Amazon has delivered on its promises of a bigger, better and bolder smart home display with the Amazon Echo Show 15. The new smart home assistant is the latest inductee in their Echo Show lineup. Undoubtedly, the largest smart screen, the company has released so far, Echo Show 15 varies in design and style when compared with previous iterations and models.
Here, we will simultaneously look at every aspect of Amazon Echo Show from sleek design to AI features and the entertainment value the product has to offer.
Features of Amazon Echo Show 15
Coming in shape and size of a portrait to be mounted on a wall, the Echo Show 15 is more like one of the best digital photo frames rather than a smart speaker. The 1080p touchscreen display is bordered by white matte and surrounded by a black frame. The 15.6-inch display is meant to act as a central hub for all your family’s activities. It can be hung in portrait or landscape mode, and whenever required it can even be propped up on the table.
Smart Display and UI
Apart from being solid hardware, the new Echo Show model comes with a full-HD display and is very easy to mount on a wall. The Amazon Echo Show 15 comes paired with two 1.6-inch stereo speakers. Apart from these features, the Echo Show 15 is designed to be your personal digital bulletin board.
The user can check the screen to see upcoming calendar events, weather for upcoming days, and even leave notes for family members. An on-screen keyboard will pop up if you want to type in a note for any of your family member or friends. In case one wants to leave a message, the user can also speak to Alexa.
The customizable home screen with Alexa widgets also allows you to manage shopping and to-do lists, find meal inspiration, and much more. When not in use, the screen will default to pictures from your Amazon Photos gallery or preloaded images.
Processor and Camera
Amazon Echo Show 15 is powered by the next-generation Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor, a machine learning (ML) inference engine with a quad-core scalable architecture and 22x more TOPS (trillions of operations per second) than the previous generation. The processor is capable of processing speech recognition on device and can also process computer vision (CV) workloads in parallel. The Echo Show 15 features a 5MP camera for video calls. The camera can recognize individual faces and also be able to process their voice right on the device.
Entertainment and Smart Home Controls
We have already talked about the large screen and 1080p video streaming the smart screen has to offer. Now we will deep dive into other entertainment value, the Echo Show 15 has in store.
The user can stream content directly from Amazon Prime Videos, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services supported by the devices. The pair of 1.6-inch side-firing speakers should provide adequate sound and turn your house into a boom-box. One can also stay updated on the latest news in the world of tech, business, and politics and ask Alexa to play music or read you an Audible book.
The user can stream a live feed from some of the best home security cameras and best video doorbells to the Echo Show 15’s screen. Moreover, it also works with Alexa Guard, so it can listen to the sound of glass breaking and smoke alarms.
Designed with privacy in mind, the Echo Show 15 has microphone and camera controls with the ability to view and delete your voice recordings and a built-in shutter to cover the camera. Visual ID is optional and requires explicit enrollment, and you can delete your visual ID profile at any time through the on-device settings or the Alexa app.
Pricing and Availability
Amazon Echo Show 15 is available for $249.99 on Amazon. Countertop stands and under-cabinet mount accessories are sold separately.