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Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon Echo Show 5

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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

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Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Sunrise alarm
  • Great sound quality
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Physical camera shutter
  • Smart home controls
Cons
  • 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
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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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73
Average Critic Score
 
90
The Verge
Overall, 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.
 
80
CNET
The 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.
 
50
Wired
Some 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.
 
80
PC Mag
The Amazon Echo Show 5 is an affordable little smart display that brings Alexa voice commands to your desk, shelf, or nightstand.
 
60
Tom's Guide
This budget smart display has a bit of an identity crisis.
 
70
VentureBeat
These 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.
 
80
CNN
I 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.
 
70
TechCrunch
At $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.