Right on time
The fourth-generation Echo Dot with Clock is the best version of Amazon’s top-selling Alexa speaker to date. It has an improved front-firing speaker, an all-new rounded design, and a functional LED that can show your time, timers, and temperature. Don’t worry about distractions, as an ambient light sensor keeps it from blinding you in dark spaces.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)
Just because the other Dot has a clock built-in doesn’t mean that you should write off this little smart speaker. It has the same speaker, design, and functionality as its sibling, plus it also comes in a cool Charcoal color. If you don’t care about or don’t need an ever-present display, save a Hamilton and get one of these.
- New rounded design and colors
- Improved front-facing speaker
- Climate Pledge certified
- Slightly more affordable
- No display
- Larger than previous Echo Dots
- New position of the light ring may be less functional
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.
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
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|
|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|
|Colors||Glacier White, Twilight Blue||Glacier White, Twilight Blue, Charcoal|
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) vs. Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen): Similarities
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.