The Amazon Echo Show looks a bit like something you may come across in a business conference room. The Echo Show device is a squat little box dominated by a big display
screen and speakers. From the top, the Echo Show could look like a tablet, however from the side, you can see that the Echo Show device is curved triangular underneath jutting out.
The Echo Show device is a screen and speaker device which is connecting to Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa – You can read more about Amazons Alexa system – Click Here
With the Echo Show device you are able to play music, watch videos, manage smart home devices, making video chat with friends and family, and a lot more.
The 2.5-pound Echo Show device has a 5-megapixel camera, dual 2-inch stereo speakers, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, and dual-band Wi-Fi support for 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity.
Further the Echo Show device come with a 7-inch touch sensitive screen and two Dolby front-facing stereo speakers, as well as an eight-microphone array, which can hear your voice from across the room, even when you are listening to music or watching a video.
The Echo Show device also includes a 5 Mega Pixel front-facing camera so you can make video calls to friends and family with the Echo Show device, or have the Alexa app on a video supported device, like an iPhone, iPad or an android smartphone.
Just as the Echo family of speakers, the Echo Show device supports “Skills”, which ontributes a variety of possible features, like getting sport and news updates, finding out the weather forecast, and viewing your weekly schedule. At this time, skills are still limited, but Amazons developers are currently working on the Echo Show specific apps, so you can take benefit of the addition of the screen and camera.
To set-up the Echo Show device with Alexa is fairly simple and quickly, especially if you already own an additional Alexa device. When you plug in the Echo Show device, Alexa will say hello and inform you, that it is ready for being set-up.
Then on the Echo Show device, you link it up to your own Wi-Fi network, by making use of the on-screen keyboard at the Echo Show device to type in your password. Next you need to write in the email address and password for your Amazon account.
Next step is to confirm your time zone, watching an intro video, and then you are welcomed with the home screen. There will probably be a picture of a leaf close up or some other desktop wallpaper in the background. Up in the left-hand corner, you will see the local time and temperature.
The Echo Show device will also constantly show you news headlines or suggestions for what you can ask Alexa about. Anytime you need to get back to the home screen, you just say the command, “Alexa, go home.”
At the bottom of the screen, you will see a light bar which turns blue when Alexa is listening, and shows red when the microphone and camera are offline. You can turn these features off with a button at the top of the screen. There are also volume buttons on the top of the screen.
When you download and open the Amazon app, you are able to see your Amazon Echo Show by touching the menu button in the top-left corner, selecting settings, and clicking on the Echo Show device. Now you will be able to turn on and off the “Do Not Disturb mode”, as well as schedule times, when you want this function enabled.
You will also be able to put in your address so you get individualized results for restaurants and your transport. Further you can also change your wake word (if your wake word is Alexa and you want to call your Echo Show device “Computer”), and also give the Echo show screen’s background a personalized picture.
If you have smart-home devices that works together with Alexa, you will also need the app. Although you can ask Alexa to “discover devices,” you will still need to enable the related skill and put in your account information. Providing the Echo Show device with an edge over voice assistants without screens, the Echo Show can also display feeds from a bunch of external smart-home cameras and video doorbells, like Nest, Arlo, Ring, and August.
The Alexa app is also where you will set up preferences for topics like your sport and news briefing and if you would rather hear from NPR than ESPN, for example — and music services.
What is the Echo Show device – How is the Echo Show device different from the other Echo products ?
The biggest difference with the Echo Show device compared to other Echo products is the screen. The Echo, Dot, and Tap do only have a speaker with an always-on microphone. Instead, the Echo Show device has a 7-inch touch sensitive screen and a 5MP always-on front-facing camera.
In accordance to various reviews, you will with the Echo Show device also get a better audio experience than the bigger Echo speaker.
What is the Echo Show device – Do my friends and family need an Echo Show device to have a video chat with me ?
The short answer to this question is No! In fact, they don’t need any type of Echo device to have a video chat with you. All they will need is the free Alexa app on their smart mobile devices, like an iPhone, iPad or android smartphone.
