The Amazon Echo is a well-rounded smart speaker with premium sound and built-in Zigbee smart home hub and temperature sensor. The surprisingly powerful speakers have deep bass and clear highs that adapt to any room. With Alexa built in, you can ask it questions, listen to music, make calls and even receive news. But which one should you get? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each device and determine which one is right for you.
The Echo Dot looks slightly more streamlined than its previous generation, and it doesn’t have the squared-off design of the fourth-generation model. The larger, round-looking Echo does, however, have a built-in digital clock. It is also smaller than the older Echo, which resembled a honeydew melon. It measures 144mm x 133mm, which makes it ideal for a bedside table. The Dot comes with a special Kids Edition that has a fanciful animal-face cover. This version comes with added privacy features and can even detect your child’s voice.
The current Echo has been on the market for a couple of years, and it has become a popular option for those who want to experience the power of Alexa. However, its new design has made it hard for many to upgrade from the previous generation. Sonos and Bose have also released Alexa-enabled products. However, Amazon has removed the portable Alexa speakers from its lineup, and the 4th generation Echo only has a 3.5mm line-in jack. The Echo Studio, on the other hand, has a mini-optical Toslink connection.