Introducing Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black
|Price:||$79.00 & FREE Delivery Details|
- 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, 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 and is continually learning, adding new features and skills.
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
Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn.
Alexa calling and messaging — a new way to be together with family and friends. When you’re busy making dinner, just ask Alexa to place a call to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. You can also enable a feature called Drop In to instantly connect with compatible Echo devices in your home.
With the Alexa App, conversations and contacts go where you go. When you’re away from home, use the App to make a quick call or send a message to your family’s Echo. To get started, download the latest version of the Alexa App on a smart phone with iOS 9.0 or higher, or Android 5.0 or higher, and verify your mobile number. Learn more
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.
Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo Dot, updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo Dot, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
Features you can try include Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music, routines, local search, movie showtimes, Google and Outlook.com calendar support, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks and thousands of skills from third-party developers.
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.
Compare Echo Dot, Echo & Echo Plus
|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|
|Speaker size||0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.8" tweeter|
|Device size||84 x 84 x 32 mm||148 x 88 x 88 mm||235 x 84 x 84 mm|
|Device weight||163 g||821 g||954 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.
Top customer reviews
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I find that google assistant is better at answering general questions if you need information from the internet. Alexa is good at controlling things in your smart home. Also saying "Alexa" is easier than saying "Ok Google" or "Hey Google"
If you want to use the 3.5mm jack, Echo Dot will route all sounds to your external speakers - nothing will come out of the internal speakers. So your speakers need to be always on so that you can hear what Alexa is saying.
- Unbelievable cheap price for home automation and is compatible with more smart devices than any other products.
- Using Spotify is probably the most useful thing for me. It handles commands very well such as volume, change bands, songs, who’s playing this etc
- Timers! Simple but useful for cooking.
- BBC News flash gives me a 5 minute update every morning.
- Alexa, tell me a joke has some good one liners
- Also try asking Alexa to make you breakfast…
- On a serious note Amazon is pumping serious money in to the software so it keeps getting better
- Some features are only available in the US
- Lacks Aus specific apps (but will come in time)
- Some times it has trouble hearing its wake word properly (Alexa) which means I end up having to shout it several times. Although once I realized it wasn’t listening because my girlfriend had unplugged it!
- Poor internet connections can make it slow to respond.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product for the fun alone and if you have smart devices it’s a must have.
I have Amazon music unlimited, and although I can’t figure out how to get Alexa to play certain playlist, I find this ability very very useful.
The alexa app has some accessibility issues, that I wish could be resolved. It can sometimes be hard to use with voice over. this experience seems to vary from phone to phone. I would love to see the companion alexa app's accessibility be improved for the iphone. My only other real gripe, is the inability to listen to audible books. Yes Alexa can read kindle books, but the pauses between paragraphs is a bit too long. I have lots of kindle books with audible naration, and I would love to be able to listen to these books on my echo. I find the ability to be able to create shopping lists envaluable, although, if they break accessibility in the alexa app, this will not be so useful, as I can't take my echo dot to the shop with me. lol. overall I am happy with my purchase, and am hopeful that the software and companion app will improve.
Make sure you download Skils. While the Australia resources might be a little small give it some time!
I found some issues with TP-Link light bulb not responding, not sure it its wireless issue or TP-Link Kasa app (if you go into it and try to turn on the light that Echo Dot would say not responding, it often works).
Overall rather average, perhaps when better integration is available, could be more useful. The cost of external devices for automation may be prohibiting for some to achieve better use.