The Echo Dot is an amazing device once you learn how to set it up. It features Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant, who can read you the news, play your music, and even order you a pizza.
Manual for the Echo Dot
The Dot frequently goes on sale for less than $40. Calling it a speaker is a bit of a stretch, as the sound quality is tinny at best, but if you’re looking for a simple voice-controlled remote for smart home devices, this is a good option.
Amazon has provided a Getting Started with Echo webpage which details steps to connect and setting-up your Echo Dot. Once this is done, you will be able to access Alexa by speaking.
Your Dot can be used with, or without other Alexa devices. It provides dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Good stuff!
You can place your echo in a variety of locations, including your kitchen counter, your living room, your bedroom nightstand, or anywhere you want a voice-controlled computer.