Amazon's Echo Dot Kids Edition is louder and brighter than ever

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Having released a kids-friendly version of the Echo Dot last year, Amazon has given the popular smart speaker a fresh new look and a louder sound for 2019. 

The new Echo Dot Kids Edition 2019 comes with child-friendly perks, including a two-year damage replacement warranty, a cute rainbow design, and a year's subscription to the FreeTime Unlimited kid-focused service.

Enabled by Alexa, FreeTime Unlimited gives parents peace of mind that the content their children are accessing is age-appropriate – for example, kids are able to listen to "over 1,000 appropriate Audible audiobooks", as well as "play music, hear stories, call approved friends and family, and explore a world of kid-friendly skills", according to Amazon.

After the year's free subscription, FreeTime costs $2.99 per month "plus applicable tax". The subscription renews automatically every month, but you can "cancel any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service".

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Safety comes at a price

The Echo Dot Kids Edition 2019 itself costs $69.99 – however, Amazon currently have an introductory price of $49.99. Even with the discount, that's still $20 more expensive than the regular third-generation Echo Dot

So, what's new with this year's kid-friendly mini smart speaker? Well, it now comes with a jaunty rainbow-stripe patterned grille, as well as coming in a more sedate blue color scheme that will probably appeal to older kids. 

According to Amazon, the upgraded Dot is 70% louder than the previous model – so it might be a good idea to invest in some good quality earplugs. Unless you like the sound of your kids' music blaring out at all hours, of course.

Via Engadget

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.