I rarely comment here… But…I bought one of these exact items at Amazon earlier this year. Sounded pretty good and the portability with the Dot was nice, so I bought a second. The first one is now dead (less than nine months) and does not work at all. The second is still going okay, so maybe I got a dud. This specific item has been removed from Amazon but before it was removed, premature deaths were a common complaint. Buy with caution… Having said that… For $20 it might be worth the risk.
@icehole I know. Debating buying a replacement. In the meantime, I have purchased a set of USB powered speakers for under $10 that is meeting my needs okay… Not as loud as the Mokcao. but this gets the most use for me after Wife has gone to sleep and I want it hearable but not loud…
This is tempting, I have three 2nd gen dots. But one is plugged into some good bookshelf speakers, one has Bluetooth access to my surround sound, and the third is plugged in above my bed in a wall mount. So I guess I’ll pass.
I have 4 of these, they have good sound, good volume, will charge your cell phone via the usb on the back, and you can unplug it and take it to the garage to listen to tunes.
A poor man’s Echo, with better sound (according to reviewers).
I’d get another, but I think I may actually have enough…
1st gen: Volume is changed using a rotating top (like the original Echo); 2 buttons up top.
2nd gen: Switched to two volume buttons, meaning there are now 4 buttons up top.
3rd gen: Fabric instead of plastic for the sides
Hah! Finally meh has something for me! I’ve been pricing these at Amazon since I got a 2nd Generation Dot for $15 on an out of the blue email deal from Amazon. Docks were never cheaper than $39, all about the same reviews. And then the one I wanted went up $20 more. So, here’s to staying on Meh forever and finally finding a deal.
Edit: Oh wow, this is the one with the battery, even better! I literally saw the price and bought it.
I’ve bought one of these before. It worked for the better part of a year until the USB charging port just stopped accepting cords, and I got a 15 dollar bluetooth speaker that does the same thing anyway while also being usable for other stuff.
And the Echo Dot is limited to wi-fi range regardless, so… the ability to unplug it and take it with you is at best of moderate use. Basically buy this if you want something for your Echo Dot SPECIFICALLY that’s at best marginally better than the alternatives without being usable for anything but the Echo Dot.
@rustyh3 Oh, and you can see the 2nd Generation Dot in the top of the speaker dock in the first picture, and it’s different enough from the 1st Gen Dot that you can tell the difference from that picture.
I own this and it’s crap. It seems to interfere with the microphone. When my Dot is in this thing I have to scream at it repeatedly and often just give up. The battery life is crap, and it seems to turn itself off randomly. Just connect the Dot to a good speaker. If you don’t have a Dot yet, this+Dot is nowhere near an Echo replacement. Get the Echo.
@arielleslie Try moving it away from any walls, if you can. I have mine up on a pass-through between the living room and the kitchen, and it listens so much better up there. Even with the new whisper function Alexa has.
@RoninSavant Oddly enough, walls are where most of my electrical outlets are. Ditching the sarcasm, in 4 different rooms and as far from the wall is reasonable, it’s still a very dissatisfying experience and the microphone is undoubtably much worse in this speaker than on its own.
@arielleslie It still uses the Mics in the Dot, it doesn’t have it’s own. From what I remember, it only has a stereo connection for the audio, and the USB is only for power.
I suspect that having it enclose the DOT in the way it does is covering the mics. Have you tested it any other dots you may have?
As for the power, I have an ultra long (26’) USB cable running to mine, under a couch and rug, then up a wall to a passthrough that’s about 6ft up the wall, about 2.5 ft wide (shelf-like on one side), and about 2 ft tall, open on both sides. Maybe being that close to the ceiling makes it work better in my environment?
Maybe get a small folded piece of paper under the dot to elevate it just a little above the rim of the speaker, and the mic might work.
We also don’t put the volume above 3 with this speaker, not only is it loud, but makes the mics less reliable.
@RoninSavant I’m aware that it doesn’t have its own mic, but it interferes with the functionality of the mics in the Dot. Yeah, you can spend time jerry-rigging it to make it less of a hindrance but my point was just that this speaker is a piece of shit and people shouldn’t spend money on it. I wouldn’t consider it a worthwhile purchase at $10.
Bought one of these from Amazon a while ago for somewhere around $40. Listened to it and quickly sent it back. Sound is extremely “meh” (whoever posted above that it “sounds great” needs to have a hearing exam!). Gave it a crappy review and the company quickly offered me a “replacement” if I’d change my review. They sent me another one and a large bluetooth speaker as well (for free). The speaker still isn’t great. It sounds better than the Dot but that’s not saying much) but nowhere near as good as the Echo. I’d say $20 is about the right price-point for this.
I purchased this same item from Amazon in August – paid ~$40. Probably not worth that much for the sound (which is certainly not audiophile quality, as mentioned above), but good enough for background music and nice to be able to have it outside at the picnic table or while doing chores.
Certainly worth the $20, here – I picked up a couple more (one for me, one for a gift).
And when the battery stops holding a charge, I have many others in my junk box that I can use to replace it.
