Certified Refurbished Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black
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- A Certified Refurbished Echo Dot is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
- Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
- Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
- Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
- Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer; Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot
- Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Sleek and compact design makes Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and shop tens of millions of Amazon products using just your voice.
Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room or den. Learn more about Bluetooth speakers and devices that work well with Echo Dot. With multi-room music support and connected speakers via cable, you can play music across multiple Echo devices. Learn more
Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Set a music alarm to wake up to your favorite song or playlist. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more
Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
With Echo Dot, you can talk to almost anyone hands-free—no tapping or searching required. Use the Drop In feature when you want to connect instantly with compatible Echo devices in your home. For example, you can ask someone for help with a chore, or remind the kids to go to sleep—without having to raise your voice. With Alexa Announcements you can also use Echo Dot to broadcast a quick, one-way message to all other Echo devices in your home.
Making calls with Alexa is easy. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Set up your voice profile and teach Alexa to recognize your voice. When you say, “Alexa, call Mom”, Alexa will call your mom, even if you have multiple users in your home. Additionally, you can send messages via voice or text to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. Learn more
Use Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice. Control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights when you go to bed.
Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, Sony, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With a more powerful processor, the Echo Dot has improved wake-word performance to hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo Dot, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Dot.
Echo uses tens of thousands of skills and counting. Skills are like apps and help you do more with your device, like test your trivia knowledge with Jeopardy!, find your inner Zen with Headspace, track your fitness with Fitbit, fall asleep to ambient sounds, play games, and more. It’s easy to get started – just say “Alexa, help me get started with skills.”
New skills are being added all the time. Discover skills and see ratings and reviews in the skill section of the Alexa app or by visiting the skill homepage. You can also create your own custom Alexa responses in minutes by using Alexa Skill Blueprints to create your own Alexa Skills.
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup and manage your Echo Dot. Use the Alexa App to connect music services you already use like Spotify and Pandora. Link your calendar from Google, G Suite, iCloud, Outlook.com or Office365. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, Nest, Lutron, and more.
Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts, and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android only). See which books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover third-party skills.
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I was very hesitant to purchase a refurbished unit, but the discount at the time of my purchase was too good to pass up. I was fully planning on returning it if there was the slightest sign of an issue. I have had this unit for about a month now, and it has worked perfectly since I received it. Like a brand new unit. If you can get this refurbished for a substantial discount, I think it is totally worth the risk of not buying a new unit.
Edit (07/08/2017): My original refurbished Echo Dot is still going strong, and I received my second refurbished Echo Dot yesterday. This second one is just as "like new" as my first one. The packaging is similarly "like new". It has the same clear sticker covers surrounding it like a new unit, and I believe the power adapter, cable, and manuals are all actually brand new.
Edit (11/21/2017): I currently have two units purchased as refurbished and two purchased as brand new. At this point, I've forgotten which ones were new and which ones were refurbished. They are all working great, and I've had zero issue with any of them. I would not hesitate on purchasing another refurbished unit if the price was compelling.
Two years ago we had one echo device. Now with this we have a range of them. Whether new or refurbished the quality of the products for us has been 100% with zero problems. Regardless if the device is a two year old dot or a six month old echo+ when it comes to software updates they all get the same. Regular updates keep them fresh and up to date. Better still they are automatic so you never need think about it.
For controlling things, home automation, I might suggest starting with an echo+ due to the built in hub tech phobic so to speak. A hub which makes simple setup for devices even easier. It truly is designed so everyone from someone who lives and breathes tech to someone older like our mom who never could get the time set on her old VCR.
The possibilities for what you can do with Alexa continue to increase with frequent software updates. Example just a few days ago and update went out called ‘follow up.’ what that enabled was huge in regards to interaction. Before every time you would need to do anything you would need to say Alexa or whatever wake word you’d chosen. Now after that first instance you have five seconds to respond and continue the dialog. Wait longer and it thinks your chat session is over. But if as said before five seconds is up you can do for example, ‘Alexa what is today’s date?’ today is march 8th’ what is the weather for today then?’ sunny with snow later today. ‘Will the roads be impacted by the snow?’ Alexa responds…I say ‘set reminder to leave for work early tomorrow’ Alexa asks when. I tell ‘her’ she confirms, I say thank you, she says no problem that’s what I’m here for or you’re welcome, glad to help, etc.
All you need do for that option is to go into the Alexa app, settings, pick your echo device, and scroll down to the bottom. You’ll see ‘follow up’ just slide it over to ON and you are set. Do that for all your units. Even just being able to teach common politeness to kids who hear you say thank you every time with a response back, a teaching means too.
The possibilities for what these devices can do as said just gets better. Things like intercom, calling or texting people, besides the automation, reminders, calendar, news feeds, I could go on and on but our experience has been much better than expected!
Powered it on, alexa sounds like she got the bad case of the flu. She speaker is broken. Crackling and static!
Ordered a replacement! Will update once I get it.
SO far the 2nd refurb unit works great. only time will tell! :D