Amazon Echo Show 8, a winning formula but bigger [Analysis]

Amazon products with Alexa inside they usually pass through here, as you well know right on the date of its launch. We have had the Amazon Echo Show in all its versions, and this last device could not be missing. Jeff Bezos' online store continues to work on integrating his virtual assistant into most homes, and the reality is that his technique seems to be working quite well. This time We have in our hands the new Amazon Echo Show 8 that has just been launched on the market, discover our analysis and put it to the test with us.

Materials and design: a safe bet

In this new Amazon Echo Show 8 from Amazon The North American firm has not wanted to break the harmony that it had been presenting up to now with its devices. We are on the front with an 8-inch screen in panoramic format, with prominent frames that are not too pretentious, as well as a camera in the upper right corner of the device with which we will be able to make video calls among other things. On this occasion, Amazon bets once again on its two basic colors, white and black.

  • Size: 200 x 135,9 x 99,1 mm
  • Weight: 1.03 Kg

On the upper edge we have the slide that will physically cover the camera, so it provides a plus of confidence in terms of privacy. We also have on that upper edge the controls at the "mute" level for the microphone and the volume of the device. The back is left for the textile material that covers the speaker and the network and sound connections. The base of the Amazon Echo Show 8 effectively features a non-slip rubber coating which will make the device not move from one place to another with high volume. I do not dislike it and Amazon continues to bet on a standardized design within the range that is giving good results, the construction does not feel especially Premium but it gets out of hand.

Technical characteristics: Amazon on your line

We have a panel of eight-inch touch and HD resolution (1280 x 800), with IPS technology even though it does not offer particularly good viewing angles. We don't have a particularly high brightness either, but it does look pretty good at low brightness. It is relatively tight but definitely does not show itself as the ideal screen to consume multimedia content continuously. The screen offers a good response to the finger and its configuration remains as standardized as with previous devices.

  • 1MP camera

Basically we find the same format as with the Echo Show 5 but now with a considerably larger size. We have Fire OS as an operating system, with an Android base that continues to perform well with contained hardware and that is well directed to guide us through the basic functions of the smart home, with well-adapted applications. We have the processor MediaTek MT 8163 usual in low-cost devices, so at the performance level we cannot demand beyond its reason for being: A device focused on home automation and the smart home with Alexa.

Sound: Duplicating his younger brother

Let's focus now on the sound, the larger we start to believe that the sound will be more predominant, and something has improved. We find two 52mm neodymium speakers with passive radiator for the underbody and four microphones. It definitely offers a more powerful and clearer sound than its little brother and shows itself more than enough to fill a standard room such as a bedroom, an office or a corridor without too much fanfare. We have a sound quite similar to that of the old Amazon Echo 2 so the result is relatively satisfactory considering the size. The total result is 10W per channel, so at least we double the power and sound quality of the Amazon Echo Show 5.

We have A2DP profile support standard for streaming audio, leaving Qualcomm's aptX HD content behind. At the level of remote audio / video control, we continue with the AVRCP standard that is giving good results, so in principle it shows enough to play content through Amazon Music or Spotify, among the many streaming content services that this device is able to connect to.

User experience

Our experience with the Amazon Echo Show 8 has been especially good, as has already happened with the Amazon Echo Show 5, which was positioned as my favorite product to have a connected home. Although it is true that in my home I have lighting devices, blinds, sound, TV and even air conditioning through Amazon's Alexa, so I am especially familiar with the Echo environment of the firm. The configuration is as easy as in its smaller brothers and as soon as we link our Amazon account, the Alexa content is automatically synchronized.

At the sound level we find 10W of stereo sound, from my point of view more than enough to fill a room or office well. Especially something large is displayed for example to use it on the bedside table, but it does look especially good in the hallway, kitchen or in an office. Amazon has taken a leap forward in terms of sound, also the four microphones offer a good result in terms of integration with Alexa, not so with the screen, where we have mixed feelings.

Editor's opinion

I especially liked this Amazon Echo Show 8, its price is not excessively high, from 129,99 euros we can get a unit, and for little more to buy it with its new stand that will allow us to adapt it to the place we want. However, it is not the product with which to start in this home automation, but rather Amazon launches it thinking more about those of us who are already familiar with the system and we will be able to get a little more out of it by selecting the music in our multi-room system or even handling our home automation products.

Amazon Echo Show 8
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
129,99
  • 80%

  • Amazon Echo Show 8
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  • Design
    Publisher: 85%
  • Screen
    Publisher: 70%
  • Performance
    Publisher: 87%
  • Camera
    Publisher: 80%
  • Sound quality
    Publisher: 80%
  • Portability (size / weight)
    Publisher: 85%
  • Price quality
    Publisher: 85%

Pros

  • Sound power doubles and goes stereo
  • A standardized design that will look good almost anywhere
  • The screen is now bigger and easier to handle

Cons

  • Why haven't they included the Zigbee system?
  • Screen resolution could be better at this size
 

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