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Amazon Echo Pop Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 22, 2023 at 11:25 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 22, 2023 at 11:25 am
Amazon Echo Pop Picture
5.9
Music
5.3
Videos/Movies
6.1
Podcasts
8.6
Voice Assistant
4.9
Outdoors

The Amazon Echo Pop is the smallest and most budget-friendly smart speaker from this manufacturer to date. It has a slightly different design from previous Amazon speakers, too, with a unique half-sphere look that comes in several different colors to meet your needs. As expected, its built-in Alexa feature is on hand, so you can control the device with only your voice. Still, its smaller size leads to a bit of a trade-off regarding sound quality.

Our Verdict

5.9 Music

The Amazon Echo Pop is middling for music. Given its small size, this speaker is better suited for average-sized living rooms than larger, more open rooms since it doesn't get very loud. It can't reproduce a deep low-bass, either. Still, it reproduces voices and lead instruments with clarity, making it suitable for most music genres. Bass lovers who listen to a lot of EDM and hip-hop will want to opt for a larger alternative.

Pros
  • 3-band EQ.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for large rooms.
  • Lacks low-bass.
5.3 Videos/Movies

The Amazon Echo Pop isn't really designed for watching movies. It's a small voice assistant speaker that lacks the low-bass to bring action-packed movies to life. Still, it's fine if you just want to watch a video on a paired smartphone. Latency isn't very high, so you don't notice much delay, and dialogue is clear enough to follow the action. You just can't move it around with you since it's a wired speaker.

Pros
  • 3-band EQ.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for large rooms.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Directional, narrow soundstage.
6.1 Podcasts

The Amazon Echo Pop is passable for podcasts. Its lack of low-bass doesn't really matter for this use, as there isn't usually much bass mixed into dialogue-heavy content. Voices reproduce clearly and accurately, too, so it's easy to follow along with the conversation. It's not as loud as larger speakers on the market, so it's not as well-suited for listening in larger rooms.

Pros
  • 3-band EQ.
  • Bluetooth compatible.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for large rooms.
  • Directional, narrow soundstage.
8.6 Voice Assistant

The Amazon Echo Pop is amazing for voice assistants. Built-in Alexa provides a similar experience to more premium speakers from the manufacturer, as it can hear your commands clearly from far away and in noisier settings like parties. You can activate Alexa with only your voice, which is nice for busy days at home, and you can also mute the microphone for more private moments.

Pros
  • Microphone mute button.
  • Outstanding Alexa performance.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for large rooms.
4.9 Outdoors

The Amazon Echo Pop is a wired speaker, so it's not meant for use outdoors.

  • 5.9 Music
  • 5.3 Videos/Movies
  • 6.1 Podcasts
  • 8.6 Voice Assistant
  • 4.9 Outdoors
  1. Updated Aug 22, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 18, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Aug 14, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 29, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jun 20, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This speaker is available in several colors, including Charcoal, Glacier White, Lavender Bloom, and Midnight Teal. We tested the Charcoal version, and you can check out the label here.

If you come across another version of this speaker, let us know in the forums so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Amazon Echo Pop is the manufacturer's smallest and most budget-friendly speaker. Like Amazon's more premium models, it has built-in Alexa support to enable hands-free voice control. You can control multiple Alexa devices through the Amazon Alexa app, spreading sound throughout your home. Its small size is ideal for those without a lot of space, but it means its sound quality isn't as impressive as models like the Amazon Echo Gen 4.

You can also check out our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers.

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Gen 4 is better than the Amazon Echo Pop. The Echo Gen 4 is a slightly larger stereo speaker that's better built. Plus, it has a better low-frequency extension, and it gets louder. The Echo Pop is a solid alternative if you're low on space or looking to save money.

Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Dot Gen 4 offers a similar sound performance to the Amazon Echo Pop. The Echo Pop is the successor to the discontinued Echo Dot in many regards. They're both Alexa-enabled voice assistant speakers with a small and compact design. The Echo Pop is a little smaller, though, and it has a half-sphere design compared to the full-sphere design of the Echo Dot. The next generation boasts a 3-band graphic EQ, so you can control the mid-range, bass, and treble.

Apple HomePod mini

The Apple HomePod mini is a larger and more premium speaker than the Amazon Echo Pop. The Apple is better built, offering a better low-frequency extension in the bass. Its 360-degree design means it offers clear sound from all angles, too. However, it's not Bluetooth compatible and has no sound customization features like the Amazon speaker.

