We’ve come to call them “smart displays,” these countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential. The category his since grown to eight or nine different offerings, depending on how you define them, each with a variation on the core theme. All of them use a voice assistant and a touchscreen in combination to answer questions, play music, and provide you with information about weather, the news, and other things. Most of them also have a camera that enables two-way video chats. Google brought a lot of attention to the category during Black Friday, where it offered its Home Hub smart display at a discounted $99. If you frequent Instagram or watch NFL football on the weekends, chances are you’ve seen an ad for Facebook’s Portal smart displays. To help you sort through all of them, here’s a breakdown of every smart display currently available. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Amazon Echo Show (First generation) The first-generation Echo Show has been discontinued by Amazon, but if you’re chasing a bargain you can find it for less than $100 via Amazon resellers. The throwback, angular design didn’t do the Echo Show any favors, but it introduced the idea of an Alexa screen on… [Read full story]
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