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Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)
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Amazon Echo Show review (2nd gen)

The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen has a great display and powerful speakers, but the visual Alexa experience needs a little refinement before it becomes a must-buy proposition.

The good

  • Large HD-ready display
  • Easy control of smart home appliances
  • Simple set-up

The bad

  • Limited video viewing options
  • Some visuals aren't displayed well
  • Big and heavy


The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen follows the Echo Spot as the second screen-based smart device Amazon's bought to our shores. 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. However, is bigger always better?

Design

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

Speaker/Video quality

  • Nice large screen
  • Not enough video sources
  • YouTube capable... sort of
  • 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 lets it down

Pricing and availability

The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen sells in Australia through Amazon for $349 outright.

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Everything you love about Alexa, now with visuals on the new Echo Show, featuring a 10 inch display and Dolby speakers for premium sound.

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

Site Comment Score
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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