Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen): Smart screens are essentially tablets with speakers attached, and the Echo Show 10 embraces this concept wholeheartedly: It appears to be a giant Fire tablet connected to a smaller Echo Studio speaker.
The bottom half is a 6.7-inch barrel-shaped cylinder with grille fabric similar to that found on newer Echo speakers. A 9-by-9.9-inch (HW) screen is mounted to a short arm that extends from the top edge of the cylinder. The device comes in two colors: black and white.
The screen is constructed in the same manner as an Amazon Fire tablet, with a similar plastic body. The display is 10.1 inches in size and has a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels.
A half-inch black frame fits flush with the screen on the sides and bottom, and a full inch on the top. A microphone and a 13MP camera are located at the top of the frame. The screen may be tilted 40 degrees from vertical to angled back, but it is locked in landscape mode and cannot be changed to portrait mode.
Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Expensive Smart Display
By £20 ($20, AU$50), the Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation) is the most costly smart gadget Amazon has ever released. However, when you consider that its 10.1-inch Full HD screen can now tilt and twist to follow you around the room and that both the speaker and camera performance have been greatly enhanced over the previous-generation model, the price increase appears to be completely reasonable.
Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Works With Alexa
The new $249.99 Echo Show 10 is the first Alexa-powered device that is more than simply a speaker or a screen on your shelf, and it will begin delivering on February 25th. Simply said, it’s an Alexa device that moves a little.
The motorized base on the Echo Show 10 allows Alexa to turn the screen around to face you, and the built-in camera and tracking algorithms keep the screen oriented in your direction at all times. It’s a sneak peek at a future Alexa robot that could be much more than a voice-activated controller.
However, this is only a sneak peek, as Alexa on the new Echo Show 10 is much the same Alexa found on previous Echo Shows and other Alexa-enabled smart displays. When you ask it for information — a weather report, a favorite playlist, news, calendar appointments, and so on — it responds politely and displays the necessary data on the screen.
Download Alexa App
- All we need for our Echo devices is the Alexa App, which is accessible on iOS.
- Simply go to your phone’s app store and download the Alexa app, create or sign in to an account.
- Then use the same account information to set up your Echo Show 10.
- Then you’ll be able to use your phone to access your Echo Show 10 and do things like check-in and even choose what music or announcements are playing from your Echo Show 10.
Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is fully functional on the Echo Show 10. Simply say “Alexa,” followed by a query or command (you may also say “Amazon,” “Computer,” or “Echo”). Weather forecasts, sports scores, unit conversions, and miscellaneous trivia can all be spoken by Alexa, with pertinent extra information shown on the display.
Alexa Plays Movies and Music on Echo Show 10’s Screen
Alexa can give audio and video on demand from a variety of providers for entertainment. Alexa can play movies from Amazon Video, Hulu, and Netflix on the Echo Show 10‘s screen (you can pull up the Firefox browser with Alexa and then surf to YouTube on the device that way).
You can also ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn live radio stations, as well as audiobooks from Audible. If the Echo Show 10’s audio service selection seems limited, you may pair it with your phone or other device and use it as a Bluetooth speaker. The Echo Show does not offer a 3.5mm line in/out for a wired audio connection, unlike dedicated Echo speakers.
Alexa Control Smart Home Device on Echo Show 10
Alexa can control smart home devices that are compatible with her, including Arlo, Kwikset, iRobot, Ring, and TP-Link. You can bring up the video stream from video-based devices like home security cameras and video doorbells straight on the Echo Show 10, and even communicate through the device.
The Echo Show 10 has a built-in Zigbee hub, similar to the fourth-generation Amazon Echo, for greater smart home device compatibility, and may optionally connect with Amazon Sidewalk.
Alexa Guard on Echo Show 10 Used as a Standalone Home Security System
The Echo Show 10 can also be used as a standalone home security system. When the Show is in a room, the Home Monitoring feature monitors for activity and can do things like switch the lights on and off when the room is empty or play a news story when someone enters.
Alexa Guard uses the microphone on the Echo Show 10 to listen for sounds like smoke alarms or glass shattering and sends you notifications when you’re away. It can be used in conjunction with ADT, Ring, and other home security systems that are compatible.
Guard Plus ($4.99 per month or $49 per year) is an optional subscription that gives you hands-free access to an emergency helpline available through the Show, as well as more home monitoring choices. Amazon hopes to add camera-based surveillance to the Show 10 with Guard Plus, which will send you notifications if people are seen and even sound an alarm over the device’s speakers, though it is not yet available.
Alexa, of course, allows you to make voice and video calls with the Echo Show 10. Drop-In allows you to make calls to other Echo smart displays in your home, as well as to any contact using the Alexa smartphone app. Skype calls are also an option if you don’t want to use Amazon’s service. You can also use the gadget to make domestic phone calls to any non-emergency phone number in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.