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Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016)

Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016)
alaScore 99

1571 reviews

Mar, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1571 reviews of Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Kim Wetzel (

Amazon Echo Dot review


Amazon's Echo Dot is a genius way to make any stupid speaker smart.

Compact and unobtrusive ; Connects to any audio system ; Far-field voice recognition ; Constantly evolving functionality

On-board sound is weak

Jan, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Amazon Echo Dot


The Amazon Echo Dot brings Alexa voice assistance to your home for half the price of the original, and you can connect it to your favorite home speaker.

Adds Alexa to any room for only $50. Connects to Bluetooth and wired speakers.

Tinny sound quality.

The Echo Dot isn't really about what it is, it's about who it is: It's the easiest way to add Alexa to any room of your home. At $50 it's a much better buy than the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, or Tap if you're looking for a speaking alarm clock, a...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by (

Amazon Echo Dot review (2016): Forget the Echo. Buy this instead.


The Dot is a smaller yet just as powerful version of the Amazon Echo. What it lacks in an internal speaker system it makes up for with an audio-out port and Bluetooth connectivity. While the app and inability to route queries to a single Alexa device...

Access to thousands of Alexa “Skills” ; Audio-out port and Bluetooth speaker support ; At $50, it's $150 cheaper than the full-size Echo

Alexa app can be buggy ; Two Alexa devices in adjoining rooms will both try to answer queries ; Anemic sound from the built-in speaker

Even with multiple wake words, the inability to stream to multiple devices and an app that sometimes fails, the Amazon Dot is an incredible value at $50 a pop. Dropping one in the kitchen and one in the living room seems like a no-brainer. I've used...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by (

Amazon's Echo Dot is a great way to bring Alexa to more rooms


The Echo Dot is a great secondary Alexa device for households that already own the larger Amazon Echo. It sounds great, though we wish it had smarter speaker switching. For now, it's mainly something for people addicted to Alexa.

Brings Alexa to any speaker system ; Just as fast and accurate as the larger Alexa ; Easy to set up

You can only buy it through an Echo or Fire TV ; Needs intelligent speaker switching ; No optical audio output

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (

Amazon Echo Dot review: here comes the Alexa army


Amazon's Echo is often referred to as a Trojan Horse. Slid into your home under the guise of a wireless speaker, the Echo has grown to become one of the best ways to control smart home devices,...

Half the price of Echo ; Much smaller than Echo ; Same Alexa experience as Echo

Can only buy with another Alexa device ; Speaker output is weak

Apr, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Ry Crist (

Amazon Echo Dot review


The cloud-connected, voice-activated Amazon Echo smart speaker was a bona fide sleeper hit last year , and Alexa, the virtual assistant housed within, is starting to give Siri a good run for her money. Now, in an effort to strike while the iron is...

The Amazon Echo Dot does everything that the original Echo does for half the price. Unlike the Echo, you can plug the Echo Dot into your own speakers, or connect to them over Bluetooth. Even if you don't, the Echo Dot's tiny built-in speakers do more...

The Echo Dot seems to be a little worse than the Echo at hearing its wake word during music playback, and you can't synchronize multiple units to play at the same time.

The future is here, and now it costs less than a hundred bucks. Amazon Echo Dot might currently be one of the best deals in tech.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Andrew Grush (

Amazon Echo Dot - who is it for, should you buy it?


Join us as we take a look at Amazon's little smart speaker that could in this quick Amazon Echo Dot review.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Anna Attkisson (

Amazon Echo Dot Review: Your Cheapest Alexa Gateway


If your stereo system sounds great but is woefully out of date, the Amazon Echo Dot is a perfect way to modernize it. Simply plug it in or connect via Bluetooth, and you've added streaming music from most major sources and a smart personal assistant to...

Smart and helpful Alexa assistant ; Easy to set up ; Works with or without an additional speaker

Occasional delays in voice activation

The Amazon Echo Dot is an easy way to update your home stereo system with smart home features.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Christopher White (

Review: Meet Alexa's younger sister, the Amazon Echo Dot


With the rousing success of Amazon Echo (commonly named Alexa), the company has come back with a new but similar product. Named Dot, it claims to be just like Echo, only smaller, so we'll test it out.

If you're looking to add voice recognition into your home, but either don't care about audio quality or are planning on pairing it with a secondary speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot is a great product and at only $90, is a tremendous value compared with...

Apr, 2016

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by : Jon Porter (

Amazon Echo Dot review


Alexa gets miniaturised, with great results

Great, smaller design ; Stellar voice recognition ; Line out functionality is very useful

Limited voice control of audio output ; Needs more skills ; No digital audio output

Amazon Echo Dot is a great product. It maintains almost everything that made the original Echo so great, while also bringing a substantial cut in price.

Jun, 2017