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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.
Not going to lie I'm very disappointed with the echo show 8. The hardware is great, the speaker and screen actually amazed me. Where it falls short is the software side. First disappointment; for no reason you can't change the clock look like you can with the echo show 5. The 'home screen' clock only takes a 10th of the space. It seems pretty bland and useless compared to the echo show 5. Also when asking Alexa to shuffle music, Echo does not have to capability to actually do that. It just swaps some songs but essentially play them in order. I think this can just be fixed with a update but until then i'm disappointed and am considering a return.
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
Bought this for it clock capabilities. Disappointed that there is no option to make clock display bigger or for to change format of clock as the Echo 5 does brilliantly. Echo 8 has good sound from speaker.
I got one at the introductory pre-order price and I have been awed by just how good this is. The sound is very very good quality for the size and the display is crisp and detailed. I don't see how you could get a better unit for the price. With Amazon Music you get lyrics display for songs, which is also handy. Alexa works flawlessly and also makes visual recommendations when idle, which have taught me more things that the speaker can do. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking for a mid size smart display speaker.
Picked up my new Echo today - my first Amazon device - initially disappointed that my prime membership account is not recognised with no way to open Prime Video. Contact from amazon tech resulted in glitch resolved; a default factory reset and firmware update helped. On the plus side, the screen is great and speaker sound very decent. Alexa has no trouble understanding me. Enjoying the product fully - within the Australian limits. I recommend getting the stand as really does help. One star off because there is no keyboard search function within YouTube or Prime Video, Music etc.
Great media device. Easy access to lots of web services and smart functions to control the house. Fits in well with the house decor. Voice commands are very clear compared to other smart speakers on the market.
Its my favourite digital helper speaker with a screen added. For me there's not much to dislike. Seems like a solid device. Good sound quality and a nice screen. Seems almost perfectly suited to a kitchen setting. But would do well anywhere too. Will be enjoying the news and youtube hands free while eating breakfast.