Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) Review

Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot in March 2016 as a cheaper alternative to its Amazon Echo device. It’s designed to be connected to external speakers, and with each generation, the sound is further improved as a standalone speaker with the same features as the Alexa Echo. If you’re in the market for a smart speaker, the 3rd generation of Echo Dot is right for the price. The most recent model of the Echo Dot was released in September 2018 for $49.

Device Specifications


  • Size: 3.9″ x 3.9″ x 1.7″ 
  • Screen size: LED screen can display time, temperature, and timers
  • Sound: Single 0.6″ speaker, 3.5 mm stereo jack for connection to external speaker.
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support, no ad-hoc/p2p network support
  • Bluetooth: Full support for streaming audio from a device to the Echo and for voice control of mobile devices.
  • Power: Requires standard wall outlet
  • Setup requirements: Needs Wi-Fi connection and compatible control device (Fire OS, Android, iOS, or web portal)


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  • Improved sound
  • Top Alexa speaker for price
  • 3.5mm jack for more powerful speakers
  • Great look


  • Alexa can’t compare to Google Assistant
  • WiFi connection difficult with low signal
  • Bluetooth connection issues



The Amazon Echo Dot continues to impress with improved sound in its 3rd generation. For a small room, the sound will easily fill it up with the clear sounds of music or podcasts, but it would still be preferable to hook up external speakers for music for longer periods. When it comes to personal assistants, Alexa still leaves much to be desired since it still cannot match the ability of Google Assistant. For the $49 price of the Echo Dot, it’s worth the investment to pick up one of these for the home. Definitely worth the upgrade if you’re looking to upgrade from the 1st generation.

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