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  • Meet Echo Dot—our most popular smart speaker with Alexa. The sleek, compact design delivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound.
  • Voice control your entertainment—stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and more. Play music, audiobooks and podcasts throughout your home with multi-room music.
  • Supports lossless HD audio available on select streaming services such as Amazon Music HD.
  • Ready to help—ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms and more.
  • Control your smart home—use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats and lock doors with compatible devices.
  • Connect with others—Call almost anyone hands free. Instantly drop in on other rooms or announce to the entire household that dinner's ready.
  • Designed to protect your privacy—built with multiple layers of privacy protection and control, including a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

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HD music requires a compatible streaming music service, such as Amazon Music Unlimited.

“Alexa, play music everywhere.”

Use your voice to play a song, artist or genre through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and more. With multi-room music, you can fill your whole home with music, radio stations, podcasts and Audible using compatible Echo devices in different rooms.

“Alexa, play music everywhere.”
Designed to protect your privacy

Designed to protect your privacy

Alexa and Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy protection. Echo smart speakers have a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You also have control over your voice recordings and can view, hear or delete them at any time. Learn more about privacy.

Simple to set up and use

step 1


Plug in Echo Dot.

step 2


Connect to the internet with the Alexa app.

step 3


Ask Alexa for music, weather, news and more.

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You don’t have to be an environmental scientist to make sustainable choices. We integrated sustainability in the design of this device. Here’s how:



50% of the plastics used are post-consumer recycled plastics.
100% of the fabric used is post-consumer recycled fabric.
100% of the aluminium used is recycled die-cast aluminium.
Device, cable and adaptor included.

Renewable Energy

Clean Energy

Amazon is building new wind and solar farms to produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by this device. See the sustainability website for more details.


Device Packaging

98% of this device’s packaging is made of wood fibre-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.

Low Power Mode (Wall Powered Devices)

Low Power Mode

To reduce its energy consumption, this device will enter Low Power mode when it is idle. Low Power mode is not available for certain user configurations. To learn more, see Low Power Mode Restrictions.

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Audio line in/out 3.5 mm audio line out 3.5 mm audio line out 3.5 mm audio line out 3.5 mm audio line in/out 3.5 mm or mini-optical Toslink line in
Dolby technology Dolby audio Dolby Atmos
Built-in Zigbee smart home hub Yes Yes
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Technical details

Echo Dot (4th generation)

Echo Dot (4th generation)


100 x 100 x 89 mm (3.9” x 3.9” x 3.5”)


328 grammes.

Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process.

Wi-Fi connectivity

Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

Bluetooth connectivity

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.


1.6” speaker. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers (audio cable not included).

System requirements

Echo Dot comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa app is compatible with Fire OS, Android and iOS devices, and is also accessible via your web browser. Supported operating systems. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other charges.

Setup technology

Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup enables customers to connect smart devices to their Wi-Fi network in a few easy steps. Wi-Fi simple setup is another way Alexa is always getting smarter. Learn more about Wi-Fi simple setup.

Warranty and service

Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation) is sold with a limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. If you are a consumer, the limited warranty is in addition to your consumer rights, and does not jeopardise these rights in any way. This means you may still have additional rights at law even after the limited warranty has expired (for further information on your consumer rights, click here). Use of Amazon Echo Dot is subject to the terms found here.

Accessibility features

The Alexa app and Alexa-enabled products include several features for customers with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility and speech. Learn more about Alexa accessibility.

Included in the box

Echo Dot, white coloured power adaptor (15W) and Quick Start Guide.


Echo Dot 4th generation (2020 release)

Privacy features

Wake word technology, streaming indicators, Microphone Off button, the ability to view and delete your voice recordings, and more. Visit the Alexa Privacy Hub to explore how Alexa and Echo devices are designed to protect your privacy.


Alexa speaks English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Software Security Updates

This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates. If you already own an Amazon Echo, visit Manage Your Content and Devices for information specific to your device.

