Pros

Brilliant integration of two great products - an Echo and an alarm clock; slick auto-dimming and tap to snooze

Cons

No color options (yet)

Star Rating

Introduction

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We've tested nearly every Amazon Echo product ever released, as well as a few competitors, and no new product since the original Echo Show has excited as much as the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock. While the name may not be all that catchy, in form and function, this is a potential grand slam. While it seems to obvious looking at the product even just for a moment, it's taken years to get to this point.

And to be clear, given our coverage of the Smart Home market over the past five years or so, we can say one thing with confidence: Amazon owns this market. If you're building up a Smart Home, you better have Amazon devices running the voice-command show (and potentially providing the Hub as well, with the Zigbee-enabled Echo Show or Echo Plus). If you're using SmartThings, Google Assistant, Wink, anything based on Z-Wave, or heaven forbid, the laughable smart home products offered by Facebook, you're going in the wrong direction. We were actually a bit surprised that Amazon didn't enter the Smart Home automation market earlier, given its lead in voice control, but at this point, they are the only game in town, and that's because they have created something superior and more reliable than their competitors by helping to narrow the industry, rather than broaden it. Competing wireless standards, complex automations and robots, and endless third-party support may have seemed attractive to hobbyists, but to capture the mass market, all that had to get tossed, and this is what Amazon has done.

The Review

To cover all that the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock has to offer, we've put together a full unboxing, setup, and review video, which you can see below:

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Conclusion

While not everything that Amazon releases is golden, we think the Echo Dot with Clock is a fantastic product. The only fly in the ointment is how cheap the 5" Echo Show has gotten. Honestly, though, we don't think that product is nearly as appealing, even if the screen makes it seem like a better "value." For use in a bedroom (which everyone has, meanin its a big market!), the Dot with Clock is a much better product. Simpler, fewer potential privacy concerns, and not disruptive to sleep thanks to the great auto-dimming.

If you're willing to wait in line for one, get your order in at Amazon. The Echo Dot with Clock retails for $60, but is being promoted at $35 for the holidays, and is clearly selling like hotcakes!As always, if you're looking for guidance picking out the best Smart Home gear in every product category, see our Smart Home Buyer's Guide, updated on a regular basis.