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An Echo Show smart display is a must-have upgrade for Alexa fans

Published Jun 10th, 2024 10:17AM EDT
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Some people find the current state of smart home tech way too overwhelming to bother with. Then, at the other end of the spectrum, we have smart home enthusiasts who want anything and everything in their homes to be connected. Of course, there’s one thing that unites these two groups that are otherwise polar opposites: They typically both use a smart home voice assistant like Amazon’s Alexa.

Alexa is awesome at answering questions, playing music, and so much more. But people also love to control their smart home gadgets with Alexa since it works with so many different devices from Amazon and other brands. But if you’re not using Alexa with a smart display like an Echo Show, then you’re not using it to its fullest. The Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 are on sale right now starting at $64.99, so it’s the perfect time to see what makes them so great.

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Amazon’s Echo Show lineup truly offers the best of both worlds.

On one hand, you get an Echo device that gives you hands-free access to Alexa just like an Echo smart speaker (don’t miss our guide on Echo Dot deals, by the way). This way, you can ask Alexa questions or control your smart home devices anytime you’re within range.

Then, on top of that, you get a display. This is a game-changer because it adds a visual element to Alexa. Now, you can ask Alexa to show you things like videos, recipes, or articles on BGR.

That’s how devices like the Echo Show take Alexa to the next level. Instead of only being able to tell you things, they let Alexa show you things. Whether it’s a website like BGR when you want to read tech news, or a recipe site when it’s time to cook dinner. You can also tell Alexa to show you videos on YouTube, and so much more.

On top of that, you can take advantage of integrations with other Alexa-enabled devices. For example, pick up a discounted model during the current Ring Video Doorbell sale, and you can have the video feed streamed right to your Echo Show.

All those features and more are available in all of Amazon’s Echo Show devices. And right now, our readers’ two favorite models are on sale at some of the lowest prices of 2024.

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Beginning with the cheapest and most popular model, the Echo Show 5 is down to $64.99 today. That’s a big discount off the retail price of $90.

This model sports a 5-inch screen that’s about the same size as a smartphone display. It’s great as long as you’re reasonably close to the Echo Show 5, and it has the smallest footprint of any Echo Show model. That way, it doesn’t take up much space on your table, desk, or countertop.

If you want a similar experience with a slightly bigger screen, you should definitely upgrade to the Echo Show 8. This way, you’ll get a screen the size of a small tablet instead of a smartphone. It retails for $130, but right now, the 8-inch Echo Show is on sale for $94.99.

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These deals will likely only be around until the end of the week, so take advantage while you can.

Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.