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Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, two new Alexa devices, unveiled

by Todd Haselton | March 3, 2016March 3, 2016 6:27 am PDT

Amazon introduced two new Amazon Alexa devices on Thursday, including the Amazon Echo Dot and the Amazon Tap.

The Echo Dot (above) is a much smaller version of the Amazon Echo that can plug into any existing set of speakers. It’s basically just a tiny little puck, almost just the top of the existing Amazon Echo and without any sort of built-in speaker mecanism. You can plug it into speakers or use Bluetooth to turn them into an Alexa-powered device, capable of providing the weather, traffic and so much more. It’s available now for $89.99 for Prime members, and they can only order it using Alexa Voice shopping.

Amazon Tap is a smaller, more portable product that brings Alexa wherever you go. Unlike the Echo Dot, it’s a full-fledged speaker, so you can think of it as the Amazon Echo for everywhere. It can’t just be called up by voice, though. You need to tap it to ask a question or place an order, which makes it a bit more cumbersome than the Echo, which can take commands from across the room. Its built-in battery provides up to 9 hours of playback and it supports Wi-Fi connectivity so you can stream music from online services and more. The Amazon Tap will retail for $129.99 when it’s released on March 31.

Both seem like really cool devices. I’m more attracted to theEcho Dot, which is a bit cheaper and will work with all of my existing speakers. Which one do you prefer?


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...