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Amazon’s latest Echo device isn’t designed to fit in with your surroundings. In fact, it is expected to be in the spotlight.

The Echo Show 15, currently priced at $ 249.99, is the latest device from the tech giant to support Alexa, with a wide range of its smart speakers.

Only this Echo has a touch screen. But not any touch screen. It measures 15.6 inches, which means it has a noticeable presence in your home.

I’ve been testing Echo Show 15 for a few weeks now, and the family-friendly Echo is showing its potential signs as a central hub for being organized and fun.

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Echo Show 15 is not a simple connecting device. Owners can mount it on the wall or place it on a stand counter. The display can be displayed horizontally or vertically, depending on your preference.

I chose a kitchen counter as my target for the Echo Show 15 test sent by Amazon. It is easy to adjust if it is put in place and connected.

The novelty in the Echo Show line is a visual ID that works like Face ID on the iPhone. After the device examines your face using the built-in camera, it automatically turns on as you pass.

Users can also add widgets to help personalize the experience. These include weather, calendars, fun sticky notes and news to leave notes. When the Echo Show recognizes a user along with a visual identifier, it displays a personal order of widgets and data.

If you are concerned about privacy, the device has the ability to mute the shutter and microphone to close the camera.

The exciting side of the Echo Show is the mix of smart voice devices it uses from Alexa and the bulletin board style it commands. This is an ideal device for a household looking for better regulation. Do children have a doctor’s appointment? Add it to the calendar. Need to buy eggs at the store? Put it on your shopping list. Do children need notes on homework? Stick a digital sticky note.

Amazon's Echo Show 15.

It also manages your smart home, so if you’ve invested in Ring cameras, smart forks or other devices, you can connect and manage them here as well.

And it connects to other Echo devices in the home to take advantage of features like intercom and voice chat.

I found that Echo Show 15 has other valuable features as well. Washing dishes while broadcasting from the show Netflix is ​​not so boring. When I had to search for a smoothie recipe, I picked it up in a built-in web browser and watched it on a large screen that was easy to read.

However, I wanted the Echo Show to be able to do more through its touch screen. Its multi-functional capabilities are located around Alexa, and it seems pointless not to offer any type of app from the Amazon app store.

But if you’re ready to turn Alexa into the future star of your smart home, Echo Show 15 is the first step.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @ brettmolina23.



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