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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Amazon Echo Dot review (2016): Forget the Echo. Buy this instead.

The Dot is a smaller yet just as powerful version of the Amazon Echo. What it lacks in an internal speaker system it makes up for with an audio-out port and Bluetooth connectivity. While the app and inability to route queries to a single Alexa device within close proximity of each other can be annoying, the $50 price and Alexa's usefulness make the Dot a solid option for anyone who wants to start building a connected home on the cheap.

Pros
  • Access to thousands of Alexa “Skills”
  • Audio-out port and Bluetooth speaker support
  • At $50, it's $150 cheaper than the full-size Echo
Cons
  • Alexa app can be buggy
  • Two Alexa devices in adjoining rooms will both try to answer queries
  • Anemic sound from the built-in speaker
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75
 

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