If you’re trying to beat the holiday rush, you can start your gift shopping now by buying someone on your gift list an Amazon Echo Show 8. The mid-range device has a screen, allowing you to see images, videos, video calls, and footage from a connected security camera.
The 8″ HD screen has stereo sound, allowing you to connect Alexa with video calling and messaging to place a video call to others who have an Echo device with a screen or just have the Amazon Alexa app. You can also make announcements to other Alexa devices throughout your home.
You’re in no way limited to communication, as you can also watch TV shows, movies, and the news. If that’s not enough, you can also listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Display your photos, too. You can even use the photos as a pseudo screensaver.
The Amazon Echo Show 8 works well to control your smart home devices. Control your lights, adjust the thermostat, and see who’s on your doorstep, whether it’s a friendly face, another Amazon delivery, or a solicitor you wish to dismiss quickly, saving you from a trip to the door.
Note that you can turn off the microphones by tapping a button and close the built-in shutter to cover the camera, both for privacy. It can sit on an adjustable stand as well (sold separately).
Save $30 and get this Echo speaker with a display for just $99.99.
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