Over the past few years, Smart Home Technology is increasingly becoming the norm. There are lots of voice recognition devices to make our busy lives more seamless. Smart Speaker like Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great starting step because it is affordable, requires minimal effort to operate, and helps you to complete your small tasks around your house. They integrate with voice recognition technology. And yeah! Alexa will do the work for you, so you can relax and take care of stuff.

In this article, we are going to dive deep into Amazon Echo Dot and help you to understand what it is, the differences between the latest generations, what can do, How to set up, and price ranges of the Amazon Echo Dot.

In this article, we’ll cover:

What is Amazon Alexa Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dot, in short, a popular voice-controlled speaker with Alexa. It also offers similar smart-home perks like voice recognition and Alexa-enabled functions, except it has a small shape that’s suitable for compact living spaces.

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation

Echo Dot 3rd generation is an upgraded version of Echo Dot 2 Gen. It is the most popular Smart Speaker with a fabric design. It also improved speaker quality than Echo 2 Gen. Also, Echo Dot is ready to create routines to start and end your day and also built with multiple layers of privacy controls including a microphone off button.

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation

However, the newest version of the Amazon Echo Dot is Echo Dot 4th Gen. It is with sleek, compact design and balanced bass for a full sound. It is very different from the previous one. Both the Echo Dot 3rd Gen and the Echo Dot 4th Gen have the same Alexa technology, but Amazon has added a few new features to the latest one such as Alexa Guard Plus, a subscription-based home security service, and Care Hub, which allows you to use Alexa to keep an eye on elderly family members.

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation (With clock)

Both the 3rd and 4th generation Echo Dots come “with clock” on an LED display. And also, the third-generation Echo Dot with a clock is similar to the third-generation Echo. The only difference we noticed was that the LED display could show timers and the outdoor temperature in addition to the time, which is a pleasant function.

Amazon Echo Dot (Kids Edition)

There is also a smart speaker for kids. The Kids Edition Echo Dot is by far the cutest smart speaker I've ever seen with its tiger or panda designs and softball size. It includes a year of Amazon's Kids Plus program, which includes kid-friendly audiobooks, skills, and games as well as parental controls.

Let’s break down the differences between the Echo Dot 3rd Gen and the Echo Dot 4th Gen.

The differences between the Echo Dot 3rd Gen and Echo Dot 4th Gen

Design: As we previously said, the design is refreshing, but it does remind you of the previous-generation Dot because it uses the same subdued mesh-covered design, albeit in a different geometrical profile for a welcome shift.

Furthermore, the top half of the ball-shaped speaker is covered in fabric mesh, while the bottom half is made of plastic and has a flat rubberized base. The Amazon Echo's signature ring light covers the foundation, unlike previous ones. Like other Echo speakers, it glows in red, yellow, and blue.

You'd be forgiven for assuming that the extra height provided by a spherical design necessitated the addition of a third driving under the hood. The third and fourth-generation Dots have almost identical circumferences at their widest points, but the current model is near twice as tall and intimidating as its predecessor.

Buttons and interface: The latest Echo Dot has volume up/down, mic mute, and action buttons that peek out from the fabric at the top of the speaker, similar to previous Dots, but the buttons are now more closely clustered together than on previous Dots.

Audio: The newer Echo Dot has marginally better hearing than its predecessor, but Alexa's vocalization has improved dramatically.

By now, hopefully, you already understand what the differences between these two are. Let's take a look at it in brief.

 

3rd Generation

4th Generation

Design

Fabric surround

Light ring surround

Shape

Round edge

Spherical shape

LED clock display

Clock with time, timers on an LED display

Clock with time, a timer on an LED display, and an alarm clock

Sound quality

1.6 inch speaker

1.6 inch speaker(Front-firing for better sound efficiency)

Alexa a built-in

Yes

Yes

Wi-Fi connectivity

Dual-band Wi-Fi support

Dual-band Wi-Fi support

What can Amazon Echo Dot Do?

  • Alexa-enabled, so you can talk to your virtual butler whenever you want.
  • Alexa has over 60,000 skills and is still rising, so you can do anything from order pizza and Uber to get help organizing your day.
  • Interoperability with a large number of smart devices is unrivaled.
  • Most other connected home devices are compatible with this, giving your hands-free access.
  • Complete intercom service with other Echo devices in your connected home, allowing you to make and receive calls and messages without having to pick up the phone.
  • Through this groundbreaking change in on-demand contact, you can check in on your kids or elderly relatives.
  • Because of its small size, you can put the Amazon Echo Dot almost anywhere, and it's also a first-class travel kit.
  • You'll be up and running right out of the box because the setup is so easy.

What Alexa can do for you?

To summarize, there are now over 60,000 skills available, ranging from playing Jeopardy to turning on the lights, ordering pizza, and getting a ride to the airport. Here are some of our favorite Alexa skills.

  • Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, SiriusXM, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn all provide audio streaming on the Echo Dot.
  • Amazon continues to launch new smart home partners, so you'll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't work with Alexa.
  • Most of the top brands can be regulated through Alexa, from the best smart thermostats to the best smart lights to smart locks, smart plugs, smart light switches, and home security cameras.
  • Amazon is also working on smart home Routines, which allow you to monitor several smart home devices with a single order, such as "Alexa Goodnight" to switch off all the lights and lock the doors.
  • The ability to use Alexa to call and message others, to check in on other Alexa devices, and to send a message to all of your Echo devices.

Amazon Echo Dot set up

If you want to set up your Amazon Echo dot, you need to download or update the Alexa app in your mobile device’s app store.

1.     You must plug in your Echo dot device

2.     Open the Alexa app on your device

3.     After then, open more and select Add a device

4.     Select Amazon Echo dot and more

5.     Finally, follow the instructions to set up your Echo dot.

Price ranges of Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot 4th Generation is a fantastic entry-level smart speaker that leaves us with few complaints and attracts attention with its new design. The design and slightly quieter audio quality are two compelling reasons to purchase this speaker. If you want to save even more money, the 3rd Gen Dot is still a viable option because you have nothing to lose.

 

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen

Pricing

$40-$50

$50-$60

Colors

Charcoal, Gray, Sandstone, and Plum

Charcoal, Glacier white, Twilight blue

Size

3.9”x 3.9” x 1.7”

3.9” x 3.9” x 3.5”

Weight

300 g

341.3 g

System requirements

Compatible with fire OS, Android, and iOS devices

Compatible with fire OS, Android, and iOS devices

Our Verdict

Are you debating which Smart Speaker to bring into your home? The Echo Dot 4th Gen is a fantastic smart speaker with its new design and improved audio, it appears to be optional if you're looking for the best value-for-money entry-level smart speaker. The Echo 3rd Gen is still a better offer, but with slightly lowers audio quality.

If you are interested in other cheap smart home gadgets, you may be looking here.


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