The Echo Dot (3rd Generation) is arguably the most popular voice-enabled speaker from Amazon. The new version was released on October 11, 2018, as announced by Amazon as part of their 2018 device lineup. The new Dot comes with some major improvements compared to the previous version.
The device is available in three different shades: Charcoal, Heather Gray & Sandstone. The new Echo Dot is stylish yet neutral-looking. It will easily complement any home interior decor.
But should you upgrade to Amazon’s Echo Dot 3rd generation if you already own the Dot 2nd generation?
Let’s find out.
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Echo Dot 2018 New Features
The new Echo Dot is slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor. The circular hockey-puck-shaped speaker has a more refined look. Its circumference is covered with a fabric finish.
The new Dot’s sound quality performs better than the previous generation Dot. The speaker itself is more powerful with a bigger bass. Its sound quality is tested to be fuller and richer with better clarity. Amazon announced the new Echo Dot is designed with 70% louder sound than its prior version.
The speaker comes with four microphones which make it easier for the Echo Dot to hear your voice from across the room. This is particularly beneficial when using the intercom feature. That, of course, requires multiple devices installed throughout the home (watch video below for a demo).
The underside of the new Dot is surfaced with a non-slip silicone material that prevents skidding even on a kitchen countertop. The device is meant to perform well in a bedroom, kitchen, or any moderately-sized living area with its improved sound quality.
The Echo Dot can be connected to external speakers either wirelessly via Bluetooth or physically through a 3.5mm audio cable. This allows you to use your own powerful speakers for richer (stereo) sound without having to buy other more expensive top-of-line Echo speakers.
While the fabric material looks greats, the only concern is it may be prone to staining, especially if it sits in a busy kitchen.
Echo Dot Smart Home Speaker
Like its predecessor, the new Echo Dot connects to Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, set alarms, check the weather, and more. It’s also compatible with other Amazon smart home devices. Use the Echo Dot to control smart devices like light bulbs, door locks, TV set, thermostat, and other devices with a single voice command.
Amazon also supports a variety of music streaming through the Echo Dot, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and a few others. The Echo Dot can be used to call almost anyone hands-free using your voice.
Conclusion: Should you upgrade?
The most popular voice-controlled speaker, the Echo Dot is the smallest and most affordable of all Amazon Echo products. The new version delivers more powerful sound (70% louder than the 2nd generation as per Amazon’s specifications), lower distortion, and better quality sound overall.
The Echo Dot (3rd Generation) has undergone serious updates both aesthetically and technologically. If you are on the market for a new device, the good news is the price of the new Dot is the same as the previous model’s regular price.
All things considered, the 3rd generation Echo Dot will deliver higher sound quality, has a sleek appeal, is meant to perform better with four microphones, and is worth considering as an upgrade. Otherwise, if you own the second generation Dot and all you need is louder sound, then you may want to connect your device to more powerful speakers via Bluetooth or audio cable.
To compare the sound quality between the two devices and also between the new Dot and Google mini, click here.
The new Echo Dot is now available for purchase. Check it out here on Amazon.
To find out about Alexa and the new Echo Spot (2nd Generation) upgraded features click here.
- The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before?, CNET
- Hands on: Amazon Echo Dot, TechRadar
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