Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo Dot – Echo Dot whats not to love

Not using it as much as i’d hoped, and it keeps losing the link to my wifi plug in my kasa app, but it’s good for timers, alarms, etc. (but don’t trust it’s weather forecasting ability – last winter it told me one day ‘it probably won’t snow in eastbourne today’ while there was a blizzard going on outside my window).

I bought the echo dot for use upstairs (have an echo plus downstairs). It synched flawless with my echo plus so i can control all my smart devices such as phillips hue bulb, tp link plug and nest thermostat. However my only gripe is that the sound quality truly leaves a lot to be desired. Now i know it’s small (about the circumference of your average coffee cup) but when playing music on both devices as you can via the groups setting, the sound is akin to playing music through the speakers on your mobile phone. Brilliant if you already have an echo plus or echo but if you intend on buying just the dot for music purposes you will regret it.

No sure why my first review was rejected by amazon i didn’t blaspheme honestthis is a refurbished echo dot that i purchased, to compliment my echo that i and my family love, i bought it to wire up to my old speakers and it worked perfectly using cables so now i can ask alexa to do stuff through my echo dot and through my big 80s speakers, so i asked to play led zeppelin stairway to heaven wow. The sound through the speakers was awesome. Easy to set up, its the same as the echo via the app follow instructions through and you are doneone thing to note is that the echo will pick up your voice from the nearest device to yougreat piece of tech and was in great condition as a certified purchase, came in a plain box and delivered promptly. Here are the specifications for the Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo Dot:

  • A Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot
  • Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
  • Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
  • Controls lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice 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 device
  • Always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills

Save a £5 and buy refurbished, the echo is as new and the only difference is that it’s in a plain box on delivery. The connection at first is a bit of a pain and the app is not that great and takes some time to connect and start. But after this it seems quite pain free. Alexa works and is fun to use, easily picks up my voice and for its size i’m quite surprised how loud the speaker is.Connecting to a blue tooth speaker is easy and gives it the boost it needs though. Would recommend buying the refurbished models as we can not see any problems they still arrive with a guarantee and are as new in look.

I was a little undecided if i would use this but i wouldnt be without it now. I use it in my art studio and it is now an essential part of my art tool kit 🙂 i plug it into my surround sound system and the sound quality is perfect.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Echo dot wired to big speakers
  • Sentient homes are a reality with Echo Dot
  • Refurbished Echo Dot From Amazon

Having just received the dot, it’s a little early to provide a comprehensive review. However, setting up the dot was fairly straightforward and various apps are available to help with commands etc etc. My initial reaction is that the dot is great fun and no doubt will get better as i get to know more about it’s capabilities.

I have three echo 2nd gen speakers already, but decided to try the dot for a location where i already have speakers. Having purchased a certified refurbished product (not echo) before, i thought i would try this. The item had no physical marks or blemishes, so proceeded to setup. Having done this three times previously, knew exactly what to do. For reason’s unknown, this process proved difficult this time as it kept failing with ‘unable to register’ in the end it did succeed, but i nearly gave up thinking this might be why it ended up in refurbishment. Try moving it nearer to the router, or try another alexa device for setup, such as phone or tablet. Now that it is working, everything is as expected, connected to powered external speakers with jack to jack and music playback is fine for my ears (not an audiophile, but still want it to sound good). The internal speaker is really only good enough for the voice assistant, you can listen to music, but is not really that good this way. I have built up quite a library of my own music over the years, which is not possible (as far as i can see) to get alexa to play directly, especially now that amazon have ended the my music upload option. I have found i can get access with the plex skill, but the plex audio control interface is clunky and prone to error, (needs a long command sentence) but it does work, eventually, hopefully this will get better.

Took a punt on this at £29. Came boxed with power lead and simple instructions. Honestly i cannot find a single mark on it to show it was refurbished, it’s immaculate. The dot itself is great fun. I haven’t got anything internet connected, nest or hive or whatever but for day to day things like internet searches for weather, sports results and news and for music it’s fun. The speaker is brilliant for the size of the dot, no need so far to send it through a bluetooth speaker.

Not as good as the echo, nothing to do with the refurbishment though. It works, but you have to repeat things to get the dot to react correctly whereas the echo works first time. We’re getting echo devices throughout the house and based on my experience i’d go for the echo rather than the echo dot.

