Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker Review

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is a smart speaker with Alexa that offers attractive design, good audio quality, and better ability to control other household appliances, at a very affordable price ($29.99).

The New Echo Dot comes with a more rounded design with a cloth-covered finish to give a classier appearance, more stylish than its predecessors.

The new design blends easily with your room decor.

The top of the Dot comes with LEDs that light up blue when Alexa is listening to your voice.

You'll also find two volume buttons, a button to turn the microphone on and off, and a button to activate Alexa, as well as a four-microphone array.

The bottom of the Echo Dot has a rubber coating so that it doesn't slip easily.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is slightly larger and substantially heavier at nearly twice the weight of than the 2nd generation but still discreet enough to place almost anywhere in your home.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is very easy to use.

Just tap the “+” icon in the devices section and the Alexa app will do a quick scan for nearby devices and in a blink of an eye, it will be up and running with your new smart speaker.

The Alexa app also remembers the Wi-Fi networks and passwords you’ve used in the past, so you don’t need to re-enter those credentials.

There’s a 1.6-inch full-range driver inside the new model, compared to the 1.1-inch speaker in the previous model, and it produces pleasant high and mid-range frequencies while the bass response is quite respectable for such a small speaker.

The New Echo Dot also can be integrated into a multi-room speaker system along with other Alexa-powered speakers, including the display-equipped Echo Show models and the higher-fidelity Sonos One and Sonos Beam soundbar.

In short, Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) delivers dramatically improved sound, making it an even better buy for an entry-level Alexa speaker.

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• Improved design.
• Clear call quality.
• Small, fabric design.
• Simple & easy setup.
• Improved Alexa app.
• Nice tactile buttons.
• Alexa smarter than ever.
• Better microphone sensitivity.
• 3.5mm and Bluetooth audio outputs.
• Vastly improved audio (clear and loud audio).
• Improved aesthetic befitting modern home design.

• Can't change its look.
• No longer USB-powered.
• No auxiliary cable included.
• Audio gets muddy at top volumes.
• New power port is less universal.
• Fabric covering could show dirt over time.
• Hard to detect voices that come from below.
• Bass response is lacking without external subwoofer.

What Other Users Have Said
When this article published Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) has been reviewed by 7.158 verified buyers – 4.6 out of 5 stars - READ USER REVIEWS

Features & Specs:
• Price when reviewed $29.99 [ Check Current Price ]
• Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks.
• Comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi.
• Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker.
• 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, Apple Music (coming soon), Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, 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.
• Also available in assorted colors
• Dimensions: 3.9” x 3.9” x 1.7”; 10.6 oz

Should You Buy It?

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is one of the best smart speakers on the market for you - even better than Google Home Mini in terms of call quality and music playback.

It is the easiest, cheapest and best way to bring Alexa into your home.


Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker Review Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker Review Reviewed by TechCinema on 12/16/2018 Rating: 5