The dot is nice for some background listening when I don't want to fire up the bigger systems for just a few minute's listening (like in the few minutes between shower/leave for work). I can ask it the weather forecast during that time too. What it's also nice for is an app known as HouseBand that lets me control the JRiver software that feeds those bigger systems from a 24/7 PC music server. "Computer (I renamed it), play the houseband dinner playlist" "Computer, next song." It also notifies me if there's a response to a question I've asked in the Amazon community, and will read it to me if commanded. It also acts as an intercom between rooms in the house. A cool gadget, if you ask me (and my use hasn't even scratched the surface of what it can do).