Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black
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- Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control compatible smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible and more.
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music. Services may require subscriptions or other fees; Bluetooth not supported for multi-room music.
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
- Controls lights, switches and smartplugs with compatible connected devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, D-Link, Logitech Harmony and others.
- Hears you from across the room with seven microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music.
- Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device.
- Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically. Just ask Alexa to control compatible smart devices, request an Uber, book a restaurant with Dimmi, find a recipe with Taste and more.
Sleek and compact design makes Amazon Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Echo Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and more using just your voice. With multi-room music support, you can play music across multiple Echo devices simultaneously (Bluetooth not supported for multi-room music).
Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, using Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room.
Amazon Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music Unlimited—just ask for your favourite artist, song, album or playlist. You can even request a specific genre or mood, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to 45 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn More
You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible, play music from Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and more.
With Echo Dot, you can talk to almost anyone hands-free—no tapping or searching required. Use the Drop In feature when you want to connect with compatible Echo devices in your home. For example, you can ask someone for help with a chore, or remind the kids to go to sleep—without having to raise your voice.
Making calls with Alexa is easy. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Additionally, you can send messages via voice to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. Learn more Plus, now with Skype calling stay in touch with friends and family in over 150 countries.
Use Amazon Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the TV while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie - all without lifting a finger… or even raising your voice.
Echo Dot works with compatible smart home devices such as lights, switches and TVs from Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, Logitech Harmony, and others. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Echo Dot supports IFTTT (If This, Then That), a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or “applets”) that automate how your devices, apps, and websites work with each other.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo Dot can 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 Echo Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognise and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Dot.
When you are running low on household essentials, Alexa makes it easy to replenish your pantry. You can add everything from batteries to nappies to your Amazon Cart, reorder favourite products from Amazon and ask Alexa the status of your recent Amazon orders.
Skills add even more capabilities such as checking surf conditions with Coastalwatch, requesting a ride from Uber, discovering recipes with Taste.com.au, and more. Enabling skills lets your Amazon Echo Dot do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa app.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
With the free Alexa app on Android (5.0 or higher), iOS (9.0 or higher) and desktop browsers, you can easily set up and manage your Amazon Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus.
Use the Alexa app to connect services such as Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify and Google Calendar. Set up your compatible smart home devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, D-Link, Logitech Harmony, and more. 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 and enable third-party skills.
Make calls to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa app, view your conversation history, manage contacts and get notifications when you receive a message.
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|Overview||Echo Dot (2nd Generation), add Alexa to any room.||Echo (2nd generation), room filling sound in three fabric colours.||Echo Plus, with built-in smart home hub||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen|
|Speaker size||0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.8" tweeter||1.4" speaker|
|Screen size||2.5" screen|
|Device size||84 x 84 x 32 mm||148 x 88 x 88 mm||235 x 84 x 84 mm||104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm|
|Device weight||163 g||821 g||954 g||419 g|
|Streaming Wi-Fi music (including Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, TuneIn and more)|
|Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth|
|Audio calls between Echo Devices and Alexa App|
|Compatible with most smart home brands|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible connected devices|
Amazon Echo Dot
84 x 84 x 32 mm
Wi-Fi required. Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connection to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.
Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included).
Amazon Echo Dot comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Android and iOS devices and also accessible via your desktop browser. Certain skills and services are subject to change, may not be available in all areas, and may require separate subscriptions or other fees.
Warranty and Service
Amazon Echo Dot is sold with a limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. This Limited Warranty does not restrict or alter any non-excludable statutory consumer protections or rights you may have, including under the Australian Consumer Law. Use of Echo is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box
Echo Dot, power adaptor, USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide.
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I decided to install the Echo Dot in my bedroom, more or less to see what I could do with it. I connected it to a small Bluetooth speaker which was a bit harder than I expected but works OK.
I haven't found as many uses for the Dot compared to the Echo, but this is mainly due to the locations.
Not as much need for timers in the bedroom compared to the kitchen! I have found the Dot useful for asking the time, the weather, and occasionally adding something to a shopping list.
Excellent for Weather, NEWS, background music, timers, alarms and all sorts of other general use. There are also good skills for Home Automation. Just be aware the Australian version only supports devices available in Australia (eg, SmartThings skill is not present).
Other than the usual Assistant limitations, this is a great little device.
I of course bought a Google device also but it does not integrate with Fibaro in Australia. There is an unresolved problem.
I therefore prefer the Alexa device. The ability to use it as an intercom to any room in your house is excellent also. However, if you are looking for sound quality, then you are not being realistic as good sound (as yet) is not obtainable with tiny speakers.
The speakers are small, good enough for a small room or a quiet large hall, but as expected for speakers this size will be a bit tinny and not great for music if that's your thing. BUT it does connect by bluetooth to other speakers, so this is what you should get if you have a speaker setup for the room already.
Alexa responds well to mentions of her name, even shortening it to 'lexa' will get her listening. Sometimes a bit too sensitive, she will chime in mid conversation thinking I asked for her, to which I will say 'Sorry I'm wasn't talking to you!'
From an AI perspective, she can answer most questions, but you will come across unanswerables every now and then. Great for translating, getting quick info bites.
My most used feature is the NewsFlash, which turns Alexa into a daily news briefing while I make breakfast in the kitchen. It's unfortunate that there are very few Australian content providers, I generally get the BBC, Economist (whose bulletin doesn't respond occasionally) and NPR news from USA. I pair it up with Google Home's news which has more local flavours.
Second most used feature is using Alexa to control my IoT devices which are bulbs, AC thermostat and fire TV. These are all additional costs, but it's pretty great not to have to get out of bed to adjust the central AC, or just to turn the lights down or get it into some mood lighting ;).
Third most used feature is listening to music - for this you will need Amazon Prime/Music, or Spotify Premium (free dosn't cut it). The kids love this feature too.
Speaking of kids, you CAN set your Echo up for kids, they will need an amazon account, and there are special kids activities for them, such as music, even conversational games, and of course restriction on commands given to Alexa.
Overall the Echo has been a great help around home, from setting up audible timers for kids and myself, checking spelling, and Alexa has become a family member to us.