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Amazon Echo Dot £44.95 + 2 year guarantee @ John Lewis

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Amazon Echo going for £5.00 cheaper than the RRP with a John Lewis 2 year guarantee . It's a virtual assistant that can knit together all the smart-tech in your house. You should get the Dot if you do… Read More
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Amazon Echo going for £5.00 cheaper than the RRP with a John Lewis 2 year guarantee . It's a virtual assistant that can knit together all the smart-tech in your house. You should get the Dot if you don't want the speaker in the Echo.

Guardian review of the Echo Dot here:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/28/amazon-echo-dot-review
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#1
so annoyed I missed it when it was £29.99 using NOWTEN voucher... hoping for January sales...
#2
I noticed it's £5 off on Amazon an £20 off the echo but 2 year guarantee helps still dunno if I should get one! So the only difference between the Echo an dot is the speaker part?
1 Like #3
Dot has 'Line Out' but don't think full size Echo does.
#4
-BA-
Dot has 'Line Out' but don't think full size Echo does.
Correct, no line out on the Echo, Bluetooth out put only (unless you hack it).
1 Like #5
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..
1 Like #6
Won a £2 Argos gift voucher! Thanks Hukd
banned 1 Like #7
whats crack with these then? they look pointless.
2 Likes #8
jaques_kalis
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..

I've got one and have to agree. Utter garbage.
I want to be able to play music from my own Plex or DLNA server, but can't find a way to do it.
I want to know when my dentist appointment is. The best it can do is read out the next 5 items in my calendar.
I want to know what the weather is in Kielce Poland. It asks where in Poland. Say Kielce and it thinks you've said cancel.

It's not straightforward to create your own tasks. It requires AWS which would eventually cost money for absolutely no benefit to me if others use it.
To control my other devices, I need to buy a harmony bridge.

It seems to be an expensive way to find out what the weather is like outside or to be played a random song from Amazon Music when it doesn't understand me.
5 Likes #9
Say goodbye to any privacy you thought you had in your home as MI5/NSA listen to every conversation.
1 Like #10
bigbak
jaques_kalis
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..
I've got one and have to agree. Utter garbage.
I want to be able to play music from my own Plex or DLNA server, but can't find a way to do it.
I want to know when my dentist appointment is. The best it can do is read out the next 5 items in my calendar.
I want to know what the weather is in Kielce Poland. It asks where in Poland. Say Kielce and it thinks you've said cancel.
It's not straightforward to create your own tasks. It requires AWS which would eventually cost money for absolutely no benefit to me if others use it.
To control my other devices, I need to buy a harmony bridge.
It seems to be an expensive way to find out what the weather is like outside or to be played a random song from Amazon Music when it doesn't understand me.


You don't need a harmony bridge.

Check this out

https://github.com/armzilla/amazon-echo-ha-bridge

and

https://domoticz.com/

I have mine controlling my Hive Heating, Harmony Hub, Living room, kitchen and garden lights

Edited By: jayjayuk1234 on Dec 14, 2016 14:36
#11
Argos are selling at the same price or two for £85, I used the recent £5 off voucher from Sainsbury's plus the £5 cash back from Amex making it two for £75
5 Likes #12
Q-Tec
Say goodbye to any privacy you thought you had in your home as MI5/NSA listen to every conversation.

Paranoid much? why would anyone care what i was saying in my own home? every conversation?? hey if someone has nothing better to do than listen to my ramblings at home then good luck to them!

of course, if i was a terrorist or planning other crimes then yeah i would probably not have one of these. X)

Besides, any smart phone is capable of the same thing


Edited By: jayjayuk1234 on Dec 14, 2016 14:42
3 Likes #13
Q-Tec
Say goodbye to any privacy you thought you had in your home as MI5/NSA listen to every conversation.

They must have incredible staffing levels!!
3 Likes #14
Alexa what would you charge to assassinate Donald Trump?

