In finding the additional $15 someplace, as a result of what you save at the Eufy Genie is not definitely worth the Echo Dot options you lose within the procedure.
The Eufy Genie used to be introduced with a tight quantity of web fanfare as a result of (a) we like to get interested by EVERYTHING and (b) the possibility of an even less expensive Amazon Echo Dot if truth be told is one thing to pique our hobby. What is higher than a $50 Dot? How about one thing that is a detailed relative for a trifling $35.
That, people, is the Eufy Genie. It's made by means of Anker (you understand them from principally each kind of cell accent conceivable) and it is pronounced Eww-fee.
And, sure. You'll call to mind it as a third-party Echo Dot, only less expensive.
And in addition with a couple of caveats. Let's have a look.
The Eufy Genie: Higher, less expensive, and virtually as good
The Genie (as I will discuss with it from right here on out as a result of I am bored with announcing Eww-fee in my head) is if truth be told a little bit bit larger than the second-generation Echo Dot. It's only a smidge wider and a couple of 0.33 taller. However it additionally appears higher with the taper on the best — a type of little design variations that may move some distance.
The shell is shiny plastic, however the best is rubberized — every other great contact. You have got the similar buttons as the Echo Dot as smartly: Quantity up and down, a mute button for the mic for the days you need a little bit further privateness, and a guide motion button so Alexa will concentrate to you. (I don't believe I have ever if truth be told used that button as opposed to to arrange Wi-Fi once more, however OK.)
Do not be dazzled by means of the $15 you save with Eufy Genie ... You get what you pay for. Or not.
Setup is the same as with an Echo Dot. The Genie does not come along with your Amazon account information preloaded, in fact, and you will have to obtain the EufyHome app, both from Google Play, or from Apple's App Store. (Sarcastically, it is not in Amazon's App Retailer.) You'll be able to attach your phone to it and feed it your Wifi password, and that is that.
All in all, an excessively Echo-like revel in.
And the use of the Genie is just about the similar, too. You communicate to it and are greeted with what very a lot sounds like the very same Alexa voice you are used to. I will be able to't moderately make a decision if the speaker is a little bit higher at the Genie. Whether it is, it is not by means of an entire lot. It's fascinating that the sound issues downward and bounces off a desk — OK, I assume that is fascinating — however for essentially the most section the standard is set the similar.
However that further $15 you save at the Genie approach one thing's lacking, proper?
The Eufy Genie does not have Bluetooth. So you'll be able to't pair your phone to it for tune, and it cannot play tune to Bluetooth-connected speaker. For that you will have to depend at the 3.5mm jack within the again, and the incorporated cable. The Genie additionally does not make the most of the new Alexa calling simply but — that'll come later in a firmware update, Anker tells me. And if for some reason why you are only working a 5GHz Wi-Fi community, you are out of good fortune. This one's 2.4GHz only.
Possibly that is a large deal to you, and possibly it is not. If you happen to simply need to have Bluetooth or truly need to stash the sort of someplace for a child or older relative to provide you with a shout with no need to have a phone available, then you'll wish to pony up the additional $15 for an Echo Dot.
I additionally suppose the Genie does not reply to voice a smartly as the Echo Dot, which just about indubitably is because of it having fewer microphones. (This used to be very true once I had some tune taking part in.) That one's without a doubt larger than only a minor annoyance.
Must you purchase the Eufy Genie?
If you need one thing that appears higher than an Echo Dot and for essentially the most section acts the similar, opt for it. However you'll be able to be lacking out on a couple of options, the most important of which I would say is Alexa messaging and calling. And the object with the microphones would indubitably trojan horse me through the years.
Me? I would spring the additional $15 for an Echo Dot. However Anker additionally has proven Amazon how a better-looking Echo Dot may also be achieved.