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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ECHO SHOW is a MUST HAVE for Amazon Echo Fans!

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    gadgetguy11
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    When I first read about Amazon Echo Show, I thought the sound quality would be inferior to Echo because of the small size, which to me would be a deal breaker. I read that the sound is actually superior to Echo & it is compatible with most existing security cameras, so I decided to buy one. Then Best Buy ran a strong promotion if you buy 2, so I caved and bought 2. (I have a number of Echo's and 2) Echo Dots in the house). I am completely BLOWN AWAY by Echo Show!! Here is a brief summary of thoughts: LIKES: 1- Substantially the Best Sound Quality of any Echo to date, with stronger bass, directional stereo, Dolby Audio & focused sound field to the front. You can rock out louder, with less sound to the sides & back, so you do not share your music to all, as does the Echo. 2- The 8) Far Field microphones are more effective than Echo. 3- High resolution 7" screen is perfect for a desk or kitchen. 4- Song lyrics are great! (Free optional setting to turn on lyrics). 5- Photos of the album cover & the band on all music are awesome! 6- 3) buttons on top: Mute / Camera Defeat with red on screen indicator; Volume UP & Volume Down. 7- Excellent resolution with built-in camera. 8- Auto presence detector turns Show screen on when you are detected. 9- Speak to Alexa, just as with Echo or Dot, & Show mutes the volume & shows what you asked on the screen, with the music volume lowered in the background. 10- Ask the forecast & you get written & verbal forecast. You also get a second screen showing the next 4 days, including real feel, a picture of the anticipated weather, chance of rain, etc. 11- Say: Alexa, show me the "Front Porch", or any of the numerous security cameras & within 2 seconds, there is a highly detailed live video with sound! 12- Video conference - I do not know anyone else with Show yet, so I cannot try this but call yourself & you can see the picture they will see to adjust your surroundings. 13- Uses the same power supply as Amazon Echo. 14- Sleek shape fits right in with contemporary surroundings (see photo of Show in the center of the desk with 2) 4K monitors & iPad Pro). 15- The touch screen sensitivity is perfect. 16- Build quality is First Rate! 17- Rubber feet protect any surface & are anti - slip. 18- Addictive! More than any other device, this is one you will want in the center of your desk, as shown in my photo, because once you add the video component, you will wonder how you enjoyed music, sports, & just about everything, without it! 19- See your shopping list. 20- See visual confirmation that the lights you ask Alexa to turn on actually turned on. DISLIKES: NONE! I would only offer one design option. I would offer an optional Amazon Echo Show Wireless Subwoofer for this beast, that you could buy later. It would work like the many Soundbars that include a Wireless Sub. That would allow SHOW to not only ROCK OUT, but to shake the walls at the same time! I am seriously planning to sell some Echos & Dots to pick up a couple more Shows. They are GREAT!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Top of the Echo Lineup

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    Charlie
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    I recently bought this over the holiday shopping period at a savings of $50 and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm a big Amazon Echo fan. I started with a refurbished Echo 1st generation about 2 or 3 years ago and thought it would be nothing more than a toy. But I bought the Best Buy Vivint Smart home products and learned how to control them with the Echo and fell in love with it. I also thought the music quality was very good. I eventually bought three more Dots to spread around the house, along with smart plugs, bulbs, etc. I now have my entire home set up nicely for voice control through Alexa. When I saw this Echo Show on sale at Best Buy, I hesitated on buying it immediately because I didn't think I would use it that much and, even on sale at $180, it's still expensive, However, it didn't take long for me to love it even more than the rest of my Echoes. The screen is clear and crisp. The sound from it's two speakers is far better (in my opinion) than even the full size Echo. I love how it show's reminders and appointments on the screen instead of just a verbal announcement. And even though you can't get anymore information from the show than the rest of the echoes, having that information on a screen to view, especially for things like theaters and times for movie showings, is invaluable. And the screen is very touch sensitive so I've had no problem navigating through information even though the emphasis is for voice control. Also, when you ask for the WX, it gives the current forecast and a seven day forecast on the screen along with the "feel like" temperature, etc. Now I can't wait for the new Amazon Echo Spot to come out this month. It will replace the Dot that sitting next to my bed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazon Awesome