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most common, usable smart speaker in the world just got a little better. And louder.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
Hello everyone, I’ve put together this written review, alongside a video review, of the new Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4. If you’re familiar with Echo and Alexa, you’ll only be interested in the first part of the review and you can ignore everything after my device appraisal. Acknowledging, though, that many people may be new to smart speakers I’ve also added sections on how to install the Alexa app, how to set up your new speaker and what you can subsequently do with the Echo Dot. My apologies for going over things that you might already know, but I try to be as inclusive as possible. A word on myself, a regular Amazon reviewer and member of their Vine review programme. However, this review is entirely independent and based on a product that I purchased at full RRP and opinions are entirely my own.

The Device:

The Echo speaker has been around a few years now, and despite the best efforts of Google and Apple, Amazon’s Alexa has been welcomed into more homes than any other smart assistant. The most popular of all smart speakers is the Echo Dot. Other bigger and better sounding speakers are available, but the Echo Dot has always hit a nice sweet spot of performance and affordability. The first couple of generations of Echo Dots were clearly toes in the water to see if we were ready for smart assistants. They gave us a glimpse of what could be achievable, but they didn’t sound particularly good. We’ve still got two Generation 2 Echo Dots that live in the garage and shed, and they really do sound tinny and weak. That changed with the Generation 3 Echo Dot, of which we have five around the house, as they sounded so much better. The sound was deeper and the volume could go much higher before losing fidelity. The microphone was also improved, and the entire experience with using Alexa made a big step forward.

And now, today, the Echo Dot Generation 4 has been released. Literally today. The posty delivered it today, 22nd of October 2020, release day, and I’ve been putting it through its paces alongside an Echo Dot Gen 2, a Gen 3, a Bang & Olufsen A1 portable speaker with Alexa, a Sonos One, my iPhone 11 Pro attached by Bluetooth to an Anker Soundcore and finally a Denon AVR2500 with Alexa (via Echo Dot) feeding a Wharfedale DX-2 7.1 speaker system. Speakers across the size, quality and price range, but all capable of using Alexa voice control.

So, what’s different between the Gen 3 and 4? Well, visually, Amazon have dropped the familiar hockey puck design of all of the previous Echo Dots, and gone for a new ball shape. Beauty is a subjective thing, and it’s up to you to decide if it looks better than the round, squat thing we’ve all grown used to. Personally, I quite liked the simplicity of the Gen 3. It was a nice, compact form with easy to find buttons. It blended discreetly into the home and you forgot about it until Alexa piped up. The new Gen 4 isn’t so discreet. While it is about the same size on plan, its bulbous design stands out much more than before, but you assume that the extra space has been utilised to improve the sound offered, and project it further. The buttons for volume, action and turning off the microphone are on top of the globe and instead of being circular, as before, are now raised characters resembling a games controller. That needs to grow on me a little, I think. The status light is now around the base of the speaker rather than the top as before, which again will take a little getting used to. Overall, it has a similar middle of the road build quality about it that carries over from the Gen 3.

Setting up the Echo is, as usual, very simple. If you see my video, mine took me by surprise as it connected straight to my existing network with no setup at all. If it’s your first Echo device and assuming you have the Alexa app you go to Devices, Add, Amazon Echo, and wait for it to connect. The work of moments, and then it’s ready to go. Like the Gen 3 it uses its own power cable rather than a USB cable as the Gen 1 & 2 used. There’s also the usual 3.5mm audio line out should you need it.

Regarding the sound, it’s really quite good. The Dot is effectively the bottom of the range Echo speaker, with the larger Echo, Echo Plus (I think now discontinued, or soon to be) and Echo Studio offering superior sound for a greater investment. But, despite that, it holds its own very well. If you want the absolute best sound, you’re likely to want to spend much more on a dedicated sound system, but for general, every day use, the Echo Dot is perfectly acceptable. Sound remained stable even at maximum volume, and just as good I found Alexa was able to hear my commands despite being at full-pelt Brian Johnson.

