If you want a smart screen with Alexa, but you don’t want to spend more than $ 100. Amazon has a new model for you: the Amazon Echo Show 5. We’ve tried it and these are our conclusions.
The Amazon Echo Show 5 is a smart display with good value for money. However, it is not the smart screen for everyone: while it is excellent as a clock or alarm clock. We do not recommend it too much to listen to music.
Amazon Echo Show 5 Review
Last year, Amazon finally began selling its range of smart speakers. Smart screens or smart displays such as the Echo Show (2nd gen). It can also be purchased through its platform.
More recently, a smaller and more compact version of this screen has been put up for sale: the Echo Show 5. The number refers to the size of the screen – in this case. 5.5 inches – and not to the generation of the model.
Thus, it is a half-large device, something that makes it the ideal size to use as a clock or alarm clock on the nightstand. You can also put it on any shelf or home furniture.
It is, therefore, a very versatile device. It will not take you more than a smartphone placed horizontally. Next, we analyze all the features of this smart display and determine why it is worth buying.
Price and availability
Retail price: $ 89.99
The products Amazon Echo vary in price depending on the model. While for the standard Amazon Echo Show model it asks for $ 229.99, the Amazon Echo Show 5 is priced at $ 89.99, considerably less.
Amazon Echo Show 5 Specification:
- Display: 5.5 inch (960 x 480) touch screen
- Camera: 1 MP
- Speaker: 1.65 inches
- Processor: MediaTek MT 8163
- Connectivity: Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth
- Dimensions: 148 x 86 x 73 mm
- Weight: 410 g
- Colors: Black | White
Amazon Echo Show 5
- Enough size/volume for most rooms
- Screen features are continuously improving
- Ring doorbell integration
- Great value
- No YouTube
- Many Alexa Skills need further optimization
- Echo Show 8 better option for music
If you can go with its small screen, your best option at this price will be the Amazon Echo Show 5. In addition to being one of the first of the range to be available.
It is true that it does not have the same audio quality as the 10-inch Echo Show, but this model costs more than double. Taking everything into account, this means that the model reviewed here has better value for money.
Few will miss that this model does not include a factory hub. But instead, it is to celebrate that Amazon has decided to leave the most important, such as the Bluetooth connection. In addition, the camera has coverage to ensure privacy.
Performance and design
Based only on its design. It is wise to say that the Echo Show 5 is a small version of the standard Echo Show. It is available in both black and white. The most common colors on smart displays, and has rear speakers.
This smart screen also has a camera and microphones that you can use when making a video call with other Echo devices with a screen and using the ‘Drop-In’ function. You will not need to wait for them to accept the call.
You can also use Skype to make video or audio calls. If you are worried about your privacy. You will like to know that Amazon has included a sliding cover to hide the lens and a button that allows you to close both the micros and the camera.
Precisely, the camera is a differentiating element of this model compared to other smart screens such as the Lenovo Smart Clock or the Google Nest Hub. Which only have microphones. Show 5 is the only one with which you can make video calls.
In addition to having a smaller screen. The Echo Show 5 is much cheaper than the standard model because it does not have the Zigbee hub. Which some smart devices use to connect to the Internet.
Instead, you can use Wi-Fi, so you will practically not notice the difference. It also has Bluetooth, which you can use to play music from your phone and a 3.5 mm port to connect speakers or headphones.
The Echo Show 5 comes with a natural light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness automatically. In addition, the new Sunrise Effect function will gradually illuminate the screen 15 minutes before your alarm if you program it between 4 and 9 in the morning.
It is true that this restriction of hours is somewhat rare, but it is still an interesting novelty. Continuing with the alarms, you can configure them to sound more than one day, change the tone or even the volume.
You can also customize the watch and choose a theme or a photo. The sliding down menu, in addition, will allow you to configure almost all the settings of the Echo Show 5 without having to open the Alexa app, something you can’t do in the Google Nest Hub.
Another feature that includes the Echo Show is the ‘Discover Alexa’ shortcuts. Thus, you can touch on the shopping list or ask to play happy music or to tell you what you have on your agenda today just by touching the screen and without having to tell them with a voice command.
Apart from this, you can use all the usual Alexa functions, with some extra compared to Echo speakers since here we have a screen. You can view the weather forecast or images and instructions written in recipes.
The presence of the screen also means that you can watch videos, whether from Vevo, Daily Motion or any other on Amazon Prime Video if you are subscribed. Of course, you can only use YouTube if you search directly in the search engine, not by voice command.
On the other hand, do not forget that it is a relatively small screen, even more than most modern mobiles. So it is not recommended to watch movies. It will be useful for short videos and for security cameras or baby monitors.
On this occasion, the Echo Show also includes a TV guide and program recommendations of the main networks and others such as Netflix. You can also make phone calls in addition to text and audio messages from other models.
Entertainment and news
You will be interested to know that with the Echo Show 5 you can also entertain yourself and have fun. Some games are included and you can ask Alexa to take a picture. Surely you will be distracted by the effects of the photo booth.
It is a pity that you can not view photos from other sites such as Facebook or Google Photos since you can only show those saved in the cloud with Amazon. If you want to use it as a photo frame, we recommend the Nest Hub compatible with Google Photos.
Small size, but the huge sound
One of the reasons people buy Echo products is to listen to music. The speakers of the Echo Show 5 are small but offer good sound and have the same effect as if they came out of the same screen.
Logically, its bass is not as powerful as the standard Echo Show. But the quality of the music is similar to Echo 2. You can adjust the equalizer but you can not prevent it from distorting at times when the volume increases.
The highlight is that Alexa will listen to you even if you are listening to music at the same time. In addition, you can also listen to music from Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music or simply using the Echo Show 5 as a Bluetooth speaker.