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    SkyWatcher
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    I had reservations for the purchase of this Echo show, they quickly eroded after setting it up and using it now since Christmas day. Everyone in my family loves the camera function, sound quality, picture resolution and basically everything about it! It isn't totally perfected yet but it is a work in progress when it comes to the skills and how you choose to use this device since it is definitely designed for Amazon and their customers. Versatile enough so that everyone could find something to enjoy from music, pictures, videos to having your favorite book read to you. One of my favorite features are the Ole time radio series offered in the skills. Takes you back in time as you relax and very similar to a good book. Just my preference and it does offer much more and new skills are daily being added. Although we have several echo dots everywhere, my 6yo loves to come to the echo show to hear her music or to see new pictures uploaded to our cloud. The sound is amazing for its size, that's a huge plus. Pictures are dynamic and so far the only issue with me anyway is it's shape. Slightly odd but it seems to blend into our decor pretty well. Hopefully newer and even better skills will be made as this is a real gem in the rough with tons of applications still ahead that it can be used for. I have it connected to our home security system, robot vacuum cleaner and at times to my cell phone. Taken all together it is useful, fun and a nice addition for our gadget loaded home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alexa can show you a lot of cool things

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    Jared147
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    Been working on the project to make our home to be a smarter home. I saw these Alexa Show on the black friday sale and I had to get a couple of them. In my opinion, I am very happy with my decision to get the Alexa Show overall. Setup is really a breeze and you can get the Alexa show powered on and ready within 10 minutes. I love the customization that you can do on the home screen to show you trending news and weather information. I think the Alexa show works a little better if you have a prime account to play music and video. I really like it when you play music that it will show the lyrics of the song on the screen as well. Alexa can respond to you quite easily from anywhere in the room. I was surprised by how far she could hear me once I called the wake word even when she was playing music at the same time. The speaker on the show is actually not too shabby but if you want to use an external speaker you can use the Bluetooth option to have the Show device connect too. You may need to experiment with the settings to get customize just the way you like. Overall very happy with this version of the Alexa platform that I had to get two of them for my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best item on my nightstand

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    Sallywar
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    I’ve had the original Echo in our bedroom since it first came out and I have always enjoyed how it makes life a little easier. It does what it says it can do and does it pretty well (features as stated on description). The one we’ve had had since been moved to our kids room. What makes this particular device more special for me is the screen. I can use it as digital photo frame, it displays time date weather all the time, it displays lyrics on most songs I request on amazon music, etc. I personally don’t think it’s too bright at night in our bedroom when everything else is turned off. It gives a very muted light that doesn’t bother me at all and I’m a very sensitive sleeper (no light, no noise). Occasionally I’d use the drop in feature from my Alexa app on my iPhone to see if my kids are thrashing our bedroom again, lol. I don’t worry about camera and privacy, you can always put it on Do Not Disturb mode or change it in the settings to just turn it off all the time. Personally it does not bother me. It flashes suggested things that Alexa can do for you to try so you’re always reminded that she can do more than just stand there as a clock/music player/smart home assistant. Awesome purchase, especially since I got it on sale for $100 off retail price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Alexa is very useful

    Posted
    discwizard70
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    Alexa Show is really well put together. The main reason for my purchase was to create my own 'surveillance system' linking my Ring Doorbell, and Ring Floodlights to view on command by Alexa on the Show Screen. Yes, you can talk to it, and get results for almost any query, but with the show, you get a lot more. The touch screen is great for video calls, especially when you install the Alexa App on your family cell phones. Alexa can scan items via UPC and order them on Amazon, or tell you where to get them. The recipes you ask for are not only spoken to you, but SHOWN to you. Also, when music plays, you can see the lyrics on screen (If you use Amazon Music to play the music). You can ask for a news briefing, and you SEE the news, highlights, etc. The speakers aren't quite up to the same standard as the echo series, but it's close. The sound fills the room nicely. When the Echo Show is not being immediately used, the screen shows a picture of your choice, making it a digital frame too. Overall, the device is very nice, and they are constantly releasing new skills for Alexa to use, so it seems like there is always something new to wow you. Turning on and off lights, adjusting your thermostat, playing music, viewing security cameras are all just the standard duties, there is WAY more to do with this device!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My friend Alexa

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    SteveK
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    I have held off for a bit on jumping on the home assistant bandwagon. Bust as I have purchased more smart products the integration with the echo is becoming more and more intriguing. The tipping point for me was Echo Show integration with the Arlo camera. So now of I get a notification that someone is at my door I no longer have to reach for my phone, type in the passcode, open my Arlo app, type in the passcode again and then wait for the video feed to come up. I just say, Alexa show me the front door camera and the feed pops up. Killer App for me. I have also integrated the Echo show with my. Nest thermostats, WEMO switches and Rachio Sprinkler controller. All nice functionality but still kind of a novelty. My wife uses it as a pretty handy kitchen timer, and my kids use it to play games, so it has been a pretty popular device around here. If I have to complain about something, it is pretty pricey. And as many have complained about it is kind of ugly. I don't mind how it looks though. The music functionality is a bit limited for me as I am not an Amazon prime member but I can easily listen to music on YouTube. Overall a pretty cool product that undoubtedly will become more and more useful as Amazon releases new features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Echo Show Is A Pretty Amazing Piece of Tech

