Echo Show 5 (2021) in the test: Smart display for kitchen and bedside table

In addition to the Echo Show 8, Amazon has also redesigned its smallest smart display, the Echo Show 5. The innovations of the 2nd generation:

  • The camera has a resolution of 2 instead of 1 megapixel.
  • In addition to white and anthracite, there is also a dark blue to choose from.
  • The Alexa app can be used to access the camera remotely and take a look inside the apartment via “live video”.

The latter, however, with drawbacks: What works well with the Echo Show 8 with its 13 MP wide-angle camera is much more limited with the 5 series. If the device is on the table, you can mainly see the ceiling of the room (see comparison images below). Remedy could be a movable stand with which the angle can be adjusted.

Small display, small price

The display still has a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels. That’s not a lot, and the picture quality is reflected accordingly. It’s okay to watch the latest hype clip on YouTube, the daily news or a cooking video. Series or even films are not much fun. Especially since the four-core processor often does not keep up with fast camera pans and there are clear pixels.

Let’s leave the church in the village: The 5-inch model doesn’t want to replace a TV either. Its strengths lie in the compact dimensions and the low price of 85 euros. During campaign times such as Prime Days or Black Friday week, you can also hope for very attractive special offers. In the kitchen as well as on the bedside or desk, the Echo Show 5 does a solid job. The sound is not likely to hit, but is easily enough for sprinkling while cooking or listening to the radio.

Use Alexa better

Thanks to the display, the capabilities of Alexa can also be used in a more versatile way than with pure speakers. For example, you can integrate an IP camera and display the image when the doorbell rings. Anyone who saves images in Amazon Photos can run them as a slide show across the screen.

The quality of video calls to Alexa contacts is okay. Those who set the focus here are better off with the new Echo Show 8. In terms of data protection, the 5 Series also offers a slide switch for the camera and a mute button for the microphone. The conversation with Alexa can be viewed and deleted in the app on the smartphone.

Conclusion: cheap solution

If you already have a 5, you don’t have to update. If you want to get on board and have no increased demands on display and camera quality, you will find the Echo Show 5 for 85 euros an inexpensive option with which Alexa can be used sensibly. If you want more, you should reach for the Echo Show 8.

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