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We recommend Amazon’s Echo Show 5 for those looking to embrace a smarter kind of alarm clock, and as of this writing Amazon is running a sale that carries two of the tiny smart displays up to $60 when you use the code SHOW52PK checkout. We’ve seen individual deals bring the device up to $35 in recent months, so this offer represents a slightly better value if you know you’ll want multiple displays around the house (or if you’re looking to grab one for a few people). The Echo Show 5 technically has an MSRP of $85, but its average street price has typically been in the $40-50 range in recent months.


We gave the Echo Show 5 a score of 85 when it launched last year, praising its solid sound quality for its size, compact design, and the usual array of Alexa-assisted smart features. Its most natural home is on the nightstand, as the device is packed with features like a “sunrise” alarm that gradually illuminates its screen to wake you up more gently in the morning, and the ability to tap the top of the display to snooze alarm. The device’s 960 x 480 display isn’t exactly high-end, but it’s competent enough given the device’s small stature, and an ambient light sensor allows it to automatically dim when you turn off the lights at night.

The device still has its uses outside of the bedroom, as it can tell you the weather, play music, display recipes, show Ring security camera feeds, and control compatible smart home gear like any other Alexa machine. But that smaller display naturally won’t be as nice for video as the panels on larger devices like the Echo show 8 or Echo Show 10, and the included camera is only 2MP, so it’s best used as a last resort, not for extended video calls. (It does come with a privacy shutter, though.) It’s also not the most productive device, so you’re better off sticking with simpler Alexa commands, casual music streaming, and that alarm clock functionality.

However, all of this is easier to accept when the device is heavily discounted. Google’s Nest Hub is a good alternative for those who prefer to use Google Assistant or just want a night display without a camera. However, if you’re looking to add a few smart displays to your home and are already connected to Alexa, this is a solid chance to save a few bucks.

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