Shut Up and Take My Money: Echo Show 5
For 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.