2021-07-25

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Smart Speaker with Clock-Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Review: Basic Model, High Level

Smart Speaker with Clock – Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) is an entry-level smart speaker. It is the same speaker as the third generation, but with a different design. But this time Amazon also released the Echo Dot (4th Gen) children’s version, there are two designs to choose from, panda or tiger.

      Amazon’s latest product, the fourth-generation Echo Dot, abandoned the usual disc design of its predecessors and adopted a new spherical shape, which is in sharp contrast with the predecessor products. At the same time, the new shape of Amazon’s fourth-generation products has many smart speakers on the market. China is also a more eye-catching existence. Next, let's take a look at what kind of performance this entry-level speaker will have?
      Although the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gene) is just an entry-level model, Amazon has a tradition of never ignoring the audio features of the Echo Dot. All 4th generation new products naturally inherit this advantage. Considering the size of the body, its playback sound effects are impressive. We heard that the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) is in the price range of at least $50. The speaker with the best sound quality. Of course, it is too unreasonable to compare it with products such as Amazon's Echo Studio.
      Under the environmentally friendly mesh fabric, the speaker enclosure wraps the entire speaker, and there is a 1.6-inch front fever speaker that can provide clear treble and full bass. If you are a casual music listener, you can appreciate how Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) fills the audio into a smaller space well. It can also handle the high-pitched part well without making any harsh sounds. In short, don't be fooled by its small size.
Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Design

      In terms of design, Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) and its larger sibling Echo (4th Gen) adopt a spherical shape. Compared with the previous generation, its height has increased, and physical buttons such as volume and mute are Always at the top. This is a little different in the spherical appearance, but overall, whether it is placed on a desk or a kitchen shelf, the design can complement any style and decoration.
    Just like the bigger sibling Echo (4th Gen), Echo Dot (4th Gen) is also spherical. Compared with the third-generation Echo Dot, its height has increased, while physical buttons such as volume, mute and action are always on the top.
      The fourth-generation Echo Dot is a 3.9-inch sphere, covered with half plastic and half fabric, in blue, dark gray or white. There are four physical buttons on the top to turn up the volume, turn down the volume, activate Alexa, and turn off the microphone. The blue light ring that shows Alexa is listening has moved from the top to the bottom of the speaker, making the surface below softly glow. With a power adapter and 3.5 mm audio output on the back, you can connect the Echo Dot to larger speakers.
      Don't expect better sound here. This is largely a change in appearance. The Echo Dot still has 1.6-inch drivers and 3.5 mm output cables to power more powerful speakers. If you want better sound, you must upgrade to the fourth-generation Echo with its 3-inch woofer and dual 0.8-inch tweeters.
Echo Dot (4th Gen)
      I doubt this decision, especially when the hockey puck-like design becomes an iconic appearance. However, change may be a good thing-this is the case with the new Echo Dot (4th Gen). Whether on my desk or on the kitchen shelf, the design can complement any style and decoration.

Alarm clock LED version

      If you want to put it next to the bed, the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) with a clock released by Amazon in September may be what you need. It can display time, external temperature, and act as a timer and alarm. To be honest, I hope this LED clock function is the standard function of the series, rather than a completely independent model. In addition to the clock function, the price of this version is 10 dollars higher, but it is still worth buying.
Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Children’s Edition

      In addition, Amazon also released the Echo Dot (4th Gen) children's version. Currently, there are two designs to choose from, panda or tiger. The Kids Edition has the same features as the standard Echo Dot, but Amazon has introduced a lot of child-friendly content, including one-year Amazon Kids+, and children can ask Alexa to tell stories or call good friends.
Echo Dot (4th Gen) children’s version

Alexa smart voice

      The new generation of product digital assistant Alexa is also continuing to develop and grow. One of the things that attracts my attention is that Alexa can monitor the security functions of the house. With the help of Alexa Guard, Echo Dot (4th Gen) will listen to specific sounds, such as The glass breaks or the smoke alarm sounds. This is a free service, and I feel that the service is very attentive. Most people choose smart speakers to complete typical tasks such as playing music and controlling other smart homes. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) built-in Alexa Guard intimate function allows Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) to enter a wider range The family has increased motivation.
      Like all previous Echo speakers, the new Echo Dot allows you to access Amazon's Alexa voice assistant by saying "Alexa" and commands. Alexa can answer general questions; provide information such as weather forecast and unit conversion; control smart home devices; make calls and home voice calls to other Alexa devices; and play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and SiriusXM (if you want For listening to music on other services, Echo Dot also has Bluetooth function).
      It’s worth mentioning that it allows you to control Irobot and smart led light board with your voice
Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Summary

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) has made some bold changes, but it offers a dazzling packaging that makes it a smart speaker that can win in the $50 price range. Its spherical design is a refreshing change, and this will not change its advantages as a music speaker. The only regret I feel is that the LED clock function is not standard. To put it simply, you will rarely find a smart voice assistant with better audio, more features and more powerful than Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) at a price of about $50. If your budget is just 50 At around US dollars, this is a good choice.
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