This is the budget version of the Amazon Echo. It's equipped with Alexa, who can assist you with playing some music, making calls, and checking the news, among other things. You can also connect it to an external speaker or headphones.
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Pro Great option for people who want to try out smart speakers
The Echo Dot is a great option if you're still unsure if you'll have any use for a smart speaker. It has a lot of the same functions as other Amazon smart speakers but it comes at a fraction of the price.
Pro It doesn't take up much space
The Dot is smaller than the average smart speaker, and there shouldn't be any problem with finding a place for it.
Pro You can connect it to another speaker
You can upgrade the sound by connecting an external speaker (or headphones) via the 3.5 mm jack.
Con It has a hard time picking up commands from a distance
If the distance between you and the speaker is more than 20 feet, you should speak louder to make sure that Alexa understands you correctly.
Con You can't switch between the external speaker and the Echo Dot
If you plug in an external speaker, it will be used by default, with no possibility to switch between the two.
Con The sound output is underwhelming in a large room
The Dot is a comparatively small device, it doesn't have as much power as bigger speakers. It can handle playing some background music in a quiet setting, but it's not the best choice for a party.
Con It relies on a power outlet
The Echo Dot has to be plugged into a power outlet to work.