5 things to know about Amazon’s 'stupendously powerful’ Echo Show

10:28 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017 Technology

Amazon officially unveiled the Amazon Echo Show, its first smart speaker with a built-in touchscreen in May.

And this Amazon Prime Day, users will have the chance to save $75 on an Echo Show and Arlo Security Camera bundle.

Wired Magazine called the device and its abilities “stupendously powerful” and lauded the touchscreen feature that now complements Alexa’s voice control. 

“A screen in the Echo universe means there’s almost nothing you and Alexa can’t do,” Wired’s David Pierce wrote.

But The Verge noted some of the device’s limitations, including a “slightly unsettling” feature in Drop In, the voice-call feature. Drop In allows users to white-list individual contacts who will be able to pop up and start a video chat on your Echo Show unannounced.

“I personally cannot imagine ever letting my friends have this power, but maybe that’s just me.” tech critic The Verge’s Chaim Gartenberg said.

Other limitations include Amazon’s single-user system, which would give anyone in the house access to things like to-do lists and would set off all your devices if someone calls you via Drop In.

In addition, because the device is built to run Echo skills and not apps, users wont be able to run Amazon’s own Fire OS apps, or anything from the Google Play Store, Gartenberg said.

The Amazon Echo Show is currently available to pre-order on Amazon for $229.99 in black or white. The device was released on June 28, 2017. 

Amazon is also offering a buy two, save $100 deal with promo code SHOW2PACK.

For Amazon Prime Day, which starts Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m., Prime users can save $75 on the Echo Show and Arlo Security Camera bundle.

Just plug the Echo Show into a power outlet, connect to the internet and ask Alexa.

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