Design and Build: A Smaller, Lighter Echo Device
The Amazon Echo Pop measures 3.9 x 3.3 x 3.6 inches (WxDxH), making it only slightly smaller than the Echo Dot. With a half-spherical design, the Echo Pop appears more compact than its counterpart, but the difference in size is minimal. The Echo Pop is significantly lighter, weighing 6.9 ounces compared to the Echo Dot’s 10.7 ounces. Unfortunately, this weight reduction results in a cheaper feel for the device, as it is mostly made of plastic with a flat, fabric-covered front.
Alexa Indicator Light: A Departure from the Traditional Light Ring
The Echo Pop does not have the traditional Alexa light ring found on other Echo devices. Instead, it features a thin indicator light along the top edge of the speaker. The device also includes volume up, volume down, and microphone mute buttons. Notably absent is an Action button, though some of its functions can be performed by tapping the top of the device.
Easy Setup and Connectivity
Setting up the Echo Pop is a breeze, especially for those who already own other Echo speakers. After plugging in the device and waiting for Alexa’s setup prompt, users can pair the Echo Pop with their smartphones via the Alexa app. The Echo Pop lacks a 3.5mm audio-out jack, but Bluetooth connectivity is available for pairing with secondary speakers.
Smart Home Control: Embracing Matter and Sidewalk
The Echo Pop, like other Echo devices, can control compatible smart home devices through Alexa. With support for the new Matter standard, the Echo Pop acts as a controller for various smart home ecosystems, including Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings. Additionally, the device works with Amazon’s Sidewalk neighborhood network, allowing users to install compatible smart devices outside of their homes without worrying about Wi-Fi range issues.
Sound Quality: A Step Down from the Echo Dot
The Echo Pop’s sound quality is one of its major drawbacks. Compared to the Echo Dot, the audio performance of the Pop is flat and disappointing. The lackluster sound quality makes the Echo Dot a more appealing option for those seeking a better listening experience.