The Echo Dot has a radical new design with its 4th era. As a substitute of the normal hockey puck look, it’s now a ball with a flat, rubber backside to maintain it from sliding.
Nonetheless, it retains its 4 bodily buttons on prime for quantity up, quantity down, microphone mute, and the motion button to activate Alexa with out having to say the wake phrase. On the again, you’re going to discover a energy port with a 3.5 millimeter auxiliary jack to attach this to an exterior speaker or to a greater sound system.
One other new change with the Echo Dot 4 is that the motion gentle has been moved from the highest of the system, to the underside of the system. So relying on its location, that could be a superb or dangerous factor, however I’ll speak about that in a minute.
So the Google Subsequent Mini seems to be a bit dated now. However I assume that’s to be anticipated, as a result of this system did come out in 2019. It has a a lot cleaner look with no seen buttons. As a substitute, it has contact sensors beneath the material.
That is for quantity up, quantity down, and you’ll faucet on the center to play and pause music. You may also mute the mic with a bodily button on the again. Additionally, there’s a gap on the underside of the system so you’ll be able to dangle this on a wall in the event you wished to.
Now, not like the Echo Dot, this system doesn’t have a 3.5 millimeter jack. However you’ll be able to join each gadgets to exterior audio system by way of Bluetooth.
Now, I need to circle again to the motion lights on each of those gadgets. Now after I initially noticed that they moved the sunshine to the underside of the Echo Dot, I used to be involved that you simply weren’t actually going to have the ability to see that gentle in any respect. However, in actual fact, it was fairly the other. The sunshine now displays off the floor, making it really even brighter and simpler to see than it was earlier than.
Now, the Subsequent Mini, however, really has the lights beneath the material. So, from a distance, in the event you have been making an attempt to speak to this speaker, it’s going to be arduous to see if these lights are on, and it’s really listening to you.