If you're already on board with Alexa and have decided you want a smart display, there's a new deal on Amazon latest Echo Show 8 might be interesting. The 8-inch screen is currently down to $90 on Amazon, Target, Best buy and other retailers, which is the lowest price we've seen since the device was unveiled last September. Amazon normally sells the smart display for $150, although we saw it drop to $105 for much of the holiday season. Amazon's deal also includes a Sengled color smart bulb at no extra cost. This bulb is compatible with the Matter Smart Home standard, and we recommend a similar model in our guide to the best smart lights.
We haven't officially reviewed the latest Echo Show 8, but it's largely similar to the 2021 second-generation model, which we previously called the best smart display for Alexa users. It still offers a resolution panel of 1280 x 800 and a 13 megapixel front camera. The design is generally the same, although the new model's rounded back is a little less pronounced and the glass on its front extends from edge to edge. Its front camera is also located in the center of the top edge, not on the right, so it's a little more convenient for framing yourself during video calls. Internally, there's an improved octa-core processor that should make Alexa queries run faster, and the new model can work with other smart home devices using Zigbee and Thread protocols in addition to Matter. Amazon also promises improved sound quality, although you still shouldn't expect deep bass or ultra-space from a small speaker like this.
All of this should make the Echo Show 8 the sweet spot in Amazon's smart display lineup. It's not as affordable as the Echo Show 5, but it's faster and louder, with a superior camera and a roomier screen for viewing photos and making video calls. It's not as large as the Echo Show 10, but it's significantly cheaper and easier to fit into more rooms of the house. Either way, you can use it to check the weather, look up recipes, or stream music, among other typical Alexa tasks. And while no smart display like this will be truly comfortable for those who are protective of their privacy, the Echo Show 8 at least has a built-in camera cover and mic mute button. Google's Nest Hub remains a better buy for those who use services like Gmail a lot. , Google Calendar and YouTube – and questions remain about Alexa's long-term prospects – but it should be a good deal if you're looking to build a smart home via Amazon's assistant.