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Amazon Echo Show 15 review

Smart display speaker. Priced at $399.

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Recommended speakers have earned a CHOICE Expert rating of 70% or more and a listening score of 70% or more. The listening score is an average of the classical, jazz, pop and speech scores.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

The CHOICE Expert rating slightly varies depending on the speaker type. Portable speakers: listening performance (60%) and ease of use (40%). Mains powered (aka home) speakers: listening performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). Smart displays: listening performance (50%), ease of use (25%) and screen score (25%). Note: ease of use is called "everyday score" in this test.

Classical music score View more details.

Our testers assess the speaker to see how well it performs when playing classical music.

Jazz music score View more details.

Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs when playing jazz music.

Pop music score View more details.

Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs when playing pop music.

Speech score View more details.

Our tester assesses how well the speaker performs for speech, using a newscast.

Set-up score View more details.

We test initial set-up and any physical controls on the speaker.

Everyday score View more details.

We assess day-to-day ease of use by performing common tasks with the speaker, such as connecting it to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or an AUX input. We look at how clear the instruction manual is and whether it's easy to understand. Note: digital assistants such as Google Home, Siri and Alexa, are not performance assessed.

App score View more details.

Our testers look at the app and see how easy and useful it is to play music this does not contribute to the overall score.

Smart display score View more details.

We assess image quality when the screen is at mid and full brightness, in portrait and landscape orientations, from a range of viewing angles in bright and dark environments. We also look at reflections, auto-dimming performance, touch screen speed and accuracy and ease of cleaning.

Power consumption score View more details.

We measure power consumption in standby and active mode for mains powered speakers and smart displays. When active, speaker volume is set to a normal listening level. Lower scoring models are less energy efficient than those with higher, or perfect, scores.

Battery time (hours) View more details.

Shown in hours, this test applies to models designed to be used with battery power. It provides an approximate playback lifespan before you need to recharge. Battery testing is carried out with a constant music source connected to the unit through the auxiliary input.

Price View more details.

Recommended retail price at the time of testing.

$399
Annual running cost View more details.

This is only measured for speakers and smart screens connected to mains power, as they're designed to be "always on". Measurements include when it is sitting idle and being actively used for a few hours per day. Calculated at 30 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Speaker type View more details.

Home speakers can be Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and mains powered. Portable speakers may also be Wi-Fi but are usually Bluetooth and are battery powered. Smart screens are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom and can usually play video as well as illustrate information delivered by a voice assistant such as Alexa or Google. 

Smart display
Power options View more details.

Speakers that offer both mains and battery power provide versatility to use at home and take out and about.

Mains
Personal assistant View more details.

Is a digital assistant included with the smart speaker?

Yes
Other controls View more details.

Additional controls built into the unit.

Volume +/-, microphone mute/unmute, camera privacy shield
Apps available
Amazon Alexa
Dimensions (mm, HxWxD) View more details.

Rounded up to nearest 5mm.

253 x 402 x 40
Weight (g) View more details.

Weight of speaker rounded to the nearest gram.

2330
Bluetooth View more details.

Bluetooth is the most common direct wireless connection option between a wireless speaker and a smart device.

Yes
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) View more details.

Standard Wi-Fi connectivity. The big advantage with Wi-Fi over Bluetooth is the range, with Wi-Fi networks often able to project well over 30 metres.

Yes
Wi-Fi (5GHz) View more details.

5GHz allows you to connect a greater number of devices over a wireless network with less conflicts.

Yes
Apple AirPlay support View more details.

Whether the speakers have support for Apple Airplay.

No
Google Home support View more details.

Whether the speakers have support for the Google Home smart home control environment.

No
Google Assistant support View more details.

Whether the speaker has built-in support for Google Assistant.

No
Alexa support View more details.

Whether the speaker has built-in Alexa support.

Yes
Siri support View more details.

Whether the speaker has built-in Siri (Apple) support.

No
Auxiliary input View more details.

Whether the speakers include a 3.5mm aux-in port.

No
Surround support View more details.

Some wireless speakers can be integrated into a surround sound system, working as the back left and right speakers for a multi-speaker setup.

No
Stereo pairing View more details.

Grouping two speakers together over a Bluetooth connection in order to play the same song with more volume, or to work as a two channel sound system by assigning left- and right- roles to the speakers.

No
Speakerphone View more details.

Speakers with this feature allow you to take a call using the speaker to hear the call and an onboard mic to talk to the caller. Once the call is finished, the music will continue to play.


No
Dust/water resistant View more details.

As claimed by the manufacturer.

No
Battery life indicator View more details.

Whether the speaker provides a visual indication of remaining battery life such as a blinking light or changing colour from green to red or in the case of speakers like the Logitech UE Boom and Megaboom models that deliver an audio indication of battery life such as '80% charged' when holding the + and – volume buttons down at the same time.

Not applicable
USB can charge other devices View more details.

Most of these speakers have larger batteries than a smartphone so can be very handy when you are caught out and about and need to juice up your mobile. Simply plug the USB cable from the speaker to the phone and you are ready to go.

No
Travel case View more details.

Whether the speakers come with a travel case.

No
Music service support View more details.

This refers to services from which music can be played when you request it via voice command, directly from the smart speaker.

Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Music, Spotify, Audible, BBC Sounds, Global Player, Apple Music

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