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All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black

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  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more
  • Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot

Changes from first gen I have been able to identify: The new dot is smaller. Same 3.3" diameter but is 1.3" tall vs 1.5" tall Directional mic holes are slashes instead of tiny circles Volume buttons replaced the volume slider around the top 5.7 oz vs 8.8 oz so slightly lighter likely due to smaller height Comes with 90 day warranty vs first gen had 1 year No more power indicator light on the back Both have a 7-microphone array so at least they didn't change that Side material appears to have a glossy finish now No longer includes the 3.5 mm audio cable (4 ft.)

The original Echo is much taller and heavier, most of it's sizeweight is the 360degree built in speaker. While that's nice for music say at the office or something, the Echo's speaker isn't as good as Dot + a good quality external speaker. I have Echo at the office and Dot + a Harmon Kardon Onyx bluetooth speaker for home use. This 2nd gen Dot also has physical buttons on top for volume control where as Echo has a rotary dial instead. Dot has a headphone out jack on it, Echo does not. Dot is powered off of a small USB wall adapter, Echo has a proper wall plug I assume because it has a built in amplifier to drive the speaker inside so it needs more power. Dot does have a speaker inside but it's mostly for audio responses to your inquiries or alarms, you can play music off of it but it sounds relatively poor. That's about all I can think of. In my opinion a gen2 Dot + a good quality speaker is the better option. $50 for Dot gives you $150 to spend an a great bluetooth speaker that'll sound better than Echo for $199. Also the new gen2 Dot is available in White if you're into white devices.

They work independently, you don't need Echo to use Dot. The only dependency between Echo and Dot was when Gen 1 Dot came out you could only order it if you had an Echo already and you had to order it through voice commands via Echo. I think this Gen2 Dot is the public release and looks like you can order it straight from without needing to order via Echo.

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