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Echo Dot (5th generation, 2022 release) | Big vibrant sound Wi-Fi and Bluetooth smart speaker with Alexa | Charcoal

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If you want something that displays all your family photos, can act as a bulletin board for messages, and play films and TV shows in the kitchen (if you’d rather this instead of a TV), it’s a great nifty device. The Verge asks each company whose smart home products we review about safeguards it has in place for your data. Powered by Alexa, the Dot can do most everything its bigger siblings can, including stream music, set timers, run Alexa Routines, control smart home devices, play games, tell jokes, and work as a home intercom and telephone.

Otherwise, they look and feel exactly the same from the front, and that’s no bad thing: it’s a charming little speaker that blends in perfectly with the surroundings. Available in a choice of three colours – white, charcoal and blue – the Echo Dot’s subtle, unobtrusive look is pleasingly un-impactful.

Hard to navigate, excruciatingly slow, not enough organization options, and just generally unpleasant to use as a smart home controller, the Alexa app is ripe for a makeover. No, your eyes don't deceive you, it is indeed much, much more spherical than the 2019 iteration, but luckily all that extra space around the waist has been put to good use with some upgraded internals. Alexa is ready to help throughout the day with weather forecasts, news updates, hands-free timers, reminders, answers to your questions and can even tell you jokes.

After a few setup hiccups (the Dot needed a software upgrade, then the Eero network needed one, too), I could see the Dot in my Eero app with an option to use it to extend Wi-Fi. That’s the full extent of the changes for the basic Echo Dot, but the Echo Dot with Clock also gets a bonus improvement.There’s no word on if and when the UK will get this, but given it’s also coming to fourth-generation Echos as a software update, it’s not in itself a reason to upgrade either way. It features an upgraded processor, so runs more smoothly and snappily in comparison to the first-generation model, and it has a better 13MP camera (a huge boost over the 1MP on the 1st gen).

The deals here are updated and our community of enthusiastic bargain hunters made sure that you can use the Echo dot discount codes.The weather forecast readout, with the temperature and a little cloud, sun, or rain icon, is more useful and slightly faster than listening to Alexa say the forecast. If you appreciate good sound and want your music to sound as crisp and sublime as possible, the Studio has you covered, with support for Dolby Atmos. Plus, both the Echo Dot devices have that nifty tap functionality on the top, which the Echo 4th generation doesn’t. That said, the new inclusion of Alexa Voice Profiles for Kid is a fantastic little feature if you've got kids in the house.

With multiple devices, you can drop in on other rooms throughout the home, or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device. The Echo Dot with Clock has long been my favorite small smart speaker, and with these improvements, it’s now my go-to smart alarm clock.

When my laptop connected to the Dot, I got speeds of 25Mbps up and 12 down in an area of my house where I would usually get 70 / 26 from my 1. Compared to its bigger siblings, or Google's rival offerings, you might find the screen a little small depending on where you're going to be seeing it from after requesting something via the Alexa voice commands.

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