Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: Wait for a sale

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Amazon is switching up the design for its most popular smart speaker.


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2018’s third-gen Echo Dot has been one of the best smart speakers in the short history of smart speakers. Its combination of a clever voice assistant and impressive hardware packed into a tiny device with an even tinier price made it wildly and understandably popular (in sheer number of buyer reviews, it dwarfs every other Echo device on Amazon’s online store).

Now, Amazon’s new Echo Dot faces a problem. It’s a solid smart speaker and an easy entry point into the market, but it’s competing with 2018’s still-excellent Dot, which has seen prices in recent weeks as low as $19. And on the other end of the price spectrum, Amazon’s new $100 full-size Echo represents a serious upgrade in sound quality and smart home control.

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  • Improved sound quality
  • A fresh design without added bulk
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