Works really well although the sound quality from the onboard speaker is fine for spoken word but a bit thin for music. Wished i had bought the bigger one as that sounds much better. No gripes with the functionality though.

Bought the refurbished model, works brilliantly when it works, but occasionally it doesnt. Alexa listens and answers but doesnt complete the action ‘radio six music on tunein’ – and silence. Easily fixed by the magic off / on but annoying. Maybe its because its refurbished, maybe its a bug but its definitely annoying.

I purchased my dot recently after seeing the one my son had. It came well packaged and looked new. I found it a little tricky to install but once sorted we were up and running. The sound quality for music isn’t bad for a small speaker, and voice quality on drop in was clear. I am still learning how to use it for the best results but so far have found it really useful. My granddaughter loves the jokes. I am considering getting another one, or two as i consider it good value.

Bought for a fried they are as delighted with it as i am with mine.

Can’t always understand what i ask her.

Bought with my £5 amazon assistant browser discount so a bargain. Looks as new and works as a new one. Was set up for german and it has a european plug. Quick job to reset the language, the plug is a bit irritating as i’ll need to move other amazon usb sockets about so i have room for an adapter. That’s the reason for 4 stars. Amazon – any chance you can send a uk plug?.

I didn’t have any problems setting up. Dot and the app worked perfectly for me.

Like a new one only cheaper.

Great speaker for a small room (mine is to keep in the bedroom) sound quality is fine particularly for the price. I’m not sure it would sound as good in a larger room such as a living room. The voice recognition on alexa is also really good. Would not know that it is refurbished other than it came in a plain brown box, it had all the protective plastic on the speaker and looks new.

This is the second dot i have at home – bought for occasional use in the kitchen (my echo is in the living room and other dot in the bedroom). I mainly use the dots for controlling smart home lights and sockets but i have paired this one with a dock which makes it (almost) like a regular echo. They’re great products and, to be perfectly honest, you would never know that it was a refurbished unit.

It’s a shame i had to leave a negative comment for a customer representative to call me and help me set it up. Nothing wrong with the dot just the app.

Very happy with my refurbished dot. This is my second dot, but my first refurbished one. There is literally no difference between the two. They both work extremely well, even when linked to my phillips hub and wifi enabled plugs. The only difference is my refurbished dot came in a different box. All of the original protective stickers were still on too. Saved myself quite a few pennies for exactly the same item.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 394 reviews
Price
£29.99

One thought on “Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo Dot – Echo Dot whats not to love