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    Speeedy16
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    So I was skeptical of Echo Show and the entire line to be honest. However, this technology has changed how our household operates. From my daily briefing in the morning, to tracking Santa with my 6 year old every morning learning interesting facts about Santa and several other things, I truly wish I would have bought this sooner. We have it integrated into our Cozi account so we can just ask Alexa to add items to various shopping lists instead of pulling out a phone and typing it in. We also have ADT Pulse and a Nest thermostat and the integration into those two platforms was so simple I couldn't believe it. My son loves to ask Alexa questions and in the mornings before school he is learning things instead of just watching a few minutes of a cartoon. Another highly used feature is the local forecast as my wife is a weather nut and always wants to know what the forecast for the area is. I am loving the Amazon Music now as well because we bought an Echo Dot just to integrate into our Bose whole house system so we can stream music all through the house now. If you are on the fence about getting the Echo Show like I was, just do it. It really is an amazing product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best echo yet!

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    wbp874
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    With this you can make calls to other echo shows. Or using the app you can call others that have the a show. I haven't used this feature yet since I'm the only one I know who has one. I can tell you that while using the app at home or away from home off the network you can call the show. I did this while at work to check it out and caught my son coming in the back door. I freaked him out but after he settled down we chatted via video chat for awhile and both agreed it was awesome! You could also just drop into the show from the app to check on the house or whatever, wherever you have it. Keep in mind you're only gonna see what it's pointed at. The camera doesn't move. Plus in its natural form it is tilted back slightly so it point upward. There are stands on amazon the correct the tilt to make it straight up and down. Almost forgot but the speakers are amazing! You can link multiple echos together to play music. I have the show in my living room an echo in my bedroom and the dot connected to a JBL speaker in another room. After set up through the app I can tell Alexa to play music and they all come to life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love love the show

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    Polo69
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    We already owned 2 Amazon echoes. My wife saw this and said why don’t we have this? So I went and bought it. We absolutely love the show the best. The screen is awesome. You can even customize the screen with your own picture. I like the clock on it. I can see it if I wake up at night. I just recently got The Ring doorbell cameras. I can ask Alexa to show me the front door and it will pull the camera right up so I can see what’s going on in front of my house. I also use amazon music and when you ask her to play a song the lyrics show right up on the screen. You can see pictures of the deal of the day if you ask Alexa to see the deals of the day on Amazon. Also it randomly has news and sports stuff showing across the screen. I am not a news watcher so this keeps me current on some events going on. I saw that this 1st generation was on sale for $129.99 and it is worth every penny. You cannot go wrong with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

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    Anonymous
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    Love that I can view my arlo cams on it , love it plays movie trailers on point , love the lyrics when playing music , love the video calls, love the drop in to other Alexa devices around the house (they now work as intercoms) so I can be in the 3rd floor of my house (3 story home in Las Vegas ) the doorbell rings I can say alexa show me front door (arlo cam) then I can say alexa open front door, drop in on the echo by front door and say come on up , Just having a blast with this stuff , yes I am in deep with the smart home thing.. alexa turn on the lights (hue color lights) , turn on the fan (wemo switches) Alexa set house to 77 degrees (nest ) so endless , yeah I would say the ECHO SHOW IS A GOOD START ...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, Helpful Device

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    MiddlebrainedMan
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    We outfitted our whole home with Echo devices last Christmas when they were all on sale and had special promotions. I bought a second generation Echo Show and loved it so much that I wanted another. Except they were all sold out. :-( So I decided to try a first generation one that was on clearance and I have no regrets. The screen isn’t as big as the second gen, but it’s still great. I use this particular device in my downstairs office. It’s really helpful to be able to “drop in” on the Echo Show upstairs and have a conversation without running up and down steps. I also love being able to see/answer our Ring video doorbell. All around great product and I’m happy I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for all ages!!

