Amazon Echo Spot initial review: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Posted January 17, 2018

"Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot, the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa into a stylish and compact device", said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices International.

The Echo Spot is available to pre-order starting today, with deliveries from the 24th January.

"See the weather, watch video news briefings, glance at your alarm clock, make video calls, and more-we think customers in the United Kingdom will find lots of places for Echo Spot in their homes".

When it comes to design, the Echo Spot is probably the most appealing of the Echo range. You're getting a little more tech with the Echo Show, but the Echo Spot might be the more useful device depending on your needs.

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Amazon's Echo speakers have continued to dominate ever since they first launched some 15 months ago.

This works really well on the Echo Spot - there's a blurred image for 10 seconds or so, just in case you need to make yourself decent, then the screen will appear clear. The device is similar to its sibling called the Echo Dot, this is the lighter version of the Echo Show and, like the show, it has a screen, except here it's squeezed into a bedside alarm clock-style form factor.

It plugs into Alexa, connects to your smart home, handles video calls and displays up-to-the-minute updates via its circular 2.5-inch display.

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The Echo Spot uses quad-mic array, compared to Amazon's typical eight/seven mic arrangement on most of the Echo line-up, however, don't expect this to impact its functionality in any noticable way.

The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Spot bedside speaker is now officially available for preorder in the United Kingdom and is set to start shipping later this month. The list of Alexa commands, as is evident by Tuesday's announcement, is expansive and growing with every new service or device it supports.

The Echo Spot has a camera for video calling to other Echo devices or the Alexa app on smartphones, can play video, music and other smart speaker-associated features.

Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.

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