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Echo Dot currently £35 on Amazon

Started by Slim, December 12, 2017, 18:29:02 pm

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Slim

I have two. Love them. They make cracking Internet radios, and they'll tell you the weather, give you a news update, do simple maths, order stuff from Amazon for you and play records from online music services. You can use them to set an alarm or a timer. All by voice control

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DFKBL68/

They'll be back up to £50 soon.

The Dot has a small speaker built in which is fine as a bedside radio, but you can connect speakers (wired or bluetooth). I have one connected to a desktop amp with decent speakers, works very well.

Nick

You can use them to control a sonos system as well.
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Slim

What I'd really like is if you could hook them up to Google Music - a bit much to expect really. But that's where all my online stuff is - more than 1200 albums.

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Quote from: Slim on December 12, 2017, 18:29:02 pm
They'll be back up to £50 soon.


Yep, they sure are - I have one already and it's great so thought I'd buy another for the bedroom. They were still £35 until after boxing day but looks like I've missed the boat for now. I thought that they would stay at £35 for a bit longer seeing as it's January. I'll wait until they do another promotion before buying it.
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Slim

Today, if you have Amazon Prime, they can be had for £29.99.

Reg


Just bought a 3rd gen for £24.99. 2nd gens are available for £19.99.


Connected to my Panasonic soundbar and_sub using bluetooth.


The only annoying thing so far is that if I wanted to use Spotify with it, I would need to upgrade to a Spotify Premium account.


Apart from that, for the price I paid, it is quite a little technological bundle of joy.
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Matt2112

Indie Lass asked for one for Chrimbo, but I saw a cracking Black Friday deal on those cylindrical Echo 2nd gen thingies, so I ordered one of those instead. :) Chrimbo presents should always have a surprise element anyway, imo.  ;D
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Slim

Yep so the one I bought one year ago today (I've just noticed) at £34.99, down from £49.99 is now £19.99.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DFKBL68/

And apparently there's a newer model, as some above have alluded to, the "3rd Gen" and this is currently a rather reasonable £24.99. But not in stock until Dec 7th.

Not sure I like the fabric design though. Might get grubby over time. Looks like they're copying the Google Mini.




Just found an article describing the differences here:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/amazon-echo-dot-gen-2-vs-gen-3/

"the third-generation sounds significantly better than the second generation"

I suspect that's mostly due to the inbuilt speaker though and you can attach a decent compact speaker to an older Dot quite cheaply. Anyway I've ordered one all the same.



Reg

Just to say that you don't need to get them from Amazon - I got mine from Currys but they are the same price everywhere I looked - at least Argos and Tesco anyway.
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Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
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Slim

I bought a 3rd gen Dot, and set it up yesterday.

It's a little bigger and heavier than a 2nd gen Dot. The audio quality is indeed considerably better - much fuller / bassier sound - so no need to connect to an external speaker.

I'm not that keen on the fabric cover - might be a dust magnet.

Usefully, bluetooth performance seems to have improved on the 2nd gen, which was noticeably worse than my phone for connecting to a remote speaker and would often cut out. But I've only tried the 3rd gen for a few minutes with a remote speaker (handy for listening to 5 Live in the bath!)

Matt2112

December 05, 2018, 12:30:28 pm #10 Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 12:43:44 pm by Matt2112
The Echo thingy I ordered was delivered so quickly it was in time for the lady's birthday, so that's what she got.

Yes, it clearly has its uses; yes, bearing witness to our 2-year-old asking Alexa to play a specific song is simultaneously a source of immense pride, heady amusement and vague discomfiture; yes, I can't shake the feeling, rightly or wrongly, that it's some kind of sinister Trojan Horse, the thin end of some dystopian, Orwellian wedge...  ::) ;) 
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