Tech specs: Speaker type: Smart/wired | Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 1.7 inches | Weight: 11 oz
If you want an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker that fits within your smart home ecosystem, then the Amazon Echo Dot 4th Generation could be a wise choice for you. Its compact design means you can tuck it away with ease. And it is portable in that you can take it outside or when you travel.
Moreover, you can stream your favorite music from Apple, Amazon, Sirius, and Spotify. You can also listen to bestselling books or podcasts with an Audible subscription.
In addition to playing your favorite audiobooks, music, and podcasts, you can use voice commands to lower or raise the music volume, change the channel, or access Alexa. Alexa can tell you a joke, the outdoor temperature, and play sleep sounds if you need to unwind after a hectic day.
The device even has a security component. Use the Alexa app to set up Guard Plus (a paid subscription is required). After doing so, it can alert you if your smoke detector goes off or if it hears someone breaking glass to enter your home.
This version also is scalable, meaning you can connect it to other Echo Dots in other areas of your home. Then, you can make a voice command that reverberates to Echo Dots in other rooms. It’s a fun way to announce events at a larger party.
Best of all, installation is convenient. Plug the device into an outlet, install the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, and connect to the internet. All told, this speaker offers many features for an affordable price.