Amazon has spent the last few months releasing new and updated smart home devices in its popular lineup. The Echo Dot with Clock is one of the most underappreciated options. Most customers want an Echo Dot or an Echo Show, but the 2022 Echo Dot with Clock (5th Gen) is a capable smart home assistant in a small but versatile package. The fifth-generation Echo Dot is nearly identical in appearance to the fourth-generation model. It’s a 3.9-by-3.5-inch (HD) sphere available in light blue or white.
The sphere is divided diagonally, with grille fabric covering the top and forward half and matte plastic covering the bottom and back half. Four rubber buttons protrude from the fabric along the top of the sphere (action, mic mute, volume up and down). A light ring runs around the flat base, glowing blue when you interact with Alexa and focusing a particularly bright point to indicate the direction from which the voice command was registered.
Amazon has improved the internal speaker driver, but only marginally. It’s slightly larger, measuring 1.73 inches across as opposed to the fourth-generation Echo Dot’s 1.6-inch driver. Despite having a larger membrane, the newer speaker weighs an ounce and a half less, at 10.7 ounces. Because this is not a portable speaker and is intended to be stationary, the weight reduction makes little difference in everyday use.
The Echo Dot’s new motion sensors enable new ways to interact with the speaker aside from using your voice and the few physical buttons on top. You can now play or pause songs, end calls, stop ringing timers, or snooze alarms by lightly tapping the top of the speaker. Amazon has also added Eero mesh network support, allowing the Echo Dot to function as a node in an Eero network if you have one.
According to Amazon, the node provides up to 1,000 square feet of Eero Wi-Fi coverage and speeds of up to 100Mbps for up to ten devices at the same time. The Echo Dot also has Bluetooth and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as the ability to connect to the Amazon Sidewalk shared network. Unfortunately, Amazon removed a key feature from the previous Echo Dot: a 3.5mm jack. As a result, the new Echo Dot cannot be linked to a larger speaker.