In my tests, it’s clearly better than the Gen 2, and a very marginal improvement on the Gen 3. I found the Dot a match for the Bang & Olufsen A1 portable speaker up to all but the loudest volumes, which is four times the RRP, and much more user friendly. My Sonos Ones obviously sound better, as you’d hope given the price and size of them, but I’ve had them since they were released a few years ago and I simply don’t use them. Sonos speakers work wonderfully well in a Sonos ecosystem, but I’ve found them clunky with Alexa. Playlists stop for no reason, and they don’t integrate into an Echo multi-speaker set-up. You can’t get them to play at the same time as several other Echo speakers. They’re undoubtedly high quality, but despite that I’ve just sold them both to my brother-in-law. I’d rather re-invest the money into an Echo Dot and a larger Echo and have a house-wide speaker system that is not far off the Sonos in terms of sound quality but is easier to operate and at a fraction of the cost. As for the Denon amp with Wharfedale speakers, yes, they’re next level again. But to come out of stand-by and start playing the music my Echo Dot’s are halfway though Dark Side of the Moon before I’ve heard a peep from the big boom box.

So, the verdict? The RRP, and reviewed price, is £49.99 and I think you get a lot of functionality, sound quality and style for your money. There is an elephant in the room though. A hockey puck-shaped elephant in fact. The Gen 3 Echo Dot is still available at the time of writing. It’s almost as good to listen to, and I think looks nicer. It’s also £10 cheaper, and often a lot cheaper than that as it’s regularly on offer. Is the Gen 4 that much better than the Gen 3? I’m not so sure.

Taken in isolation, the Gen 4 Amazon Echo Dot is an excellent smart speaker. I gave the Gen 3 a five-star review, and the Gen 4 is every bit as worthy. It will undoubtedly go on to be the best-selling product of its type, and deservedly so. But, while the Gen 3 is still available at a much cheaper price, it makes it that little bit harder to justify.

How to set up you Echo device:

If you’re new to the world of Alexa then you may be wondering how easy it is to set up an Echo device. If you’ve ordered from Amazon, they’ll helpfully email you a guide to setting it up. You’ll need the Amazon Alexa app, available from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download and wait for it to install, and then open it up. The app gives help on various subjects if you tap the question mark in the top right corner of the home screen. The guide on setting up your new Echo Dot is found in this area by selecting Alexa Devices, then Echo Dot, and Set Up Your Echo Dot.

As a quick overview though, plug in your Echo Dot (after a short period the status light will turn orange to show it is in Setup mode) and then open the Alexa app. On the bottom menus select “Devices”. On the Devices screen, tap the “+” button in the top right and choose “Add Device”. Select “Amazon Echo” and then “Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and more”. Assuming your Echo is plugged in and the status light is orange, select “Yes”. The app will then search for your new Echo Dot and complete the setup. The whole process takes only a few moments, and then you’re ready to get creative with Skills and Routines.

What can you do with Alexa?

A smart speaker is actually quite dumb to start with. It’s when you start adding things that it becomes truly smart in my view. On its own, you’ll be able to ask Alexa questions, play a few games, set up alarms and reminders and get a weather forecast; the general things you’d expect from a home assistant. Remember to always begin every command with the wake word, “Alexa…”, which can be altered to “Amazon”, “Echo” or “Computer” if you wish. To do certain things and play games you need to enable “Skills & Games”, which is found in the “More” menu at the bottom of the app. In there, you’ll find hundreds of things you can do with Alexa. For example, I regularly play the BBC quiz shows Pointless and Tenable. “Alexa, what is the weather forecast” or “Alexa, give me a ten-minute countdown” are examples of simple commands.

