Amazon Alexa Echo?
Simply put, the Echo is a voice-controlled virtual assistant that lets you control smart home devices, check the weather, play music, get news updates, and more.
Setting Up Your Alexa Echo – Alexa Setup Process
To help minimize Alexa belting out instructions at you, the first step (before you even unpack and plug the Echo in) is to grab the Amazon Alexa app for your phone or tablet (iOS/Android). Once you have the app downloaded, hold off on launching it right now.
Plug in your Amazon Echo. The indicator ring around the top will flash blue then switch to a rotating orange color (as shown above). This indicates it’s ready to be configured. If you miss this window and it starts complaining (and the ring turns purple), hold down the action button (the button opposite the mute button) for about five seconds until the ring turns orange again.
Once the Alexa Echo is fully powered up and in the orange configuration mode, pull out your smartphone and open up the Wi-Fi settings. Like many smartphone products, the Echo requires you to connect directly to it during the configuration process in order to set it up.
Things You Can Do with Alexa Echo.
Now that you know how to summon Alexa and put the brakes on whatever racket she might unleash, let’s take a look at some of the fun things you can do with Alexa to get you started.
- Play Music.
- Make Inquiries, Get Conversions, and Ask Trivia.
- Customizing Your Echo Experience.
Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen: A Worthy Upgrade
Echo Dot 4thGen has just been released with a major new redesign, and you might be wondering, was it just a design change, where do they actually improve over the previous generation, I’ll compare it side by side with the old version to help you know if you should spend a little extra money if you’re buying adopt for the first time, or if you should upgrade your previous generation dots with Amazon unveiled their new Echo Dot, the big surprise was to design the hockey puck shape is now a thing of the past. And the new job looks more like a ball wrapped in fabric.
I think some people didn’t like the shape at first, but then Apple unveiled their new home pod Mini, which looks almost exactly the same. And it’s pretty much the same width and height as the dock. It seems like more people are rolling with it now, Amazon sent me this review unit, a few days early to try out that. The new Echo Dot is almost twice as tall as the third Gen. But the exact same way when I setup the Dot, I was surprised that it still feels small Amazon’s close up pictures make it look bigger than it really is. But it’s still less subtle on your kitchen counter compared to the third Gen, you can mount it like the previous version, but this might affect the sound quality because of the direction the speakers are facing.
Another change with the fourth Gen dot was moving the ring light from the top to the bottom. This function is more as an accent light, and I really like how it looks compared to the third Gen. However, it does make it slightly more difficult to see so there is that trade off the buttons are still on top and the new tap to snooze feature lets you snooze and alarm quickly.
This is nice if the.is by your bed, maybe bad for me since it’s too easy to keep sleeping. The new da has a faster chip inside to make responses twice as fast.
I couldn’t really tell a difference because it’s difficult to compare, but it does have a low power mode to consume less energy, the taller design is all focused on improved audio all the speakers are the same size at 1.6 inches. Now they are front firing so the audio moves forward and the sound is more full, you probably remember the Echo Dot second gen, which had pretty terrible audio quality.
Playing music the lead from second to third Gen was dramatically improved. Now upgrading from third to fourth Gen may not be quite as dramatic, but it still sounds much stronger.