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Amazon Echo Show (2018)

Amazon Echo Show (2018)

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Amazon Echo Show (2018)

Amazon Echo Show (2018)

Posted   10.08.18
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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Amazon’s latest Echo Show is a huge upgrade over the original. It has a more modern design, fantastic audio quality, comes with two built-in browsers and features step-by-step recipes; some even have video tutorials. It now has more robust entertainment options, that include NBC, Hulu, as well as the latter’s live TV service. Still, the mediocre display is disappointing, and those entrenched in Google’s ecosystem might find it lacking. Amazon fans, however, will find plenty to like here, and the affordable price point makes it a compelling proposition.

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Pros
  • Improved streamlined design Outstanding sound quality
  • Supports NBC and Hulu (including Hulu Live)
  • Built-in browser lets you watch YouTube
  • Step-by-step recipes with video instructions
Cons
  • Display quality is only so-so
  • Isn’t fully compatible with Nest Hello video doorbell
  • Not compatible with YouTube TV
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
TechRadar
A big step in the right direction thanks to a better design, screen, sound experience and feature set. The Show is still hampered by patchy skills and limited support for third party streaming services, but if you’re a Prime Video fan living in a smart home full of Echos, you should definitely check it out.
 
70
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.
 
80
The Verge
At the end of the day, if I’m going to commit to having an always-on, internet-connected screen sitting on my countertop all the time, I want it to do more than the Echo Show.
 
80
Digital Trends
With a bigger screen and stronger sound, the new Amazon Echo Show is better in every way.
 
80
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.
 
80
TrustedReviews
With its larger screen and powerful sound, the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) is the smart display for watching content as well as controlling your home.
 
80
Mashable
Amazon's second-generation Echo Show has a larger screen, booming audio, and fast performance, making the $229 price worthwhile.
 
90
VentureBeat
By virtue of being Amazon’s chief visual offering with Alexa, the Echo Show is a sort of standard bearer for the emerging field of hands-free products that deploy AI services. The first-generation Echo Show was not really up to this title, but the second-generation Echo Show has a series of additions that make it a more thoughtful, easier to use device, with new video choices to explore.
 
80
Expert Reviews
Overall, the Echo Show 2 is a big improvement on the original. The screen is bigger and brighter, and the quality is better. It looks and feels nicer to use, too, and it sounds pretty damned good, all things considered. The microphone array is also more sensitive. It's still, on balance, my pick of the Echo speakers. However, I can’t help but hanker after a slicker smart screen experience. With that big 10in display, Amazon could have worked wonders – it could have fixed all the problems I have with the original. Instead, it played it safe and the result is that I'm left wanting more.