This is made in China. It collects data on you. Does anyone know where the data goes? The data collected by Amazon Dots probably stays with Amazon because it’s valuable. But what about the data that this collects?
I am skeptical about connecting no-name Chinese-built devices to my home network. It makes me think, did the builder design in a backdoor?
@zenoid I’m not certain why you believe this collects data on you. It isn’t connected to the internet and doesn’t connect to any of your devices via bluetooth. So honestly, it should only be capable of collecting as much data on you as your computer speakers or a backup battery for your phone.
At the risk of sounding like a fan boy, the only company I would trust with these “always-on” type devices is Apple. Not only is Apple a huge proponent of individual privacy (and back it up with their actions), but they also won’t sell all the info they get from you while listening.
@mar1952 Every item has an estimated delivery window- you may want to look at that before ordering. This is supposed to arrive between November 20 and 26. And @therealjrn doesn’t work for Meh (neither do I.)
@mar1952@sammydog01 Ever since the ninja-switch (re:THE GREAT SPINNER FIASCO) of the estimated arrival dates I have not been recommending those “estimates” as reliable guidelines to anybody inquiring. .
@sammydog01 if estimations don’t prove to be close to actual results, they’re just arbitrary dates. I don’t think many people trust weather forecasts that are more that a week out. More of a good-faith guess than an estimate.
I plugged in the 2nd Generation Dot to the speaker (both power and sound). I have the speaker plugged in to the wall. Tried pushing the power button…then tried holding the power button down. Nothing is happening. Does it take a while for the power bank inside the speaker to charge?
Edit: It seems it might take a little while for the power bank to charge up. So far not impressed.
@karaoke99 I ordered two, and one is doing what you describe. I waited a bit to let the thing “charge” and it turned on, so I let it be, leaving it plugged in overnight. The next morning, I asked it to play music and 3 seconds in, the whole thing went dead…no A/C power, no battery. I jimmied the cables and got it to power up again, but I’m started to wonder if this one is a lemon. The other one’s holding up like a champ.
I received my speaker dock today. It seemed to be mostly charged upon unboxing. Or at least charged enough to turn on, so I set it up and gave it a try.
Cons: 1. Difficult to get the power cable fully inserted into the Echo Dot. At first I thought it was just very loose, but after being unable to turn on the Dot I realized it just wasn’t fully seated into the power connector socket. 2. The little rubber flappy thing that covers the cables isn’t exactly securely held in place. I’m betting it will flop down after a couple days, or if I try using this outdoors in hot weather. 3. With Dot’s volume set above 5, the speaker makes enough sound (depending on what’s playing) that Dot often doesn’t respond to the Alexa command until I speak very loudly (not a problem without the dock, even at level 10). 4. No matter how many times I told Alexa to clean the dust off that shelf, she just flashed her light ring at me. I think maybe this dock has made her less cooperative?
Pros: 1. Not bad looking. Blends ok in my home decor. 2. Plenty loud without breaking the audio until about volume level nine. Starts to rumble a bit then. 3. Fair fidelity. I was not expecting JBL quality and that’s exactly what I got: not JBL quality sound. But not bad either. Not muffled or muted or flattened at all. 4. Don’t have to pair to my soundbar anymore. Connecting to the soundbar was painless, but also muted the TV. 5. Now Dot is portable so I can easily listen to audiobooks when I’m working in the garage or on the elliptical.
Overall, I give this one about 3.75 stars. Minus .5 for the flappy rubber thingy not fitting into a secure fit. Minus .25 for Dot now not responding as reliably. I’m guessing it’s got something to do with the sound field projection created by the dock at higher volumes. Minus .5 for no power plug included. USB to microUSB, ya, but had to use Dot’s wall wart. For the original MSRP, this surprised me a little.
I am VERY disappointed. Maybe it was in the description and I missed it, I am not sure. But the picture was of a total black one and I got the ugly gray. Does not look good with my decor like the black would.
I got a black one and I’m very pleased. It’s a lot bigger than I expected but it sounds great. I’m enjoying 70s funk at about the highest level I ever would, and Echo seems to hear me fine. For the price point, I’m stoked.
Does anyone else have the experience of the dock turning itself off after a while? Got mine yesterday, plugged it all in, and have found on multiple occasions that it turns itself off, making it a worthless companion for a device that’s supposed to be always-on. Perhaps I got a lemon?
@khiddy Same problem with mine. It worked fine the first time I used it. Then I had to hit the power button to use it the next time I wanted to use it. That was weird. The button changed from orange to blue or green. Dot booted up again. All worked fine then.
The next time I wanted to use it a couple of hours later, the dock’s power button was orange again. I held it in for 3-5 seconds and the dot started booting up again, but the dot stopped booting up after 5-10 seconds. Dock power button went back to orange.
Is this a problem with the charging of the dock not working right? Very confusing.
@khiddy It seems to be some kind of problem with the power supply that is used. I plugged it into my Samsung tablet charger without the Dot installed, and overnight the light turned green, which I hadn’t seen before. I installed the Dot with the Samsung supply still connected, and it has been on for over 24 hours now without shutting off.