Amazon Echo Show 5 review : the little one is really big

ByFields Corrielus 2019-07-09 901

Smart watches and smart displays. Perfectly normal for many in 2019. Amazon and Google have been playing on this market for quite some time. And Amazon's new smart home tool is called Amazon Echo Show 5. This is not the fifth generation, but the name says it all: the display is 5 inches in size. A compact smart home unit, though not as small and round as the Echo Spot - but with a square display it's better for viewing digital content.

Amazon Echo Show 5

Basically, I certainly don't have to step out here again what a Smart Home speaker with Amazon Alexa connection can do for you in the Smart Home. If an echo already does its job for you, the Amazon Echo Show 5 also has these control options by accessing Alexa. Lights on, lights off - and everything you've integrated.

Amazon Echo Show 5 

The Amazon Echo Show 5 is the small version of the big Echo Show, which isn't so old yet. The Amazon Echo Show 5 has a 5.5 inch display and a speaker hidden inside. If you look at the application scenarios, the small Show 5 will surely find many friends - maybe even more than the big Echo Show (which Amazon should rename to avoid confusion). The wedge-shaped Echo Show 5 can be placed in more places due to its compact design and would certainly be suitable as a (radio) alarm clock if you want to place such a device in your bedroom.

Amazon Echo Show 5 

Amazon Echo Show 5 

The camera - and this is mentioned as an aspect for privacy - can be covered directly with a sliding mechanism. I hope that in the future Amazon will integrate the physical shutter into all its echo devices with cameras. However, if you use these, you can also make video calls with other contacts. Your camera in Show 5 has 1 megapixel resolution, don't expect miracles, but I think that's enough. Echoes with displays also offer a photo function, but something like that always falls flat with me. Yes, it works - but with 1 megapixel and rather less funny additional functions.

The display itself offers 960 x 480 pixels, which is certainly not much considering the current smartphone displays, but we have a different device class here. What's displayed is displayed in an appealing way. You can see it from everywhere and the goal is reached. The display is bright enough and adapts to the ambient conditions. Also the control over the display succeeded without problems, one can make also at the display itself without input of language various attitudes.

The screen of the Show 5 is good for a quick look at time and weather, and Amazon has a number of customizable dials on offer. Users can also set up their own custom image with the Alexa app or play a slideshow with all the photos they have in a Prime Photos account or on Facebook. However, Echo Show 5 does not have access to Google Photos either, which is of course a pity for users of Google's photo service. Show 5 can also get video feeds from ring or Amazon cameras, with support for two-way audio. This doesn't work automatically when Ring is ringing the front door, but only on call. Too bad, therefore for me not to use.

Amazon Echo Show 5 

Interesting was the loudspeaker in the Echo Show 5, which has only 4 watts. But from these few watts it produces a surprisingly loud and rich sound. You don't party with it, but you can dazzle a normal room with it. If you really want that, you can connect the Echo Show 5 to other loudspeakers via jack or Bluetooth. In my test I was always well understood by the device, Amazon uses two microphones. I didn't notice any problems.

The Show 5 is capable of all the same things as the bigger Show, including the same video sources, Alexa capabilities and voice control. It even has the same Firefox and Silk web browsers available on it. Unfortunately, those are the same browsers you still have to use if you want to access YouTube, which is a miserable experience when it comes to voice control. Maybe it's better to use your smartphone, as before.

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