August 17, 2022

If you’re trying to decide the merits of getting an Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) vs. an Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen), you might be having a difficult time coming up with a point of distinction beyond the LED clock on the latter. And you know what? That is basically the only substantive difference between the two devices.

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So, why should we go on discussing the matter any further? Well, there are some other subtle differences that may matter to you when making your purchase decision. Let’s dive into them to get a better understanding of the matter.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) vs. Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen): Specs comparison

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

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It’s true, the Echo Dot (4th Gen) and Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen) have a ton in common. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the spec sheet below.

Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen) Echo Dot (4th Gen)
Size 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches
Weight 12.3 ounces 12 ounces
Processor AZ1 Neural Edge AZ1 Neural Edge
Speaker 1.6-inch speaker 1.6-inch speaker
3.5mm port Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
Buttons Volume up and down, Mic off, Action button Volume up and down, Mic off, Action button
Pair for stereo sound Yes Yes
Light ring Runs along base of speaker Runs along base of speaker
LED clock Yes No
Colors Glacier White, Twilight Blue Glacier White, Twilight Blue, Charcoal
Retail cost $60 $50

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) vs. Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen): Similarities

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

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Comparing these two Echo Dots is extremely easy and extremely difficult precisely because they have so much in common. If you look at them side-by-side (especially if they’re unplugged), you absolutely can’t tell them apart. They both sport the new, rounded sphere aesthetic that Amazon introduced in late 2020 with the new Echo (4th Gen), and the placement of buttons, ports, and the iconic Echo light ring is the same on each.

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