When it involves screens, the overall rule is the larger the higher. The Lenovo Smart Clock turns that perception on its head. With a display screen that’s smaller than most smartphones, the Smart Clock is a full-featured, great-sounding Google Assistant-powered sensible speaker with simply sufficient show to comfortably view photographs, movies, and, in fact, the time, which ought to make it the right mixture of sight and sound.

Except Lenovo hasn’t correctly taught it to do the stuff you anticipate a wise speaker with a show to do. It doesn’t hyperlink with Google Photos to point out photos you’ve snapped. It can’t show movies. And it doesn’t use the brand new Home View for controlling lights, thermostats, and different linked gadgets. So mainly, the $80 Lenovo Smart Clock is de facto only a sensible clock.

But it’s a very good one. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a wonderful (and cute) addition to the ever-expanding sensible show lineup, one which’s smaller than the each Google Nest Hub and the brand new Echo Show 5 that Amazon is delivery later this month. And when you’re bored with utilizing your cellphone to get up, it’ll positively make an important addition to your nightstand.

Small and complicated

The Lenovo Smart Clock clearly takes its design cues from the Nest Hub. While considerably smaller than Google’s gadget, the Smart Clock has a grey fabric-wrapped again that covers its 1.5-inch 3W speaker and passive radiators. It’s a bit bulbous at roughly 3 inches deep and I may do with thinner bezels, however the Smart Clock continues to be a lot sufficiently small to maintain on a nightstand.

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The Smart Clock is a bit bulbous nevertheless it’ll nonetheless match in your nightstand.

And that’s most likely the place you’ll need to maintain it. The Smart Clock’s 4.48- x 2.9-inch body is in regards to the measurement of an old style alarm clock, a one-time bedside staple that was long-ago changed by a smartphone on a charging stand. But the place even one of the best always-on shows and wi-fi charging stands characteristic tiny numbers that aren’t really easy to see with bleary eyes.

The Smart Clock doesn’t have that downside. Like alarm clocks of yore, its show can simply be seen from throughout a room, and a wide range of faces will maintain it trying recent every morning. There are 10 completely different kinds to select from, and so they’re all refreshingly completely different. There are analog, digital, minimal, and colourful faces, in addition to weather-themed faces and a cool word-based one. An choice to randomly cycle via them can be good to have, nevertheless it’s straightforward sufficient to vary and customise the assorted faces by long-pressing on the display screen.

A extremely sensible clock

The Smart Clock doesn’t truly do something a Google Home Mini can’t, nevertheless it’s a a lot better bedside companion. It’s not simply that it has a display screen. Lenovo has rigorously thought-about the methods by which you’ll use the Smart Clock to emphasise options that aren’t as outstanding on different sensible audio system. For instance, in case your Wi-Fi goes out, it’ll nonetheless show the clock reasonably than the an error display screen.

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The bezel is sufficiently big, however there’s no digital camera on the Lenovo Smart Clock.

For one, it doesn’t have a digital camera. Lenovo understands that almost all of Smart Clocks will probably be positioned in a bed room, so reasonably than implement a set of switches and toggles to show it off, it merely eradicated the danger altogether. The lack of a digital camera is perhaps a deal-breaker for some, however I’m keen to wager most individuals will purchase it as a result of it doesn’t have a digital camera reasonably than regardless of it.

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