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The Wait Is Over: The Echo Show Is Now Available

When Amazon announced the Echo Show at the beginning of last month, the concept was greeted with excitement and curiosity. Here’s how I described the concept in May:

You’re going to want to see the Echo Show in action in the video below. It’s pretty crazy. It does everything the original Echo does, but it also has a screen that allows Alexa to, well, show you things. This is ideal for video calls, photos, security cameras, even song lyrics. Pretty much anything you’d rather see than be told.

I stand by the fact that you’ll want to see the video, which I’ve again included at the bottom of this piece. I am thrilled by the thought of having a touchscreen Alexa, and I have been for a month and a half. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Finally, the wait is over. Today is the day the Echo Show became available.

Photo via Amazon

Photo via Amazon

Echo Show — $229.99

Like the Amazon Echo, the Echo Show is available in both black and white. The $230 price point for this is fantastic; that’s only $50 more than the Echo itself. And it’s about 1/3 the price of an iPad, which is obviously also touchscreen, albeit without Alexa. (Theoretically you could use Siri as a personal assistant on an iPad, but if you’ve ever owned an Apple product, you know how touch-and-go that can be).

There is also already a deal available on the Echo Show: You save $100 if you buy two. That might be a good idea so you can fully utilize the cool video calling skill immediately. Not to mention the fact that when you think about it, $360 for two Echo Shows seems like highway robbery.

WATCH The Amazon Echo Show in Action:

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