Amazon Echo Spot

8/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Spot

The most attractive of all Amazon’s smart speakers but sound quality isn’t the best.

- Jonathan Bray, Alphr 


The smaller sized screen feels more useful here, but it also doesn't need to do as much to justify its presence.

- Andrew Hayward, Stuff 

Specs / Features


Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free-just ask. | Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, control smart home, and more | Just ask to play a song, artist, or genre, and see lyrics with Amazon Music. Also, stream music and books from Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Audible. | Use the built-in speaker or... More

Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free-just ask. | Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, control smart home, and more | Just ask to play a song, artist, or genre, and see lyrics with Amazon Music. Also, stream music and books from Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Audible. | Use the built-in speaker or connect to speakers through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms. | Ask Alexa to turn on your lights, show baby monitors and front door cameras, and lock your doors. Plus, control your thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more. | Call anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to other Echo devices around your home. | With tens of thousands skills, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features. Just ask Alexa to control your TV, request an Uber, order a pizza, and more.

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Specification

Brand Amazon
Model MW46WB
Warranty 12 months
Release date 19-December-2017
Size 10.4 x 9.6 x 9.1 cm (4.1 x 3.8 x 3.6 in)
Weight 419.3 grams
(14.8 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Cute circular design
  • Decent audio quality for the size
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Small footprint to fit anywhere in the house

What's bad

  • Ever-present camera creates privacy concerns
  • Display too small for useful multi-person video calling
  • No YouTube support

We already have smartphones, smart speakers, and smartwatches. Now, Amazon is introducing the smart alarm clock. The question on everyone’s mind is if it’s really necessary—especially since most people just use their smartphone as an alarm clock.

So what makes the Echo Spot "smart"? It’s essentially an Echo Show—just smaller and with a circular screen.

Many reviewers found the rounded design cute and well-suited for bedroom decor. At 4.1-by-3.8-by-3.6 inches, it's a petite device and weighs a paltry 419 grams—or just under a pound. This makes it easy to move around or take with you on the road.

The body is made of matte plastic and available in white or black. While reviewers often complain about big bezels on phones and tablets, they found the chunky bezels added visual interest.

Dominating the front of the spot, you'll find a 2.5-inch round display with a resolution of 480-by-480 pixels. On paper, this might seem low. But considering the size of the screen, most found the resolution adequate. They add it isn’t something you’ll be looking at for hours on end.

Putting the low resolution aside, reviewers were happy with the screen as it was bright and colorful with excellent viewing angles. Engadget adds, “... the small display was perfectly functional for showing basic information like the weather, a calendar overview, trending headlines, and to-do lists.” While it’s also capable of playing video, it does not support YouTube.

Like the Show, the Spot can perform video calling—either with other Echo devices with screens or with phones via the Alexa app. While it worked well enough, most critics suggest using the Show if you intend on making lots of video calls. The small display made it difficult to see multiple people.

The biggest drawback of offering video calls is the always-watching camera. While a button on top of the device can disable both the microphone and camera, smart home devices have had issues with hacking in the past.

Sure, you can place some tape over the camera. But the camera is in the same place as the auto brightness sensor, so this might lead to your display being too bright or dark.

If you're worried about privacy, an alarm clock isn't the best place for a camera—so you might want to skip the Spot.

Like other Echo devices, you can use voice commands to control features and talk to Alexa to perform various tasks—such as playing music, answering questions, and setting timers. While the controls worked well, many reviewers wanted more touch control options. Using voice for simple commands—such as turning off a light or setting an alarm—felt awkward.

Due to its compact size, it only packs four far-field microphones. Reviewers were pleased to discover it worked just as well as the seven microphone arrays found in larger Echo models.

As for the audio quality? Well... it's not amazing. But most were quite impressed with how well the 1.4-inch speaker sounded. While it didn’t reach the levels of the larger Amazon Echo, they were surprised with how rich and loud it got considering its size.

With that said, they add it won’t fill a large room with sound. But it can connect to other speakers via Bluetooth or wired connection.

While reviewers liked the cute rounded design and its capabilities, most are hesitant to recommend it. CNET states, “It’s a well-made gadget that looks great, but the marriage between that touchscreen display and Alexa’s voice-first user interface feels forced... Amazon still has work to do.” The Verge adds, “... it’s not particularly cheap and has that pesky camera that most people will not want in their bedroom. Despite that, I personally really like it…”

Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

Good looks, decent sound

from PhoneArena

Amazon’s Echo Spot is a cool device. It looks nice on a nightstand, desk, or countertop and provides decent sound for music playback in such a setting.

