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Amazon Echo Show 8

Amazon Echo Show 8

from  $130+
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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.

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 Echo Show 8 is the middle child between the small Echo Show 5 and the larger 10-inch Echo Show. The display is sharp and colorful, and the audio quality is very impressive, with deep bass and clear highs. Like other Alexa displays, it offers NBC, Hulu and Amazon Prime video, and it also supports video calling via Skype. Yet, it still suffers from a rather cumbersome interface, and the Alexa app isn’t very intuitive.

Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Beautiful display
  • Stellar sound quality
  • Works well with other Amazon products
  • Supports Skype
Cons
  • Interface is not as intuitive as Google’s
  • Customizing the display can be a bit of a pain
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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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
For $130, it's the smartest Amazon display for the price. It combines the best of the rest and has a cam and better sound quality than the Nest Hub.
 
90
PC Mag
Amazon's Echo Show 8 smart display offers a nearly perfect balance of price, performance, and size.
 
90
Tom's Guide
The Amazon Echo Show is a capable and great-sounding Alexa smart home display at an affordable price.
 
90
CNN
It provides more value than the Nest Hub with better sound and it's a lot cheaper than the Nest Hub Max. It also has me questioning the Echo Show, unless you need a 10-inch display, Show 8 does just fine at an excellent price point.
 
80
The Verge
Overall, if you’re interested in an Alexa-powered smart display, the Echo Show 8 checks off all of the boxes that matter without carrying the price burden of the larger Echo Show. While I don’t think it’s as good as the Nest Hub at being a digital photo frame, it’s much better for listening to music.
 
90
TrustedReviews
Significantly cheaper than its big brother but with most of the same features, the Amazon Echo Show 8 strikes the perfect balance between price and size. A bright and sharp display and excellent audio make this smart display a perfect allrounder. You miss out on the Zigbee hub of the larger display, but realistically this is a feature that most people won't miss.
 
90
Digital Trends
If Goldilocks were to choose, she’d probably go with the Echo Show 8. It’s the right size and price. For $130, it’s the best value in a smart display right now. Plus, its size makes it ideal for just about any location in the home.
 
80
The Ambient
The Amazon Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot, and it's easily the Alexa smart display we'd recommend for most use cases. The Show 5 may be better on a nightstand, but overall the Show 8 is the superior smart display.
 
80
Expert Reviews
The Echo Show 8 is the best bet for people wanting an Alexa-controlled smart screen, but the Nest Hub is better overall.
 
90
Tech Advisor
In almost every way, the Echo Show 8 makes the right compromises and is the best smart display from Amazon’s range. It’s the one to buy.