Shut Up and Take My Money: Echo Show 5

By on May 29, 2019

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyFor those that have been hesitant to pick up an Echo Show due to the cost, Amazon has finally brought the MSRP of a Show under $100. Starting at a $90 MSRP, the Echo Show 5 features a 5.5-inch touchscreen.

That’s roughly half the screen size of the $230 Echo Show (2nd Gen), but twice the screen size of the $130 Echo Spot. The Echo Show 5 screen has a 960 x 480 resolution versus the 720p resolution on the larger 10.1-inch model.

Interestingly, this is the first Echo Show with a privacy shutter for the camera. It also comes with a button to disable the camera and microphone, ideal for anyone that wants to completely eliminate the possibility of Amazon listening.

Of course, there are some downsides to a sub-$100 device. The camera in the Show 5 is only 1MP, versus the 5MP camera in the $230 model. There is no Zigbee smart home hub integration and there’s only one 4-watt speaker versus the two 10-watt speakers in the $230 model.

However, these specs are better than the $130 Echo Spot, which features a 2.5-inch display at 480 x 480 resolution, a VGA camera, and a single 2-watt speaker. All devices are integrated with Amazon Alexa obviously.

The Echo Show 5 will ship on June 26, 2019. It comes in two colors, charcoal and sandstone. You can check out the device in the pictures below:

About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

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