The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: The new favourite among entry-level smart speakers

  • For the most part, the Echo Dot with Clock is the same speaker as the Echo Dot (2nd Gen), other than the addition of the visible clock
  • It is priced at 4,499

If you have an Echo speakers, you have at least once asked Amazon’s voice assistant to tell you what the time is. According to Amazon, it’s among the questions most asked of Alexa on a global scale. So, Amazon decided to remedy that situation, after all, an Echo was never meant to be a clock.

For the most part, the Echo Dot with Clock is the same speaker as the Echo Dot (2nd Gen), other than the addition of the visible clock.

There are a few tiny LEDs under the fabric covering on the Echo Dot. These show the time continuously, just like a vintage digital clock would. But the usage of the LEDs don’t end there.

If you ask Alexa what the temperature is outside, the LEDs will turn to display the temperature, as Alexa’s voice details everything the assistant knows about the weather outside. Similarly, countdown timers will be displayed using these lights. So, if you’re working out or cooking, you have a visual aid for exactly what position your timer is at. If you set an alarm, the clock will display a tiny dot next to the time to signify that an alarm is active.

None of these make the Echo Dot with Clock an ‘upgrade’ to your Echo Dot, but if you’re buying a new one, might as well go for one of these. The Dot with Clock costs an extra 1000 bucks, which still keeps it in the affordable levels -- it’s priced at 4,499.

Other than that, the Echo Dot is everything it’s always been. The audio quality is acceptable for an affordable Bluetooth speaker but nothing we’d recommend as a go to music streaming device. It can still be connected to other speakers to make them voice enabled and it still controls connected devices through voice, as long as they have an Alexa skill to go with them.

In short, the Echo Dot with Clock is still a really nice smart speaker to have on your bedside. It functions as a clock better now than it used to earlier and you can focus on using voice support for everything else. If you’re looking for an entry-level smart speaker in 2019, this is a good one to pick.

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