You and your friends will then need to register for Alexa calling, which puts your phone numbers into the Amazon database. After the registration, then anyone with your phone number can call you via Alexa, including video chatting.
There have been some privacy concerns about signing up with the Alexa’s calling-to-calling feature. When it first launched, you were not able to block anyone from calling you. However, Amazon has since added the ability, so you are able to block contacts if needed.
What is the Echo Show device – Do I need to have another Echo device to use it ?
You do not need any other Echo devices to use the Echo Show device. The Echo Show is a stand-alone device and does not require any other Echo device to work. Though it does need Wifi connectivity to work. So be sure, that you have a Wifi connection, when you want to use your Echo Show device.
What is the Echo Show device – Is it portable ? Do I have to keep it plugged in ?
Unfortunately, you have to keep the Echo Show device plugged in. The Echo Show device is portable, but it won’t work while it is disengaged from its power source and you will therefore need to plug it back into a power source in order to have your Echo Show device to work again.
What is the Echo Show device – Does the Echo Show device work with 3. parties devices
The Echo Show is compatible with some 3 party smart gadgets and there are expected to be more 3 party smart gadgets that will support Alexa and the Echo Show in the near future. For example at this time it works with Arlo Security camera, The Wemo Smart WiFi Plug, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, WeMo, and Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit. You can read more about the Philips Hue products – Click Here
As mentioned there will likely be more smart home gadgets that will be integrating with Alexa and have Echo Show compatibility in the nearest future.
What is the Echo Show device – Can I watch movies and TV shows on the Echo Show device ?
Yes you can! However, currently, the only video streaming services available on the Echo Show device are Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. Hopefully, Amazon can make agreements with other streaming services so you can watch content from streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, and others.
Right now, though, you are stuck with Amazon Prime Video or YouTube.
What is the Echo Show device – What other Amazon account connected services does the Echo Show device support ?
The Echo Show connects to your Amazon account to offer you a very simple shopping experience with the online retailer feature. Since the Echo Show has a screen, you are
able to watch the products you like, before you decide if you want to buy a specific product.
The Echo Show device also links to your Prime Music account so you can listen to your iTunes, and link to your Prime Photos account, and hereby you are able to set up your screen as a photo slideshow.
What is the Echo Show device – What about other third-party apps like Skype, Hulu, or Spotify ?
At this time, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are the only video streaming services, that can connect to the Echo show device. Skype is not yet supported, but you can listen to music via Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Sirius XM.
You can also find recipes through AllRecipes and connect your iCloud calendar. Many (if not all) of the skills you can use with the Echo, Dot, and Tap also work with the Echo Show. You can find a lot of interesting content in the Skills Store at the Alexa app.
Furthermore, there will most likely be Echo Show-specific skills proceeding in the Echo Show device direction in the near future that take advantage of the screen and camera.
What is the Echo Show device – Can I connect the Echo Show to a bigger speaker or monitor ?
The Echo Show device is Bluetooth-enabled, so you can connect to a supported Bluetooth speaker for a bigger sound (though the built-in speakers are pretty good).
The Echo Show device does however not have any other ports. There is no HDMI port, no headphone jack, and no USB port. Therefore, you won’t be able to connect the Echo Show to your TV set or computer monitor.
The Echo Show is not AirPlay compatible, either. So you won’t be able to stream content from your Echo Show to your TV via Apple TV.
Because the Echo Show device is Bluetooth compatible, you are able to connect your iPad or smartphone, and stream music from your iTunes library or Apple Music.
What is the Echo Show device – Does Echo Show work with my Echo Remote ?
Yes the Echo Show device work with your Echo remote, but you will have to unpair it from the present Echo device before you can pair it with the Echo Show device.
Check out the quick video below to see the Amazon Echo Show Device in action:
What is the Echo Show device – To wrap it up
The Amazon Echo Show device comes with a screen and a camera as well as a ‘room-filling speaker’.
The Echo Show device allows you to:
• Watch video news broadcasts.
• Watch YouTube videos.
• View song lyrics from Amazon Music.
• Monitor smart security cameras, baby monitors and video doorbells, including those from Ring and Netgear Arlo and many other things.