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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)




According to Amazon's statistics, Echo Dot(3rd Gen) is one of the best selling products on Amazon.

The speaker comes with a lot of useful features.It can make calls almost anywhere in your country of residence, it gives you control of your smart home with a few commands and streams music from a handful of the world’s top music services. So although it may be small, it can also work to your benefit with it's features.


Despite having all that cool features the Echo Dot still lacks a few essentials.One of the disadvantages is it not having a 3.5mm auxiliary cord.In addition to that, even though it has bunch of cool features, you can't expect a crystal clear sound experience.That may be because of the small size of the speaker and the amount of technology that the engineers had to put in a 3.9x1.7 inches box.


Amazon Echo Dot Design


The new Amazon Echo Dot(3rd Gen) comes with more pleasant design,comparing it with it's previous generations.It offers rounded edges that help make the Dot look less like a hockey puck, and the fabric grille around the outer edge feels modern and classy simultaneously.


The fabric that surrounds the speaker makes it blend with the other recently refreshed speakers. As a result, the new Echo Dot comes in different colors which match the rest of the range, too, with Charcoal, Heather Grey and Sandstone. 


On the top of the Echo Dot you’ll be able to find four buttons that consist of volume up and down, microphone mute and Alexa, as well as a four microphone array.


You can activate Alexa by pressing the button on top of the speaker or by saying "Alexa" and after few seconds Alexa should start listening.

Spin the unit around to the back and you’ll find the power jack plus an auxiliary 3.5mm jack that can be used to connect the Amazon Echo Dot to any speaker with a matching jack. Unfortunately, however, Amazon doesn’t include one of these cables in the box and the accompanying charger, which used to be micro USB, is now a proprietary design. 


Setup and Alexa


Setting up Amazon Echo Dot speaker is really simple.If you have already setup other Alexa devices in your home, you have to simply tap the Alexa App and scan for nearby devices.After the app find your device you click it and you will get connected.

If you don't have other devices follow these steps:

  1. Download Alexa App.

  2. Install Alexa App.

  3. Sign in with Amazon account.

  4. Then simply open the app and scan for devices.Once you find it,select your device.



Performance


The newest feature of the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) is the more refined audio system that helps make the Echo Dot sound better than any previous version. 

Although the sound quality of the new Dot is more refined,still listening whole albums with songs or bass boosted music is not really suitable for this speaker. At low to medium volume levels it performs OK,but if you are listening to it on maximum volume,some of the vocals may not sound clear.Moreover,talking about the bass,well it's nearly non-existent,but that is explained by the small size of the speaker.

The more appropriate way to use the speaker is to control your smart home while you can also receive and answer phone calls.For instance, you can use it to set timers while you're cooking, have it give you a one-minute news roundup while you're eating your cereal in the morning, or even order an Uber if you've entered your Uber login details into the Alexa app. 

If you have a set routine you'd like it to perform, Alexa can string multiple commands together - like, for example, you could have your lights, heating and TV switched on - in one short phrase. This is handy once you stock up on multiple smart devices. 


Conclusion


If you are searching for budget wireless smart speaker that you can use at home in order to automate your home devices functions, make calls and play the occasional song or two ,than Amazon Echo Dot is a really good option that you can consider.The Amazon Echo Dot is easily one of the best smart speakers on the market for you – even better than the Google Home Mini in terms of call quality and music playback. 

You should only remember to pick 3.5mm auxiliary cord or you should look for bigger smart speakers that have better sound quality like Amazon Echo(3rd Gen),Echo plus(2nd Gen),Ultimate MEGABLAST and more on out website.



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