  1. I bought this to add to my otherv2. I love music all over the house.
    • I bought this to add to my otherv2. I love music all over the house.
  2. Now got four dots, three alexas and one echo. Can’t imagine how i manged before. Not only do i use them to listen to music but i am using several of the skills so they can control my tv, switch my lights on and off etc.
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    Now got four dots, three alexas and one echo. Can’t imagine how i manged before. Not only do i use them to listen to music but i am using several of the skills so they can control my tv, switch my lights on and off etc.
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    Excellent item works really well refurbished to a very high standard.
  5. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    Excellent item works really well refurbished to a very high standard.
    • Already have one of these upstairs bought second for downstairs very useful item.
      • Already have one of these upstairs bought second for downstairs very useful item.
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    Fab for round the home , music & information intend to get more x.
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    Any question on geography or film trivia he can get the answer. Decent sound too plus i hooked it up to sound centre.
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    Any question on geography or film trivia he can get the answer. Decent sound too plus i hooked it up to sound centre.
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    . Used in car us that my ee 4g signal is poor. Alexa wil not work if under 5mbs.
  10. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    . Used in car us that my ee 4g signal is poor. Alexa wil not work if under 5mbs.
    • This has got to be the best thing i have ever brought, every household should have alexa, it is used mostly by my inquisitive 6 year old who asks her all sorts of questions about animals and insects, he also uses it to turn our lights on if he wakes in the middle of the night and he’s scared or just needs to visit the loo. So easy to set everying up, im not the most tech savvy but i did it qith ease. I thought i’d buy it and not use it which is not the case at all.
  11. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    This has got to be the best thing i have ever brought, every household should have alexa, it is used mostly by my inquisitive 6 year old who asks her all sorts of questions about animals and insects, he also uses it to turn our lights on if he wakes in the middle of the night and he’s scared or just needs to visit the loo. So easy to set everying up, im not the most tech savvy but i did it qith ease. I thought i’d buy it and not use it which is not the case at all.
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    First one went back, this one seems fine though it does out the blue start answering a question no ones asked, perfect in conjunction to my smart plugs.
    • First one went back, this one seems fine though it does out the blue start answering a question no ones asked, perfect in conjunction to my smart plugs.
      • Amazingly small piece of kit and very clever, my mother thinks it is spooky and must be witchcraft.
  13. Amazingly small piece of kit and very clever, my mother thinks it is spooky and must be witchcraft.
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    Works as it should, bought this at a great price, after buying my daughter a brand new one and being impressed,the refurb came out of the box looking brand new.
  15. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    Works as it should, bought this at a great price, after buying my daughter a brand new one and being impressed,the refurb came out of the box looking brand new.
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    My son loved the amazon dot, a great item that used every day.
      • I like these enough to buy 4. Hopefully amazon will keep improving them with updates as there are a few irritating features. I really hope that brief mode is rolled out soon as alexa’s verbal responses to every request can be unnecessarily lengthy & loud. The volume of her responses is particularly problematic at night when some people are trying to sleep in one room only to be woken by alexa pointlessly shouting ‘ok’ in another room after turning a light off. I can see when the light is off, i don’t need to be told thanks.
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    I like these enough to buy 4. Hopefully amazon will keep improving them with updates as there are a few irritating features. I really hope that brief mode is rolled out soon as alexa’s verbal responses to every request can be unnecessarily lengthy & loud. The volume of her responses is particularly problematic at night when some people are trying to sleep in one room only to be woken by alexa pointlessly shouting ‘ok’ in another room after turning a light off. I can see when the light is off, i don’t need to be told thanks.
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    My echo dot arrived and astounded me. I purchased it as ‘certified refurbished’, therefore, i was expecting some imperfection, this however was not the case, as far as i could see it was in perfect condition, if one had told me it was new, i would have believed :)setup was straightforward with the alexa app, the echo dot being logged into my wifi and up and running in five minutes. In terms of the sound quality, the echo dot performs well for such a small device, undoubtedly better for streaming talk radio stations (i listen to talksport and 5live often), though for music it is acceptable, but the dot’s big brother, the echo, performs better. I have placed my echo dot in my bedroom and use it as alarm, radio, music streamer and for alexa’s services, such as weather forecasts, news updates etc. I am delighted with my echo dot and would extend my gratitude and admiration to those who refurbished this product.
  19. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    My echo dot arrived and astounded me. I purchased it as ‘certified refurbished’, therefore, i was expecting some imperfection, this however was not the case, as far as i could see it was in perfect condition, if one had told me it was new, i would have believed :)setup was straightforward with the alexa app, the echo dot being logged into my wifi and up and running in five minutes. In terms of the sound quality, the echo dot performs well for such a small device, undoubtedly better for streaming talk radio stations (i listen to talksport and 5live often), though for music it is acceptable, but the dot’s big brother, the echo, performs better. I have placed my echo dot in my bedroom and use it as alarm, radio, music streamer and for alexa’s services, such as weather forecasts, news updates etc. I am delighted with my echo dot and would extend my gratitude and admiration to those who refurbished this product.
    • Tried numerous attempts to connect to different wifi servers and none would work.
      • Tried numerous attempts to connect to different wifi servers and none would work.
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    I already had a couple, but i want a one for a gift. Bought as dot wasn’t on offer when i wanted it.
  21. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    I already had a couple, but i want a one for a gift. Bought as dot wasn’t on offer when i wanted it.
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    Nice little thing, perfect when connected to a speaker or stereo system.
  23. This review is from : Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

    Nice little thing, perfect when connected to a speaker or stereo system.
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    Bought this as an additional alexa unit to an echo show to use in the bedroom. Now wake up to a lovely voice giving news,sports,weather and tv highlights for the day which after tunes in the radio.
    • Bought this as an additional alexa unit to an echo show to use in the bedroom. Now wake up to a lovely voice giving news,sports,weather and tv highlights for the day which after tunes in the radio.
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    Unfortunately i had this for a few days and it decided it would make its own decisions as to what it was going to do, had to return it.

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