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The Echo Dot may be the smallest of Amazon’s Alexa wireless smart speakers, but it’s no less intelligent than its stablemates.
Right now you can save a whopping £25 (40% off) on a third generation model with integrated digital clock display in Amazon’s massive End of Summer Sale, which ends on 1 September.
Ideal for the bedside cabinet, as well as your home office, this Echo Dot with Speaker has a footprint comparable to a coffee cup, and can be used for music playback (“Alexa, play music I like”), news updates (“Alexa, what’s the news?”), spoken books (“Alexa, play my Audible book”) and loads more - all courtesy of AI (artificial intelligence) voice control.
If you’ve already got an Amazon Alexa speaker, it’s still worth jumping on this deal. Adding a second Echo device enables them to work together. You can make room-to-room calls, or stream the same music to multiple rooms.
You can even use them to upgrade your existing home Hi-Fi system. The Echo Dot has a 3.5mm line output. Using a cheap mini-jack to phono stereo lead, just connect the Dot to your home stereo system - suddenly you’re old home Hi-Fi is Alexa powered.
The 15mm speaker in the Echo Dot makes a reasonable noise, given its size, but as a source for a real Hi-Fi system it sounds excellent, offering rich stereo sound. We put one through its paces with some old Hi-Fi kit, and frankly, we don’t intend to unplug it.
Smart speakers are the biggest thing in home audio right now, and Amazon’s Alexa range is the market leader, with good reason. They’re easy to use and perform well. At this price, snapping one up would seem like a very smart move.
What the reviews say:
With 84% of a whopping 215,738 reviews giving the Amazon Echo Dot a five star rating, it seems plenty of music lovers see the benefit in smart speaker technology, one customer has even sad it’s “the best gadget we have ever purchased”...
“I am chuffed to bits. It’s so much more than Siri, my last flirtation with voice AI...”
“I brought it for the kitchen to use as a timer and most of all to play music. I now have three all indifferent rooms so I have synchronised them so now I have music all over the house.”
“The sound improvement between this and the older models is massive.”
“I Like everything about it, from using it to wake me with my chosen radio station to giving me my shopping list, it’s the best gadget we have ever purchased, we are getting another one for the other room.”
“I wanted a nice looking alarm clock with a good sounding speaker. I certainly got that and much, much more.”