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Amazon's spherical Echo Dot lineup is as robust as it is cute

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Everything you need to know about the Amazon Echo Dot, based on actual testing.

The Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids Edition all share the same guts and a really similar build; Dot with Clock adds an LED display and the Kids Edition might be the cutest smart speaker ever.

The coolest part of the design, in our opinion, is the LED ring at the bottom of the Echo Dot. Like the 4th Gen Echo, Amazon decided to relocate the ring to the bottom of the device.

You might recall that we raved about the Echo Dot with Clock last year and found it to be an ingenious upgrade to a smart speaker.

The Echo Dot with Clock simply adds an LED dot matrix display to the front — it’s a little lower than the center of the sphere but higher than last year’s model.

Using the Alexa app, or if you know the name of a skill, you can add more features to your Echo Dot. For example, you can play Jeopardy, order pizza from Dominos or add your favorite music streaming service to play your favorite tunes on demand.

The 4th Gen Echo Dot is still the budget smart speaker to beat and is the easiest entry point into making your home a little smarter.

It’s also enabled some fun designs from Amazon, namely with the adorable panda or tiger Echo Dot Kids Edition.

At $49. 99 ($59. 99 for Dot with Clock or Dot Kids Edition) the Echo Dot still impresses.

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