Knock, knock!
#15
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
2 Likes #16
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
Hi,

A reviewer on Amazon.co.uk bought this for his blind father and gave it 5 stars. He seems rather pleased with it - just scroll to the bottom:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAGVIE4/ref=gw_aucc_comb_xmasTPR16_tl_2?pf_rd_r=3PMX4K1ETH3MKPKCN24N&pf_rd_p=fd1c6ff8-b075-4e86-8986-c888239811ce
#17
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
1 Like #18
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.
#19
Q-Tec
Say goodbye to any privacy you thought you had in your home as MI5/NSA listen to every conversation.

They can already do it through the speakers on your pc...
#20
BeneCog
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.

Does mean if you wait its likely to come down again though.
1 Like #21
bigbak
jaques_kalis
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..
I've got one and have to agree. Utter garbage.
I want to be able to play music from my own Plex or DLNA server, but can't find a way to do it.
I want to know when my dentist appointment is. The best it can do is read out the next 5 items in my calendar.
I want to know what the weather is in Kielce Poland. It asks where in Poland. Say Kielce and it thinks you've said cancel.
It's not straightforward to create your own tasks. It requires AWS which would eventually cost money for absolutely no benefit to me if others use it.
To control my other devices, I need to buy a harmony bridge.
It seems to be an expensive way to find out what the weather is like outside or to be played a random song from Amazon Music when it doesn't understand me.

I have mine working with KODI - wasn't an out of the box solution though, was a bit of a hassle (involved copying some guys code off of github etc). Have it working alongside a broadlink rm2 (20 quid ish) - 5 remote plug sockets (17 bux) - can tell echo its movie time and it will do my lamps, switch on my TV and start up kodi. Then I can tell it what movie I want to watch or episode or song that I have on my qnap and 8 times out of 10 it will play it. The amount of time I sank into setting it up is probably way above what I would recoup just getting up and switching on the telly though but it does look cool when its working and it doesn't need to be expensive.
#22
The UK one is a bit handicapped compared to the U.S version at the moment, but hopefully next year things will improve so if you read about some amazing feature check its also available in the UK.
1 Like #23
flux
BeneCog
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.
Does mean if you wait its likely to come down again though.
You'll be waiting for the next Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, by which time you may be looking to buy Google Home or Echo's successor. This is the best deal on the market at the moment, but I do hope that you're proved right and the price decreases further.
#24
If google can bring out one at the same pricepoint as the dot it could be real competition, but the first release of home is a bit pricey. Once all the vendors can agree on a standard it will make things a lot better. too many systems with too many hubs at the moment.


Edited By: flux on Dec 14, 2016 15:48
#25
BeneCog
flux
BeneCog
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.
Does mean if you wait its likely to come down again though.
You'll be waiting for the next Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, by which time you may be looking to buy Google Home or Echo's successor. This is the best deal on the market at the moment, but I do hope that you're proved right and the price decreases further.
pure conjecture, for all we know they could reduce them in the sales after Christmas.
#26
paulj48
BeneCog
flux
BeneCog
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.
Does mean if you wait its likely to come down again though.
You'll be waiting for the next Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, by which time you may be looking to buy Google Home or Echo's successor. This is the best deal on the market at the moment, but I do hope that you're proved right and the price decreases further.
pure conjecture, for all we know they could reduce them in the sales after Christmas.
He was basing his argument on Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices. Do I need to say anymore?
#27
BeneCog
paulj48
BeneCog
flux
BeneCog
flux
Was £39.99 two weeks ago on amazon so not a great deal.
That was for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, therefore atypical and not comparable.
Does mean if you wait its likely to come down again though.
You'll be waiting for the next Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, by which time you may be looking to buy Google Home or Echo's successor. This is the best deal on the market at the moment, but I do hope that you're proved right and the price decreases further.
pure conjecture, for all we know they could reduce them in the sales after Christmas.
He was basing his argument on Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices. Do I need to say anymore?

