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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 slashed to $35/£35 in Prime Early Access deal

Bedside smarts without breaking the bank

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A dinky smart display with Alexa on tap, Amazon’s Echo Show 5 drops digital assistance onto your desktop, kitchen counter or bedside table. And with Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale about to kick off, now is the cheapest time to buy one.

Normally available for $85/£75, Amazon has discounted the diminutive display by more than 50% in the US and UK. So you can pick up an Echo Show 5 for the much more affordable price of $35/£35. Better yet, you don’t need an Amazon Prime membership to claim the deal.

The offer comes in advance of Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale, a two-day deals event happening on 11 and 12 October. A sequel to July’s Prime Day, it promises a range of savings ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November.

Launched last year, the second-gen Echo Show 5 was already a top choice if you were shopping for an accessible smart display. Fronted by a 5.5in screen that’s angled for easier viewing, you can use it check the weather, control your smart home and stream box sets (provided your eyesight is sharp). A built-in camera even lets you video call your familiars, while a privacy cover prevents unexpected peeping.

While the screen’s resolution is relatively low, our four-star review still found that the visual interface added usefully to Alexa interactions. We were also impressed by the volume of the Echo Show 5’s speakers, if not by the lack of bass. And we found its compact footprint a doddle to place.

Granted, that touchscreen is smaller than the panels found on most modern smartphones. And the bezels around it aren’t exactly slender. But if you want a straightforward smart display to usurp your alarm clock, you won’t be disappointed for just $35/£35. In fact, at its reduced price, the Echo Show 5 shapes up as a top contender for affordable Christmas gifting.

Echo Show not quite what you’re looking for? Amazon has also discounted its Echo Dot smart speaker, plus a range of other Alexa devices. Additional deals are also due on other products as the Prime Early Access Sale begins in earnest. We’ll be picking out all of the top offers here.