Echo Dot is a very popular internet radio. This is a voice-controlled model that not only plays music and receives a wide range of different music channels online, it is also able to call up all the required information via voice control, which is available via the web or to place orders directly. A cloud automatically updates the device and is therefore adaptive.
Amazon “is not only a worldwide Internet platform for products and online orders that have been available since its foundation in 1994, it also markets its own systems, which are commercially available as devices via its own company brand and are activated by registration, including the well-known” Kindle “reader for e-books with a cloud of books, newspapers and magazines provided by” Amazon “and the” Amazon Echo Dot “. What was initially required by registration is now freely available for everyone. This concerns Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
- Size :5.8” x 3.4” x 3.4” (148 mm x 88 mm x 88 mm)
- Weight :29.0 oz. (821 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
- Wi-Fi connectivity :Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
- Bluetooth connectivity :Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo or from Echo to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.
- Audio :2.5” (63.5 mm) woofer and 0.6” (16 mm) tweeter
- Alexa App :The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.
- Warranty and Service : 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.
Delivery time and packaging material
The goods were delivered quickly and reliably by “Amazon”, arrived in the new and impact-resistant original carton. The device was padded packed, light and handy, had no defects, factory faults or damage. The required power cord and the USB cable were included in the scope of delivery. A brief instruction manual was also included to set up and use the device.
Dimensions and weight
Visually, the “Amazon Echo Dot” in its circular and particularly compact design was a modern and space-saving device that could be used anywhere. With a light weight of just 163 grams and a diameter of about 8 centimeters, the model still had a number of functions, a clearly arranged control bar and several microphones. The height was 3.5 centimeters. This made the “Echo Dot” a mobile and external device in one that could be used alongside smartphones and tablets.
Design, colour, construction and display
There were two designs to choose from, including a black and a white model with a blue narrow, illuminated border. On the round surface were the most important function keys for volume, programming and the microphone. The inputs and outputs for USB and audio were located on the side. One display did not have the model, but integrated speakers for speech recognition and external speakers for playback of different media. It could also be controlled via an app.
Microphone and speaker
A total of 7 high-quality microphones were installed, arranged around the device. This even enabled speech recognition when other ambient noises were present or even loud music was played. A directional beam technology with noise suppression was used for this purpose. Using a far field, the device was able to implement all the requirements placed on it and was able to learn how to store and better understand the user’s language habits.
The model was switched on by an activation word, which read “Alexa” in the Echo Dot review, and then lit up in the blue border. The voice and audio data were then forwarded to the cloud, questions answered or the desired service made available.
The sound was in stereo version, was possible via the integrated loudspeakers in the device, but also via Bluetooth connection with external loudspeakers and end devices. For example,”Amazon Echo Dot” was used to control your own stereo system with your voice.
Compatibility, functions, system requirements and connections
Since Internet radios were mainly compared and evaluated in the Best Wifi radio List , these features were the deciding factors for the more precise criteria. The “Amazon Echo Dot” was connected to the Internet via Wifi and was then able to play “Amazon Music”,”Spotify” and “Tunnels”. For this purpose, music with the “Multiroom” function could be distributed to several devices and used in many rooms and rooms. It was also possible to play your own music via USB.
But the device was able to do much more than that. This included the ability to control equipment and lighting in the house, make calls, make purchases and access a wide range of information including news, calendar dates, weather, cinema programme, sports results and many other sources of supply available over the Internet. This was possible via voice control, so that the device did not have to be operated manually. If several models were used in different rooms during the Echo Dot review, the device, which was in close proximity, was switched on via ESP.
Music from the Internet – Internet radio in the application
- Connection and use
Setting up the Amazon Echo Dots was simple and straightforward, and the instructions provided extensive information. While the device was previously activated by invitation, the service was extended so that no further registration was necessary.
The “echo dot” was connected to a power source via the power cord and could then be connected to the Internet via Wifi or smartphone. A separate app was available and offered precise control of the model. 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks were supported. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile “was also enabled for audio streaming and external speakers via Bluetooth.
- Application possibilities and control variety
On closer inspection, the small compact device was a real all-rounder in Echo Dot review and comparison and took over the entire control system in the house and from many devices. This not only affected the light switching, but also the switching on and off or programming of television, system or coffee machine. The heating system could also be regulated in temperature by the model. The use was mobile, while the echo dot was always placed where it was needed. It also made sense to combine several models.
- Transmitter selection and further functions
The already mentioned functions have been enriched by the usual programming, among them the “Echo Dot Alexa” could be used as an alarm clock and timer.
A slight disadvantage was found in the programming of several timers, since the “echo dot” only reproduced the same sound that could not be distinguished.
The most important feature for the Echo Dot review was listening to music, which was made easy by connecting to the Internet and other devices and sound systems. When specifying the music preferences, it could happen that speech recognition for foreign-language titles became more difficult. On the other hand, playing streaming services with excellent sound, current hits or an automatically defined playlist was easy. Speech was used to control volume or the “Forward” and “Reverse” functions.
The model was multi-tasking-capable and allowed for a wide range of operating options, including the writing of a shopping list or the retrieval of television news. The control via language guarantees a high ease of use.
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