As I say though, the Echo is just the gateway to a vast array of smart applications. How smart it goes depends on how far you want to go and how much to spend. What starts out as a single Echo device can quickly expand to a device in every room, attached to smart devices such as light bulbs, sockets, central heating and cameras. The first thing you may wish to use your speaker for is playing music. Echo is compatible with most of the main music streaming services such as Apple and Spotify, and of course Amazon Music. With your Echo you get access to Amazon Music’s free service, which is actually pretty good. It is limited, and you won’t find all of your favourite artists, but I recommend you try it out for a week or two as it might be good enough for your requirements. If not, I do highly recommend upgrading to Amazon Music Unlimited, or better still Amazon Music Unlimited Family which can be shared with multiple family members (not necessarily in the same household). I’ve not encountered many songs that aren’t on there. I used to have my iPhone full of mp3 music, but now I stream everything. “Alexa, play some 80’s rock” and I’m good for hours. If you have multiple speakers you can have the music played to one, many or all of them for house-wide coverage.

Philips Hue lightbulbs are fantastic devices. They’re very expensive compared to a standard LED bulb, but once you buy one and use it in conjunction with Alexa voice control you soon become hooked. We’re up to 30 Hue bulbs now, and I don’t regret a single purchase.

Smart sockets, such as Amazon’s own models or the TP-Link Kasa models, that I recommend, are great for controlling things like Christmas lights and lamps.

Your central heating can be controlled by Alexa if you have a suitable smart thermostat. I can ask “Alexa, what’s the temperature in the house?”, and having determined that it’s too cold, if my wife not wrapped head to toe in fleece blankets wasn’t enough, I can then say “Alexa, set the house to 20 degrees”.

Some door bells and cameras, such as Ring products, work with Alexa voice control also. “Alexa, show me the front door” and she’ll bring up live video on a suitable device like a Fire tablet or an Echo Show.

Many televisions also have Alexa integration too. Our LG OLED can be controlled by its built in Alexa, but you can add it to almost any home entertainment device with the addition of something like the Logitech Harmony remote controls

A comprehensive smart home/automation is expensive, I’m not going to sugar that pill, but if it’s something that interests you then look out for these extra products on Black Friday deals would be my tip.

I’ll leave it there though as I’ve waffled long enough. I hope you consider giving the Echo Dot a try. I’m of the opinion that the worth of a gadget is in how much you use it, and we use our Echoes and Alexa frequently every day. Do we need them? No. Is life that little bit nicer with them? Yeah. And we all need some of that right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy or not, pros and cons
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2020
I had already bigger echo version for sitting room, love it so decided got this one for kids room as they loved previous dot model. Same as on bigger model Amazon did the biggest total renovation on shape of it. Very nice elegant and modern looking style.
Best update on respond to voice , due to its round shape and multi mic build in it detects voice perfectly even while playing high volume music. Absolutely fine detecting voice from long distance. No need to lug ethernet connections as on old models, it connects directly to home Wi-Fi.
Set up very easy, if you upgrading it connects automatically, no need even to type your wifi password. If first time Alexa buyer then it’s still very simple step by step installation provided.
I can listen all radio stations just by asking Alexa play radio. Also I have connected all by other accounts so have more functions, you can add your -Spotify, -Amazon Music, -Apple music, -Deezer, -Audible audio books etc…
On top it has button for privacy, so Alexa stops listening for your pricy, and will have red light on bottom.
Can control many other gadgets such as TV, lights, home central heating thermostat, smart plugs, speakers ets.. This model can be linked to your Fire TV and add as part of home cinema.
This style has front-firing 1.6” speakers which ddelivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound. Even on full volume it doesn’t produce unbalanced struggling voice which some small spikers often do. On back it also has 3.5mm audio line out.
Cons: As usual Alexa included short power cable, even 37cm shorter than previous model, it should be helpful if it was longer. I have installed it to kids room, so I picked bright colour, currently only 3 colours available, could be better if more colours available such as light pink or yellow for girls room.
Size: 100mm x 100mm wide and 89mm hight.
For its price its great smart device and great music quality. Have a look to my pictures to see the size difference and hope this will be helpful to decide if its suitable for personal use.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2021
This product is great the should is quality the bass is very good the shape its good. Only disciplining thing it is not portable so u recommend the ggmm dot 4 battery base its great it allows you to be able to carry the echo around the hous and garden.
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