If you want an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker that fits within your smart home ecosystem, then the Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen could be a wise choice for you. Its compact design means you can tuck it away with ease. And it is portable in that you can take it outside or when you travel.
Moreover, you can stream your favorite music from Apple, Amazon, Sirius, and Spotify. You can also listen to bestsellers or podcasts with an Audible subscription.
In addition to playing your favorite audiobooks, music, and podcasts, you can use voice commands to lower or raise music volume, change the channel, or access Alexa. Alexa can tell you a joke, the outdoor temperature, or play sleep sounds if you need to unwind after a hectic day.
The device even has a security component. Use the Alexa app to set up Guard Plus (a paid subscription required). After doing so, it can alert you if your smoke detector goes off or if it hears someone breaking the glass to enter your home.
This version is also scalable, meaning you can connect it to other Echo Dots in other areas of your home. Then, you can make a voice command that reverberates to other rooms in your home having them. It's a fun way to announce events at a larger party.
Best of all, installation is convenient. Plug the device into an outlet, install the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, and connect to the internet. All told, this speaker offers many features for an affordable price.
- Use the voice command feature to play music, access the news, or check the weather
- Pairs with other smart home features like thermostats, cameras, lights, and locks to make controlling many functions of your home more convenient
- Compact design makes storing and portability convenient
- Offers device connectivity by way of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Amazon reviewers note the sound quality is poorer than previous editions
- You have to purchase a separate battery base for wireless capabilities