Echo Show 5 from Amazon at $ 90, another voice-activated screen, was not as intuitive as a bedside companion. But it works well in an office, in the living room, on a kitchen counter. This is another small point of contact for the charming voice assistant Alexa, part of Amazon's quest to infiltrate our domestic lives. And Echo Show 5 seems slightly less vulnerable to the privacy concerns of previous Alexa products. Slightly.
Amazon Echo Show 5 is a retracted and more adorable version of its big brothers Echo Show.
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With Echo Show, launched in 2017, Amazon created a visual representation of what Alexa could do. Instead of shouting an Alexa command in the limited airspace of your kitchen and hoping that your smart speaker can respond to the request, whether it's to set a timer, play a song or listen to a report, the Show show you an information card related to your request. And if the voice control does not cut it, you can press the touch screen and drag it.
Amazon Echo Show 5 is a retracted and more adorable version of its big brothers Echo Show. It's called the "5" because it's the fifth version of the product, but also because it has a 5.5-inch touch screen. The first echo show had a 7-inch screen. It was a stable shelf on your counter and, frankly, I was a fan of it. The second echo show had a 10-inch screen. The Echo Show 5 completes the family.
At $ 90, the new show is also cheaper than the others. This hurts the Google Nest Hub (which initially cost $ 130, but can now be viewed online for $ 100). It's even cheaper than another product equipped with Alexa, Amazon, the Echo Spot, which is actually designed to serve as a smart alarm clock. The Lenovo Smart ClockHowever, which works with Google Assistant, the price of Echo Show 5 is higher; it only costs $ 80.
The back of the Echo Show 5 is covered with fabric, like the Lenovo Smart Clock. The device of Amazon is more sophisticated than that of Lenovo. There is only one speaker inside. This means that it works well as a conduit for Alexa and as a nice little speaker, but, reader, that will not erase your socks ordered by Premier.
The top of the gadget is lined with physical buttons. There are buttons to raise and lower the volume, a button to mute the microphones in far field and a physical trigger button that blocks the front camera. Mute buttons existed in previous Echo shows, but not the trigger.
This trigger is part of Amazon's attempt to make you feel better about having your eyes and ears in your home. When you close the shutter or reopen it, a banner on the screen also lets you know the status of the camera.
Interestingly, the shutter of the camera does not turn off if you have enabled the "Drop In" mode. Access a feature that allows other Echo Show users to call or video chat with each other; it also allows you to use your Alexa mobile app to get to your home. But even if your camera is closed, voice calls are always on. You must enter the settings and opt out of Drop Into to disable this feature.
Alexa always describes the basics of Echo Show 5, and I bet you would use it mainly. You can ask Alexa for the weather or read some strange news clips. You can listen to music from various services (Spotify, in my case). You can play certain videos, such as a Reuters TV news video, although native support for YouTube is not yet supported, or videos streamed through a web browser. It's great to set the timers. Seriously, I would say that 90% of my Alexa queries consist of requests for timer settings while I prepare a dish.
If you want to deepen the Alexa-compatible applications called "skills" by Amazon, you can ask the Show to play the Headspace meditation routine, call you an Uber or train you randomly from one application called Random Workout. Alexa has been criticized in the past for asking you to speak in a very specific syntax, and that is always the case. When I asked Echo Show 5, "Alexa, what skills can I use?" The virtual assistant replied, "Sorry, I'm not sure." It turns out that "Alexa, what are your skills?" is the appropriate key phrase.
Like other smart home screens, Echo Show 5 is also a kind of hub for smart home controls. Unfortunately, it does not come with the same support for the Zigbee protocol as other shows, it only works with specific devices. If you have Zigbee compatible smart home gadgets, you will need to purchase a separate hub and then create a link. it to Echo Show 5. Echo Show 5 works with Amazon's Ring Security Camera, which I refused to install at home. because of such storiesand the smart plug of Amazon. I used the latest gadget with a bedroom lamp so I could turn off the light at night with a voice command.
Speaking of bedtime, when I installed the Echo Show 5 for the first time, I decided that he would go to the bedroom. (I already had a Sonos equipped with Alexa in the living room, I did not want to take up space in the kitchen.) Echo Show 5 has a night mode that you can activate in the settings, by setting parameters around the time. When you fall asleep normally and get up.
It was risky as a bedside device. The first night I used it, the screen stayed on even after asking Alexa to set the alarm for the morning. This led me to fumble in a series of vocal phrases to make the thing go dark. ("Alexa, go black." "Sorry, what device?" "Alexa, go to sleep." Nothing. "Alexa, turn off the screen." Success!) The following nights, the screen s & # It darkened as it was supposed and showed the time in red text It was not dark enough for me. (Repeat the above order cycle.)
Echo Show 5 also seems to be sensitive to movement and possibly to light. Fumble for your phone on the bedside table and the Echo show lights up again, as he was eager to wake up and move on. One morning, when I reached out to sound the alarm at 5:15, the display continued to show for a few minutes that it was 5:15. My Echo Show 5 was frozen in time.
There are elements of Echo Show 5 which, at the time of the review, were not ready yet. It is supposed to have a new communications hub, a control panel that you can access by sliding the screen from left to left, which will display icons for calls, messages, inputs, and so on. At the time of writing, this was not available.
Amazon has also touted the new privacy functions controlled by voice, like the ability to ask Alexa to delete everything you just asked. This is not yet available; Instead, Alexa directly to the mobile application to manage your stored voice requests. You can also ask the Virtual Assistant to delete all the voice requests you made that day, but this feature is not enabled by default. You will first have to access your Alexa privacy settings in the mobile application, namely Settings, which is the last menu option when you press the hamburger button of the application. This thing is not easy enough to find.
Adding to that, some of the previous magic of the Echo show is simply lost on this smaller screen. Of course, you can watch Fleabag of Prime Video about it, but would you really like to do it? For some reason, it's okay to watch a show on a 5.5 inch screen when you have the ability to hold a glass plate of your nose, but it's not natural to watch it on a screen the same size there. on the table. I've configured Echo Show 5 to allow it to rotate some of my old Facebook photos, but it's that the 7-inch Google Nest Hub, like the Nest Hub, is really more ideal for that kind of thing.
Smaller is certainly better for some things, and you could be influenced by the kindness of Echo Show 5. I will not blame you if you are looking for an Echo device at under $ 100 with a screen. But smaller has its sacrifices too.
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