Amazon Echo Show 5
The Amazon Echo Show 5 is a smaller, sleeker Alexa smart display with a few more features that make it a better smart clock. It has a sunrise alarm, a tap-to-snooze function and an ambient light sensor. There’s also a physical camera shutter to help alleviate privacy concerns. It’s a little cumbersome to customize the display with photos and the presence of that camera might still bother some people, but with a decent screen and great sound quality, the Amazon Echo Show 5 is still a compelling tiny smart display for fans of Alexa.
- Sunrise alarm
- Great sound quality
- Ambient light sensor
- Physical camera shutter
- Smart home controls
- Having a camera by your bedside might be disconcerting
- Customizing the display is a bit of a pain
- Not fully compatible with the Nest video doorbell
Echo Show 5
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (8)
- 74AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTechCrunch70Echo Show 5 reviewAt $90, the Show 5 is considerably cheaper than its 10-inch namesake and $10 more than Lenovo’s offering. The latter at least will likely be negligible for most. Simply put, if you’re looking for a smart home hub to double as an alarm clock, Lenovo’s your best bet. If video playback and chat are important, Amazon’s got you covered.Tom's Guide60Amazon Echo Show 5 ReviewThis budget smart display has a bit of an identity crisis.PC Mag80Amazon Echo Show 5 reviewThe Amazon Echo Show 5 is an affordable little smart display that brings Alexa voice commands to your desk, shelf, or nightstand.Wired50Review: Amazon Echo Show 5Some of the earlier magic of the Echo Show just gets lost on this smaller screen. Sure, you could watch Fleabag from Prime Video on it, but would you really want to? For some reason it feels normal to watch a show on a 5.5-inch screen when you have the ability to hold a glass slab inches from your own nose, but it feels unnatural to watch it on the same size screen all the way over there on the tabletop. I set up the Echo Show 5 so it would rotate through some of my old Facebook photos, but all it did was prove that a seven-inch display—like the Google Nest Hub—is really more ideal for this kind of thing.CNET80Amazon Echo Show 5 reviewThe Amazon Echo Show 5 isn't quite as good as the Google Nest Hub, but it's a solid smart display that's particularly compelling as a smart alarm clock.Pocket-Lint80Honey, I shrunk the screenThe Echo Show experience is getting better all the time and this is a great entry point. Sure, there are some compromises, but it's value for money and great competition against Google's equivalent Nest product.T380The perfect smart display for your bedside tableThe Amazon Echo Show 5 is smart, compact and easy to set up – it's going to be the best Echo for a lot of people.CNN80Echo Show 5 ReviewI was a big fan of the 2nd Generation Echo Show, but the Echo Show 5 is my new favorite. With its 5.5-inch display and sleek miniature build, the Show 5 is perfect for a nightstand or desk. I'm keeping it on my nightstand and I've been having a blast with the customizable clocks.When it comes to music playback, the Echo Show 5 can definitely pump up the tunes and sounds really good with an overall balanced mix.You can't beat the price. At $89.99, the Show 5 undercuts the Echo Spot, Echo Show, and even the Echo Plus. It's a no-brainer purchase for those starting fresh in the Echo family or for those who want to expand or upgrade their current setup. I'm buying my own and will probably deck out the home with them. It's also my go-to recommendation for a smart speaker.VentureBeat70Small but mightyThese experiences deliver mixed results on the Echo Show 5, but if you liked the first Echo Show, you’re probably going to appreciate this incarnation and may even find uses for a few small screens around the home. Alexa experiences tied to screens may become more prevalent with the growth of visual Alexa Presentation Language skills and Alexa Conversations, a new way to bundle Alexa skills together for things like dinner and a movie.Overall, the Echo Show 5 is in almost every way a half-sized Echo Show, and that’s a good thing.The Verge90Amazon's Echo Show 5 is the smart alarm clock to getOverall, I think the Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s best implementation of a smart display yet. It still has the same limitations as the larger Echo Show — no Google services, no real apps, no Netflix, no proper YouTube support, etc. — but its smaller size means you probably wouldn’t use most of those things on it anyway. Its much lower cost compared to the $230 Show makes it easier to accept that it’s good at a limited set of features and no more.
- 74AVERAGE USER SCORE8 ReviewsAnthony60March 13, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It was the cheapest smart display I could find that would showcase my photos of my travels with my fiance and see photos from the past of my family.And just because it was the cheapest at the time, doesn't mean it's not worth it. To me, it functions perfectly for a simple alarm clock which I replaced after 15 years. It streams my local radio news station as I start my day, it also has an alarm just in case the radio station doesn't wake me up. Not only that, I can briefly check the weather by glancing the screen in the morning while also getting traffic information. TOTALLY WORTH IT!kurohouou10March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadgetdandyrandy90March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Echo 5 does everything your run-of-the-mill Echo does - except it has a sweet 5-inch video display (which I honestly don't look at much in the way I use it - night clock, alarm, etc. So well-suited for bedside use. Display customization may be a bit of a challenge to set up the first time (trial and error kind of stuff) but once it's set you needn't worry about it anymore. The killer app for me is being able to use my voice to change the streaming audio - no buttons to keep track of in the dark, no lights. Truth be told, I guess that can all be done on any Echo device, but the speaker sounds great, I have an Echo 8, and this is much better suited to my situation; much smaller.R100March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Echo 5 is fantastic. I use it in the kitchen where I don't have a lot of counter space. The voice recognition is top notch. It's great to have a display to see things. The only issue I have is not with the Echo but with one of the apps (skills) that I thought I would use a lot in the kitchen. Allrecipes. It was a serviceable app when I first got my Echo but Allrecipes "upgraded" the app and it is now awful! Everybody hates it as seen by all the 1 star ratings on the Skill store. The only thing Amazon could do is kick it off the Store until they improve it.Jeffry90March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetShawn80March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I picked it up to help in the kitchen and in the 5" range it fit nicely in the small space I have. I had originally just intended it to replace a dot and provide a screen for a bit of video watching but that hasn't happened much outside of the occasional live TV viewing of FoodTV through my Prime. What I have ended up using it for to great effect is for running multiple timers or reminders. I have some nice timer sticks and the like but being able to do it without stopping and fiddling with a timer or touching the stove clock is great. You can through any Alexa set a timer and give it a label like "Alexa, set a 3 hour roast timer" but with the Show if you do a series of these, with labels ideally, then you can ask to have it show them back to you on the screen and it's just a great tool for any home baker, chef or otherwise.It's also just generally nice to have some visuals to go with some of the Alexa features, as I said I don't use that aspect a lot but found in the kitchen at least it has been better in ways I didn't anticipate.theindiearmy90March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!After trying out Google Home and Homekit, the Alexa ecosystem is just so much further along, it's almost laughable. I made the switch expecting at least some of the issues I was experiencing with the others (such as Google Home randomly lowering the volume of my AVR for no reason), but Alexa has been on point from the very beginning. That is the heart of this device that instantly makes it better than the competition.prunkard70March 12, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought the Show 5 as a bedside alarm clock due to its size and relatively low cost. Our house is fully invested in Alexa and it made sense to have a bedside version. I use it for weather, alarms, smart home activation (mostly Wemo switches and Nest thermostats) and it excels at that.It isn't the most attractive, but it does blend in. I don't like all of the extra news and tips, but I shut those off for the most part. I appreciate the physical barrier to the camera so I have to intentionally use it.All in all, it's a fine unit. Very much like all of the Kindle Fire tablets - Does the job in a very un-sexy way for a good price.
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