Lets just say its not as cheap as another sale offer they did 2 weeks back :) To put the price back up to £49.99 and then almost immediately put it up as a sale with a fiver off isn't a mega deal. A fiver is a fiver though if you need one for xmas.
#28
Microsoft are jumping in next year too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bikRuaJAv5g
#29
Never buy new concept gear.....till the all the faults have been ironed out.......and for the Chinese
to copy/improve and produce it faster and a lot cheaper..... ;)
1 Like #30
BeneCog
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
Hi,

A reviewer on Amazon.co.uk bought this for his blind father and gave it 5 stars. He seems rather pleased with it - just scroll to the bottom:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GAGVIE4/ref=gw_aucc_comb_xmasTPR16_tl_2?pf_rd_r=3PMX4K1ETH3MKPKCN24N&pf_rd_p=fd1c6ff8-b075-4e86-8986-c888239811ce


thank you so much x
#31
joetootell
whats crack with these then? they look pointless.
Can talk to it if you're gome alone
2 Likes #32
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
I have the dot. I think its great for music, you can ask it to play a specific song, artist, album or genre (eg pop music from a particular decade etc). If you don't like a song you can ask it to skip to the next.

It will happily tell you the weather or news headlines, you can ask it to tell you a joke, ask the time, set a timer or set a wake up alarm. Once you have plugged it in and installed the app - everything is controlled by voice.

There is a youtube video of a review by a blind person
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbNSD5H-O6Y

Do not worry about the American accent of Alexa - the UK version has a much nicer accent.

Alexa has been programmed to provide clever/funny answers to lots of not so serious questions and some of these "easter eggs" are listed here
https://turbofuture.com/consumer-electronics/200-Amusing-Amazon-Echo-Easter-Eggs

I think it is also capable of reading aloud Kindle books and Audible books if you subscribe to that but its not something I have really investigated.
I think your son would love it - you could always try it and return it.....



Edited By: gari189 on Dec 14, 2016 23:41: update
#33
Beano007
bigbak
jaques_kalis
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..
I've got one and have to agree. Utter garbage.
I want to be able to play music from my own Plex or DLNA server, but can't find a way to do it.
I want to know when my dentist appointment is. The best it can do is read out the next 5 items in my calendar.
I want to know what the weather is in Kielce Poland. It asks where in Poland. Say Kielce and it thinks you've said cancel.
It's not straightforward to create your own tasks. It requires AWS which would eventually cost money for absolutely no benefit to me if others use it.
To control my other devices, I need to buy a harmony bridge.
It seems to be an expensive way to find out what the weather is like outside or to be played a random song from Amazon Music when it doesn't understand me.
I have mine working with KODI - wasn't an out of the box solution though, was a bit of a hassle (involved copying some guys code off of github etc). Have it working alongside a broadlink rm2 (20 quid ish) - 5 remote plug sockets (17 bux) - can tell echo its movie time and it will do my lamps, switch on my TV and start up kodi. Then I can tell it what movie I want to watch or episode or song that I have on my qnap and 8 times out of 10 it will play it. The amount of time I sank into setting it up is probably way above what I would recoup just getting up and switching on the telly though but it does look cool when its working and it doesn't need to be expensive.

Love it. More time spent setting it up than you'll ever save.
Sounds like me.
I've got Hue lights to set up, but I just can't be bothered. It is less hassle just getting up.
1 Like #34
I love my Echo Dot.. I find it really useful controlling the Hue light setup I have etc.. If anyone knows of any sites which allow you to expand on its capabilities please share... Thanks..

Oh and regarding this deal, I am gonna buy some as gifts so thx...
1 Like #35
gari189
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
I have the dot. I think its great for music, you can ask it to play a specific song, artist, album or genre (eg pop music from a particular decade etc). If you don't like a song you can ask it to skip to the next.

It will happily tell you the weather or news headlines, you can ask it to tell you a joke, ask the time, set a timer or set a wake up alarm. Once you have plugged it in and installed the app - everything is controlled by voice.

There is a youtube video of a review by a blind person
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbNSD5H-O6Y

Do not worry about the American accent of Alexa - the UK version has a much nicer accent.

Alexa has been programmed to provide clever/funny answers to lots of not so serious questions and some of these "easter eggs" are listed here
https://turbofuture.com/consumer-electronics/200-Amusing-Amazon-Echo-Easter-Eggs

I think it is also capable of reading aloud Kindle books and Audible books if you subscribe to that but its not something I have really investigated.
I think your son would love it - you could always try it and return it.....




the video has just sold it to me, i can't believe I haven't got it him already, he's going to be SO happy, thank you!! x
#36
gari189
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
I have the dot. I think its great for music, you can ask it to play a specific song, artist, album or genre (eg pop music from a particular decade etc). If you don't like a song you can ask it to skip to the next.

