The Best All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal – 2018
Echo Dot is our most popular voice-controlled speaker, now with improved sound and a new design.; Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.; Stream songs from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others through the improved speaker for richer and louder sound.; Call and message almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.; Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills like tracking fitness, playing games, and more.; Can hear you from across the room. And with compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your whole home with music.; Pair with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) for stereo sound, or connect to your own speakers over Bluetooth or with a 3.5 mm audio cable.; Use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, find TV shows, and more with compatible connected devices.
As always, Amazon echo dots are perfect. One thing, the Alexa app still sucks and is very user unfriendly. Amazon - can you fix your app and make the GUI more user friendly? Quit the confusing setup process on your APP?
This version of the dot is the first one I would recommend to someone who is interested in a smart speaker but not willing to spend much. The biggest drawback to the previous generation was the sound quality/loudness. I use my echoes mostly for controlling connected devices and listening to podcasts, so I felt like the older echo dot was OK for most things I would require. But even for casual music listening, it wasn't up to snuff. The new one actually has bass and sounds good to me, but it's not going to sound like a Sonos or anything and I'm not an audiophile but I do think this will satisfy the majority of people's expectations for $50. I also have the $100 full size Echo from 2017 and the new echo dot has about 65% of the sound quality and loudness of that model vs the older dot having about 15% of the sound quality of the full size echo. I have been using this new dot for a few days without any issues. I love it and I think you should get one!
Loved the fuller sound. The only thing I hated is that the plug it plugs into takes up a whole regular outlet.
I have gotten 3 as gifts within the last year and a half. Two of them are used in kitchens, and the "hands free" assistant is so helpful. Answering measurement questions, reading the recipe, having music when you bake are all things that are made so much easier with a dot (I have a Show in my kitchen and that is even better:)The other gift is used by a pre-teen for music, games, trivia, sports scores and weather among other things. A very economic way to get into the Alexa family!
This thing is awesome. It sounds so good. This is my first device in the echo series and I really like that fact that I can use the app to equalize the sound.
The unit is a little bigger than before amazing sound and I like the new look. Power wise you don’t have the USB option anymore just regular plug,
Unfortunately, I have already put it back in the box. It's too big, the power adapter is huge and covers multiple plugs on a power strip where the 2nd-gen adapter was a normal size. Also, I don't care for the deeper and somewhat 'muffled' sound. It's probably just me, yet the 3rd-gen is huge like a big fat donut, Amazon should just have stuck with the basics for the Dot.
I've waited for a smart home speaker for some time because I wasn't sure which one I should get. Since there are a few to consider. I chose the Echo Dot Alexa for a few reasons. It has a ton of support for smart devices and they have many app skills to pick. The sound quality is great! I was really surprised by how much sound comes for this little device. I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids and I am very pleased with the sound. I am having a great time connecting it to some of my devices like my Xbox One, Bluetooth headsets, and speaker system. I plan on ordering smart plugs to control my lamps and fan for starters and may look into an Alexa controlled smart TV. All I can say is that Amazon has really made a great upgrade to the previous versions. It was part of the reasons why I picked this one. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small smart speaker with the ability to control devices and a great assistant.