A big improvement. Worth the wait, and money!
Just received it today for my daughter. She loves it! For years she has been trying to get her hands on my echo devices. Now she has our own. I must say it is a big Improvement from the 3rd Generation Echo Dot.
By Wise Buyer on November 5, 2020
It has true surround sound.
~ The LED clock on the front is very bright, and displays the time in standard, and military time. It has a time, and alarm indicator.
~ The lights around the base increase and decrease according to the volume setting. This Echo dot puts on a nice little light show, if could almost be used as a night light.
~ The buttons for the microphone, volumes up, down, and deactivation button sit on top of the 4th gen echo. With raised button symbols it can easily be accessed even in the dark.
~ The sound quality is a real improvement. You can hear channels, lows, midrange, and highs. I mean it a small speaker, so you can't expect to get bass thumping, room shaking sound. But it will surprise you with how powerful it is for it's size.
~ The microphone is a upgrade also. It's very sensitive, and can hear you practically whisper across the room.
~ It still has the 3.5 mm output jack to connect to bigger speaker systems. So you can still get that room shaking sound. If you have big speakers you can make them smart.
If you've ever had a smart speaker before(echo, google) or you have a whole host of skills aside from playing music you can activate from the Alexa app.
~ Apps to set reminders, lists
~ Set alarms, and timers.
~ Play games, and trivia, and puzzles.
~ Read to you from your Kindle books, and Audible acct.
~ Control smart devices like smart lights, outlets, and even smart locks.
- The one drawback (Con) that I found is that when - I have its side by side with the 1st, and 3rd generation Echo Dot it is actually a few seconds slower in responding.
But overall the 4th generation Echo Dot is a improvement. You get for playing music, and it plays music better than the previous gens. Amazon continue to improve, and make a good thing great.