Ama­zon Echo Dot

THE SMALL­EST, CHEAP­EST MEM­BER OF THE ECHO FAM­ILY DOES A LOT, BUT AU­DIO QUAL­ITY IS DE­CID­EDLY LACK­ING

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The baby of the Echo fam­ily, the diminu­tive Dot squeezes a fully func­tional Alexa “brain” into a lit­tle hockey puck that can be dis­creetly tucked away on a shelf or desk. As be ts such a low-pro le role, it comes only in plain black or white . How­ever, if you want to show it off there’s a se­lec­tion of coloured fab­ric and leather cases.

De­spite its size, the Dot fea­tures the same seven-mi­cro­phone ar­ray as the reg­u­lar Echo, mean­ing voice recog­ni­tion is im­pres­sively sharp and ac­cu­rate. Its con­trols and ca­pa­bil­i­ties are en­tirely iden­ti­cal to those of its big­ger brother – you can ask ques­tions, con­trol your lights, play mu­sic and so on.

The key dif­fer­ence is that there’s no room in­side for a ded­i­cated bass driver – so when you do kick off the tunes, the ef­fect is rather like lis­ten­ing on a tiny lap­top speaker. It’s not too bad at low vol­umes; it might be ac­cept­able for back­ground mu­sic while you’re work­ing, or for a quiet bed­time playlist. For ev­ery­day lis­ten­ing, though, you’ll want to use the 3.5mm au­dio jack, or the Dot’s built-in Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­i­ties, to route the au­dio through a more sub­stan­tial speaker.

At $58, the Dot is Ama­zon’s cheap­est smart speaker – but we’d hes­i­tate to rec­om­mend it as an en­try point to the world of Alexa, as mu­sic is a big part of the Echo’s ap­peal. It makes a lot more sense as a sec­ondary de­vice: stick it in the kitchen, for ex­am­ple, and it’s a con­ve­nient way to con­trol your smart home de­vices, set timers etc.

$58 • www.ama­zon.com.au/Echo

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