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Echo Show 8 (1st Gen, 2019 release) – Smart Display with Alexa – Stay in touch with the help of Alexa – Charcoal

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Echo Show 8 (1st Gen, 2019 release) – Smart Display with Alexa – Stay in touch with the help of Alexa – Charcoal
Echo Show 8 (1st Gen, 2019 release) – Smart Display with Alexa – Stay in touch with the help of Alexa – Charcoal

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  • 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.
  • Made to fit your life: cook step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out.
  • Designed to protect your privacy: electronically disconnect the microphones and camera with the press of a button. Slide the built-in cover to close the camera.

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Specification: Echo Show 8 (1st Gen, 2019 release) – Smart Display with Alexa – Stay in touch with the help of Alexa – Charcoal

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.

Made to fit your life

cook step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out.

Designed to protect your privacy

electronically disconnect the microphones and camera with the press of a button. Slide the built-in cover to close the camera.

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6 reviews for Echo Show 8 (1st Gen, 2019 release) – Smart Display with Alexa – Stay in touch with the help of Alexa – Charcoal

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  1. Pete

    Lovely size screen, lovely HD display – I chose “Art” for my wallpaper – really great selection of paintings, including famous ones.
    Sound is a lot better on the 8 compared to the 5.
    Works same as other echo shows but it’s a shame you can’t change clock faces on it like the Show 5 – mine is in my bedroom as an alarm clock. Our show 5 (which is in my mum’s bedroom) has a great selection of clock faces to choose from so mum is happy – but she doesn’t watch videos on it so the 5 inch screen is good for her.
    But I like watching videos so the 8 inch is better for me.
    let’s all contact Amazon and ask them to give us the clock faces as a choice on the show 8 too. it only needs a software update!!

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  2. Sheila & Richard M

    A great echo show 8, like the 5, but as I have Ring as well. The skill still does not work, this the only thing that let’s it down, shame Amazon as they own Ring as well. Amazon & Ring have enough tech heads, and they can’t get it right, Shame on
    them, shame on them.

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  3. Rob

    I bought the Echo 8, as an alarm, and wanted a bigger screen to see the time during the night, but the clock face is only available on the smaller Echo 5. I got it in the Black Friday sale for £59. I’m in a dilemma, i don’t know whether to send it back, or hope Amazon updates the Echo with new software that would mirror the Echo 5.

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  4. C. Smith

    After over 2 years since the first Echo Show was released we get a new device with a shiny new exterior and a bigger and better screen. And that unfortunately is as much new and exciting about this product as I can say. The software, and all of the frustrations that have fallen on deaf ears, remains the same. The home screen is still mostly just a big useless empty space, unless you want to switch on the news and updates that are hand-picked by Amazon to remind you constantly to ask Alexa to try something you either already know about or have no interest in. The so called ‘news’ items bear no resemblance to real world news and why can’t we have the date on the screen – they added it to the Show 5 – why not this? The option to display weather, reminders and upcoming calendar events is quite useful but like everything else on this device it is presented in a very basic way – in fact as the screen constantly scrolls through these sections you are left wondering why can’t I just have…

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  5. Beeman

    I uploaded some videos to youtube a few days ago, just search for beemandev
    Comparing to Show5:- Show 8 doesn’t have any clock selections or full screen clock + is brighter than Show 5, so may not be as suited to bedroom. I have a fix for this on a youtube video. Uses about 5 watts vs 3w with dim screen+music, double that for max brightness & volume. 10w stereo speaker with sound coming out sides vs 4w mono with sound coming from below front on the 5. Neither can play higher than 480p on Youtube (via Firefox) without stutter.

    Plex works but transcodes h265 and ALAC, though the MT8163 chip (same as latest fire tablet 9th gen) can natively decode h265 so probably needs Plex TLC… Plays h264@1080p and flac audio native. Using Plex web interface on touch screen via Firefox is awkward, a bit buggy and a little bit sluggish. Worked a bit better on Silk Browser, but very usable. Use http;//192.168.etc for local plex access (needs http prefix).

    I’d buy Show8 over 5, even for bedroom as…

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  6. Shane Farringdon

    I pre ordered this device after asking on Amazon forum and getting a reply from an Amazon rep that the show 8 will do the same as the show 5 only bigger screen, i wanted the large face clock with date and ideally the day. but as the show 5 i would settle for a large clock and date in middle of the screen .. But after paying double the BF price i found it was a lie the show 8 is not the same as the show 5 far from it.. So if you are looking for a large clock face then don’t buy this ..

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