The 3rd gen echo dot has mostly addressed issues of old and packs much better sound and also looks better than previous iterations and looks similar to the Google Mini home but the Amazon is more user friendly when it comes to being a smart hub in your house or office.

You will get the same familiar layout on top again given you will not have to use the buttons much aside muting Alexa from snooping in on your conversations there is an option there to activate Alexa just in case it does not pick you up which has not being an issue for me and is quite good even across a big room it has not failed in that department.

The USB charge port is also gone which might be an issue for some but its no huge deal and it comes hard wired so to speak so you just plug and play and leave it sat where you may want it at any given time once a power source is nearby.

Alexa like before is great for local weather,news and lots more including skills which are added I had several updates on my app whilst trying this out however Alexa compared to Google for the smart equipped home is where it wins and for those with multiple smart devices in house this is what you need for a seamless experience as we now have more smart devices at home than ever such as smart bulbs and kettles etc the list is now becoming endless..


The 3RD gen version launched at the same price as the older one and is a worthy upgrade and better again you can pair both for a stereo sound effect with music but it is not as good as standalone speakers but not to be sniffed at either and as I mentioned above you dont have to stand beside it either to get commands going due to far field technology inside.. One thing I would say is do not put it near your radio or TV.

Now available widely throughout Ireland…


By Jim O Brien/CEO

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