Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN, 2021) Review

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If you are looking for an impressive Alexa device to act as your digital assistant in your bedroom or office cubicle you won’t be disappointed by Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN  2021).

Since its first release in 2014, Amazon Echo has gone through a lot of refinement and up-gradations; Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN  2021) is the best proof of this. Amazon Echo Show range includes several devices and this is the smallest when compared to Amazon Echo Show 10 (2nd Gen  2021) which is the largest device of the show series, and Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen  2021) being smaller than Echo Show 10.

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN, 2021)
Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN, 2021)

These Amazon Echo Show devices work in a similar way to the Alexa smart speaker. But there is something better to it; you also get to see the information, thanks to the display screen of the show device. Thus it becomes incredibly easy to search for new recipes, know about the current weather and so much more. But that’s not all to it! It also lets you video call your loved ones. But they need to have Alexa devices or any other device with the Alexa app. When not in use, it can transform into a digital photo frame or an alarm clock that you can place near your bed.

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As the name suggests, this device is the second iteration of Amazon Echo Show 5 which was first introduced by Amazon in 2019. The second generation of Amazon Echo Show 5 is identical to its predecessor. It even has the same speaker configurations as well as other features.

One of the notable features is that Amazon has made it environment-friendly. For the same reason, the entire body including the cable and adapter is built using 30% post-consumer recycled plastics, 100% post-consumer recycled fabric, and 100% recycled die-cast aluminum. And that’s not it; its packaging material is made out of sustainable wood-fiber-based compounds. It also consumes less amount of energy and automatically switches to low power mode when it’s not in use.

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN, 2021)
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In terms of specifications, the camera of Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen 2021) has shown significant improvement; you get a 2MP camera on this one while its ancestor had just a 720p camera. Moreover, the 3.5mm audio input is also absent on this Echo Show device so you have the option to go wireless on it. You also get a Deep Sea Blue color option besides black and white which you got in the previous version of Amazon Echo Show 5.

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen 2021): Specifications

As mentioned before, the 2nd generation of Amazon Echo Show 5 resembles its predecessor. So, it also flaunts the pyramid shape along with volume buttons, a microphone mute option along a slider for camera shutter on its top.

This echo show device measures 148cm in length, 86 in breadth, and 73 mm in width; the display screen measures 5.5inch. The surrounding bezels are thick enough to avoid screen contact with the surface and its camera is towards the top right. Since it is the smallest of all the Amazon Echo Show devices, the screen size is less, equal to a Smartphone screen. This makes it suitable for using it as an alarm clock.

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN 2021)

The resolution of this Echo device is just 960 x 480p so the brightness and sharpness are of average quality. Thus it is only suitable for reading the food preparation instructions or knowing about the weather reports. You are unlikely to use it as a video streaming device even though it allows you to do so via YouTube and Amazon Prime Video. Similarly, the text quality is remarkable but the quality of the photo displayed here is just satisfactory. But, if you consider the price of this echo show device, the screen performance is outstanding.

Price details

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN 2021) is available on Amazon. It will cost you $84.99 in the United States, £74.99 in the United Kingdom and, you need to spend AU$119 to purchase it in Australia. But these prices may vary from time to time and you may even grab it at amazing deals.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN 2021) shows notable improvements when compared to its predecessor in terms of camera specifications. Overall, Amazon Echo Show 5 (2ND GEN 2021) can prove to be an impressive digital assistant; just like Alexa Smart Speaker but also with a display screen.

Also Read: How To Set Up The Amazon Echo Dot?

Taiba Hasan
Taiba Hasan
A tech enthusiast with a Post Graduate degree in Computer Applications, trying to make technology less complicated for novice users.
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