Lenovo Smart Clock review: Cheapest in the category, comes with Google Assistant
It includes touchscreen, but has some limitations compared to Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show 5.
Price: Rs 5,999 (Available on Flipkart)
Specifications: Smart Clock with Google Assistant, 4-inch IPS LCD touchscreen, 6W speaker, WiFi ac, Bluetooth, full size USB port, 11.39 x 7.5cm, 1 year warranty, 328 grams
Pros: Small and inconspicuous, soft touch fabric design, auto dimming display, USB charging of other devices, Google Assistant built in, customisable clock faces
Cons: Limited capabilities, single speaker audio for light listening only, proprietary wall adapter, limited clock faces
Smart speakers with screens are catching on. Amazon went all in, with the Echo Spot (circular display, camera, Rs 12,999), Echo Show (10-inch, camera, Rs 22,999) and recently, the Echo Show 5 (5-inch, camera, Rs 8999). Google made a debut in the segment with Nest Hub (7-inch, no camera, Rs 9,999). The difference between these devices is the platform: Amazon’s speakers use their own assistant Alexa (and other Amazon services) while Google’s Nest Hub obviously has the Google Assistant and tight integration with Google services. Having said that, both platforms have very similar music, information and smart home capabilities.
Lenovo may be a little late to the game but they have also launched with two smart screens: Smart Display (10-inch, Rs 14,999) and Smart Clock (4-inch, no camera, Rs 5,999). Both of Lenovo’s products rely on Google’s support with Google Assistant. The Smart Clock is the cheapest of the entire lot by a significant margin but with that price also come some compromises. Allow us to explain.
It would be wrong to compare Lenovo’s Smart Clock with Google’s Nest Hub. The clue is in the name itself. Lenovo intends their smaller product to be more of a clock with smarts rather than a full-fledged smart display. Yes, it still has a 4-inch, colour IPS LCD touchscreen, voice control, built in speaker, WiFi and Bluetooth. But it also has some deliberate limitations.
Let’s start with the design. This is a small clock – about the size of a typical digital alarm clock. It’s great for a bedside table because of the size, auto dimming display, large customisable clock faces and a USB port to charge up your phone overnight. There’s no battery, so you will need to have it plugged in using the proprietary wall adapter. It has a fabric cover, physical mute switch, two large volume buttons on top, touch/move sensitivity (you can tap the top area to snooze an alarm) and dual far field microphones.
It can play music for you, set alarms, reminders, show you your calendar, the weather, control your (connected & compatible) smart home products by voice. However, unlike other smart displays, your interactions with it using touch will be limited. Also unlike all the other smart displays, it can’t play any sort of video. In terms of audio quality, it won’t blow your socks off. There’s a tiny 6W speaker at the back and a couple of tiny bass radiators. The sound is good enough for very light listening/background music only. It does sound clear and loud when you ask the Assistant something and for morning alarms.
If you want something smarter than the typical alarm clock and you’re ok with these limitations, you should seriously consider it. Look out for special sale day deals, on this and all the other smart displays, where you can get discounts ranging from 20 to 50% on the MRP.