Have you ever dreamed of having a robot to make your life easier, like Rosie from The Jetsons? Sadly, we’re not there yet, although I suppose you could strap a dummy to a Roomba, but the Echo Shows are great substitutes! These nifty smart assistants can help simplify your day by telling you the weather, controlling your smart tech, and even managing your shopping list. And right now, Amazon has cut prices in a serious sale that deserves your attention: Up to 53% off, with prices starting at $45.
First up is the Echo Show 5, a bite-sized device with plenty of power. Though small, you can stream music and videos from your favorite services, check the morning news, and even make video calls with its 2-megapixel camera. Worried about privacy? Don’t be: A built-in shutter can be rotated to lock the camera, and Amazon provides plenty of tools to minimize the risk of the Echo Show hearing something it shouldn’t.
“My son has integrated his room with Alexa. She wakes him up with the weather report, helps him keep an eye on his 3D printer as he does long, complicated work, plays quiet music while he does his homework, and reminds him when he needs it. I need to go out for sports on days when it’s not regularly scheduled. It even turns the lights on and off on demand,” said one happy parent.
Next, you have the Echo Show 8 – all in all, the biggest and best version of the Echo Show 5. Well, maybe not Better, but pretty darn good. Both devices serve different uses, even though they mostly have the same functions. The Echo Show 8 has a 13-megapixel camera and will actually keep you centered and in focus during video calls, as long as you stay within the camera’s field of view. It’s also perfectly sized to be a photo frame when not in use!
A regular cook said: “We placed the Echo Show 8 in the kitchen, as I seem to spend most of my day in that room. I like the bigger screen and the sound quality is great. who are at the door when our Ring doorbell is activated by a person.”
The biggest and baddest (as in the most radical) version of the mighty smart assistant is the Echo Show 15. This 15-inch screen is practically a TV in its own right, and it’s definitely a solid option for watching your favorite shows. In fact, it even comes with a Fire TV remote for easy browsing of Prime Video, Hulu, and many more. Add in the fact that it has widgets — something no other Echo Show has — and you’ve got an organization powerhouse that can become the centerpiece of the home.
Widgets can show your to-do list, shopping list, weather, calendar, and more. There’s even built-in facial recognition so every family member sees their own personalized screen. Of course, she can do anything the other units can do as well; it just does more.
The Echo Show 15 is my favorite smart display, and I have one in the kitchen and one in the office. I don’t know how I would get through the day without them, as they help keep a very busy life organized and on track.
“This is by far one of my favorite electronic devices to date! It allows me to integrate calendars, create different shipping and shopping lists, leave sticky notes for family and when I’m not using it I turn it into a digital photo frame!! It recognizes our voices,” said one five-star reviewer. “I can easily pull out recipes while cooking – it hangs in our kitchen. Even my kids love listening to music on this with Amazon music. Absolutely adorable!”
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The reviews cited above reflect the most recent releases at the time of posting.
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