The Echo Dot is Amazon’s smallest smart speaker with Alexa built-in. It’s small spherical shape allows you to place it just about anywhere including your bedside. The latest Amazon Echo Dot Gen 5 comes in two models- one without a display and one that can show you the time and is appropriately called Amazon Echo Dot with clock.
Specs you should know
|Design||Size: 100 x 100 x 89 mm|
Weight: 340 g
Colours: Charcoal, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier
|Speakers||1 x 1.7″ front-firing speaker|
|Display||LED display on Echo Dot with clock|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac |
UAE Pricing and availability
Earlier this year, Amazon added support for Arabic language on its voice assistant Alexa and officially introduced a few Echo models in the Middle East. The new Amazon Echo Dot Gen 5 joins the previous devices as is priced at AED 229 for the regular version and AED 279 for Echo Dot with clock. Both of these will be available for pre-oder on October 26 in the UAE.
Specs & Features
Size: 100 x 100 x 89 mm | Weight: 340 g | Colours: Charcoal, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier | Speakers: 1 x 1.7" front-firing speaker | Display: LED display on Echo Dot with clock | Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth
- Screen is helpful
- Improved audio than previous gen
- Sound quality isn't the best
- Doesn't support location
New features of the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 5
The latest 2022 model improves upon the outgoing model in a few ways. According to Amazon, the audio quality is better with 50% less distortion while offering twice the bass of the previous model. There’s also a tap gesture control that allows you to snooze alarms or pause music. Amazon has also added a temperature sensor that can work with automations such as cooling your room when the temperature reaches certain levels.
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock now has a better display which can show you more information other than the time. You can see the weather, calendar appointments or a snooze countdown. There’s also support for the Amazon owned Eero mesh networking.
Overall, the Amazon Echo Dot is an excellent entry to a smart home solution. It is priced affordably and works with tons of other devices to automate your home. You can also have it work with media streaming services like Anghami or Spotify to play your music. It’s also the only smart assistant that can currently speak in Arabic and recite the Adhan at prayer times. Alexa also works really well with smart home lighting systems such as Philips Hue or Ring security systems as a chime to let you know who is at your front door.