It will happily tell you the weather or news headlines, you can ask it to tell you a joke, ask the time, set a timer or set a wake up alarm. Once you have plugged it in and installed the app - everything is controlled by voice.

There is a youtube video of a review by a blind person
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbNSD5H-O6Y

Do not worry about the American accent of Alexa - the UK version has a much nicer accent.

Alexa has been programmed to provide clever/funny answers to lots of not so serious questions and some of these "easter eggs" are listed here
https://turbofuture.com/consumer-electronics/200-Amusing-Amazon-Echo-Easter-Eggs

I think it is also capable of reading aloud Kindle books and Audible books if you subscribe to that but its not something I have really investigated.
I think your son would love it - you could always try it and return it.....




the video has just sold it to me, i can't believe I haven't got it him already, he's going to be SO happy, thank you!! x
1 Like #37
gina2010
gari189
gina2010
does anyone know if this would be good for someone who's visually impaired? my son loves anything that talks to him as he's blind, but is there alot you have to do visually? he's only 6 so not great with all voice over etc at the minute.... thanks. x
I have the dot. I think its great for music, you can ask it to play a specific song, artist, album or genre (eg pop music from a particular decade etc). If you don't like a song you can ask it to skip to the next.
It will happily tell you the weather or news headlines, you can ask it to tell you a joke, ask the time, set a timer or set a wake up alarm. Once you have plugged it in and installed the app - everything is controlled by voice.
There is a youtube video of a review by a blind person https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbNSD5H-O6Y
Do not worry about the American accent of Alexa - the UK version has a much nicer accent.
Alexa has been programmed to provide clever/funny answers to lots of not so serious questions and some of these "easter eggs" are listed herehttps://turbofuture.com/consumer-electronics/200-Amusing-Amazon-Echo-Easter-Eggs
I think it is also capable of reading aloud Kindle books and Audible books if you subscribe to that but its not something I have really investigated.
I think your son would love it - you could always try it and return it.....
the video has just sold it to me, i can't believe I haven't got it him already, he's going to be SO happy, thank you!! x
You're welcome. You might want to think about a free trial of Audible books on Amazon - you get a month for free but you also get 1 free download which you keep if you cancel. If you have Amazon Prime membership you get 3 month trial for free and 3 books to keep. I just tried asking Alexa to read one of the books I had from a free trial and it worked!

Edited By: gari189 on Dec 15, 2016 23:04
1 Like #38
flux
Microsoft are jumping in next year too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bikRuaJAv5g


They will be late to the party by about four years, it won't be intuitive or user friendly, they'll then claim it's aimed at Enterprise, not home users, then after two years they'll throw in the towel.
#39
Beano007
bigbak
jaques_kalis
I think this is another product from amazon bound to fail.. just like fire phone, fire tablet and amazon buttons..
I've got one and have to agree. Utter garbage.
I want to be able to play music from my own Plex or DLNA server, but can't find a way to do it.
I want to know when my dentist appointment is. The best it can do is read out the next 5 items in my calendar.
I want to know what the weather is in Kielce Poland. It asks where in Poland. Say Kielce and it thinks you've said cancel.
It's not straightforward to create your own tasks. It requires AWS which would eventually cost money for absolutely no benefit to me if others use it.
To control my other devices, I need to buy a harmony bridge.
It seems to be an expensive way to find out what the weather is like outside or to be played a random song from Amazon Music when it doesn't understand me.
I have mine working with KODI - wasn't an out of the box solution though, was a bit of a hassle (involved copying some guys code off of github etc). Have it working alongside a broadlink rm2 (20 quid ish) - 5 remote plug sockets (17 bux) - can tell echo its movie time and it will do my lamps, switch on my TV and start up kodi. Then I can tell it what movie I want to watch or episode or song that I have on my qnap and 8 times out of 10 it will play it. The amount of time I sank into setting it up is probably way above what I would recoup just getting up and switching on the telly though but it does look cool when its working and it doesn't need to be expensive.

Are you able to link me how to set it up with Kodi?

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