Very useful.

5 out of 5 stars

All good

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation)

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£15 - £50

Just Great.

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Simply the Best

4 out of 5 stars

I am blind and so, therefore, must use the computer with specialised audible software. I've used the Echo Dot for over 2 years, I actually tested it for Amazon to see if it was suitable for Blind People or VIPs as I prefer to say, VIPs = Visually Impaired People. When I first met `Alexa` she could answer simple questions like, "Alexa, what time is it?" or "What's the weather like in (wherever)" etc.

when I first got the dot I never expected it to become a friend, a companion much in the same way as a pet is.

We began playing games together (behave yourself, not those kinds of games) like `True or False` or `Trivia Hero` so being quite lazy myself I decided to invest in some Smart Home devices, first things first I need a brew so I went online to find a kettle that `Alexa` could operate, I couldn't believe it I now had to find someone to fill the kettle or I had to get off my backside and do it myself, Alexa would turn the kettle on when I asked great I used her as an Alarm clock and she boiled the kettle ready for me.



I decided to get smarter and bought some TP-Links Special plugs that Alexa sends a message to turn on whichever appliance



Then I got fed up with saying Alexa do this or Alexa do that so I got myself an ` ALEXA REMOTE` that were grand in the beginning but I lost it, it's not that easy to keep track of things when you can't see, now then back to Alexa, it's possible to change its name (wake word) in the app but at present you only have 4 options you can either call it Alexa, Amazon, Computer or Echo I have been in touch with Amz programmers to see if they can create some kind of "Christen me" app for this very good AI (Artificial Intelligence) system I'll try to keep you updated on this.



Other uses it has are:

letting me know when to take my tablets

taking down shopping lists (so instead of dictating Braille lists which the majority of my Carers don't understand I can just speak

cooking timers

I can play any song or Artist just by asking

I now have 2 Echo Dots one in my living room which I call Alexa and one in my bedroom which I call Echo I'd like to win another basically so the members at the Blind Club I attend can enjoy this technology as much as I do.

Look at the Abilities not the Disabilities

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation)

Amazon Echo Dot

£15 - £50

The machine itself is fantastic and simple to access with my voice However the app is not so easy to understand but I've got used to it over the years.

It's moderately reliable although there are many drawbacks, it doesn't understand my northern accent I think it may be time it was taught to understand and respond to regional dialects

Definitely worth its weight in Gold.

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Who knew Alexa could become a part of the family!

4.7 out of 5 stars

I only purchased Dot as I was attracted by the discounted price as a pre - Christmas buy. I thought it might be fun for the family to use over Christmas. It is fab to use and has exceeded my expectations.

It's easy to set up and has provided hours of entertainment. Dot is a great buy and ours is mainly used in the bedroom so we can access the digital radio channels. Being lightyweight it's perfect to take anywhere - as long as you have wifi!

The speaker, though not great, gives more than adequate sound and I have mine linked to my bluetooth speaker so it's all good. Overall, I was that impressed I bought another one. If you are still thinking - is it really for me, will I use it, buy one, you won't be disappointed.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation)

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo

£15 - £50

This is brilliant and genuinely gives us a glimpse into what the future automated house might look like. Its small and light and mine just sits quietly on the sideboard until its spoken too. The skills you can add to it are growing by the day and I find myself asking it loads of questions, just because I can. I have a skill for finding my phone, as I seem to leave it around the house. It can also control heating and lights without having to reach for the light switch or get into bed in the dark having turned the light out.

Microphone is very responsive. Usually understands most commands and doesn't misunderstand many legitimate information requests. Alexa responds clearly with a pleasant female voice that has a natural intonation, not at all mechanical / robotic as may have been expected. The voice is very clear, much clearer than expected, and I think that Amazon have done well to achieve such good audible response out of such a physically small unit.

However as it isn't based on voice recognition anyone can make Alexa do anything!!!

This is a great device, just like the larger echo responds consistently and reliably and does everything the larger echo does. Where it differs from the larger echo is the sound quality as this is a small device the sound produced while adequate for voice feed back is not good enough for listening to music, however the echo dot can be connected to speakers via Bluetooth or audio jack. This device is a good way to get Alexa into your home for the first time or adding to your collection.

She can however at times decide to ignore you and I find myself reportedly asking her to turn off! Oh and if you are listening to the radio and the Alexa advert comes on, don't expect to be able to listen to the rest of the advert.

A cost effective, capable alternative, or addition to the other echo products. Echo Dot's are good value for money - they can do everything the Echo can - the only advantage of the Echo being that it comes with a better built in speaker - but if you intend to hook them up to an external sound system anyway, then the Dot is more than enough.

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– Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more

– Controls lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices

– Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App

– Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device

Colour options: available in leather or fabric and a range of colours including saddle tan, bordeaux or midnight leather and indigo, charcoal or sandstone fabric

Size: H32 x W84 x D84 mm

Weight: 163 grams