If you're interested in so-called "smart displays" (aka smart speakers with screens) and you don't have a problem spending north of 200 bucks on one, you should absolutely pick up the second-generation Amazon Echo Show
. But if you can settle for a smaller than 10-inch display and slightly humbler audio technology, the first-gen Echo Show and the only Google Home Hub
variant released so far are rather decent budget-friendly options as well.
Of course, the 2017-released Echo Show OG is significantly harder to come by nowadays than last fall's Home Hub. In fact, Amazon no longer sells the 7-inch model directly through its e-commerce platform in brand-new and unused condition. But daughter company Woot is back today with yet another 24-hour-only deal
on the black and white Echo Show (1st Gen), further reducing its $229.99 list price to $89.99.
That's a whopping 60 bucks lower than the regular price of a Google Home Hub, although the search giant itself
and multiple third-party retailers
have been repeatedly offering sweet discounts
of their own lately. Still, it's hard to argue with the value for money provided by a $90 new and unused Echo Show covered by a standard one-year Amazon warranty.
This bad boy sports dual 2-inch "room filling" speakers with Dolby processing, eight "beam-forming" microphones, and
noise cancellation technology. In other words, your music (streamed from platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and yes, Apple Music
) should sound great (for a $90 speaker), and Alexa is always ready to follow your voice commands, hearing you just fine from across the room.
The neat thing about a smart display is that your digital assistant can show you stuff in addition to offering prompt audio responses to your queries, although YouTube is still not officially supported on Amazon's Echo Show lineup.