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    Brendon
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    I’ve had an echo show for about a year and absolutely love it! I purchased one for my mom and dad along with a couple dots and am shocked how much they use it. We now have set one up for my 93 year old grandma and her 87 year old brother since they can’t travel anymore and now they can see each other every day! Along with us being able to see them as well. I am truly amazed at how quickly my older relatives have learned to use it and how excited they are to have it and absolutely love it. What a great way to allow people to not just speak but to see the faces of their loved ones with such an easy to use device. It shocked me to see them calling people on their own along with using it for so many other things with no problems and a huge smile on their faces! I highly recommend this and will be buying more for myself and any other family members that need one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for ring

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    Dmm2185
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    We recently bought new front doors with no peep holes so bought the ring to be able to see who is at our front door but wanted to have something everyone at the house can check the front door with instead of our phones so we purchased this echo show. We opted for this first edition since it was on sale for a great price and we love it. I really like the size. It allows me to see who is at the front door perfectly. I really enjoy asking Alexa to play music for me and like how the lyrics show up. There are so many things to do with this for simple tasks that I found it more useful than I expected since I originally was just buying to connect to my ring. I have yet to use the phone call feature but am excited to try it soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My New Favorite Gadget

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    Kizersoze
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    Alexa has slowly taken over my home. I was very hesitant about why I would want one with a screen. After all I can make FaceTime calls on my iOS devices. However, the sound is great; personal photo wallpapers (think a digital picture frame built in) are amazing. You can set it up so it shows pictures from "this day in 2012" (or any year) if you use amazon photos (which is free with Prime). The video calling is what makes me feel like I am living in the "future!" Calling my Dad feels like we are sitting in the same room and having a chat. It's much more natural than awkwardly holding an iPhone showing your unflattering under chin's (LOL). Seriously, this is the killer feature for me. It works seamlessly with my alexa connected home. Must buy! I'd wait for the sale/discounted price though. $229 is a bit steep but $150 is a no brainer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than anticipated!

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    kurtschulte33
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    I read reviews on Best Buy and several other sites about the positives and negatives and decided to pull the trigger. Pros: 1) the sound is better than some of the reviews state. I placed it next to my Echo and tested music from both and the Show had no distortion. 2) Adds the 'Multi-Room Music feature. I have a Echo and several Dots and it turns my entire house into a theater. I plugged one of the Dots into my Samsung soundbar in the living room and the house rocks. 3) Customization of the background screen 4) The constant flashing of news and facts. I'm always asking Alexa to provide more information on certain flashes 5) My parents are getting the Show for Christmas and we will be able to go live like Facetime Cons: 1) Had an issue with the connection since my Tap was located in same room. Rebooted the Show and it seemed to fix the issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device overall

    Posted
    Nice
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    I was skeptical with this purchase. I do have other Amazon products leading me to my decision to buy this. The Amazon Show looks good. The screen is a little small (2nd gen bigger). It look like a small projections tv sitting on my counter. I like the camera to see and talk to my daughter. The sound from the speaker aren’t the bad sounding for everyday use. I like that it shoes the command on the screen when you ask it something. What I don’t like is you can’t limit the use of the device to non family members. Overall it was worth the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simplicity and High-end Product

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    fantstictaylor
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    I know it has so many features, and I don't even use Amazon much, not even a prime member. However, I love this product, I used it as a display clock, morning alarm, music player which Amazon allows free upload your own music and steaming them without a regular free account. Then I regularly asked it for weather and some stupid questions. I setup my work address so every morning it estimates me the driving time for real traffic. Then I added some outlets for voice controlling my lights, hot water boiler, cooling fan. Once you get use to voice control stuffs, you can never go back to stone age. I simply taped the camera hole as I don't want NSA or hackers monitor my room all the time; and there's a mute button on the top if you don't want it listening all the time also. For the basic feature I used, it already worth for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    3rd one

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    Gr8Andini
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    Already had 2 and when these when BB had a BIG sale price, I couldn't order it fast enough! I can see my Nest cameras (another 5 * product), make video calls to other Show owners, voice calls to anyone else (except 911) and a whole host of skills that are being added almost daily. My only regret is not replacing my 2 remaining Echo Dots when they were on sale. I won't make that mistake on next big sale. I also received 2 of the 'other' home assistants included as free bonuses for buying a couple of other things. I thought that it was only fair to compare the two, disregarging the video aspects of Show. Amazon's Shows and Dots. Echos were like comparing Lambourgini to a '68 VW Bug. Setting up these things are like the expression I heard as a kid, "Easier than fallin' of a log and not near as dangerous."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent device for Alexa

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    ChilinMichael
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    Only a few days in, and I can't get enough of this device! First, the screen quality and touchscreen function is great, the speakers while not overly loud are more than enough and have great quality to them. My news briefing has been taken to another level, with video briefings (nice touch). Plenty of skills, and of course now some video skills/games such as Jeopardy. As you sit on the home screen, it scrolls if you select multiple pictures from your Amazon album, overlaying news and suggestions such as "Say Alexa, tell me more about" and the article name to get more info about it/even a video at times. I feel like this may have had less function when it first came out, considering reviews I had read; certainly now it's very worthwhile.

    I would recommend this to a friend