Sometimes technology surprises with products that more than from a factory seem to be taken from a magician’s hat.
This is the case of Amazon’s Echo Show 10 , which not only responds more accurately to the questions posed on any topic, but also offers capabilities to control other smart home devices, allows people to be contacted, reproduces Music with optimal sound quality (important improvements in this field) adds values to monitor the home against intrusions, and respects the privacy of the owner since he can customize the protocol. In addition, now, with its rotating camera, it follows the speaker in videoconferences to always keep the subject in focus, which greatly expands the possibilities of this device.
This is a tight summary of the third generation of the device that integrates everything that the company has learned since it launched the first Echo Show in 2017, and that it has wanted to renew it with the Echo Show 10 that, as the main novelties, offers the aforementioned 10.1 ″ motorized rotating screen and a sound of greater power and quality. Its price is about 250 euros and it must be said that it is attractive and useful for the whole family.
The screen (10.1 ″) is attached to a 17 cm diameter cylindrical base by an arm that extends from the upper edge of the base.
The design is novel and its ability to turn after the speaker is really surprising and fun, especially for the little ones in the house. It rotates 350º, it does not go all the way but almost, and it does not allow faults in its location, if it has been placed near an obstacle it will ask if it is permanent or temporary. A domestic intelligence bet that must be valued.
In addition to the automatic rotation, it is possible to adjust the tilt of the screen by about 40 degrees, so that it points to the eyes of the speaker.
The cylindrical base acts as a loudspeaker and is covered by a cloth mesh. The Echo Show 10 is available in two colors (white or anthracite fabric finish).
In the upper right corner is the front camera. For those who love privacy, the equipment allows it to be covered with an integrated physical cover, although that will prevent the screen from rotating.
Another advantage that Amazon has developed is that both the video and audio used to track movement are processed locally by the device itself, and are not sent to Amazon. At the top of the screen there are also two buttons to control the volume and a button to electronically disable the microphones and the camera.
It integrates a 10.1 ”LCD screen with 1,280 × 800 pixels resolution, it is not an excellent resolution, but it complies with what is expected of it since it is normal to look at it from a certain distance, which makes the resolution be a minor issue.
In day-to-day use, some prominent features such as Adaptive Color , which adjusts the color tone of the screen according to the surrounding lighting, are brought to light for more natural images. Viewing angles are wide and colors are not distorted even when looking at the panel from an angle,
It must also be said that this speaker uses a combination of the image captured by the camera and the sound collected by the microphones to rotate, which in use is very efficient when it comes to following movements.
The motor that rotates the screen is quiet, which is an added value for not picking up any external noise when interacting with Alexa or while making a video call.
It features a MediaTek 8183 main processor with a total of 8 CPU cores with 4 Cortex-A73 cores and 4 Cortex-A53 cores. The integrated graphics card is an ARM Mali-G72 with three clusters (MP3). But that’s not all, as Amazon has added an Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge secondary processor for AI tasks that has been developed together with MediaTek.
This new processor brings notable benefits as previous Echo products without the Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge chip send both audio and other data to the cloud for processing. The Echo Show 10 can handle audio directly on the device, reducing the time it takes to respond to users.
Other technical characteristics that can be highlighted is the dual-band Wi-Fi and dual antenna (MIMO) compatible with 802.11a / b / g / n / ac networks as well as with Bluetooth. It also incorporates a Zigbee hub that allows you to control smart devices that use this technology without the need for an additional one.
The equipment has a 2.1 sound system made up of two 1 ″ front tweeters and a 3 ″ woofer built into the base of the device. As the Echo Show 10 moves, so do its two tweeters and woofer, providing directional sound.
The sound aspect is a significant improvement over the previous generation and provides good quality sound, with powerful bass and no distortion, as well as clear midrange and treble. Interaction with Alexa sounds clearer too.
Do not forget that it allows you to play music from streaming services or from personal devices such as your smartphone using Bluetooth.
The 13MP camera adjusts the framing so that the speaker always appears in the center of the image and in the foreground.
Another useful feature of Alexa is the digital home control, both for WiFi devices and for Zigbee devices. Remember that there are many third-party home devices that integrate with Alexa. To use them, it is usually enough to activate the activation of the manufacturer’s skill and connect the digital home device through the Alexa app .
