28 June 2019
Amazon's Echo lineup of products is quite diverse as it offers devices with all sorts of form factors, use cases, and price range. The lineup has just received a new member called Amazon Echo Show 5. It is a smaller smart display product and one of the cheapest product you can get in its category.
The Amazon Echo Show 5 sports a 5.5-inch display which explains the name. If you were thinking it is some kind of Echo Show successor, then that is not the case. It is powered by Amazo Alexa which is expected and means it can be used for all the tasks that Alexa is capable of doing. It means watching videos, listening to music, checking weather update, latest news, live sports scores, traffic update, and much more. One can also choose to show their family photos as slideshow on the display when the device is not in use.
It also has a camera which can be used for video callings. A video call can be initiated using Alexa voice commands for a hands-free experience. For those who might be concerned about privacy, it has a dedicated physical button that disables camera and microphone instantly. It also has a shutter that covers the camera so that you can be assured that you are not getting recorded without your permission.
The sound output of the Echo Show 5 has been said to be good enough. One thing to keep in mind is that it does not have a battery which means you will need to keep it plugged into an electricity source. Amazon has priced the Echo Show 5 at $89.99 which makes it a good option for those who don't want to go for expensive options. It will be available in Charcoal and Grey color variants which are essentially Black and White colors.