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5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome unit, step up from smaller Show 5
Reviewed in Australia on 26 February 2020
I imported 2x Echo Show 8's from UK. They are awesome displays for family photos, audio is x10 better and are otherwise identical to the smaller Show5's. Yes, the clock display cant be set to full screen. Minor grumble.
A very welcome addition to the Echo family for Australian users!
We love our kitchen companion Echo Show. We use it all the time for ordering from Amazon, playing music, checking the weather, looking up recipes and controlling our smart devices. We especially love the ability to have it constantly cycle through our family photos as a slideshow which is always bringing back great memories and a focal point for family to remember events.
Features we love: - Ordering via Amazon is easy as, gives a few popular choices for products. Can buy or add to your cart for later. - Playing music easy as just asking "Alexa play music" or asking for a previous station or playlist is easy. - Easy to look up our favourite recipes and have on hand. - Provides slider control for controlling smart devices like light bulbs.
Some improvements are needed though: - You can add items to your cart, but then can't remove them in anyway I can find. There is no way to access via touch and asking Alexa "remove paper towel from cart" "clear cart" "delete from cart" all just gives "hmmm I don't know that". - STILL no parental controls at all with Amazon Music via Echo devices. Not even explicit music filter. Your kid gets misheard and suddenly mature music or even video playing.
But comparing devices and coming from the original Show Gen 1 this is a great upgrade we are loving so far!
Never thought I am going to love this product. Alexa is getting better every day, The more I use it the better can be. It is always to get in the morning and say " Alexa get me the latest news or "Alexa turn on the TV" I love it very much. Travel photos are also amazing. Echo show 8 made my life easier than use to be. Helping me out in my everyday cooking is fantastic. And yet had this for half of the price which I love the most. Thank you amazon for 50% offer and definitely looking for another item, perhaps when there 50% discount again. ALEXA IS WOW N WOW........
I mostly use the Show 8 for playing Spotify and it's superb at this.
I also have an Echo Show 5. I pre-ordered the Echo Show 8 because I heard it's sound was much better. I've been really impressed with it - the sound really is so much better than the Show 5, plus I haven't encountered the fuzzy/static sound problem I continuously get on the Show 5. The sound quality is more than enough for the room I have it in. I feel that even just using it as a music player it was great value for the pre-order price.
The only gripe I have with it is that you can't have the screen display similar to the Show 5. I love the large alarm clock look and the decorated backgrounds on the Show 5. If I could choose to display a large alarm clock on the Show 8, rather than the tiny clock in the corner, I'd be very happy.
i've owned Google home for ages but switched and i think her voice sounds more cranky and she seems mean at times, but Alexa has a soothing voice and seems to be more kind, i love how you can program Alexa with skills vs Google that does it's own thing minus community additions..i would give a 5 on score but i feel like if i pump volume to full it might break speakers so i put it to 80 percent no higher, that said you can add other speakers to this, not saying speakers are crap either i just dont think it would handle too high, there's so much i could say how cool this device is, i've linked it to amazon music having prime myself ..its way better then googles options, i get no ads or high prices for music steaming sites like i would with google home ..i havent tried calls yet to comment but i did call in to my device while away to use camera to check out for thieves..does an amazing job there as a security camera :) , i have great control with smart lights too. if you purchase this device make sure you plug power plug in hard, when i got mine it fitted into power socket and thought that it was plugged in right but i thought it was faulty then discovered it needs a hard push(not too hard) of plug into socket when you first get it...its a great device really worth getting and like i've said i do prefer this to googles offerings
I wanted to love the Echo Show 8 but the design flaw on the microphone to pick-up my commands is just frustrating. My other Echo devices in my kitchen (Echo Spot) and living room (Echo Input) able to pick my commands even when I am closer to Echo Show 8. I have to changed wake up commands for Spot and Input as I have to raise my voice to make sure the Show 8 able to listen to my commands.
Been trough the whole range. Echo Dot, Echo, Echo 2nd gen and been thinking about the Echo Studio. Jumped at the intro offer bought two Echo Show 8 with stand. The best thing I ever done. Good sound, great experience having Alexa communicating additionally through the display. Great and good value. "I just love it!"