While waiting for the release of the new Echo Show 15, maybe you plan to acquire another model: Echo Show 8. Problem, Amazon offers two versions of its screen connected to Alexa 8 inches ... The first generation, presented in September 2019 and arrived in France in February 2020, and the second generation appeared by surprise in June 2021. With a price difference of 20 euros, you are probably wondering which one to choose ...
We have come face to face Echo Show 8 (1st generation) et Echo Show 8 (2nd generation) for a match that promises to be tight! Indeed, as you will be able to see, the differences are fine, but they do exist ...
Echo Show 8: the differences between the two generations
From a design point of view, it is true that the differences are not obvious since the difference will essentially be played out in the colors available:
- Echo Show 8 1st generation is offered with a fabric sand or anthracite ;
- Echo Show 8 2nd generation is available with a new fabric white or anthracite.
On the connection side, there is a DC plug for the power supply and a micro-USB type A port, but Echo Show 8 1st generation benefited from a 3.5 mm mini-jack audio output which simply disappeared from the second generation. It seems that the majority of users did not use it, which is in fact our case, but it was useful to point out!
Last but not least, the Climate Pledge! If you watch TV, you've probably seen commercials forAmazon which has been involved, since last year, in ecology with a compensation of its emissions on the one hand, but also a eco-design of devices Amazon Echo and Fire TV.
Unlike the first generation, Echo Show 8 model 2021 benefits from the Climate Pledge Friendly label because :
- 30% of plastics used come from post-consumer recycled plastics.
- 100% of the fabric used comes from post-consumer recycled fabrics.
- 100% aluminum used is recycled cast aluminum.
- 98% of the packaging of this device is based on wood fiber and comes from responsibly managed forests or recycling channels.
In addition, with its wind and solar farms, Amazon undertakes to produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by its customers with this device. Finally, in order to reduce its energy consumption, Echo Show 8 switches to low consumption mode when it is inactive.
Echo Show 8: 2019 model or 2021 model?
Now that you know all about the differences between Echo Show 8 1st gen and Echo Show 8 2nd gen, you are able to choose for yourself!
Nevertheless, the difference of 20 euros on purchase may still make you hesitate, that's why we advise you to choose:
- Echo Show 8 model 2021 : if you plan to use it often for videoconferencing and the fight against global warming is important to you!
- Echo Show 8 model 2019 : If you don't use video calls and are on a tight budget.
For the rest, the other differences do not seem significant enough to us to direct you towards one or the other.