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We have owned the 2nd Gen Echo Dot since June 2017 and it has been a very handy piece of kit.
However mid 2019 the speaker started to sound distorted and crackly and it was obvious that the speaker had a fault and upon inspection I saw that it is a sealed unit, so I couldn’t replace the speaker.
I decided to just suffer it, we never play music through it anyway as the sound was never that great and it just served to operate the smart light bulbs and plugs!
However my Father in law wanted an Echo Dot and the 3rd Gen model is currently on sale at £24.99 which is half price and so I ordered him one and when it arrived I had a look and decided I had to have it and so my wife ordered him another one.
The 3rd Gen Echo Dot is an entirely different beast, it is bigger, better looking and the sound is a vast improvement.
The 3rd Gen Echo Dot weighs in at 10.6oz compared to 5.7oz of the 2nd Gen and has a speaker size that is .5 of an inch larger. Instead of being powered by a Micro USB it now has a 15w adapter and compared to the 7 microphones in the 2nd it now has 4 but these are far field microphones.
Not only is the 3rd Gen larger but it is also a more aesthetically pleasing object with rounded edges and the edge is covered in fabric and is available in Charcoal, Heather Grey, Plum and Sandstone.
The sound is vastly improved and I was taken aback by the deep bass sound of the 3rd Gen Echo Dot and it is far more suited to playing music than it’s predecessor with a pleasing rich and deep sound.
The Far Field microphones enable the Echo Dot to pick your voice out better at a distance but also the responses from the Echo Dot have been better as she can hear what you are saying more clearly.
With the 3rd Gen Echo Dot currently at half price (Jan 2020) it is a must have piece of kit and if like me you are disabled, it is so helpful.