The Amazon Echo Show has been sitting on my night table for a few weeks now, as its dual speakers make for an excellent alarm clock and ad hoc stereo for my bedroom. But not everyone wants to spend more than $200 for the privilege of having Alexa as a bedside companion.
The iHome Bedside Stereo Speaker System for Amazon Echo Dot ($69) presents itself as a much less expensive alternative: Dock your Dot, and you get improved sound and a small display that shows the time. Sadly, this isn’t the next-gen alarm clock I was hoping for.
Measuring 6.7 x 6.7 x 2.2 inches, the iHome is a sizable speaker dock, taking up even more of my nightstand than the substantial Echo Show. The top of the squarish iHome is covered in a gray metal mesh; in the middle is a circular indentation into which the Echo Dot sits.
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