Amazon introduced not one but two smart speakers to the UK this week: Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo is a smart speaker which you can control and interact with using your voice – if you’re not completely familiar with what Amazon Echo can do, click here.
But what are the differences? Are you missing out on much by going for the Dot? Read on to find out…
Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Dot: What’s the difference?
Amazon Echo is a 360-speaker which features seven microphones in total, so that Alexa (the power behind Amazon Echo) can pick up your voice wherever you are and distribute sound in all directions too.
The Echo Dot in a smaller, compact version without the large speaker. Instead, you can use your existing Bluetooth speaker to stream Echo’s sounds.
So the main differences are size, weight and audio – as well as price. See the main spec differences below.
Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Dot: Specs
|Amazon Echo||Amazon Echo Dot|
|Size||9.25" x 3.27" x 3.27"||3.3" x 3.3" x 1.3"|
|Weight||1064 grams||163 grams|
|Wi-fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. Does not support connection to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Dot or from Echo Dot to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported|
|Audio||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Amazon Echo and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices.||Built-in speaker for voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included)|
|Included in the box||Amazon Echo, power adaptor/cable (1.8 m) and Quick Start Guide||Amazon Echo Dot, power adaptor (9W), USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide|
Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Dot: Can I own both?
Yes, if you want to have Amazon Echo everywhere you could put the main device in the living room and place smaller Echo Dots in other rooms around the house.
Amazon recently rolled out an update to those with multiple Echo devices, known as Echo Spatial Perception (ESP). This means that the Echo's work together and only the speaker that's closest to you will respond to you.
Amazon has several offers to make buying more Dots appealing: buy 5 Dots and get 1 free, buy 10 Dots and get two free (you’ll need to use the discount code DOT6PACK or DOT12PACK when you buy to get this offer).
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