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Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen. 2018)

We have collected and analysed 20 expert reviews and 20 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 77/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is Mar 20, 2019. We have compared these reviews to 10947 reviews from other Smart Speakers. The alaScore™ for this product is 92/100 = Excellent. Last update: May 21, 2022.

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Expert review by : Kim Wetzel (digitaltrends.com)

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) Review

 

With smart displays powered by Google now in play, the pressure was on for Amazon to make a better Echo Show device. There's no denying Amazon did it.

“With a bigger screen and stronger sound, the new Amazon Echo Show is better in every way.”

Jul, 2021

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Much-needed refinements

 

Amazon's latest Echo Show is a huge upgrade over the original. It has a more modern design, fantastic audio quality, comes with two built-in browsers and features step-by-step recipes; some even have video tutorials. It now has more robust...

Improved streamlined design Outstanding sound quality ; Supports NBC and Hulu (including Hulu Live) ; Built-in browser lets you watch YouTube ; Step-by-step recipes with video instructions

Display quality is only so-so ; Isn’t fully compatible with Nest Hello video doorbell ; Not compatible with YouTube TV

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Basil Kronfli (techradar.com)

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review

 

Amazon finally shows why a screen-based smart helper is a good idea, even if the Echo Show 2 still needs a little refining.

Big, bright, responsive touch screen Competent smart home hub Much better audio than 1st gen Show

Screen apps lack polish Audio is bass heavy Video calling still limited

The updated Show is a big step in the right direction thanks to a better design, screen, sound experience and feature set. It's still hampered by some patchy skills and limited support for third-party streaming services, but if you’re a Prime Video fan...

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation)

 

The latest model of the Amazon Alexa-powered Echo Show smart display is a major upgrade over the original, with a larger, more functional touch screen and a much more powerful speaker system.

Feature-rich touch-screen interface. Friendly design with big, bright screen. Powerful audio. Web browser.

Heavily sculpted sound emphasizes extremes and downplays midrange. Screen only supports 720p video.

Bottom Line: The latest model of the Amazon Alexa-powered Echo Show smart display is a major upgrade over the original, with a larger, more functional touch screen and a much more powerful speaker system.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Jason Cipriani (cnet.com)

8 tips for your new Amazon Echo Show

 

The Echo Show is easy to use, but there are a few things you'll want to adjust or customize. Let's take a look.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Amazon Echo Show 2018 review: bigger screen and better sound aren’t enough

 

New screen, same Show

Much improved sound quality ; Bigger screen is much nicer to look at ; Design is more pleasing to the eye ; Software is more capable and easier to use

Still largely limited to Amazon services ; No hardware shutter to block the camera ; Screen-based skills are still lacking ; YouTube experience is laughably bad

At the end of the day, if I’m going to commit to having an always-on, internet-connected screen sitting on my countertop all the time, I want it to do more than the Echo Show.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Molly Price (cnet.com)

Amazon's revamped smart display has bigger sound and better looks

 

Amazon's second-gen smart display still costs $230, but you'll get a much better looking and sounding device. Still, it's not the best option out there.

The second generation of the Echo Show brings a better and bigger display, fuller sound and YouTube via Firefox or Amazon Silk browsers.

There still aren't many useful or entertaining animations in common Alexa interactions.

If you like the idea of a smart display for cooking, calling or watching videos, the newest Echo Show is a great option. But don't expect any extras.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (pocket-lint.com)

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen

 

With welcome software enhancements and much better audio as well as that larger screen, the Echo Show is getting serious. But is it worth buying?

Far better audio than original ; Great for simple voice-controlled tasks ; Ring integration (for those with the doorbell)

Reflective display isn't the brightest ; Lack of native YouTube (workaround via browser) ; Many Alexa skills not optimised for screen ; Echo Show 8 possibly more compelling

The Echo Show is a super additional device for a kitchen or communal space, while the audio has been given a much-needed boost. There are some foibles - such as lack of YouTube, a slightly reflective display, and some skills lacking screen-based...

Apr, 2020

Expert review by (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa advances and enhances the smart display experience

 

The Echo Show is well-worth the extra expense if you're already committed to the ecosystem and comfortable letting another front-facing camera into your home.

Beefy sound ; Very easy to setup and use

Limited video playback ; Thick bezels

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen Review (2018): Alexa the screen star

 

The new Echo Show 2nd Gen finds a far more powerful Amazon Alexa waiting for it, with none of the touchscreen uncertainty of the original. Back when Amazon first launched the Echo Show, its first smart speaker with a display, few were convinced that...

Big, bright display is significantly larger than 1st Gen ; Great audio with plenty of bass ; Alexa's display-capable skills have improved considerably ; Smart home hub functionality is easy to use ; Price unchanged from original Echo Show

Smart hub functionality only covers the basics ; Browser feels a little half-baked ; Searching for recipes by voice is limited

Oct, 2018

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