Echo Show 15 Review: A Little Too Amazon – Review Geek

February 23, 2022 by No Comments


  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $249.99

Josh Hendrickson

For years, I’ve wanted a control center for my smart home—a place where I can look to see the status of all my gadgets and even control them on the fly. I thought the $249.99 Echo Show 15 might be the answer to my wishes. Unfortunately, Amazon had to be Amazon, and that mars the experience.

Here’s What We Like

  • Big clear screen
  • Visual ID is useful
  • Multiple mount options

And What We Don’t

  • Widgets are lacking
  • Speakers are tinny

At first glance, you might think the Echo Show 15 is just a bigger Echo Show, but that’s not really true. Like most smart displays, Amazon has long focused on the Echo Show as a “counter screen” type device, with angled displays and small-ish screens. But the Echo Show 15 is entirely different. This is a thing meant to look nice in your home, whether that be on a counter or your wall. Squint, and you might confuse it for a picture frame. And that look necessitates decision-making for where the device.

Easy to Set Up With a Few New Steps

Josh Hendrickson

With most Echo devices, setup is pretty straightforward. You plug in the Echo, connect the app, log in with your Amazon account and choose a few options, then you’re good to go. But the Echo Show 15 is a tiny bit more involved due to the nature of the device.

The design of this Echo Show resembles a picture frame, which means you can’t just plop it on a nightstand and call it a day. Instead, you have a choice: do you want it on a flat surface, or do you want to hang it on a wall? If you’re going to place it on a desk or countertop, you’ll need to buy a separate stand. And if you want it on the wall, prepare to drill some holes. Amazon includes a template to help with that process, but you need to pick whether to display in portrait or horizontal mode first because it can’t rotate while mounted. Just be prepared to give up a good bit of space if you want it on your desk. As the name implies, it houses a 15-inch screen, and the “frame” bit makes the overall device even larger.

Amazon Echo Show 15 also entails one optional extra step during the software setup. In addition to Voice ID, you can choose to enable Visual ID. It’s a new feature that will also be available on the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) and Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). The company promises that all processing takes place locally, and the images of your face won’t hit Amazon’s cloud. While I didn’t plan to hang the Echo Show 15 on the wall (I’m not drilling …….



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