Relevant aspects of the product
The highlight is the rotary motor installed in the base of the device that makes it easy to intelligently rotate its 10.1 ″ HD screen up to 360 degrees. To do this, it has an AI algorithm capable of detecting people in a room, using the 13 MP camera. The system is very quiet, being a brushless motor.
The screen will follow us everywhere, which provides advantages when making video conferences. Tracking can be customized on and off and indicates if it detects obstacles.
The Echo Show 10 is one of the first devices to achieve the Climate Pledge Friendly certificate. It is made entirely, including the cable and adapter, from 30% post-consumer recycled plastic, 100% post-consumer recycled fabric, and 100% recycled cast aluminum. Also, 99% of the device’s packaging is made from wood fiber materials sourced from responsibly managed forests or recycled material.
In addition to using sustainable materials, it has a low-power mode, whereby the screen turns off to intelligently conserve power during periods of inactivity and provide savings throughout the life of the device.
We have already seen that the latest from Amazon has an interesting 13 MP camera (that of the Echo Show 8 is 1 MP) that allows you to make video calls with better quality. However, beyond the camera, there are a few details that we can take into account that can position this device as an ideal accessory for productivity.
First, the software has improved . It maintains the ability to call another Amazon user, but group calls can now be made with two new options: Zoom and Amazon Chime, coming soon.
It also improves the loudspeaker with respect to the previous generation, which instead of being integrated behind the screen, becomes its base, which allows to have a wider sound box in which it integrates 2 25 mm tweeters (1 ” ) and 1 x 76mm (3 ”) woofer.
Finally, it is worth noting that the fact that the screen follows us ensures that the camera always maintains the frame, which is optimal for a video conference.
Home control center
The inclusion of the ZigBee protocol in this device can turn this Amazon Echo Show into a true home automation center, capable of communicating with all kinds of compatible devices.
On the other hand, it also improves Drop In, since thanks to a wide-angle mode, the integrated camera offers a wider field of view for video surveillance tasks , while allowing access to images captured by other Amazon Echo Show, the Ring cameras and other compatible devices like Google Nest.
The HD screen automatically moves to make video calls, view recipes and all kinds of content at all times. The speakers offer quality directional sound.
Make video calls with friends and family, take photos while the 13 MP camera with automatic framing and movement keeps you in the center and in the foreground.
It makes it possible to configure compatible Zigbee devices without the need for any external controller. Alexa can be asked to show video from security cameras, control lights, and regulate thermostats.
Provides the functionality of securely accessing the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home at any time with the Alexa app or another Echo Show.
You can ask Alexa to play your favorite series, music and podcasts from Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, among others.
It allows you to prepare dishes following the Cookpad recipes, convert units of measure, create timers, add products to the shopping list and multitask.
Another cool feature is that Amazon Photos can be used to turn the device into a digital picture frame.
Allows you to electronically disable the microphones and the camera. The chamber can be bypassed as it has an integrated cover. The movement can be deactivated as desired.
Dimensions: 251mm x 230mm x 172mm
Weight: 2,560 grams
Materials: made from 30% post-consumer recycled plastic, 100% post-consumer recycled fabric, and 100% recycled cast aluminum
Colors: white and anthracite
Screen: touch screen with ambient light sensor, with HD resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, with 10.1 inches (a size of 251 x 230 mm), with an automatic rotation motor of +/- 175 ° and with the possibility of move it manually from left to right and tilt it up and down
Camera: 13 megapixel with wide angle and integrated cover
Controls: volume up and down buttons, microphone mute button and camera cover tab.
Microphones: 2 on the top, one on the front and one on the back
Connectivity: Dual Antenna Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee (Digital Home Controller)
Speakers: 2.1 system: stereo, 2 x 25mm (1 ”) front tweeters that follow you and 1 x 76mm (3”) woofer
Compatibility: Alexa app
Processor: MediaTek 8183 main processor and secondary processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge
Privacy: button to turn off microphones and camera, integrated camera cover, option to review and delete voice recordings, activation and deactivation of motion
Power: power adapter (30W) and cable (1.8m)
Price: 249.99 euros