Have you ever dreamed of owning a robot to make your life easier, like Rosie from The Jetsons? Sadly we’re not quite there yet, though I suppose I could strap a dummy to a Roomba, but the Echo Shows are good substitutes! These nifty smart assistants can help simplify your day by telling you the weather, controlling your smart technology, and even managing your shopping list. And right now, Amazon has slashed prices in a serious sale that deserves your attention: up to 53% off, with prices as low as $45.
Up first is the Echo Show 5, a small device with plenty of power. Though it’s small, you can stream music and video from your favorite services, watch morning news briefings, and even make video calls with its 2-megapixel camera. Worried about privacy? Don’t worry: A built-in shutter can be flipped to lock the camera, and Amazon provides plenty of tools to minimize any risk of the Echo Show hearing something it’s not supposed to hear.
“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 runs through long, complicated jobs, plays calming music while he does homework, and reminds him when he’s out for practice.” for sports on days that aren’t regular hours. She turns her lights on and off on demand too,” said one happy father.
Next up is the Echo Show 8 – definitely the bigger and better version of the Echo Show 5. Well, maybe not. better, but pretty darn good. Both devices have different uses, although they mostly have the same functions. The Echo Show 8 has a 13-megapixel camera, and it will keep you centered and focused during video calls, as long as you stay within the camera’s line of sight. It’s also the perfect size to be a digital photo frame when not in use!
One frequent cook said: “We put the Echo Show 8 in the kitchen, since I seem to spend a lot of my day in that room. I like the bigger screen and the sound quality is great. Plus, the family Echo automatically shows me at the front door when someone activates our Ring doorbell.”
The biggest and baddest (as in the most radical) version of the powerful smart assistant is the Echo Show 15. This 15-inch screen is pretty much a TV on its own, and it’s definitely a valid option for watching your favorite shows. In fact, it even comes with a Fire TV remote to easily navigate Prime Video, Hulu, and many others. Add in the fact that it has widgets, something no other Echo Show has, and you’ve got an organizational powerhouse that can become the hub of the home.
Widgets can display your to-do list, shopping list, weather, calendar, and much more. There’s even built-in facial recognition so each family member can see their own personalized screen. Of course, it can also do everything the other units can do; it just does more.
The Echo Show 15 is my favorite smart display and I have one in my kitchen and one in my office. I don’t know how I would get through the day without them as they help me keep a very busy life organized and on track.
“This is by far one of my favorite electronic gadgets to date! It allows me to integrate calendars, make various shipping and shopping lists, leave sticky notes for the family, and when I’m not using it, turn it into a picture frame photo gallery! Recognizes our voices,” said one 5-star reviewer. “I can easily get recipes while cooking – it’s hanging in our kitchen. My kids also love listening to music on this with Amazon music. Absolutely love it!”
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The reviews cited above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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