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Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021)

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021)
alaScore 94

17 reviews

Jun, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021). The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the usability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the sound. There are some less positive comments about the connectivity.

price, size, design, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : John Velasco (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen 2021) Review: Nothing to see here


With little to differentiate it from its predecessor, the Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen 2021) is a disappointing upgrade.

Compact size helps it fit into tighter spaces

Barely any new upgrades ; Sounds shrill at high volumes ; Performance can be laggy

“With barely any substantial upgrades, don't be surprised if you can't find a reason to buy this Alexa smart display.”

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021 Release) Review


Along with a new Echo Show 8, Amazon has updated it smaller Echo Show 5 smart display. It's effectively the same smart clock radio as the previous model, with no significant changes to the screen or speaker, for the same $84.99. The camera sees a minor...

Affordable Small size for versatile placement Useful Alexa features including smart home control and home monitoring

No significant upgrades from previous version 3.5mm audio output has been removed

The second-generation Amazon Echo Show 5 is nearly identical to the previous version, and remains a capable smart display for virtually anywhere in your home, particularly your nightstand.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) review: The smallest Echo display gets a modest upgrade


Now equipped with a sharper camera and a proximity sensor, the new Echo Show 5 is better than ever, but the cheaper original remains an enticing alternative.

Attractive, compact design ; Improved camera and new proximity sensor ; Alexa is tops at smart home control ; Excels as an alarm clock

Annoying setup process ; 3.5mm audio jack is gone ; Sluggish touchscreen controls ; Can't pair portrait photos side-by-side like Google displays can

We’ve already established that there’s not much point in upgrading to the second-gen Echo Show 5 if you already have the first-gen version. But what if you’re a first-time buyer—is the new Echo Show 5 worth your money?

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Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) review: This Echo sounds familiar


Amazon finally updated its popular Echo Show 5 smart speaker in 2021. Not much changed from the first-gen version, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Why mess with a good thing?

New Deep Sea Blue color option ; Improved camera ; Small form factor fits just about anywhere

Adjustable stand sold separately ; No more 3.5mm audio jack ; Multimedia experience not as good as on larger Echo Show devices

Bottom line: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" should be the official motto of the Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen). Amazon did the bare minimum to iterate on its popular smart screen, but that doesn't mean it's not still a great product. If you liked the...

Oct, 2022

Expert review by : Kate Kozuch (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) review: A good bedside smart display


The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) is as cute, compact and capable as its popular predecessor. But it's arrived in a more saturated smart clock market than the version that came out two years ago. Now, the $84.99 Echo Show 5 is rivaled by the Google Nest...

Cute, compact design Sounds decent for its size Kids Edition has good privacy and warranty options

No 3.5-mm audio jack Limited camera quality

The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) isn’t much of an upgrade compared to the original, but it’s still a compact and capable bedside smart display with a built-in camera and Alexa.

Aug, 2021

Expert review by : Michael Aulia (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review


Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review – The original Echo Show 5 has been on our bedside table ever since it was released. We've been using it daily to mainly control our Master Bedroom lights and also turn our TCL TV off. If you have lots of smart...

The power of Alexa in a compact design with 5.5″ display ; Touch screen ; Bright, clear display ; Can view the front camera remotely within the app ; 2MP front camera upgrade ; Built-in speaker

Not much upgrade from the previous model ; Still stutter here and there when interacting with the screen ; No more 3.5mm jack (but not sure how many are using this either)

A slight upgrade to the popular Echo Show 5 device

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Amazon Echo Show 5 review


Alexa gains video to bring a satisfying boost to its abilities

Alexa voice control ; Decent sound and video ; Nicely put together

Audio quality isn't the best

If you want to get into the world of the digital assistant with both audio and video, the Echo Show 5 is a great way to do it.

Jul, 2022

Expert review by : Yasmine Crossland (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) review: this smart display could spell the end of alarm clocks


The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) is perfect for your bedside table

Alexa is always learning ; Great for smart home control ; Loads of smart features

No 3.5mm audio input ; Small screen ; Not that different to the 1st generation

This tiny smart display is incredibly easy to use, especially if you already own other Alexa devices. Its 5.5inch screen is slightly too small to use in a kitchen, but for a bedroom or small office, the Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021) is perfect.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Carrie-Ann Skinner (

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) review


The Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) is the new version of Amazon's smallest smart display, arriving almost two years after the Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019). While it may look identical to its predecessor, there have been some incremental updates to the...

Affordable Can double as a home security camera Lets you see and hear Alexa

No YouTube app Audio lacks bass Low-resolution video

The Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) is an affordable smart display that brings the benefits of seeing as well as hearing Alexa to those on a budget. It’s simple to use, it’s got an improved camera, and it comes in a new blue finish. While it’s a...

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Alexa for your bedside


Amazon's smallest smart display gets an update, but who should buy the Echo Show 5?

Great bedside device ; All the skills of Alexa ; Good sound for the size ; Usually available at a discount

Touch response is slow ; User interface isn't the best ; Low resolution lacks future potential ; Could dim better at night

Amazon's smallest smart display is a great choice if you want a smart bedside device. Video calling is offered, but that essential privacy shield will offer assurance. But it's really Alexa and its myriad Skills that make this affordable connected...

Jul, 2022

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