The Echo Dot 3rd Gen and Echo Plus 2nd Gen have light sensors built in to control the brightness of the light ring around the top and also the button illumination. This could be personal preference but I'm finding the ring doesn't get bright enough in average conditions, the Echo's without light sensor are much easier to see during the day. If you shine a bright light on the newer devices they get nice and bright. The device colour does make some difference, i.e. on sandstone it is harder to see the ring than charcoal, even then it still seems too dim for me during the day.
I know this has been raised on Reddit before now but it would be good if Amazon gave the option to either adjust the sensitivity of the sensor or disable it so the ring can become brighter, useful to know when Alexa has recognised a command.
Picture will show better than words taken in daylight although it looks quite dark, camera adjusted exposure which actually gives a better comparison. In real life the old dot looks even brighter than this but you get the idea.
Hey @Tech: As a simple, honest and genuine question - why? Why does the colour, tone or intensity matter?
I have seen posts about folk wanting the option to turn off the ring lights for bedside use of the devices so that random lights do not wake people up. But that's about all I can think of. I'm just a curious fellow customer who shouts at his DOT and is happy if it plays something remotely approximating what I shouted at it :)
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Mainly it just bugs me that I can barely see the light ring whether it is responding or in red/muted mode, the old models were bright and I could see them, I upgrade to a new model and suddenly the light ring is half the intensity. Ironically when setting the Echo up it ignores the ambient sensor and runs full brightness !
At the moment the light is dim enough that it is barely worth having, sometimes when I say Alexa I glance at the unit and like to see the light ring respond so I know all is well Amazon decided to keep the light ring so make it work right, simple.
Some more images below which show the difference in daylight, the brighter light ring (second/fourth image) was where I tricked it with a torch!
First two are in mute mode and the second two Alexa awaiting command you can get the idea, in real life the difference is more extreme and quite hard to see when dim. I also only just realised today that the brighter part of the light ring when blue faces the direction of the user, i.e. directional microphones detecting where the voice comes from, probably old news but not to me
I cant see the issue. There should be no real need to look at your device after saying "Alexa". She will 'bing' at you and even give a longer response verbally, if you like. The whole point, particularly voice recognition, is that you just say what you want, without looking.
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I assume you have tried all the "turn off then on again", "reset your Echo", stuff.
@St: I replied earlier faintly echoing your view that it is not an issue. I then spent a happy Sunday with friends and family and realised that for some the visual cue was both useful and necessary.
I think the Alexa devices are still developing and there are a huge number of opportunities for many disparate communities to enjoy things. I'm abashed that I was so "flip" in saying "so what?"
My personal request to the Amazon team to offer a male "voice" to Alexa (especially for Talk-To-Me) may happen one day with luck - but it does seem right for the Community to highlight thoughts that may affect 1% or 99% and give a development idea.
In the meantime I'll luxuriate in "Alexa, play 50's music" and smile like a wombat with too much cheese :) Regards, CW
EDIT: For simple honesty - my grey DOT's seem to be less responsive than the charcoal ones. I doubt that the colour of the cover affects anything, just thought i would admit that 3 different DOT's in 3 different locations do respond slightly differently.
Thanks CW, if we don't raise these issues then as time goes by quality standards slip further, some people use the light rings, others don't - personal preference like many things. I don't always use the light ring but that doesn't mean I don't want it to work as it should
For some who have less than perfect wireless reception the light ring is useful to know if Alexa has heard you and is ready for a command before you start talking to yourself
Regarding the responsiveness of your different dots there is a good chance the wireless signal strength could be playing a part, if the signal is weaker then the echo will take a while to respond, might even need asking twice. Echo's which are receiving a strong and reliable wireless signal are usually solid in my experience.
Anyway, appreciate the reply and enjoy your 50's music :)