What you need to know
- Lenovo has launched a new smart alarm clock powered by Google Assistant.
- It features an easy-to-read LED display and also includes a built-in nightlight.
- The new Lenovo Smart Clock Essential will go on sale starting next month for $50.
At CES 2019, Lenovo unveiled the Smart Clock, a bedside alarm clock with Google Assistant built-in. The company has now released (opens in new tab) a more affordable Google Assistant-powered smart clock, called the Smart Clock Essential.
Lenovo says the new Smart Clock Essential is an "extension" of its original Smart Clock. Instead of an LCD display, it uses LEDs to show the time, day, weather, and the current temperature. The Smart Clock Essential also includes a nighlight that can help you get around without stumbling at night.
While it may not have an LCD display like the Lenovo Smart Clock, you can use it to get help from Google Assistant. In addition to controlling compatible smart home devices, you can ask Google to set timers, make hands-free phone calls, and more. The device comes with dual microphones and a single 3W speaker. You also get a dedicated microphone mute toggle, along with volume control and alarm buttons.
You will be able to pick up the Smart Clock Essential next month for $50. While there is no other voice assistant-powered bedside alarm clock available around $50 currently, it will have to take on affordable smart speakers like the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and the Google Home Mini.
I have the discontinued Insignia smart speaker the does the exact same thing. It uses LEDs to display the time and temp. It was only $35, and even has stereo speakers. I would get this clock if I didn't already have the Insignia one.
Why spend $50 on this when the original Lenovo Smart Clock is the same price at Best Buy?
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