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The Amazon Echo was one of the first smart speakers and changed the way these devices were used in the home. This smart speaker not only enhances listening to music, but it allows you to control your smart home devices, ask questions and manage to-do lists hands free. The Amazon Dot offers many similar capabilities and features found in the Amazon Echo, but it also provides hardware features and additional capabilities that take it a step above the Echo.

What Is the Amazon Dot?

The Amazon Dot is a small smart speaker that uses the Alexa Voice System. This system allows you to control all the features and functions of the speaker using only your voice. The Amazon Dot features seven microphones that are designed to hear your voice from across any room. However, if you have multiple Amazon Dot devices in your home, you may worry about multiple devices picking up your request. This could cause trouble, particularly if you ask Alexa to order a pizza or set an alarm.

Luckily, the Amazon Dot features Echo Spatial Perception, or ESP. This feature ensures that only the closest Amazon Dot responds to your requests, instead of multiple devices at once. So, when you order a pizza using your Amazon Dot, only one pizza will be delivered, instead of three.

The Amazon Dot is small – measuring only 1.3 inches tall and 3.3 inches wide – which allows you to easily scatter these devices across your home. However, this smart speaker must be near an outlet and plugged in to work. You can wake up the device by saying trigger words like “Amazon” or “Alexa” and then specify your request or command.

The Amazon Dot works on the cloud. It becomes familiar with you — your preferences, the way you speak — and the more you use it, the more it learns about you. However, you can give the Amazon Dot as much control as you wish.

This smart speaker will work with a myriad of smart home devices. Using only your voice, you can tell Alexa to turn off your lights or shut your garage door. This smart speaker is compatible with many smart home devices such as Nest, Ecobee, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings and many others.

The best speakers are designed to provide powerful sound for your music. Unfortunately, The Amazon Dot does not excel with its sound quality. This device allows you to stream music through services such as Panadora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. However, the speaker is small so you won’t receive the high-quality sound you need for music or movies. Also, the small size won’t fill a room with sound. Fortunately, you can connect the Amazon Dot to your own Bluetooth speaker, and it also contains a 3.5 mm audio output jack that allows you to connect to any speaker. However, there is no auxiliary audio input on this device, and it does not feature Dolby audio.

While the Alexa Voice System on this device is excellent, there are also buttons that allow you to manually use the device. You can control the volume and turn the microphone off if you wish. Furthermore, the Amazon Dot is significantly cheaper than other Amazon smart speakers – about half the cost of the Amazon Echo.

How Does the Amazon Echo Compare?

The Amazon Echo was the first smart speaker released from Amazon. It is similar to the Amazon Dot with its features and capabilities. It works as your personal assistant and can perform many skills such as order you takeout or check your travel plans.

Like the Amazon Dot, the Echo features seven microphones so it can easily obey your commands and answer your questions. It works with your smart home, allowing you to control your smart home devices hands free.

However, there are some significant differences between the Dot and the Echo. The main differences are with sound quality and hardware. The Amazon Echo is built with a more powerful speaker. It features 360-degree omni-directional audio, which can fill rooms of all sizes with high-quality sound. It also features a 2.5-inch woofer and 2.0 tweeter, which creates a wide range of sound.

Furthermore, the Amazon Echo is much taller and more prominent in your home. It is 9.3 inches tall and 3.3 inches wide. Like the Amazon Dot, the Echo requires a power cord, limiting its portability. In addition, the Echo is significantly more expensive than the Dot, costing approximately $180.

The Verdict

If you want a built-in speaker with high-quality sound, consider the Amazon Echo. However, if you prefer to use your own Bluetooth speaker or connect to your own speaker system, the Amazon Dot is ideal. You can place multiple devices around your home to control your smart home devices, play music and utilize its personal assistant capabilities no matter what room you are in. In addition, for the cost of one Echo, you can purchase multiple Dots and create a smart home instead of just a smart room.

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