After a few months of digging into all the ways Alexa can hack my life, I have become really impressed (and eesh, maybe even a little dependent) with Amazon’s voice assistant. Alexa helps me with almost every part of my workdays at home now: From waking me up each morning to my favorite SiriusXM radio station, to reminding me to take my medications, alerting me when packages arrive downstairs, and controlling the lights in my apartment.
Echo Dot (4th Gen, 2020 release) | Smart speaker with Alexa
Amazon’s most popular smart speaker with Alexa. Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and others. Play music, audiobooks, and podcasts throughout your home with multi-room music.
Enter the Echo Dot, Amazon’s most popular smart speaker with Alexa, which allows you to affordably add Alexa to every room of your home. The most recent version of the Echo Dot is currently on sale for 44% off at Amazon for $27.99 (it’s usually $49.99) — its lowest price ever according to price tracking site CamelCamelCamel. So if you’re looking to make your home a little smarter, this may be the deal for you. But, the Dot may not be for everyone. Read on to learn more.
What reviewers say about the Amazon Echo Dot: PCMag applauds the Dot’s new spherical design and says that while the 4th gen model is not that much different from its predecessor, “it’s still the best basic gateway to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.” The original price at just under $50 is hard to beat, the reviewers say. PCMag specifically granted its Editors Choice to the Echo Dot with Clock (currently $39.99, usually $59.99) — as it is “worth the extra $10 if you plan on putting the speaker on your desk, nightstand, or anywhere else you use clocks and timers. “
Over 436,000 reviewers at Amazon give the Echo Dot an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars. “Easy set up, functional and fun,” writes one reviewer. “This is a great device that I highly recommend. We use it, and all our other Dots all day long for news, music, drop[ping]-in, calendar and timer notifications, and shopping among other features. In closing, five-stars!”
Other things to consider: Audiophiles may not be pleased with the sound quality of the Dot. “The Echo Dot still has a 1.6-inch driver and a 3.5mm line out to power more capable speakers. If you want better sound, you’ll have to step up to the fourth-gen Echo with its 3-inch woofer and dual 0.8-inch tweeters,” PCMag says.
About this column: Since you’re here, let me introduce myself: I’m Maddy Perkins, deputy commerce editor for MarketWatch Picks. I will be buying two of these to bring Alexa into my closet and bathroom. I’m a big online shopper who loves a good deal — particularly when it comes to cool kitchen gadgets, electronics, fashion and beauty products. I’ll be here a few times a week to share the best deals I can find online with you. Have anything you’d like me to hunt down? Write me at [email protected] Cheers!
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