Amazon Echo Spot Review: Alexa’s cutest container

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Of all Alexa’s various enclosures, the Amazon Echo Spot is undoubtedly the cutest. Its body is spherical – larger than a baseball, but much smaller than an Echo Show – and fronted with a 2.5-inch circular touchscreen. That’s a display shape still rare enough to make the whole thing eye-catching; question is, has Amazon done enough to make the Echo Spot more than just that gimmick?

On top there are four microphones and three buttons: volume up and down, and a microphone/camera mute. Press the latter and, not only can’t Alexa hear you, but the video camera nestling above the display is turned off too. Alternatively, you can turn the camera off separately with a voice command, meaning video calls are deactivated but you can still ask the virtual assistant questions.

Setup is straightforward, and unlike a voice-only Echo can be completed entirely from the Echo Spot itself.

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