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Amazon Echo Spot

84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

The Echo Spot brings Alexa in the form of a tiny touchscreen alarm clock. Its display is indeed pretty useful, as its adds additional context and visual information. It's great for video calls, too. And yet, its current $130 asking price feels high for what's essentially a smart alarm clock, especially when the Echo Show costs only $20 more and has better audio quality. We still really like the Echo Spot, but we'd hold off and wait for the price to come down.

Pros
  • Cute design
  • Touchscreen enhances the Alexa experience
  • Great for video calls
Cons
  • Expensive for what it is
  • The tiny screen isn't suitable for longer videos
  • Mediocre audio quality
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score

Display

64
 

Design and form factor

88
 

Ease of use

80
 

Media support

73
 
 
70
SlashGear
Alexa’s usefulness continues unabated, but the current affordability of the Echo Show eats into the Echo Spot’s appeal, while the Echo Dot remains the best bang-for-buck for new adopters.
 
80
Digital Trends
If you’re in the market for a smart speaker that doubles as a cute little screen and an alarm clock, buy the Spot.
 
70
Tom's Guide
The sphere-like Echo Spot is more compact than the Echo Show and provides good audio quality for its size, but the circular screen is small.
 
90
Gizmodo
If you really want an alarm clock, and are okay with that crazy $100 premium for a nice little display, the Spot does the trick. It just makes me question why half of the rest of the Amazon Echo lineup exists right now.
 
70
The Verge
At $130, it’s not particularly cheap and has that pesky camera that most people will not want in their bedrooms. Despite that, I personally really like it: it looks cool, doesn’t take up a lot of space on my nightstand, and as mentioned, kills two birds with one stone in my bedroom.
 
70
USA Today
Echo Spot is the second Echo that is meant to be seen as well as heard. Only for now I wish there was more and better things to watch, with video that is properly formatted to take advantage of the smaller display.
 
70
Time
If you really only see yourself using the Echo for playing music, manipulating smart home devices, and answering simple questions, you probably don’t need a screen at all, and should just opt for the cheaper $99 second generation Echo.
 
80
CNBC
If you own an Echo Dot ... this is a great upgrade from that. And if you already own a couple Echos, as I do, then the Echo Spot is a must-have. It's perfect for bedrooms, home offices (or your desk at work) and is a delight to use. It's my new favorite Echo, and easily worth the $129 asking price.
 
90
Mashable
Amazon's Echo Spot is everything the Echo Show should have been, and it's easily our favorite Echo yet.
 
70
CNET
The Echo Spot is a fine for what it is, but Amazon still hasn't done enough to convince us that Alexa needs a touchscreen at all.