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Amazon’s Echo Dot has been given a fresh new look this season, with a spherical design replacing the puck of old.
Now in its fourth generation, the humble Dot has evolved into a fully-fledged smart speaker.
For the first time since its release, the All-new Echo Dot has a massive 42% slashed off the price. Usually £49.99 RRP, the latest version of its best-selling smart speaker is now only £28.99.
Why we love it
Amazon’s Echo Dot may be small - measuring just 100mm wide - but it offers all the smarts of its larger Echo stablemates.
You can voice control your music (be it from Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer or Apple), listen to audiobooks and podcasts, get news updates and adjust connected compatible devices, like lights and thermostats.
And if you already have other Echo speakers in your house, you can also use this new diminutive Dot to make room-to-room calls or broadcast important announcements to every connected speaker in the house.
Similar to other Alexa smart speakers, there’s no Ethernet connection, which means you will need to sync your device to the Wi-Fi for it to work.
While this all-new Dot sounds better than its predecessors, you can still use it to upgrade a “non-smart” Hi-Fi or sound system, using the 3.5mm audio output. Just run a connecting cable between the two, and your existing audio kit takes over playback duties. The quality of music streamed this way is excellent.
Versatile, compact and undeniably clever, we reckon this new Echo Dot is both an ideal first smart speaker, and a great addition to an existing Alexa system.
Did we mention it is now on sale?
What the reviews say:
The fourth generation Amazon Echo Dot has received glowing reviews from shoppers, with over 1,052 ratings, 82% of which have been rated five stars.
Here’s what they have to say:
“Due to its round shape and multi mic build in it detects voice perfectly even while playing high volume music.”
“Love the new sphere design, looks really modern and slick when compared to the cylinder older version.”
“Love it - got it up and running without any help, and am not that tech savvy.”
“For it’s small size it offers very good sound quality.”
“The Echo Dot, is extremely easy to set up, and for its small size offers very good sound quality. So far, I'm very impressed.”
Buy it: All-new Echo Dot | £28.99 (Was £49.99)
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