Part 1: Which Echo Show to Buy?
If you’re like me you’re trying to decide “Which Echo Show” Smart speaker to get. I have both the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 and like them both but for different reasons.
Echo Show 5:
The Echo Show 5 is small and compact and works BEST as a SMART ALARM CLOCK.
It’s small foot print and screen fits anywhere, kitchen, bedroom, office … The Show 5 speaker sounds good in smaller rooms and the touch screen adds functionality and works great for watching short videos.
Echo Show 8:
The Echo Show 8 is bigger in every way. The screen is 45% than the Echo Show 5, it has two bigger, stereo speakers instead of one, a more powerful stereo amplifier and four microphones instead of two. The larger screen on the Echo Show 8 is much better for watching videos and viewing security cameras.
If the main purpose you want a Video Smart Speaker is to Watch Streaming Video, Video Calling and Ring Security Cameras then I highly recommend the Echo Show 8. The Echo Show 8 also has stereo speakers and a more powerful amplifier so it sounds better and can fill larger rooms with good sound.
If you have limited space and want a Video Smart Speaker to use primarily as a SMART Alarm Clock, with the ability to display the weather information, check security cameras, and watch streaming video for short periods of time then get the Echo Show 5.
The Clock display is the same on the Show 5 and Show 8, even though the Show 8 has a larger screen.
The Echo Show 5 and Show 8 are both good Video Smart Speakers it all comes down to what you want a Video Smart Speaker for and How you’re planing on using it.
In my house we have an Echo Show 5 in the Bedroom to use as SMART Alarm Clock and an Echo Show 8 in the office and kitchen. Our daughter likes the Echo Show 8 to for here kids bedrooms because of the larger screen for streaming video.
I highly recommend either the Echo Show 5 or 8 Video Speaker Speakers if you want a Smart Speaker for Video, Music and Home Automation. If you’re primary purpose for a smart speaker is music only, then the new Echo 3rd Gen is the Best Sounding Echo Smart Speaker for Music without a Video Screen.
Here are More Details and Comparisons between the Show 8 and Show 5 …
First off everything about the Echo Show 8 is Bigger. It’s two inches taller, two inches wider and the Screen is 45% larger than the Echo Show 5. Overall the Echo Show 8 is noticeably larger than the Show 5 and takes up more space on the night table, kitchen counter or desk.
With the larger screen size comes higher resolution. The Show 8 has the same resolution as the 10.1 inch Echo Show 1280x800. The resolution on the Echo Show 5 is 960x480.
Both the larger Echo Show 10.1 and Show 8 have the same 1280x800 screen resolution. The Screen looks clearer and brighter on the Show 8 compared to the Show 10.1.
The Show 5 has a lower screen resolution (960x480) however it actually has a higher pixel count thanks to the smaller screen size. The picture on the Show 5 is also very good … especially when you consider the price.
When it comes to resolution I would choose the Show 8 over the Echo Show 10.1. The screen looks clearers the Show 8 vs the Show 10. I don’t have a preference when comparing the Show 8 to Show 5. Both screens look good from a resolution standpoint although the Show 8 screen is much larger.
The Echo Show 8 has four microphones while the Echo Show 5 has only two microphones. Both Show 8 and Show 5 work good at recognizing your voice however the Show 8 does work better in noisy rooms or from further distances than the Show 5 thanks for the extra microphones.
I find the touchscreens on both the Show 8 and Show 5 to be responsive. The touchscreen on the Show 8 slightly easier to navigate and control thanks to the larger screen.
As I said in part one: Both Echo Show 5 and Show 8 are excellent Video Smart Speakers … it all comes down to what you’re going to be using them for.