Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen)
The Echo Dot has been neck-andneck with Google’s Home Mini as the world’s best-selling smart speaker, so it’s no surprise that Amazon has given its baby Alexa device a refresh in time for the lucrative festive shopping season. Like the Echo Plus upgrade, the all-new Dot gets more rounded contours and a stylish fabric cover. To our eyes, it now looks more like a teeny pouffé than a speaker, but at least it’ll blend in with your home furnishings. It also joins the Echo Plus in getting more volume and enhanced sound quality which, considering the price tag won’t be changing, makes it a bit of a steal. Whether or not this latest Echo Dot is better than its identically priced rival is irrelevant – it’s newer, and that should be enough to put it at the top of your kids’ Christmas wish list.
T3 SAYS: Now with more muscle and better clothes, the Echo Dot is an attractive stocking filler.