Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (2nd gen) review: The clock-equipped Echo Dot gets a spherical makeover

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Like chocolate-covered peanut butter or eggs served with bacon, an Amazon Echo Dot with a built-in clock seems to be a splendid mixture. The second-generation Echo Dot with Clock doesn’t veer removed from the unique’s profitable method, serving up the identical primary LED show baked into an Alexa-powered good speaker. The one actual distinction this time round, apart from barely improved audio, is a revamped spherical design that’s now shared by the usual Echo Dot and the flagship Echo mannequin. Whereas the brand new Echo Dot with Clock does symbolize a transparent stylistic departure from the unique, there’s no actual motive to hurry out and change an current one.

Design

Out there in “glacier white” and “twilight blue” flavors, the second-gen Echo Dot with Clock acquired the identical spherical makeover that the usual Echo Dot did. Measuring 3.5 inches tall and three.9 inches broad, the Echo Dot with Clock is almost two inches taller than its predecessor, though it’s roughly the identical width. The Dot with Clock’s digital show peeks out from the speaker’s material protecting, and an adaptive brightness setting dims the readout in a darkish room. Final however not least, Alexa’s mild rings have been moved (fairly attractively) from the highest of the speaker to the bottom.

echo dot with clock with 3rd gen echo dot Ben Patterson/IDG

The second-gen Echo Dot with Clock sitting subsequent to the last-gen (non-clock) Echo Dot. Yep, the brand new Echo Dot with Clock is significantly bigger than the unique.

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Magnificence is within the eye of the beholder, in fact, however In case you ask me, the LED show makes the Echo Dot with Clock’s spherical design look significantly extra trendy, whereas additionally managing to keep away from the “huh?” response that the usual, now-spherical Dot tends to elicit. Certainly, my spouse and daughter (who had been decidedly unimpressed with the common Dot) had been fairly taken with the Echo Dot with Clock, and my 8-year-old instantly requested if the LED-equipped Dot might go in her room.

Buttons and interfaces

The Echo Dot with Clock options the identical buttons as the usual Echo Dot, together with quantity up/down, microphone mute, and “motion” buttons sitting on the highest of the speaker. Whereas the amount and mic mute buttons are self-explanatory, the “motion” button does a wide range of issues, equivalent to waking Alexa, silencing alarms, and (when held for 25 seconds) resetting the speaker.

echo dot with clock top buttons Ben Patterson/IDG

The Echo Dot with Clock options buttons on the high for quantity, mic mute, and “motion,” and it’s also possible to faucet the highest to snooze alarms.

As with its predecessor, the brand new Echo Dot with Clock has a “faucet to snooze” function that permits you to faucet the highest of the speaker to snooze an alarm, excellent for getting a tad extra sleep with out having to talk with Alexa. As soon as unique to the Echo Dot with Clock, the “faucet to snooze” function now works on the fourth-gen Echo Dot, as properly.

The rear of the Echo Dot with Clock comes with equivalent interfaces as the brand new Echo Dot, together with a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting a wired speaker (it’s also possible to join a Bluetooth speaker), in addition to a barrel-shaped energy port for connecting the 5-foot AC twine. That energy cable terminates in a chunky, 15-watt energy provide that’s (sadly, and annoyingly) large enough to dam close by energy retailers.

Setup

For particulars on tips on how to join the Echo Dot with Clock to your own home wi-fi community, take a look at my evaluate of the usual Echo Dot. The quick model is that organising the Echo Dot with Clock is a painless course of, notably if it comes pre-configured along with your Amazon account (an choice you possibly can choose whereas ordering the speaker).

echo dot with clock rear Ben Patterson/IDG

Within the rear of the Echo Dot with Clock is a barrel-shaped energy port and a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting a wired speaker.

If the Echo Dot with Clock is already arrange along with your account, all you must do is plug it in and open the Alexa cellular app; while you do, an “Echo Dot could be arrange” banner ought to seem. Faucet it, and the Alexa app will step you thru the method of including the Echo Dot with Clock to your own home Wi-Fi community. If the Dot with clock hasn’t been configured along with your account, otherwise you’re new to Alexa generally, you possibly can merely faucet Extra > Add a Gadget > Amazon Echo on the Alexa app to begin the method. Both means, you need to have the Dot with Clock up and working in a matter of minutes.

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