Google Nest Mini

The Google Nest Mini and the Amazon Echo Pop are smaller smart speakers available at more wallet-friendly prices. Each offers features unique to their particular manufacturer. For example, the Google speaker supports Google Chromecast, while the Amazon model lets you pair the speaker with other Alexa-enabled devices. The Amazon gets a little louder, though, and its low-frequency extension is a touch better, so you enjoy more rumble in the bass. Its graphic EQ allows a little more ability to customize its sound over the Google speaker's bass and treble adjustments. Plus, its voice assistant performs better in noisy environments.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Amazon Echo Pop is a smart speaker with a small design. Its footprint is even smaller than the Amazon Echo Gen 4, making it a great choice for more compact living areas. It has a slightly different design from the Echo speakers. It's only half a sphere, as opposed to the full sphere. You can also find it in several different colors.

5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
38 inยณ (627 cmยณ)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This wired speaker isn't really designed to come with you on the go since you have to plug it into an outlet to work. Still, given its small size, it's quite easy to move around to different rooms in your home. You can even carry it with one hand.

6.0
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Decent
Water Resistance
Unspecified
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

This speaker is mostly made of plastic, which feels solid. However, it doesn't have a very premium feel, especially compared to Amazon's other Alexa speakers. The fabric on the front of the device is pretty loose, too, so you'll want to be careful when handling it to avoid rips or tears. It isn't rated for dust or water resistance, so it's best to avoid using it in a kitchen or bathroom.

6.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
No
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
Yes (Physical)
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are very easy to use, though they're pretty limited in what they can do. You can use them to adjust the volume or to mute the voice assistant's microphone. Since it's a voice assistant speaker, you're meant to control other commands like playing and pausing your audio through Alexa. You have a light bar on top of the speaker to indicate some settings, like when Alexa is listening to you or when a call is coming in.

Design
In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Amazon Echo Pop speaker
  • Power cable

Sound
5.9
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.34
Std. Err.
2.51 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
113.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

This speaker's frequency response isn't great, though that's normal for such a small device. It can't bring the thump and rumble in the low-bass like larger speakers, which is disappointing if you love to listen to genres like EDM and hip-hop. Still, it's quite balanced throughout the rest of the range, so voices and other lead instruments are clear and accurate. For example, if you're listening to a podcast or the news, you won't have trouble following along with the dialogue.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
5.2
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
5.18 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

It's more of a front-facing speaker, so it's not meant to be set up in the middle of your room. It's best to place it on a shelf or a countertop since sound is clearest in front of the device. Note that it also has to downmix stereo content into mono, and you'll have to pair a second device in the app to get stereo sound.

6.3
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
79.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.09 dB

This speaker doesn't get loud enough to fill larger rooms with sound. This isn't much of a surprise, given its smaller size.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
Battery Powered
No

This wired speaker has no battery, so you don't have to worry about running low on charge. Like other Amazon speakers, it enters a low power mode when idle to reduce overall energy consumption. It also means it's not quite as portable as wireless speakers on the market.

10
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Google Assistant
No
Speakerphone
Yes
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
Yes
Microphone Mute
Yes
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Excellent

Built-in Alexa offers excellent voice assistant performance, as expected of Amazon speakers. The device can hear your commands whether you're far away or navigating a noisier environment like a house party. You can activate Alexa using only your voice, and you can mute the microphone when you prefer a little privacy.

9.6
Active Features
App
App Name
Amazon Alexa
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The Amazon Alexa app is a handy way to control all your Alexa-compatible devices in one place. You can see a video of it here, and its main features include a 3-band EQ to customize its sound, an LED brightness slider, and the ability to control alarms and timers. Plus, you can pair this speaker with another model to create a stereo pair.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No
7.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
115 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
133 ms
Bluetooth Range
305.1 ft (93.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

This Bluetooth-compatible speaker stays connected to your mobile device, even from far away. Its latency with iOS and Android devices is relatively low, too, which is great for watching videos on your phone. Some apps compensate for latency differently, though.

6.5
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Wi-Fi
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Like other Amazon speakers, you can connect this device to the Wi-Fi in your home. However, you can't use Chromecast or Apple Airplay to send audio from compatible devices.