We tested Amazon’s Echo Show 8: the Alexa speaker with screen and spatial audio that you will want on Black Friday

we tested amazon's echo show 8 the alexa speaker with screen and spatial audio that you will want on black friday
we tested amazon's echo show 8 the alexa speaker with screen and spatial audio that you will want on black friday

Amazon is renewing itself for Black Friday that starts today on the platform. The American company has brought to Spain several devices presented last September at its annual event around Alexa devices,  among them the Echo Show 8 stands out, one of the most popular smart speakers with a screen on the market.

The third generation Echo Show 8 maintains the essence of the previous models, with a continuous design that offers a considerable size screen on the front, with a webcam with which to make video calls, as well as a speaker on the back for being able to play music in the room. However, everything has been improved in this model. 

Specifically, Amazon has placed emphasis on revamping the 2021 model with an exterior and interior redesign that presents a new, more elegant and current design, an improved processor, and a better audio and communications experience. All with the ambition that this speaker becomes the center of the home , which is why it integrates the digital controller compatible with Matter, Zigbee or Threat, with which to easily manage lights, cameras, sensors, doorbells or locks.

The renewal also makes its price ambitious, 40 euros more than the starting price of the previous version . The new model hits the market for 169.99 euros, although during Black Friday it can be found for 139.99 euros  we have tested it during the last week to see first-hand if it is worth taking advantage of the discount.

Amazon’s ambition with Alexa devices is simple: make the technology adapt to people. This is where the connected home comes into play, a series of automations that the company tests to the maximum and with extreme precision in detail in its laboratories so that this possible friction between technology and user experience does not exist. With the Echo Show 8, the user will be able to aspire to have a simplified digital home, easy to manage, without the need to have extensive knowledge about how to have lights or plugs connected. Everything arranged in two screen touches.

More compatible devices can be linked and controlled in a simple and intuitive way without the need for third-party bridges. Compatibility with Zigbee, Matter and Thread makes the range of products from other compatible brands expand exponentially, having full control of them and centralized in a single place. Routines, voice controls, automations or visual management can be marked in a comfortable and easy way. Although voice commands will be the main way to interact with the speaker, the screen is especially useful to see at a glance the answer to questions, the calendar, our route to work or follow the instructions of a cooking recipe.

Thinking about adjusting to the needs of each family member, it incorporates the visual ID system , which allows Alexa to recognize you and show personalized content. Thus, when the system recognizes you, you will see calendars, reminders or personal notes that other members of the house will not be able to see and will not appear by default. It should be noted that this option is not activated by default, but rather it is the user who, proactively, has to establish it in order to take advantage of this functionality. If not, the widgets can be shared with all users in the home.

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