Amazon has been offering the digital assistant Alexa since 2014, with the smart loudspeakers of the Echo series being her ancestral home. This year marks the premiere of the fifth generation of the 100 x 100 x 89 mm Echo Dots. The small loudspeakers will be delivered immediately. All new Echo Dots come with fabric made from 95 percent post-consumer waste.
New Echo Dots with new chipset AZ2, more data protection and kids edition
New Echo Dot (5th gen) with clock and temperature display. Source: Amazon
However, the new Echo Dots can do even more. For the first time, Amazon is installing the self-developed ARM chipset AZ2 Neural Edge, which has so far been used in the Echo Show 15, which costs around 250 euros. With this chip, a quad-core processor moves under the hood, which processes the voice output directly on the Echo Dot. This makes Alexa’s responsiveness faster and the device processes commands from the new tap gestures. On the top there are volume buttons, an action button, for example to switch off the alarm clock and mute the microphones, as well as a new touch area. A tap on the upper area is enough to pause music playback, for example. The fifth generation of the Echo Dot has an acceleration sensor to register typing gestures. If you opt for the version with a clock display for just under 70 euros, you get an LED display with 5×21 white LEDs. In addition to the time, the weather forecast or the song title currently being played can also be displayed. Inside, a forward-firing 44mm speaker is said to provide clearer sound. In addition to WLAN-ac, Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh and Matter are also supported.
The Kids Edition costs EUR 69.99 and offers a membership to Amazon Kids+ including access to hundreds of audio books and radio plays on Audible. Source: Amazon
If you want, you can buy the Echo Dot in a new special edition for children. For this purpose, Amazon has packed the fifth generation of the Echo Dot in a child-friendly design. The Alexa speaker comes in the dress of an owl or a dragon. Parents can activate parental controls via the Alexa app. For example, you can set up filters for songs with offensive words. Time limits can also be set. By default, voice shopping is disabled so kids can’t just order something from Amazon via Alexa. Amazon Kids+ membership included with purchase. After a year, you can decide whether you want to extend the subscription for a monthly fee of EUR 7.99. With Amazon Kids+, users get access to hundreds of audio books and radio plays on Audible as well as special Premium Alexa Skills such as Was ist Was? or Benjamin Blümchen. Amazon Kids+ can also be used on Fire TV Sticks, Fire tablets, Android and iOS devices. For example, there is access to learning apps from well-known publishers, as well as child-friendly e-books and videos. In the near future, Radio Teddy will expand the scope of Amazon Kids+, with news specially prepared for children that can then be heard ad-free on Alexa devices, for example. In addition, the Echo Dot Kids, which costs just under 70 euros, comes with a two-year warranty from purchase, which also includes free replacement if the device breaks.
Echo with two tweeters and woofer on sale
In addition to the small Echo Dots, there is also the larger Echo with 144 x 144 x 133 mm. Not only are the dimensions more voluminous, the sound is also more powerful in the PCGH everyday test than with the 4th generation of the Echo Dot. Finally, in addition to a 76.2 mm neodymium woofer, Amazon also installs two 20 mm tweeters in the Echo. In addition, the 970 gram sound ball offers an integrated smart home hub from Zigbee. Instead of 99.99 euros, the Amazon Echo (4th generation) currently only costs 74.99 euros.
Govee lights can be controlled with Razer Chroma RGB. Source: Govee
For a short time you get a smart lamp from Philips Hue for free. In this way, a room can be individually illuminated. If you want, you can find many more smart lighting ideas from Philips Hue on Amazon. Alternatively, Govee lights can also be controlled using Alexa. In combination with Razer products, the gaming room can be individually illuminated. Govee products can also be controlled with Razer Chroma RGB. Currently, the Glide Hexa Light Panels, Glide Wall Light, Neon Rope Lights, and RGBIC LED Light Strips are compatible with Razer. In the future, other Govee products will be enabled to be integrated into the Razer ecosystem.
More data protection with Alexa: Amazon no longer listens in
Incidentally, voice recordings can be automatically deleted immediately after Alexa has implemented the voice command. Provided that the user has made the appropriate setting in the Alexa data protection settings. In addition, text transcripts of Alexa requests can be viewed and deleted online at any time in the Alexa data protection portal. Deletion via voice command is also possible. Thanks to the new AZ2 chip, the new Echo Dots have to send voice recordings to the cloud less often anyway.
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