Black Friday aside, Amazon Prime Day is the best time of year to buy an Echo device as most of them are heavily discounted. Amazon hasn’t disappointed this year – all of its Echo Show smart displays are on sale for Prime Day, including the $75 Echo Show 8. That’s $55 off the usual price and a new all-time low, and we’re calling it at the top because it’s one of the better choices for most people. Also on sale are the Echo Show 5 for just $35, the pivoting Echo Show 10 for $180, and the Echo Show 15 for $180.
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It’s the second generation Show 8 you can get for $75 and we gave it a score of 87 when it came out last year. We like the 8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, the minimalist design and the solid sound quality. Because it’s larger than the Echo Show 5, you get a powerful sound overall, with surprisingly powerful bass and volume. This version of the Echo Show 8 differs from the first-gen device in only a few ways, the most notable being the updated video camera. The 13-megapixel camera pans and zooms digitally to keep you in the picture while video chatting with apps like Zoom. It’s a relatively small feature (which is why you could safely opt for the first-gen Echo Show 8 to save some cash), but it will come in handy for those who constantly use their smart display as a stationary video chat device .
While the Show 8 might make a good kitchen or office gadget, the Echo Show 5 is one of the best “smart alarm clocks” you can get right now. We like its compact size, tap-to-snooze feature, and decent sound quality. Despite being the latest generation Show 5, it doesn’t have the advanced video chat capabilities of the Echo Show 8, but you can still use it for basic video calls.
If you prefer big screens, the Echo Show 10 or Show 15 are good options. The former automatically pans to follow you on video calls, so you’re always in the picture and always able to see the screen too. It also has the Echo Show 8’s auto-framing capabilities, making it one of the best options for those who video chat frequently. We also like that the Show 10 has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, allowing you to connect things like smart lights, locks and more directly to the display without needing an additional hub to make everything work.
The Echo Show 15 is by far the most niche of the bunch. It’s a wall-mountable, Alexa-enabled touchscreen that lets you use it almost like a digital cork board of sorts. You can customize it to show notes, to-do lists and more on on-screen widgets, or use it to watch recipe videos or even shows and movies on Netflix, Prime Video and more. It also uses a “visual and voice ID” feature to recognize who is looking at the screen or who is giving an Alexa command, so it can then show that person the most relevant information on the screen.
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