Amazon’s Echo Show was the only smart display on the market in 2017, but fast forward a couple years later and devices like these have become ubiquitous. Much of that is due to competition from the likes of Google, which in addition to making its own hardware, has licensed out its tech to third-party manufacturers like Lenovo. Plus, two years on it’s become clear that smart displays are actually useful — they do everything smart speakers can, with a dash of helpful visuals. Now that there are so many smart displays, though, they’ve started to look and feel very similar, which can make buying one a little confusing.
- Stylish design
- Beautiful display
- Stellar sound quality
- Works well with other Amazon products
- Supports Skype
- Interface is not as intuitive as Google’s
- Customizing the display can be a bit of a pain
Amazon’s Echo Show 8 is the middle child between the small Echo Show 5 and the larger 10-inch Echo Show. The display is sharp and colorful, and the audio quality is very impressive, with deep bass and clear highs. Like other Alexa displays, it offers NBC, Hulu and Amazon Prime video, and it also supports video calling via Skype. Yet, it still suffers from a rather cumbersome interface, and the Alexa app isn’t very intuitive.