted, so I’d still end up needing my tablet or phone. Thanks to fantastic third party support, the Dot has no problem controlling all of my smart stuff while allowing me to listen to music, order food, check the weather, listen to the radio, set alarms and timers, all of which is easily accomplished through simple voice commands. To me, this is the exceedingly rare product that I didn’t know I needed, and now can’t live without. Similar to the smartphone and tablet I use every day that didn’t exist just a few short years ago. By DJ on October 24, 2016
This re-release of a critically acclaimed device is quite honestly a grand slam. Although slightly smaller then last years release, this device now picks up your voice even better! Im talking litterally talking leaps and bounds better. I can now say “alexa” and she hears me even when im downstairs or even when im blaring music thru my Harmon Kardon Onyx speaker. I found myself yelling at last years Echo dot and approaching the device wielding a kitchen knife attempting to get her to listen. By RaVen on October 24, 2016
Amazon Echo is a great device (I was one of the first to have one and waiting for months for my first Echo to ship as Amazon vastly underestimated the demand for a device like this) and the Echo Dot (2nd generation) is fantastic in its size and capability (I bought a six pack to get one free). There is no volume ring on the 2nd gen Dot like there is on the original Echo and the 1st gen Echo Dot but it’s no big deal as there are volume buttons now and the cost of the volume ring wasn’t worth it if you ask me (it was nice, but for most people not worth the money). Most of the time you’ll want to adjust the volume by voice anyway (like “Alexa volume 5”). The 2nd gen Echo Dot is also available in white but I’m sticking with black. UPDATE: I actually prefer the cheaper volume buttons on the Dot 2 to the volume ring now. The fact that you can just talk from across the room and it can hear you (most of the time) really sets this apart. If you think you already have an Echo because you have Siri, Cortana, or Google, then know that it’s just not the same. Things I do: set timers, set alarms, get weather info, ask basic questions, listen to music (like Prime Music, Prime Stations, songs I bought, etc), listen to radio, ask for jokes, turn things on and off, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. The Echo really excels at playing music. I love it than I can ask for a song I want to hear and it will play it (most of the time anyway). At night I often listen to a local radio station and I just say “Alexa stop” without having to get out of bed when I want to stop listening. By Lantana Al on October 24, 2016