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Amazon’s Echo Spot is a cool device. It looks nice on a nightstand, desk, or countertop and provides decent sound for music playback in such a setting.

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G Style Magazine

Quite possibly the ultimate Smart Alarm Clock

from G Style Magazine

I found to be surprisingly good if you utilize its strengths and not pay attention its weaknesses. It has a nice sounding speaker for its size, display is good for things such as music playing, video calling and being a straight up alarm clock.

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I found to be surprisingly good if you utilize its strengths and not pay attention its weaknesses. It has a nice sounding speaker for its size, display is good for things such as music playing, video calling and being a straight up alarm clock.

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Business Insider

In an unusual position in the Echo family

from Business Insider

After several weeks of testing the Spot, I'm still not really sure. At launch, the Echo Spot's primary purpose seemed to be acting as a smart alarm clock for your bedside table or nightstand. It can certainly do that, but it also seems a bit overqualified for the position.

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After several weeks of testing the Spot, I'm still not really sure. At launch, the Echo Spot's primary purpose seemed to be acting as a smart alarm clock for your bedside table or nightstand. It can certainly do that, but it also seems a bit overqualified for the position.

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Reviewed

Amazon's best Alexa device yet

from Reviewed

It's the perfect size for any surface, has a fun but sleek design, offers a ton of useful features, and is just downright fun to have. At a just-right price, the Echo Spot is a great addition to any Echo collection, even if it's the first one you buy.

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It's the perfect size for any surface, has a fun but sleek design, offers a ton of useful features, and is just downright fun to have. At a just-right price, the Echo Spot is a great addition to any Echo collection, even if it's the first one you buy.

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The Inquirer

A great, if slightly creepy addition to the Echo canon

from The Inquirer

The Amazon Echo Spot is a superbly executed device. We're just not sure that the public is quite ready, especially at this price.

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The Amazon Echo Spot is a superbly executed device. We're just not sure that the public is quite ready, especially at this price.

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Recombu

Echo Dot gets screen smarts

from Recombu

If you want a compact, subtle smart speaker which provides visual feedback on top of the usual voice control, the Echo Spot is one of your only options right now. So just as well that it’s everything we hoped for.

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If you want a compact, subtle smart speaker which provides visual feedback on top of the usual voice control, the Echo Spot is one of your only options right now. So just as well that it’s everything we hoped for.

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The Guardian

Cute smart speaker with a screen

from The Guardian

The Echo Spot is an attractive little addition to Amazon’s smart speaker range. It does everything you might want from a smart speaker, while adding a clock, at-a-glance information and an easy-to-use touchscreen interface for accessing additional features.

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The Echo Spot is an attractive little addition to Amazon’s smart speaker range. It does everything you might want from a smart speaker, while adding a clock, at-a-glance information and an easy-to-use touchscreen interface for accessing additional features.

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Expert Reviews

The cheaper, and smaller, Echo Show is more than just an alarm clock

from Expert Reviews

The Amazon Echo Spot is easily one of the more interesting Alexa-powered devices Amazon has released recently. It’s far better equipped to blend into your home’s decor than the Echo Show and the circular touchscreen adds valuable extra features.

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The Amazon Echo Spot is easily one of the more interesting Alexa-powered devices Amazon has released recently. It’s far better equipped to blend into your home’s decor than the Echo Show and the circular touchscreen adds valuable extra features.

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Daily Express

If it wasn’t for that creepy camera this would be our favourite Echo yet

from Daily Express

Amazon's Echo Spot has plenty going for it including a friendly design and added display but its camera may put you off placing it in your home.

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Amazon's Echo Spot has plenty going for it including a friendly design and added display but its camera may put you off placing it in your home.

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TechRadar

A fun, versatile video device

from TechRadar

The Amazon Echo Spot is the best-looking Echo product out there: a versatile, Alexa-toting video device that wants to be in your bedroom, your kitchen, your office.

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The Amazon Echo Spot is the best-looking Echo product out there: a versatile, Alexa-toting video device that wants to be in your bedroom, your kitchen, your office.

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