Amazon Echo Show review
Quick verdict: 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.
- Large HD-ready display
- Easy control of smart home appliances
- Simple set-up
- Limited video viewing options
- Some visuals aren't displayed well
- Big and heavy
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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?
- Big bold design
- Easy to see from across the room
- Choice of colours
- Nice large screen
- Not enough video sources
- YouTube capable... sort of
- Software needs tweaking for visual search elements
- Good for existing Amazon Echo households
- Nice hardware, but the software lets it down
Should you buy it?
While I can't help but feel that Amazon's nailed the hardware but not quite the software side of the equation with the Echo Show 2nd Gen, that doesn't mean it's not worth buying.
It's just that it's very much a play into the Amazon ecosystem and not much else. If your house is already equipped with multiple Spots, Dots and Plus speakers, it's a natural part of that ecosystem. However, it's not what I'd buy first if I was getting into the Amazon Echo world.
What the other reviewers say
|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|
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