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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: The most appealing Echo Show so far

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Quick verdict: While the smaller size sacrifices some speaker quality and display space, the added camera blocker and lower price makes the Echo Show 5 the most appealing Echo Show model yet.

  • One of the cheapest smart speakers with a touchscreen display
  • Physical camera shutter for more security
  • Decent sound quality
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Smart home features
  • Customisable alarm functions including sunrise alarm
  • Small, low-resolution screen isn't great for long-form video content
  • Navigation isn't intuitive
  • No YouTube app
  • Limited video functions
  • No support for Google services
  • Sunrise alarm only works during specific hours

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The Amazon Echo Show 5 smart clock arrived earlier this year as a smaller version of the Echo Show and Echo Show 7. While a new version, the Echo Show 8, has already been announced, the Show 5 is still a worthy contender for consumers who want an affordable Alexa-integrated speaker.

Many of the most appealing features of the Show 5, such as the added camera shutter, alarm functions, video call capability will likely be matched or exceeded in the new Show 8. However, the main selling point of the Show 5 over the new Show 8 is the price. At $129 it's one of the cheapest smart displays available in Australia.


Design

Design

  • Smaller than previous versions of the Echo Show
  • One of the cheapest smart speakers with a touchscreen display
  • Physical camera shutter
  • Screen too small for long-form video content
  • Sunrise alarm is limited
Amazon Echo Show 5

Performance

Performance

  • Navigation not intuitive
  • Decent sound quality
  • Limited video functions
  • Integrated music streaming with Amazon Music and Spotify but no YouTube app
Amazon Echo Show 5

Verdict

Verdict

  • Affordable
  • App support is limited
  • Display screen isn't usable for watching TV shows or movies
Amazon Echo Show 5
Should you buy it?

If you're looking for an Alexa integrated smart display, the Echo Show 5 is hard to beat. At $129, it's one of the cheapest smart speakers with a touchscreen display currently available on the market.

The Show 5 is close to ideal as a smart clock, but if you want to venture into other uses like watching videos, you'd be better off using your smartphone or tablet. If you'd prefer a larger screen, the 10-inch Amazon Echo Show might be more appealing, but keep in mind this older version has a higher price tag and doesn't have a physical camera shutter.


Pricing and availability

Price: $129
Where to buy it: Amazon


Specifications

Amazon Echo Show 5

General

Screen Size
5.5 inches
Camera
Yes
Camera Resolution
1MP
Voice Assistant
Alexa

Connectivity

Bluetooth Support
Yes
Wireless Network Support
802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Audio

Speaker Information
1.65-inch built-in speaker
Streaming Support
Spotify (free)
Spotify (Premium)
TuneIn
iHeartRadio
Amazon Music
Audible
Apple Music
Deezer
Audio Out
Yes
Microphone Array
2

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