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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) review: A bit better, a bit worse

Echo Dot 2020 fourth generation ring of light from the front


Now in its fourth generation, the Amazon Echo Dot has a new visual identity. The previous three models had a puck-like shape, but this time the popular Alexa speaker is shaped like an orbit. It echoes the creative language of the great echo speaker.

But should you upgrade to the Echo Dot 4th gen, or look at other smart speaker options? We find out Android Authority New Echo Dot Review.

Amazon Echo Dot (Fourth Generation)

The fourth generation echo dot takes two steps forward and one step back. The sound quality and connectivity have been improved compared to the model it replaces and the design certainly stands out. However, the updated design is not as versatile as mounting options and more difficult to access than the hardware buttons.

What is Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation?

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The Amazon Echo Dot 4 gene is a step based on the almighty Echo dot. It’s an affordable approach to the world of voice assistants and automation.

The speaker is powered by Amazon Alexa and the voice assistant. It can answer any query you can throw away, and more, thanks to the thousands of skills that can be activated using the app.

Aside from Sigby support, the Amazon Echo Dot is just as good as the big Amazon speakers.

Echo Dot will bring almost all the smartphones in the high-end Amazon Echo, save for sigby support, making it easy to place on a bedside table or office desk in the form factor. The speaker is available in two variants: a version that combines the standard echo dot we reviewed here as well as the front digital clock reading.

The most obvious update is design. Beyond that, many other things have not changed. The 4th Geno Echo Dot sports a single 1.6-inch speaker, a barrel connector for power, as well as an auxiliary port for audio or audio equipment.

What I like about the Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen

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Whatever you think of the new orbit-like design, it is definitely unique. It stands out from anything else on the market. The spherical shape is more visible when placed on a table compared to the utility look of the outgoing model.

As someone who already has a variety of devices that handle automation across my apartment, I often end up looking at the LED light bulb ring running around the top of the echo dot to make sure my voice command is received. So I had some doubts about switching to the foot of the light bulb device. However, it did not cause any problems. The LED ring on the updated Echo Dot is bright enough to reflect most push-offs and is visible even from a distance.

Echo Dot 2020 Comparison with the fourth generation old Echo DotEcho Dot 2020 Comparison with the fourth generation old Echo Dot

Previously, the Echo dot speaker was designed to output 360-degree audio, while the fourth-generation model plays a forward shooting speaker. In addition, Echo Dot will not replace your dedicated bookshelf speakers at any time, and the audio quality will be slightly enhanced with better separation between upper, middle and lower.

Audio quality has not improved significantly, but you will get a better Wi-Fi connection.

It’s a little more detailed and not as messy as the older hardware devices. If you prefer hip-hop or bass-heavy trap music, the updated echo dot sound is a little better. It may be due to the large volume of the speaker, but do not expect any miracles here.

Another feature of the Echo Dot fourth generation that stood out to me was the better wireless connection. Its Wi-Fi connectivity is constantly positioned on a 3rd Gen Echo dot, and the new model is significantly better.

What I don’t like about Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen

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Honestly there is not much to dislike about the 2020 Amazon Echo Dot. It gets all the basics right, so you can control your entire home as well as any other device in the portfolio.

That said, the new mode significantly reduces your options regarding speaker placement. For one, you can no longer attach it to a wall socket. The extra height means that the volume and silence controls are now placed along the speaker’s curve. No need to touch the buttons in the corner unless you want to use voice control.

Should You Buy the Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation?

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If you already have Echo Dot 3rd-gen, there is not much reason to update to the latest 2020 Echo Dot model. However, it is worth looking into whether you are experiencing relationship issues or are concerned about the new aesthetic.

Amazon Echo Dot (Fourth Generation)

The fourth generation echo dot takes two steps forward and one step back. The sound quality and connectivity have been improved compared to the model it replaces and the design certainly stands out. However, the updated design is not as versatile as mounting options and more difficult to access than the hardware buttons.

If you have an older model, the latest Echo Dot fourth-gener offers a reasonable improvement in audio quality. However, Echo Dot Third Generation packs a very similar speaker. The older model is now available at a discounted price, making it a better buy for anyone who expects a bit of flexibility in speaker placement.

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