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Amazon Echo Dot 2nd-gen

from  $29.99+
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85 Engadget Score
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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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
85 Engadget Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
100
CNET
The new and improved Echo Dot takes Amazon's best-in-class smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package.
 
80
PC Mag
The Amazon Echo Dot brings Alexa voice assistance to your home for nearly half the price of the original, and you can connect it to your favorite home speaker.
 
80
SlashGear
Alexa isn’t perfect, but the core technology has proved its worth and the skills list keeps racking up wins. ... Previously, it was the relatively high cost of entry that was the primary barrier to trying out Echo’s abilities, but the sub-$50 Echo Dot second-generation squashes such concerns.
 
80
TechCrunch
I didn’t exactly rush out to pick up the first Echo when it hit, but between a rapidly expanding skill set (1,000 as of June), ever-improving hardware and a ridiculously cheap price point, there are fewer and fewer reasons not to give the Echo (or 12) a spin.
 
80
The Verge
Amazon’s option is here now, and it’s priced in such a way that almost anyone that’s interested can experiment with it.
 
80
Mashable
The Amazon Echo Dot still does everything the Echo does, now at an even lower price and it's not exclusive for Echo or Fire TV owners.
 
90
Business Insider
It may be early days, but Amazon has built a capable and affordable way for anyone to add a bunch of smarts to their home. The Echo Dot isn't just a great option because it was first. It's a great option because of its nearly flawless execution of the future of AI in the home.
 
90
Tom's Guide
The Amazon Echo Dot is an easy way to update your home stereo system with smart home features.