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Lenovo Smart Display review: Single-handedly selling MrMobile on Google Home

I didn't get the name "MrMobile" by covering a lot of home tech, folks – but when Lenovo revealed back at CES that it was working with Google to graft a display onto a Google Home, I decided that was something worth crossing categories for. Now, after a week of using the Lenovo Smart Display both at work and home, I'm here to tell you that my hunch was correct: this thing has almost single-handedly reinvigorated my enthusiasm for the category (Sorry, Jibo.)

Not that the Lenovo Smart Display is flawless; as an early product just hitting store shelves today, there are a few holes in its functionality. Most notably, you can't cast to it from your phone yet; there's no Netflix integration; and the lack of an onboard battery means that moving it from room to room requires a reboot unless you connect it to the mother of all extension cords. But two of those problems are fixable with future updates – and it's already proven more useful to me in one week than any of my lesser Google Homes (Googles Home?) have in the past year.

Come see why! Join me for the MrMobile Lenovo Smart Display review, and then hit up the rest of the in-depth coverage right here on AC.

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  • If you have a mobile phone this product is a complete waste! Google just trying to make a niche in a non existent market unfortunately..
  • How is that different from the Echo Show or any other smart display?
  • It's not. They're all a waste.
  • Maybe to those without money or imagination. Both the Google Home line and Amazon Echo line are immensely useful.
  • I disagree. I plan on grabbing one, for use in the kitchen. I regularly use my Lenovo Tab 4 to watch cooking videos or video while in the kitchen but the slip cover case that can be used to prop up the tab slips / falls down. Or I have to leave the Kitchen to grab the Tab 4 when i want it. If I get one I take the current Mini in the Kitchen and place in my laundry room or some other part of the house that I would like to have a Mini available.
  • Cynics gonna be cynical. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • I'll wait for any company other than Lenovo before I get one. Enjoy never getting an OS update or even worse never getting any security updates because that is par for the course for Lenovo hardware owners.