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Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016)

Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016)
alaScore 92

2399 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2399 reviews of Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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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

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Expert review by : Kim Wetzel Caleb Denison (

Amazon Echo Dot review


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

On-board sound is weak

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Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Amazon Echo Dot


The second-generation Amazon Echo Dot brings Alexa voice assistance to your home for just $50, 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.

Bottom Line: The second-generation Amazon Echo Dot brings Alexa voice assistance to your home for just $50, and you can connect it to your favorite home speaker.

Jun, 2018

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

Expert review by : Ry Crist (

Amazon Echo Dot review: A good thing in a small package


This pint-size, puck-shaped follow-up to Amazon Echo can't fill a room with sound all on its own, but it's just as smart as before -- and twice as affordable.

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 : Anna Attkisson (

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Your Cheapest Alexa Gateway


The Amazon Echo Dot is the least expensive way to start making your home smart. It lets you perform a wide variety of actions—from looking up the weather to news, listening to music, playing games, controlling your lights, and much more. While its...

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

Speaker quality not great for music

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

Sep, 2018

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 : 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

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Expert review by : Ced Yuen (

Amazon Echo Dot


Amazon Echo Dot review: the brilliant Echo personal assistant, made smaller and sold for half the price. What's not to love?

Smaller and cheaper than the big Echo ; Has audio output options

Sensitive audio equipment may pick up Wi-Fi interference when wired

A potent smart home assistant, now better and cheaper too.

Jan, 2018