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The Awesome Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart speaker
Meet the all-new Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart speaker – Amazon’s most popular smart speaker with Alexa. The sleek, compact design delivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for a full sound. Voice control your entertainment – Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and others.
Play music, audiobooks, and podcasts throughout your home with multi-room music.Ready to help – Ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, and more. Control your smart home – Use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, and lock doors with compatible devices. Connect with others – Call almost anyone hands-free.
Instantly drop in on other rooms or announce to the whole house that dinner’s ready. Designed to protect your privacy – Amazon is not in the business of selling your personal information to others. Built with multiple layers of privacy controls including a mic off button. The Echo’s design has been completely overhauled — the cylindrical shape is out, everything is about spheres now. The new Echo is essentially a 5-inch ball with a flat side on the bottom, so it doesn’t roll off the table.
It’s vaguely melon-like in appearance, though I also can’t deny the Death Star vibes of its projects. According to Amazon, the ball shape is meant to improve the speaker’s acoustic properties and allows for more flexibility with the placement of the drivers inside. It also offers a fuller cavity behind the woofer for a better bass response. And sure enough, the Echo is physically deeper than the Nest Audio, which is a little bit taller.
That depth allows Amazon to use two tweeters (each 0.8-inch) compared to Nest’s single one, while still fitting in a 3-inch woofer and enough space for it to radiate bass. The net effect is the Echo has a greater sound stage than the Nest and fills larger rooms better with sound. It also has noticeably better bass — you can feel it on the floor as well as just hearing it.
That’s something I haven’t experienced from a $100 smart speaker before. As anyone familiar with Amazon Echo devices knows, set-up is a case of downloading the Alexa app on your smartphone, plugging in the Dot, and following the prompts.
Helpful advancements have been made to encourage the ownership of several Echo devices. For example, you can name and group all your Echo products within your home, so saying “Alexa, play David Bowie in the living room” will mean that any Echo devices in that group will oblige.
Design Improvements: In terms of the improvements between the Echo Dot 3rd- Generation and the Echo Dot 4th Generation the design of the third-generation Dot measures 1.7 inches tall and 3.9 inches in diameter. The light ring surrounds the top perimeter, and the four buttons — the action button, volume buttons, and the microphone off button — sit on the top flat surface.
You can choose between four color options: Charcoal, heather gray, plum, or sandstone. The 4th generation of Echos represents the next design evolution in Echo speakers. The Echo Dot 4th gen is spherically shaped, and it measures 3.5 inches tall and 3.9 inches in diameter (the same diameter as the previous generation).
Overall, the new Dot is larger than its predecessor, which is somewhat surprising to see in a device that doesn’t have a display screen. Unlike the Echo Dot 3rd gen, the 4th gen Dot’s light ring is located along the bottom perimeter. The four buttons are also slightly raised, and they sit on top of the sphere.
The Echo Dot 4th gen has a more futuristic look, and it looks like a more expensive device than its predecessor. However, for those who want a speaker they can hide on a bookshelf or corner table, the 3rd gen Dot may be easier to tuck away in a corner and sit unnoticed.