With the start of Black Friday, two of the standout deals are the recently launched Amazon Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8.
At full RRP the price difference is big enough to differentiate them, with the Echo Show 5 costing £79.99 and the Show 8 being £40 more at £119.99.
However, with Black Friday, things have changed, now there is just £10 difference with the Show 5 being £49.99 and the Show 8 being £59.99, both are an amazing buy, but should you fork out the extra for the larger model?
The TLDR would be yes. It is has a bigger screen and better screens easily justifying the cost.
- Alexa can show you more: with an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa can help you manage your day at a glance.
- Connect with video calling and messaging: call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
- Be entertained: ask Alexa to show you TV programmes, films or the news. Listen to radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks.
- Control your smart home: voice control compatible devices, or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights and adjust thermostats.
- Make it yours: display your Amazon photo albums and customise your Home screen. Create morning routines to start your day.
As the name suggests the Echo Show 5 uses a 5-inch screen, 5.5-inch to be exact and this runs at a meagre 960 x 480 pixels.
The Show 8, unsurprisingly, has an 8-inch screen but this has a much larger resolution of 1280 x 800.
That’s probably worth the extra tenner already, but with speakers, size really does matter. The Echo Show 8 weighs more than double the Show 5 at 1037 g in a body measuring 200.4 x 135.9 x 99.1 mm this allows it to fit 2 x 2.0-inch speaker @ 10W per channel.
The Echo 5 which weighs just 410g and measures 148 x 86 x 73 mm has just a single 1.7-inch @ 4W. The quality of audio between the two devices will be night and day. To put it into context, the speaker in the Echo 5 is only slightly larger than the 1.6-inch inside the Echo Dot. While the latest dot is amazing for notifications and voice control, would you really want to watch a video or listen to music on it?
The dual 2-inch speakers of the Show 8 are not that much smaller than the dual 2.2-inch of the original show, and they run at the same 10W per channel.
Beyond these two very significant differences, both of the devices share mostly the same properties. In my opinion, the only reason to go for the smaller model is if you specifically need something a bit smaller due to space requirements. For example, I ordered the Show 8, but I want it to sit below my monitor, but I think it might be a little large.
Both the Show 5 and 8 use a 1MP front-facing camera for video calls, this is quite a bit lower than the 10-inch Show which has 5MP. The biggest show also has Dolby processing and a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, while these make that device the best option, the current price of £159.99 mean it is not worth considering at all, unless a big discount happens later in the week.
- New speakers with improved sound, a new 10” HD screen and simple smart home setup—plus a new fabric design.
- Call almost anyone hands-free including UK mobile and residential numbers (from UK only), other Echo devices and Skype. Link your Vodafone account to make and receive mobile calls. Make video calls to other Echo devices with a screen, the Alexa app or Skype. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
- Ask Alexa to see lyrics and album art with Amazon Music. Stream content from Apple Music, Spotify and Audible with powerful stereo sound. Watch films and TV shows from Prime Video, or the news.
- Your new kitchen companion—watch recipes, set timers and add items to your shopping list.
- Set up compatible Zigbee devices without the need for a separate hub. See your front-door camera stream with 2-way audio and notifications.
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