Amazon Echo Show 8 review

8.7/10 AVG.
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  • Amazon Echo Show 8
  • Amazon Echo Show 8

Specs / Features


Wireless
Wireless Inputs Bluetooth
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 21-November-2019
Size 20 x 13.5 x 9.9 cm (7.9 x 5.3 x 3.9 in)
Weight N/A

Critic Reviews


Security Baron

A fantastic addition (or start!) of your smart home

from Security Baron

Are you in the Amazon smart home ecosystem and thinking about adding another display to your collection? Or maybe you have absolutely no IoT devices and want to get started. No matter where you’re at, the Amazon Echo Show 8 is a solid option, with an eight inch screen and access to over 50,000 Alexa skills.

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Are you in the Amazon smart home ecosystem and thinking about adding another display to your collection? Or maybe you have absolutely no IoT devices and want to get started. No matter where you’re at, the Amazon Echo Show 8 is a solid option, with an eight inch screen and access to over 50,000 Alexa skills.

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Stuff

Pre-Xmas smart home bargain

from Stuff

The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the smart display sweet spot for many people. It’s big enough for comfortable video chatting, and to fit in drivers powerful enough to fill rooms with music. Its display may not look as refined as the Google Nest Hub Max’s, and the sound won’t worry Sonos. But it...More

The Amazon Echo Show 8 is the smart display sweet spot for many people. It’s big enough for comfortable video chatting, and to fit in drivers powerful enough to fill rooms with music. Its display may not look as refined as the Google Nest Hub Max’s, and the sound won’t worry Sonos. But it is easily good enough in every area to justify its price, either at £120 or the eye-opening £60 promo price Amazon treated us to before Christmas.

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Tech Advisor

Not too expensive, not too small, with just right sound

from Tech Advisor

It has taken only two years, but Amazon has finally struck the right balance between price, size and sound with the Echo Show 8. Plus, it gives it a direct rival to Google’s Nest Hub, which also has an eight-inch screen.

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It has taken only two years, but Amazon has finally struck the right balance between price, size and sound with the Echo Show 8. Plus, it gives it a direct rival to Google’s Nest Hub, which also has an eight-inch screen.

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The Ambient

The superior middle child

from The Ambient

The Amazon Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot, and it's easily the Alexa smart display we'd recommend for most use cases. The Show 5 may be better on a nightstand, but overall the Show 8 is the superior smart display. You don't get a Zigbee hub and some specs are cut back over the larger Show, but f...More

The Amazon Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot, and it's easily the Alexa smart display we'd recommend for most use cases. The Show 5 may be better on a nightstand, but overall the Show 8 is the superior smart display. You don't get a Zigbee hub and some specs are cut back over the larger Show, but for most people this is the Show we'd recommend.

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Digital Trends

Third time’s the charm

from Digital Trends

If Goldilocks were to choose, she’d probably go with the Echo Show 8. It’s the right size and price. For $130, it’s the best value in a smart display right now. Plus, its size makes it ideal for just about any location in the home.

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If Goldilocks were to choose, she’d probably go with the Echo Show 8. It’s the right size and price. For $130, it’s the best value in a smart display right now. Plus, its size makes it ideal for just about any location in the home.

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TrustedReviews

The best smart Alexa-powered smart display

from TrustedReviews

Significantly cheaper than its big brother but with most of the same features, the Amazon Echo Show 8 strikes the perfect balance between price and size. A bright and sharp display and excellent audio make this smart display a perfect allrounder. You miss out on the Zigbee hub of the larger displ...More

Significantly cheaper than its big brother but with most of the same features, the Amazon Echo Show 8 strikes the perfect balance between price and size. A bright and sharp display and excellent audio make this smart display a perfect allrounder. You miss out on the Zigbee hub of the larger display, but realistically this is a feature that most people won't miss.

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Tom's Guide

The best Alexa best smart display yet

from Tom's Guide

Get the Echo Show 8 if you’re looking for an affordable smart display that sounds great and supports all of Alexa’s superpowers. It’s a significant upgrade from the Echo Show 5, and just as clever as the second-gen Echo Show for $100 less. And, it has a physical camera shutter, an essential privacy feature.

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Get the Echo Show 8 if you’re looking for an affordable smart display that sounds great and supports all of Alexa’s superpowers. It’s a significant upgrade from the Echo Show 5, and just as clever as the second-gen Echo Show for $100 less. And, it has a physical camera shutter, an essential privacy feature.

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Expert Reviews

A solid compromise

from Expert Reviews

It may sound like I’m down on the Echo Show 8, but I’m actually not. If you’re into the Amazon ecosystem then it’s a reasonable smart speaker with a screen attached and a huge library of shows to make doing the washing up slightly less tedious. For me, though, the Google Nest Hub is a be...More

It may sound like I’m down on the Echo Show 8, but I’m actually not. If you’re into the Amazon ecosystem then it’s a reasonable smart speaker with a screen attached and a huge library of shows to make doing the washing up slightly less tedious. For me, though, the Google Nest Hub is a better buy. Google Assistant is smarter and the ability to Chromecast video means that you can find exactly what you want to watch, rather than relying on Alexa to second guess you.

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PC Magazine

Offers a nearly perfect balance of price, performance, and size

from PC Magazine

The Echo Show 8 sits in the Goldilocks zone of smart displays. It's much more powerful than the Echo Show 5, and it costs just over half as much as the 10-inch Echo Show. It offers all of the smart display features you can ask for in an Echo device, with the sharpest screen, and does all of this for a very reasonable $130.

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The Echo Show 8 sits in the Goldilocks zone of smart displays. It's much more powerful than the Echo Show 5, and it costs just over half as much as the 10-inch Echo Show. It offers all of the smart display features you can ask for in an Echo device, with the sharpest screen, and does all of this for a very reasonable $130.

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The Verge

Hits the sweet spot for smart displays

from The Verge

Overall, if you’re interested in an Alexa-powered smart display, the Echo Show 8 checks off all of the boxes that matter without carrying the price burden of the larger Echo Show. While I don’t think it’s as good as the Nest Hub at being a digital photo frame, it’s much better for listeni...More

Overall, if you’re interested in an Alexa-powered smart display, the Echo Show 8 checks off all of the boxes that matter without carrying the price burden of the larger Echo Show. While I don’t think it’s as good as the Nest Hub at being a digital photo frame, it’s much better for listening to music. At $130 (and frequently less, thanks to Amazon’s often and aggressive sales), the Show 8 is a capable smart display that can easily fit in a kitchen, home office, or living room.

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