Amazon has launched Echo smart speakers there are 3 models available for now here is the review of Amazon Echo Dot. This is a hands free voice controlled device that makes use of Alexa voice services, check this review and watch the video.

Everything around us is getting smart, be it smart bands, smart watches, smart shoes, smart TV’s, smart homes and now here is smart speakers. The Amazon Echo Dot as mentioned is using Alexa voice service and all you need to do is ask her.

This is voice controlled speaker, there are 4 buttons on the speaker but those are for hardware control (volume, off/on, mic off/on) to play music or for specific info you need to use the magic word Alexa and then ask your question.

Amazon Echo Dot review

The Amazon Echo Dot is using 7 microphones with beam forming and noise cancellation technology that helps this device to hear sound from any direction, from far off distance and in noisy environments even when a music is being played.

Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker

Amazon Echo Dot Specifications

Model : Echo Dot
Type : Add to any room
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth  : Yes, dual band Wi-Fi (2.4  / 5 GHz), BT A2DP
Connect to ext speakers : Yes
Smart Home Compatibility : Yes
Speaker Size : 0.6″ Tweeter
Dimensions : 32 x 84 x 84 mm
Weight : 163 grams

Amazon Echo Dot features

Installation

The device is circular shaped with very good build and finishing, body is made of plastic. There are 4 buttons – volume +, Volume -, Mic on/off and Action button. Apart from this there is a micro USB port to power up this speaker and a audio jack that you can use to connect external speaker.

The installation process is simple, Alexa will guide you. First of all you need to download and install the Amazon Alexa app, then go to setup and select the speaker model in this case it is the Echo Dot. After that follow the procedure.

Amazon Echo Dot features

If there is any firmware update it will be automatically downloaded and installed and the speaker will restart. Now this Amazon Echo Dot is built in the cloud, hence you need a net connect for this smart speaker to work. Apart from this the Echo Dot also needs constant power support.

Echo Dot is made to be used in a room, for dedicated use, but in case you are planning to make the Alexa Echo Dot portable you can, all you need is a working net connection and a power bank to power the speaker.

Amazon Echo Dot Buttons

Performance

The sound output is good, pretty loud and good enough for a 500 Sq ft room. Voice recognition is impressive and you can activate it from a far off distance, you don’t even have to look at the speaker, it can detect voice from any direction.

Amazon Echo Dot ports

What can Alexa do?

You can ask her to set a alarm, remainder, time, weather, ask questions, general questions, cricket scores, play music, play light music, play specific music, ask for movies playing this weekend, tell a joke, you can even book ola ride, book flights, ask to switch off lights when using using smart home, shopping, order food, latest news and more.

Alexa makes use of Amazon Prime Music, Saavan and Tunein to play music, in case the files are not present on these services it will not be able to play them. Apart from these services like Zomato, TOI, SyskaLED, NDTV, OLA, TED, Espn Cricinfo, Goibibo, freshmenu etc are also used.

verdict

This is a unique product, a voice controlled smart speaker and its awesome. Though I was not able to play some bollywood songs as those were not available on the music services that Alexa is using, but in general Alexa is your personal assistant, and is quite responsive. For now only English language is supported, watch the video for demo, video is in Hindi but the demo / commands are in English.

A very good option for the price. It is available on Amazon for Rs. 4,999 but for limited period you can get it for Rs. 3,149. This is invitation based you will need to request for an invitation to buy one.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

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Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. Hi Gogi,

    Thank you for the review, helped clear some doubts. I have a few more though,

    1. Saavn and Tunein both have free, and paid versions. Which do we get with the Echo Dot? Also, is Amazon Music paid or free?

    2. What is the difference between the Echo Dot and the mid sized Echo? Is it just better audio quality because of the speaker size or does the mid sized Echo have more features than the Dot?

    3. Can we control the volume through voice control? Like, can I say “Alexa, increase volume or Alexa, decrease volume”?

    Any help with the above queries is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks again Gogi.

    1. Have not checked the Google Home Mini yet. I guess that will also be good enough, go for the price.

  2. can I play songs connecting smartphone over Bluetooth with Echo like normal portable Bluetooth speaker???

  3. Hi Gogi,

    Thank you for the review, helped clear some doubts. I have a few more though,

    1. Saavn and Tunein both have free, and paid versions. Which do we get with the Echo Dot? Also, is Amazon Music paid or free?

    2. What is the difference between the Echo Dot and the mid sized Echo? Is it just better audio quality because of the speaker size or does the mid sized Echo have more features than the Dot?

    3. Can we control the volume through voice control? Like, can I say “Alexa, increase volume or Alexa, decrease volume”?

    Any help with the above queries is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks again Gogi.

    1. Have not checked the Google Home Mini yet. I guess that will also be good enough, go for the price.

  4. I got my echo Dot on 02.11.2017 and have already ordered for a sonoff with switch and will be installing it on Sunday.

    I love this device.

    1. Hi Santosh,
      What does the sonoff switch do ? explain a brief so that I can consider buying if its useful
      Thanks,
      Sudhakar

  5. can I play songs connecting smartphone over Bluetooth with Echo like normal portable Bluetooth speaker???

  6. I got my echo Dot on 02.11.2017 and have already ordered for a sonoff with switch and will be installing it on Sunday.

    I love this device.

    1. Hi Santosh,
      What does the sonoff switch do ? explain a brief so that I can consider buying if its useful
      Thanks,
      Sudhakar

  7. All husbands will fall in love with Alexa because she will listen quietly and answer you back politely unlike WIFE……. Hey Alexa I Love You lot, please be my wife.
    @Gogi, how is the sound output of music when this is connected to home theater to 3.5mm port of Alexa? Please answer as I am thinking to buy this if this gives good sound output connected to home theater.

  8. Next big thing in IOT (Internet of things) & mesh devices…. I m working on alexa project to make some unbelievable things to real life…

    1. Hi Sujit,
      Good to know that you are working in alexa project. I recently purchased echo. I would like to know the commands list that alexa supports. Any reference would be good in this area.

      Also what I learned is that Alexa cannot contunie the conversation. For every statement I need to call her with name Alexa. Instead, if it continues conversation till all my questions are answered, that would be ideal.
      Second thing, Alexa gives just one statement for any answer. I asked about Gandhi, it just says he is freedom fighter. I would want extra info about famous personalities. This is very good for students to learn more.
      Hope these will be updated in next version.

  9. All husbands will fall in love with Alexa because she will listen quietly and answer you back politely unlike WIFE……. Hey Alexa I Love You lot, please be my wife.
    @Gogi, how is the sound output of music when this is connected to home theater to 3.5mm port of Alexa? Please answer as I am thinking to buy this if this gives good sound output connected to home theater.

  10. Next big thing in IOT (Internet of things) & mesh devices…. I m working on alexa project to make some unbelievable things to real life…

    1. Hi Sujit,
      Good to know that you are working in alexa project. I recently purchased echo. I would like to know the commands list that alexa supports. Any reference would be good in this area.

      Also what I learned is that Alexa cannot contunie the conversation. For every statement I need to call her with name Alexa. Instead, if it continues conversation till all my questions are answered, that would be ideal.
      Second thing, Alexa gives just one statement for any answer. I asked about Gandhi, it just says he is freedom fighter. I would want extra info about famous personalities. This is very good for students to learn more.
      Hope these will be updated in next version.