Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
74/100

Customer Score (From 579963 Reviews)
4.7/5

Overview

The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is an entry-level smart speaker that was first released in mid-2020. Weighing only 0.7 pounds, the speaker is pretty light in weight, and like some of the top-rated speakers in the market, it also has a set of four microphones that make it possible to use its voice assistant functionality. The Alexa voice assistant will only work through WiFi, but owners can stream music and videos from their devices through WiFi and Bluetooth or link their smartphones to use it as a speakerphone.

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Speaking of which, it has a Bluetooth range of 214 ft, making it a lot more convenient to use than some of the most popular Bluetooth speakers and a good number of the best WiFi speakers in the industry. Plus, a range like that makes it a great Bluetooth speaker for a garage. If you’re looking for a speaker that’s a lot better for streaming content, we have a few ideas on the best soundbar for Roku TV (or any other popular streaming platform).

Reasons to Buy

  • Exceptional Bluetooth range
  • Room filling sound
  • Support for Alexa Assistant
  • Easy to set up
  • Motion detection

Reasons to Not

  • No battery
  • Not built for outdoor use

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is a spherically shaped speaker that is slightly larger than the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 3. The Gen 4 also delivers slightly more bass than the Gen 3 and is available in more color options than the Echo Dot Gen 3.

The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 has a mute function while the Amazon Echo Plus 2 does not, and it also comes with a subwoofer and an AUX input, both of which are missing on the Echo Plus 2.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: At a weight of 12 ounces, the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 is heavier than the Google Nest Mini 2nd Gen, which weighs about 6.4 ounces. The Echo Dot Gen 4 also supports Amazon Alexa, while the Google Nest Mini supports Google Assistant.

Critic Consensus

The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 received praise from critics for its spherical shape and easy-to-use voice assistant. Expert testers from What HiFi liked how easy it was to set up since, during testing, they had to download the Alexa app onto their smartphones and follow easy prompts. Reviewers from Tom’s Guide were satisfied with how well the speaker could fill a room with sound and also liked that it had a low power mode to reduce power consumption when idle. Also commended was its motion sensing feature, which, they established, could detect when people enter or exit a room.

However, testers were slightly disappointed that the Echo Dot Gen 4 had no battery and had to be plugged into work. This makes it unfit for outdoor use and is a discredit it has in common with the Amazon Echo Gen 4 (which we’ve covered in our Amazon Echo Gen 4 review). If you’re looking for a reliable outdoor speaker, check out our Alpine Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker review.

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