It's about time

Echo Dot with Clock

Fan favorite

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Amazon knows what time it is! It took our favorite little smart speaker and incorporated an LED display to show the time, your timers, and the temperature.

$60 at Amazon

Pros

  • Subtle LED clock display
  • Snooze functionality at a tap
  • Retains all of what's good about the Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Cons

  • Only currently available in one color
  • Display can't show notifications

The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is one of the best-selling smart speakers available, and for good reason. It is affordable, has good sound quality for its size, and is fairly unobtrusive.

$50 at Amazon

Pros

  • The cheapest Echo speaker you can get
  • Great sound for a small speaker
  • Now available in a fun Plum color

Cons

  • No visual display
  • Previous Dots were more customizable

Amazon announced this week that it added several new Echo devices to its smart home lineup, including an updated version of its extremely popular Echo Dot, which features an LED display to show the time, the weather, or timers. Is it worth getting the new hotness, or will the 3rd Gen do you just fine? Let's find out!

Time to connect the dots

Pictured: Echo Dot with Clock.

You'd be forgiven if you couldn't tell the difference between these two Echo Dots at first glance. They share the same dimensions, the same design, and similar colors. They are even comparably priced! With all of their similarities out of the way, let's take a look at what sets these two Dots apart from each other.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Echo Dot with Clock
Weight 10.6 oz 10.6 oz
Microphones 4 4
Speakers 1.6" speaker 1.6" speaker
Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth Yes Yes
Smart Home Controls Yes Yes
LED Display No Yes
Music Streaming Yes Yes
Pair Multiple for Stereo Sound Yes Yes
Free Audio Calls to the U.S., Mexico, and Canada Yes Yes
Finishes Fabric (4 colors - charcoal, heather gray, sandstone, plum) Fabric (1 color - sandstone)

Tick, tock, which Dot?

Pictured: Echo Dot (3rd Gen).

The Echo Dot with Clock is the new sibling in the Dot family, and you could consider it a nice iteration on the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) model. It now has an LED display that has been integrated into and behind the fabric cover, and it can auto-adjust the brightness of the clock depending on the brightness of your room. It's no-frills and no-fuss. There's no ugly screen to stare at, and no worries of a camera staring back at you in your bedroom like there is with the Echo Show.

The LED display can show you the time, temperature, and a countdown of any timers you ask Alexa to set. It can also serve as your alarm clock, and all you have to do to shut it up is tap the top of the Dot. Easy peasy! Finally, this enhanced Echo Dot comes in at only $10 more than the 3rd Gen, so it is almost a no-brainer upgrade.

While those do sound like really good features to add to an already popular device, the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is no slouch. It is still the cheapest Echo smart speaker you can buy, and it can often be found at Amazon on sale, or even as part of a smart-home bundle with smart plugs or lightbulbs for an even better value. The new features on the Echo Dot with Clock are nice to have, but there are surely some people who may decide that they do not want any kind of light or display on a device that might be meant to be tucked away. Different Dots for different folks?

Time to make a decision

Okay, enough of the terrible time puns... which of these Echo Dots should you get? I think Amazon made this choice easy for consumers by pricing the new Echo Dot with Clock at just $10 more than the Echo Dot (3rd Gen). This newer version took all that was good with the previous version, didn't remove anything, and added really useful functionality for a fair price. I can't argue with that logic! This makes it easy to make the Echo Dot with Clock my preferred option, and the one I think you should get too.

What time is it?

Echo Dot with Clock

Now even more perfect for your nightstand.

The smallest and most affordable Echo speaker now comes with an LED clock, and when an alarm comes up, you can tap the top to snooze it.

Still a good value

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Classic Echo Dot features for less money

The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) has a familiar design and decent speakers for the size of the device and comes in at an extremely affordable price point.

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