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Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016)

Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016)
alaScore 99

1504 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1504 reviews of Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Amazon Echo Dot (1st Gen., 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by: Jon Porter (

Amazon Echo Dot review


Alexa gets miniaturised, with great results

Great, smaller design ; Stellar voice recognition ; Line out functionality is very useful

Limited voice control of audio output ; Needs more skills ; No digital audio output

Amazon Echo Dot is a great product. It maintains almost everything that made the original Echo so great, while also bringing a substantial cut in price.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Duncan Bell (

Amazon Echo Dot review: Alexa on the cheap makes purchase a no brainer


This is the one you want. Alexa the voice-controlled PA for just 50 quid, and you can plug in your own speaker

Stellar music, to-do list and timer apps ; Handy news, weather, smart home and calendar stuff too ; Futuristic tech, old-fashioned price ; You can plug it in to any speaker with a line in

…So yes, you do need to already own a speaker to get the most out of it ; Same limitations as full-size Echo

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Adrian Willings (

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality


The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more. The Amazon Echo Dot is a...

Works with additional speakers for boost to sound, compact and sleek design, superb mic pickup, easy setup and connectivity, plenty of compatible services, great price point

Some frustrations with understanding commands, no battery for portability, as a standalone speaker the quality is tinny

The Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant, small and affordable smart home device. The Alexa personal assistant is currently as good as it gets, despite some foibles in her conversational understanding.

Nov, 2016

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Ced Yuen (

Amazon Echo Dot


Amazon Echo Dot review: the brilliant Echo personal assistant, made smaller and sold for half the price. What's not to love?

Smaller and cheaper than the big Echo ; Has audio output options

Sensitive audio equipment may pick up Wi-Fi interference when wired

A potent smart home assistant, now better and cheaper too.

Jan, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Amazon Echo Dot review


Amazon's Echo Dot is a genius way to make any stupid speaker smart.

Compact and unobtrusive ; Connects to any audio system ; Far-field voice recognition ; Constantly evolving functionality

On-board sound is weak

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Amazon Echo Dot review


A simple and effective entry-point into Amazon's world of artificial intelligence

Cheap and easy to use ; Good comprehension ; Lots of compatible devices ; 3.5mm output

Low quality speaker ; AI could be more advanced

A simple and effective entry into the world of voice assistants

Dec, 2017

Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (

Amazon Echo Dot review: Mini-me Echo now only £35


Does everything the full-fat Amazon Echo does aside from pump out the tunes; and it's now even cheaper

Much cheaper than the main Echo unit

Lightweight ; Poor-quality audio

Although Google Home has now finally arrived in the UK and Apple will be here soon, Amazon's Alexa remains the most fully formed system available today, and nothing comes close to the Dot in terms of pure value for money.

Dec, 2017

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by: Jim Martin (

Amazon Echo Dot review


The Echo Dot is a tiny voice-activated speaker that's a lot cheaper than the big Amazon Echo. Is it the one to buy? Find out in our Amazon Echo Dot review.

At half of the price of the big Echo, the Echo Dot is the best choice for most people. The only difference is that the built-in speaker isn’t great, but you can plug in your own hi-fi or use a Bluetooth speaker. Alexa is genuinely useful, especially in...

Nov, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Sascha Segan (

Amazon Echo Dot


The Amazon Echo Dot brings Alexa voice assistance to your home for half the price of the original, and you can connect it to your favorite home speaker.

Adds Alexa to any room for only $50. Connects to Bluetooth and wired speakers.

Tinny sound quality.

The Echo Dot isn't really about what it is, it's about who it is: It's the easiest way to add Alexa to any room of your home. At $50 it's a much better buy than the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, or Tap if you're looking for a speaking alarm clock, a...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: (

Amazon Echo Dot review


Amazon's smaller smart assistant is the one to go for

Seamless smart home integration ; Pretty decent DJ ; Dirt cheap!

Alexa sometimes plays dumb ; Needs hooking up to a better speaker

One of the best bargains in tech right now and a first step into a wonderful future

Nov, 2016