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With its 5.5-inch colour screen and integrated speaker, the compact Amazon Echo Show 5 is arguably the most versatile of all the Alexa-powered smart speakers - and it’s currently available with £20 off its regular £79.99 list price.
This isn’t just another Amazon Alexa music speaker, although its 4W sound system is fine for light listening. The screen changes everything.
Why we love it:
You can sing along to lyrics and look at album art with Amazon Music, eyeball the weather or watch news reports, monitor security or baby cams, and catch-up with TV shows on Amazon Prime Video.
If you want to partner it with separate speakers for better TV audio, there’s a 3.5mm audio output jack. It also pairs to Bluetooth headphones for personal listening.
The Show is as helpful in the kitchen, as a digital assistant (useful for recipes and cooking timers), as it is the bedroom, where it functions as a smart bedside alarm clock. Those with more than one Amazon Alexa device can also take advantage of the Drop-In feature, to chat between rooms.
Why it’s better than the Echo Dot:
The Echo Show even supports hands-free voice calling, to UK mobile or landline numbers, as well as Skype calls. You can also make video calls to other Amazon Echo devices with a screen (maybe you should snap up two Shows?). If you’ve privacy concerns, there’s a manual camera cover.
If you like the idea of the Echo Show, but would rather a larger screen, the stablemate Show 8 has an 8-inch screen and is available for £89.99.
What the reviews say:
With 78 per cent of users rating it five stars, the Echo Show 5 has been winning over Alexa aficionados.
“I am absolutely amazed by the quality of not only the screen, but also the integrated speaker.”
“ The sound, given that it's coming from a single speaker is much, much better than I anticipated.”
“Also great is the ability to view Amazon video so you can have some comedy on in the background to brighten the day…”
“This is the best Echo device so far!”