Overall, the Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2023 release) remains one of the best tiny smart speakers available. It is priced at Rs.5,499 and has all of the features you could want, including responsiveness that would put other manufacturers to shame. The Google Nest Mini is the only other feasible option in this category right now that includes a smart assistant. It costs about half the price of the Echo Dot in India (Rs.2,499 at the time of writing).
It keeps most of the capabilities of its more expensive siblings, but its audio output pales in contrast to the Echo Dot due to its smaller size. However, if you want a truly tiny option and don’t want to go with the outmoded 3rd Gen Amazon Echo Dot, you may definitely go for it. For the price, it’s an excellent offering that may serve as an excellent entry point into the world of smart home speakers for anyone.
DETAILED REVIEW OF THE AMAZON ECHO DOT (5TH GEN, 2023)
Amazon’s Echo line of products has given it a foothold in the smart device market. The Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2023) is the latest in their range of Echo smart speakers powered by their in-house assistant Alexa. This little spherical speaker is packed with functions and would make an excellent addition to your smart home setup. The Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2023) arrived at the Digit Test Centre in March 2023, and we put it through our rigorous testing process, as we do with everything we review.
AMAZON ECHO DOT (5TH GEN, 2023): DESIGN AND BUILD
Amazon has undoubtedly worked on the design of the Echo Dot (5th Gen, due in 2023). It, like the rest of the range, has a fabric-covered top, with solid and strong plastic making up the remainder of the body. You have three colour choices: white, blue, and black. You have a choice between these three colours. The item has a wonderful heaviness to it, and the feet keep it from slipping even when put on smooth glass-finish surfaces.
If you value aesthetics, one item that may irritate you is the power adapter cable, which is not colour coordinated with the rest of the gadget. We’ve seen businesses color-match their cables with the gadget these days, especially when they’re designed to have a certain look and blend in with the devices around them. The bottom circumference of the device is covered by the indication LED strip.
On the body of the speaker, there are four buttons that will allow you to control the device without having to use voice commands for the most part. There are two volume rockers, an action button, and a mic toggle button that allows you to turn the microphone on and off. With all of the talk about smart home devices listening in on your conversations when they aren’t supposed to, this is a wonderful little addition that will undoubtedly reassure users. Even I was pleased to see it as a tangible control on the gadget. The button also features an LED indicator that indicates whether the microphone is turned on or off.
In case you don’t want to yell commands to your device, the top surface of the speaker is touch sensitive and may be used to snooze alarms or play and pause music. On the front, you’ll find a pair of simple LEDs that will provide you with basic information such as time and temperature measurements.
In terms of software, the device makes use of the Amazon Alexa app. It has a plethora of customization choices, including privacy settings and an equaliser, which is useful given that the speaker can also function as a standalone Bluetooth speaker. It has a lot of features and an easy-to-use UI. However, if someone is using such an app for the first time, the interface can be a little daunting. For the most part, there are instructions at every stage of the journey, but when they are lacking, users can spend a long time seeking for that one precise setting.
AMAZON ECHO DOT (5TH GEN, 2023): SPECIFICATIONS
The Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation (2023 release) is loaded with features. Amazon has included a few of sensors that significantly improve the operation of this device. The motion sensor comes first. If your Amazon Echo Dot is hooked in and turned on, it will perform a predefined action whenever it detects motion. It also works the other way around. For example, if you are not in a room, it will turn off the lights and turn them back on as soon as you walk in.
The temperature sensor is the second component. This would be useful, especially for folks who have trouble getting their air conditioners to the correct temperature when sleeping. It has extremely basic functionality. When activated, the sensor will detect the ambient temperature and change the temperature of your air conditioner accordingly, allowing you to sleep soundly.
Other benefits of the Echo Dot include connectivity with a range of music providers, such as Apple Music, Jio Saavn, and Spotify, guaranteeing that you won’t miss out on your favourite songs on Amazon Prime Music. You can also connect the Alexa to other Bluetooth devices to create a wireless audio setup with up to two speakers and a subwoofer. The device can also function as a standalone Bluetooth speaker.