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Amazon - Show Mode Charging Dock for Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (7th Generation, 2017 Release) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 98 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice dock, performs as described

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    KMai
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    As others have commented, I agree this dock is not worth its full asking price. I got mine on BB’s website as an open item and had a $5 RZ certificate. Getting this for a reduced amount was fine, but I wouldn’t pay $40. As far as the dock itself, there’s not much to it - plug it in with the included adapter, attach your Fire tablet, and you have yourself a stable charging cradle that can automatically turn your Fire tab into a Show. I have a Show (and countless other Amazon devices), which is used in our kitchen, while the tablet is docked on my bedroom nightstand and then connected via Bluetooth to my Bose Soundlink Mini. This docking station isn’t going to make your tablet recreate the sound a Show provides...not sure how one could expect it to? Anyway, it’s Amazon’s continued effort to take a low risk approach in to getting us to buy yet another peripheral device to use in the house. They’re not marketing these to make a ton of cash, rather, to help those who won’t get a Show, or those who have a nice Bluetooth external speaker, use their tablets for expanded use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Amazon Show Mode Dock

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    MacA
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    I suppose it's doing what it was designed to do, which is be a cheap alternative to the echo show. For the most part it works, but I constantly have to reset the tablet in show mode despite it always being connected to the dock. It's very frustrating as I'm not sure exactly what the triggering action is for throwing it out of show mode. The other frustrating thing is despite the tablet being connected to a Bluetooth speaker, voice commands are still recorded using the tablet's microphone. This means you have to be practically on top of the tablet for it to hear your commands. I would bypass buying this and put the money towards purchasing an echo spot or echo show.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Put your Fire HD 8 in "Show" Mode!

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    dpencek
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    I bought this charging dock in a whim and it turned out to be a nice little addition to my Fire HD 8 tablet. Show mode is a nice feature, and just like my echo dot plays my Sirius XM channels with a nice display, and responds quickly to my requests. Plus the unit overall has a small footprint on a table or nightstand. I would have liked to give the unit 5 stars but the tablet does tend to slide off the cradle a bit easy. Specifically, it slides off the charging pins easily. I don't see it causing any real damage to the fire tablet as it is in a case in the cradle but it does seem to be a poor design for an Amazon product. I'm pretty certain the next version will be much better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising Bang for Your Buck

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    unuseddolphin45
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    When my fiancée insisted on buying this dock for her Kindle Fire, I was reluctant to plunk down this amount of money for essentially a charging dock. However, it has basically turned our $80 Kindle Fire into an extra Echo Show device (one of which we already purchased for $200). So now we've got an extra smart home device in our kitchen/living room to play music, check the weather, check sports scores, and read the news. And we're still learning all that it can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for simple use

    Posted
    Josh
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    I use my tablet pretty much for streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, etc) and for the occasional kindle book read. It definitely is not meant for anything powerful, as it tends to run a bit slow even with my basic use and being not even a year old yet. For the price you can't beat it though. As for the alexa show part of it, I haven't had much of a need for it, but it is nice having a charging case/stand. I think that's worth the extra few bucks for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes a nice Bedside or Kitchen Counter Dock

    Posted
    GeaBaldyVx

    The dock itself is quite nice. It does add some bulk to the tablet, and won't let you use a case. However, that shouldn't be a problem most of the time. The dock puts the tablet directly into Show Mode when it is placed on it. The connector itself is a magnetic Foy on the back of the included panel and the unit makes a distinct noise when "Docked". Alex a is nice and hands-free at that point and you are off the the races.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't love this dock, not a secure fit

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    Annabellyhoo
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    Ended up returning this dock, as the tablet didn't seem to fit securely in it. It fell off when barely touched. My daughter & I both have Fire tablets, don't use Show mode all that much, but if I use Show mode for watching a recipe while in the kitchen, it's simpler to prop up my case for watching rather than using the dock. I didn't think it was worth the extra spend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great stand

    Posted
    Elsie
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    Makes the tablet just like the Amazon show. You can control your tv, roomba and any other smart devices you have by talking to it while it's on the stand. However it doesnt show its online like the other devices so it goes through the alexa app instead of the way the other Amazon devices do so when you drop in or video call it calls all devices with the app installed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid option for iPad Pro 10.5

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    Rymac
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    Minus the smart connection, this hit most of my marks for a case. Good responsive keyboard, pen holder, good battery life and decent protection. A more solid feeling connection than the Logitech option but still a little disappointed at the strength of magnetic connection of cobpvernto the rely the iPad rests in. All and all the best option, for me, that I have found so far

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great accessory!

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    MarkR
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    This is a great combination of a charging accessory and a method to make your Amazon Fire HD 8 an Echo show. It works great and has a pretty good microphone and the screen is good for this as well. The only thing I wish they would work on is the Youtube and Spotify integration as they are a bit clumsy to use with Alexa. This is definitely worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great way to use Alexa

    Posted
    TonyO85
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    Bought for my mom for the Fire 8 HD and works great. Only downside is no additional speaker is on it since the Fire 8 is not that loud. Luckily, I dedicated a Bose Soundlink to the Fire 8 HD so when docked you can use Alexa from all over the house and hear her crystal clear, works great with music too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Revived My Tablet!

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    Tarman
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    Made use of my Fire HD tablet! My tablet had been sitting in my drawer and now has life again at may desk! The response time for Alexa isn't as fast as a regular Echo Show would be, but I'm still happy with it. I purchased it as an opened box item for $28....so for that price point I'm pleased!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alexa Powered Home Security Console

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    Butch
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    I was thinking about getting the Alexa Show for my home security console. I noticed this item and since I already had a Fire 8 HD this was a cheaper way to go with about the same function without the speakers. It works great and with Bluetooth I can have my speakers also. Kind of a no-brainer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive dock, replicates echo show

    Posted
    Julio
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    The fire tablet dock is designed great and serves the purpose of allowing the fire to run automatically in Alexa show mode. With that in mind it is expensive for what it really is. The dock is about the same price as the tablet itself, but still much cheaper than an echo show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice way to turn Fire HD 8 into show mode

    Posted
    robs
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    This is an effective and economical way to turn your Fire HD 8 into an Echo Show. It is easy to charge and set up. I'd caution those who already have an actual echo show that the sound quality of this system is significantly inferior.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Amylou
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    Along with the Dot Echo, the Charging Dock for the Fire Tablet allows me to use the Fire Tablet as a stand-alone camera to see who is at my front door. It is connected to an Arlo Pro security camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love wireless charging

    Posted
    Kel256
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    The first thing to go wrong with a tablet is the charging port especially with kids. This eliminates the daily plugging and unplugging. The charging contacts are a little small but my crew caught on quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Fire HD 8 tablet much more versatile

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    Lefty
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    The dock makes the tablet more versatile to use with Alexa, Ring Doorbell and smart plugs in my house. Tablet always has a charge and can easily be disconnected and reconnected with no disruptions in use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My mom loved it!

    Posted
    nataliek
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    My mom has an Amazon Fire, so I bought this accessory as an add-on for her birthday. She loved it so much! Makes it easy for her to watch Netflix or other videos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enhances Your Amazon Tablet

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    JeffCinNC
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    The docking station allows you to use this tablet as an Echo Show when docked and charging which is a huge plus if you are like us and stay in touch with family with Amazon Echo devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend