Everyone has to grow up at some point and this time it’s Alexa. A new generation of the Echo brings several new additions to our lives. Among them stars– the new Echo Dot, the Echo Dot with Clock, the Echo Dot Kids and the Echo Studio. Each brings a lot to desire so let’s dive into it because let’s be honest, there is little more fun than pawning off the easiest of tasks to AI.
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The New Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock
These two devices are the most powerful versions yet. With redesigned audio architecture offering a custom full-range driver and the highest excursion speaker of any Echo Dot, the devices offer clearer vocals and twice the bass of the previous generation. All while retaining that same compact, spherical figure! They also sport new sensors that enable more contextual Alexa experiences—such as the ability to ask Alexa to automatically turn on your smart fan when it gets too warm inside.
By adding on an accelerometer, you now get gesture controls too, so you can simply tap the top of the device to pause and resume music, dismiss timers, or end a call (defeats the purpose some would say, but hey, sometimes it’s just convenient!). Powered by the AZ2 Neural Edge processor, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock enable more experiences to be processed on the edge like ultrasound motion detection. The gadgets come with eero Built-in which makes them the first Echo devices to double up as eero mesh wifi extenders and improve coverage in your home. Best of all you get that new upgraded high-density dot technology that shows you all the vital information at a glance.
Echo Dot Kids
Echo Dot Kids is a smart speaker designed to keep the tots happy. Available in new Owl and Dragon designs, the speakers will soon bring new Alexa voices to embody the Owl and Dragon for Amazon Kids+ subscribers. The speaker keeps the young ones entertained with an array of greetings, jokes, facts, songs, and more from the perspective of an Owl or Dragon. This helps transform our trusty old AI assistant into a fun, immersive experience. Parents can access easy-to-use parental controls to keep their kids safe in the form of daily time limits, reviewing activity and filtering out explicit songs, via the Amazon Parent Dashboard.
The Echo Studio already has the reputation of being the best-sounding Echo speaker. It seems to be the gift that keeps on giving with the latest inclusion of spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension. The custom-built spatial audio processing technology has been designed to enhance the stereo sound, making music and movie soundtracks feel more immersive with greater width, clarity, and presence.
Mirroring the performance of a hi-fi stereo system, these upgrades are a welcome addition to Echo Studio’s existing support for both Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.
The new devices are all designed to keep privacy at the forefront with multiple layers of privacy controls. Echo devices include a microphone on/off button and the ability to view and delete your voice recordings, while for Amazon Kids, the Parent Dashboard provides you with all the security measures you require to censor that content! Better still, the new generation of Echo Dot is Carbon Trust certified and built with 100% post-consumer recycled fabric. In addition to the use of sustainable materials, these devices have a Low Power Mode to help intelligently conserve energy during periods of inactivity to keep the grid intact.
Echo Dot is available in Deep-Sea Blue, as well as Charcoal and Glacier White for $49.99 (₹4,000 approx.). Echo Dot with Clock is available in Cloud Blue, and the original Glacier White for $59.99 (₹4,900 approx). Echo Dot Kids is available in all-new Owl and Dragon designs for $59.99(₹4,900 approx). Echo Studio is available for $199.99(₹16,200 approx.) in new Glacier White and Charcoal. Indian pricing and details to follow.