Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexa

While it’s speakers aren’t as powerful as the Amazon Echo, there is no other difference besides size

All the Pros of the Original, at a Quarter of the Cost

The Amazon Echo Dot is a beast of a machine that’s only one and a half inches tall.  With the dot, you can still control your music, ask it questions, and call your friends and family all without pressing a button.  You can also connect multiple dots to each other within the same household and use their speakers asynchronously.  Or, you can tell the echo in the kitchen to tell all the others in the house that dinners ready!

The echo dot comes in a small package with “amazon” emblazoned on its side

Tiny dot, Big Hitter for Smart Homes

Like the classic Echo, the dot can be used to connect to a myriad of systems to create a perfectly connected smart home.  With Philips Hue, control the lights with your voice and set the mood with colored lighting.  The Netgear Nighthawk X6 can connect to your Echo to give you status updates on your wifi connection as well as turn on and off guest networks.  With the Ring doorbell, Alexa will tell you that someone is at your door.

At a fraction of the size, the dot is good for those who don’t want the Echo to be a centerpiece in your home

To dot or Not?

If you are having trouble deciding between the Echo Dot or the standard Amazon Echo, try to determine what you will be doing with the product.  If you plan on using your own speakers with the aux port, then nothing more than an echo dot is necessary.  However, if you want your Amazon device to be used as a speaker while you have friends over, the Classic Amazon Echo is the way to go.  One of the most effective solutions is to use a standard echo in the living room, and supplement them with dots.  However, no matter what solution you go with, the Alexa systems provide a quality addition to any home.

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