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Amazon releases new Echo Dot & Echo Tap devices!

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You can order on your computer through the amazon page. Just use the Buyers Choice link. Credit to someone from slickdeals for the link. I just ordered one.

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(Rey Rios) #34

Yeah! Got mine with this link provided. thanks! Hopefully it works!!! :slightly_smiling:

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(Marc) #35

Yup I ordered 2 via Sonos and rule machine. I kept playing around with “Alexa order an who dot and Yes” and eventually it ordered both. Now I see a link was provided but this was more thrilling lol

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(Rick Pittser) #36

I ordered one from the link. Looks like it should work fine and be delivered on 3/31.

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(Kavvy) #37

Just ordered 2! Thanks for the link!!

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(Micheal ) #38

I got it to the point of acknowledging the Sonos, but didn’t realize I needed a yes…either way, 2 on order. Will work well with Alexa Helper: [RELEASE] Alexa Helper

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(Marc) #39

Yes it asked for confirmation. You had to look at your Echo history in the app. Interesting way Amazon rolled this out as they wanted people to use voice ordering which forces people to see how easy it is…

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(Lee Florack) #40

Just asking…Does anyone know if there will be an issue with having multiple (i.e., more than one) Echo/Echo Dot’s paired to one SmartThings hub? Or does the ‘Dot’ attach/pair through the Echo?

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(Micheal ) #41

I have multiple devices (Echo’s) now…as long as they can’t hear you from each room, you can have as many as you want in your account.

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(Realy Living Dream) #42

For whatever reason I got a $10 discount off the second Dot .

I have 3 Echoes and 3 Fire TV with Alexa and there is NO issue. If anything it helps make sure at least 1 of them hears the proper command. Only issue we have had is having milk on the shopping list 3 times if they all hear the add to shopping list command.

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(Alex King) #43

I currently have multiple echoes and it is not an issue. The command to the echo is sent through the web to smartthings and then to your hub. Currently, the big issue is that you cannot use different echoes and the command distinguish by room. For instance, when I say “turn on the lights”, my bedroom lights come on, regardless of which echo i say it to. There is currently no way to have the alexa app distinguish which echo the command is coming from and adjust accordingly. With that said, two (or more, i just ordered a dot, so three i guess) echoes are a great thing to have.

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#44

Can’t say for sure if there will be a problem, obviously, since it’s still in pre-release, but there’s no problem having two or three full-size echoes both operating the same SmartThings devices when both are using the same Amazon account. We have that at our house now.

I don’t know what happens if you want to have different Amazon accounts associated with the same SmartThings account, I haven’t tried that.

As far as differences between the dot and the echo, the main difference is just the quality of the speakers. Amazon says the dot is the equivalent of a cell phone speaker. So they suggest pairing a different Bluetooth speaker if you want better quality sound for music playback. Otherwise it’s just like the echo: hands-free, always listening, Full Alexa features. And requiring a wallplug, which is what powers the always listening feature.

The Tap is sort of the opposite. It has the good speaker, but it’s not always listening and it’s not hands-free. It has a rechargeable battery (no word on battery life yet). You have to hold down the microphone button on it to talk to it, just like you do with the original echo remote. But it does have full Alexa features provided you’re holding down the microphone button. (And, yes, it appears you do have to hold it down, not just “tap” The button. You can see this in the marketing pictures if you look closely.)

At this point we don’t have any reason to get either for our house. If I get to the point of needing a live in attendant then I would probably put a dot in their room for Home automation voice control on the assumption that they’ll have their own music system anyway. But I can see a lot of people who have installed sound systems like Bose or Samsung or Sonos adding the dot.

I’m a little unclear on who would buy a tap – it’s basically a mini boombox with an echo remote built in. But it just seems like the process of grabbing the boombox to press and hold a button on it to get the Alexa features is kind of awkward. It’s the hands-free aspect that makes the original echo so amazing, especially for home automation. We’ll just have to see what the Amazon reviews end up looking like for the tap.

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(Jason) #45

It’s perfect for when you don’t want to reach for your phone. I ordered one for my office where it will be in arms reach (currently using the full version there) It will also have the added benefit of being portable, so it won’t be stuck at the office.

Also from the name, I had hoped i only have to tap the button not hold it, but either way it will work for me.

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#46

When I saw this I was hoping for the Tap to be always listening but maybe the speaker could be used like DLNA speakers for sound notifications. Might need to glue one of the dot’s to a sonos play. :wink:

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#47

Ha. I should’ve known you guys would figure out a way to conveniently order the Echo Dot through a normal link.

I’m traveling and in an airport, so I opened the SmartCam app and spoke through the Smartcam mic to order from my Echo, which sits next to it. Took a few tries to get it right, but it worked! :slightly_smiling:

Pretty sure the people sitting next to me thought I was insane overhearing that.

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(Kavvy) #48

Very Clever! (20 chars)

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(Marty) #49

Haha this is genius! :joy:

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(Beckwith) #50

So how do you order more than two Dots? I’ve tried to order more than two on my account and it won’t let me.

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(Kavvy) #51

Have more than one Amazon account. Or have a friend that wouldnt use them, to order them for you. Its not clear if youll be able to add more than 2 to YOUR amazon account yet, but…

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(Kavvy) #53

See my previous post.

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