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Amazon Echo Show review

A top-notch display and powerful speakers, but the visual Alexa experience could use some refining.

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Pros and cons

  • Large HD-ready display
  • Easy control of smart home appliances
  • Simple setup
  • Limited video viewing options
  • Some visuals aren’t displayed well.
  • Large and heavy

The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen follows the Echo Spot as the second screen-based smart device Amazon’s rolled out. We’re seeing more “smart displays” emerge as part of the overall smart home scene, and Amazon’s take is among the largest you can buy. But is bigger always better?

Design

  • Big, bold design
  • Easy to see from across the room
  • Choice of colors

Speaker/Video quality

  • Large screen
  • Not enough video sources
  • YouTube capable, with limitations
  • Software needs tweaking for visual search elements.

Smart home quality

  • Easy voice control of your smart home devices
  • Acts as a Zigbee hub as well
  • Can view compatible video cameras onscreen
  • Skype integration coming soon

Verdict

  • Good for existing Amazon Echo households
  • Nice hardware, but the software is a bit of a letdown.

Pricing and availability

The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen currently sells for $229.

Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen: What the other reviewers say

SiteCommentScore
Tom’s Guide“While still a bit confused about what it wants to be, the second Echo Show is a huge improvement over the first.”4/5
Tech Radar“Much better, but still has some creases to iron out.”4/5
CNET“If you like the idea of a smart display for cooking, calling or watching videos, the newest Echo Show is a great option. But don’t expect any extras.”7.3/10
Digital Trends“Amazon’s jumbo new Echo Show is the Alexa-powered mini TV you need”4/5

Specifications

Product Name
Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen
Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Wireless network
802.11a/b/g/n/c
Weight (grams)
1768g
Height
174mm
Width
246mm
Depth
106mm
Speaker information
Dual 2″ active driver stereo speakers with a passive radiator
Bluetooth
Yes
Min. Frequency Response (Hz)
TBC
Max. Frequency Response (Hz)
TBC
Audio out
No
Water rating
NA

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