Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

Echo Dot

he Good The second-gen, mini-size Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker is just as smart as the full-size Echo at half the cost. It boasts more skills and third-party integrations than its rival, the Google Home Mini, and it also includes an aux-out jack for quick, direct connections with external audio setups, which the Home Mini lacks.

The Bad The Home Mini offers noticeably better sound quality out of the box, and Google Assistant is better at pulling from the internet to answer a wide variety of questions.

The Bottom Line The Echo Dot takes Amazon’s popular smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package — but the Google Home Mini is a very worthy competitor.

“Alexa” is Amazon’s cloud-connected, voice-activated virtual assistant. You wake her up by saying her name, or by saying one of your three other wake word options, “Amazon,” “Echo” or “Computer.” The array of microphones inside of the Echo Dot is always listening, and when they hear the wake word, they’ll start recording whatever you say next, then send the audio snippet through the cloud to Amazon’s servers. Those servers will figure out what you’re asking for, then tell Alexa how to respond. All of this happens in about a second.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2O70kdM

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