Amazon's Echo Spot is back with a fresh design and an improved display

Echo Spot playing music
(Image credit: Amazon)

Amazon is once again expanding its family of Alexa devices, and rather than dropping an entirely new device, it’s bringing back a familiar face. The Echo Spot, the miniature smart display many used on a nightstand or a desk, is officially back after disappearing in 2019, , although it's making its debut in Australia just ahead of the Prime Day sale.

The Echo Spot is now being dubbed a “customizable smart alarm clock,” and the accompanying feature set and design updates that stick with the general formula of a half-circle definitely fit that mold. Central to the experience is the front display, and unlike the original, which boasted a circular screen with thick bezels around, Amazon opted for a 2.83-inch touchscreen that lives on the top half of the device, kind of as a semi-circle. 

Here, you’ll see the time and date at a glance, but Amazon has also developed a variety of clock faces that you can pick from, as well as special visuals for core functions like alarms, music playback, and displaying the weather. With the latter, the team behind the Echo Spot designed illustrations for many forecasts, like a shining sun, storm clouds, or even a snowflake. 

Amazon Echo Spot on a nightstand

(Image credit: Amazon)

To better fit your space, you can customize the visual interface to six colors: orange, violet, magenta, lime, teal, or blue. 

Below the display is a 1.73-inch front-firing speaker hidden behind a mesh grille, and it appears to be the same as the one inside the 5th Gen Echo Dot or Echo Dot with Clock. That means the sound should be pretty solid for the bedroom. There are microphones on board so that Alexa can hear your requests, and there is a button to mute the microphones on the top. It’s sandwiched between a volume up and a volume down.

Unlike the Echo Show 5 or Show 8, which some use on a nightstand, the Echo Spot does not have a camera built-in, so any privacy concerns should be dispelled. Regarding audio recordings, you can still delete those Alexa requests or queries via the Alexa app on Android or iOS. It has a sensor for detecting motion, so you can tap the top of the Echo Spot to dismiss alarms in the morning.

Amazon Echo Spot on a nightstand

(Image credit: Amazon)

Overall, the Echo Spot seems like a well-rounded device that isn’t set out to accomplish a long laundry list but is designed to succeed as a smart alarm clock. 

Amazon has focused on designing the interface around the most common queries and shipping it with several clock faces to pick between. It also looks quite similar to the Echo Pop or Echo Dot, even down to the colors, as the Spot comes in Black, Glacier White, and Ocean Blue. 

The Echo Spot costs $79.99 / £79.99 / AU$149, but if you’re a Prime member in the US, you can score it for just $44.99 through July 17, 2024. Amazon dubbed that discount as a celebration of Prime Day, and hey, alongside some spectacular deals across the site, launching a new smart screen is a fun way to join in on the party.

Amazon Echo Spot: $79.99$44.99 at Amazon
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Amazon Echo Spot: was $79.99 now $44.99 at Amazon
Amazon's brand new Echo Spot pairs a 2.83-inch touch with a 1.73-inch front-firing speaker, which might make it the ideal smart alarm clock. With Alexa onboard, you can ask the assistant for the weather, play music, or even schedule alarms. Plus, Prime Members can get a 44% discount through Prime Day.

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Jacob Krol
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Jacob Krol is the US Managing Editor, News for TechRadar. He’s been writing about technology since he was 14 when he started his own tech blog. Since then Jacob has worked for a plethora of publications including CNN Underscored, TheStreet, Parade, Men’s Journal, Mashable, CNET, and CNBC among others. 

He specializes in covering companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google and going hands-on with mobile devices, smart home gadgets, TVs, and wearables. In his spare time, you can find Jacob listening to Bruce Springsteen, building a Lego set, or binge-watching the latest from Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars.