Amazon Releases A New Dot

Amazon Dot Streamer

Amazon just released an updated model of the budget voice-activated streamer called the Dot. Retail on the new version is now only $49. This is the only Echo variant that has an analog output, so connecting as a more traditional streaming solution (with stellar voice recognition) is possible with a little creative placement.

The new Dot comes in an additional color (white) which you can now get straight from the Amazon site, a much easier process to order than the previous iteration which could only be purchased directly through an existing Echo interface. As a bonus to the wired output, the little hockey puck also does bluetooth both ways for connecting a phone as a source or as output to separate speakers. The previous generation included a small speaker that has been compared to the sound quality you might hear from a mobile phone, but still would be considered suitable for alarms or simple feedback with the interface’s voice personality, Alexa.

Amazon is even making a push for a fully connected house by offering buy-5-get-one-free option at checkout. The roster of streaming services available for the Dot currently include Amazon’s own Prime Music (included with a Prime membership), Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. No word yet on any Tidal connectivity. You can check out our review of the older Echo and Tap [here].

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2 thoughts on “Amazon Releases A New Dot

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    In the past I had a couple Roku boxes, first and second generations. The Fire was on sale and on an easy payment plan so I snagged one. The really cool part is it has Alexa and makes finding content so flipping easy. From Amazon orders to the latest sport scores. Local weather? That and a bunch else is in there. You have to watch your language as she’ll scold you for cursing.

    • September 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Agreed. It brings content even closer than your fingertips. The ultimate in listening convenience until they come up with a way to jack it directly into our brains.


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