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Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016)

Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016)
alaScore 90

2466 reviews

Sep, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2466 reviews of Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Dot (1st gen. 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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 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

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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

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

Expert review by : Rob Leane (

Amazon Echo Dot review: 2nd-gen version now half price


Does everything the full-fat Amazon Echo does aside from pump out the tunes

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.

Oct, 2018

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Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Amazon Echo Dot


The first-gen 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

Expert review by : Victoria Woollaston (

Amazon Echo Dot review: Amazon's cheapest mini Smart speaker


Digital voice assistants are the future and the Echo Dot is the best and cheapest around

Mar, 2019

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Amazon Echo Dot review

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The Amazon Echo Dot, and its voice assistant Alexa, has proved a smash hit since its launch in 2016. This round gadget acts as your home helper, enabling you to request information and control other devices with just your voice. But is Alexa really a...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : mfereday (

Talking to Alexa : Amazon Echo Dot


While the various in-car navigation devices that I have checked out tend to give you a choice of voices, whether of the male or female gender, the current trinity of Siri, Cortana and Alexa from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon do not offer the user such a...

Overall I feel that the Echo Dot is more suited to being the type of device you would purchase for somebody else rather than your own personal use. I can not get out of my head the thought that the Echo Dot’s main purchase is to help sell other Amazon...

Nov, 2016