Amazon announces new 5th Gen Echo Dot models with Eero mesh networking
Amazon today announced three new models of the Echo Dot, the standard Echo Dot, the Echo Dot with Clock, and Echo Dot Kids. The three models are basically identical for the most part.
The standard Echo Dot now features a new custom full-range driver, which has the highest excursion of any Echo Dot and claims to offer clearer vocals and double the bass performance while being the same size.
The Echo Dot now also features a temperature sensor, which lets you ask Alexa to turn on your smart fan when it gets too warm. There"s also an accelerometer to enable tap gestures.
The most useful new feature will be the inclusion of mesh networking, courtesy of Eero, which Amazon acquired back in 2019. The new Echo Dot models essentially act as mesh wireless extenders for improving Wi-Fi performance across your house with Eero Built-in. Each unit can add 1000 square feet of of coverage to your existing network.
Amazon will also be adding the Eero Built-in feature to its 4th Gen Echo and 4th Gen Echo Dot models, with the former getting it on October 20 and the latter in the coming months.
The 5th Gen Echo Dot with Clock is identical to the standard model, except it features an upgraded high-density dot matrix display. In addition to the time, you can also see the name of the currently playing song title or artist, the weather, a calculation or unit of measurement, calendar event times, and more when you ask Alexa for information.
The Echo Dot Kids is identical to the standard Echo Dot but comes in two unique patterns, Owl and Dragon. Amazon Kids+ subscribers will also get new Alexa voices specific to the two variants. You get one year of Amazon Kids+ subscription and two-year worry-free guarantee.
The Echo Dot is priced at $50 and the Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids are priced at $60 each.
Amazon also announced a new 2nd Gen Echo Auto model for use in your car. This one has a slimmer design and includes a new adhesive mount for more placement flexibility. This one is priced at $55.