I’m here in the scene that smart home today with the new third-generation Amazon echo dot and this is right here. This is the refresh for 2018 like you can see it’s still kind of a hockey puck type design a little bit bigger than before and that’s because Amazon is promising better sound from this thing. So, it’s got a little more oomph to it and it’s also got the fabric rim around the edge you can see on this black version here and that’s because Amazon’s trying to help it better compete against the fabric body Google Home Mini. A lot of people seem to prefer that fabric a design looks a little more premium and softer and more appropriate for the home so it’s kind of a tacit admission from Amazon that that might have been a better way to go with the design other than that though basically the same product you’ve got the same four buttons up top the two that bring the volume up and down here and then a button on the right to mute the assistant and one to activate her I’m not going to say her name if I can help it here and then in the back here you’ve got the same inputs the audio in if you want to make a wired connection to an external set of speakers and the powered jack which in a small change is not micro USB anymore it’s now just a normal pronged AC Jack so this is the new third gen echo dot. We’re gonna start testing it out let’s take a look at how it does. Amazon’s first two Echo dots hit the market without any real competitors now. The echo dot 3.0 has to contend with the Google Home Mini – a popular alternative that looks and sounds better than the last dot did the new fabric rim and the stronger sound of the new dot are both obvious attempts at neutralizing those advantages it’s the first time the dots really needed to play defense so how did Amazon do well? Let’s start with sound quality Amazon tells us that the new dot is 70% stronger than the old one and I gotta say if you listen to the two back-to-back you’ll definitely hear the difference.