We can now see lots of voice powered smart speakers today in the market. The first device in Lenovo’s smart home family is Lenovo Smart Clock, which is not only a digital clock but much more with the 10.16 cm (4) IPS touch screen. Lenovo Smart Clock also uses Google Assistant. We can keep this clock in the bedroom. We can also use this as an alarm clock which can be controlled by our voice as well as touch.
If you want to smarten your traditional alarm clock, Lenovo Smart Clock is your choice. It is a less costly way to adorn your bedroom with Google Assistant powered clock with Good morning message on the dashboard. The Lenovo Smart clock consists of 4 inch (10.16 cm) IPS screen touchscreen that displays time with various clock faces. It consists of a screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, which is quite good as it can be kept as a clock in bedroom.
Lenovo Smart clock looks like a small wedge in shape which is covered in a grey fabric mesh. We can see a thick border on the rectangular screen which takes some amount of space on the screen. We can see a couple of tactile volume buttons on the top of the backside and a slider to mute or unmute the microphone is present on the back. The volume buttons are visible in even in the dark. Lenovo Smart Clock also has a USB port that can be used to charge our smartphone.
Lenovo Smart Clock uses bigger fonts so that the screen of the cock is visible even from the other end of the room. The smart clock also automatically adjusts its lighting according to the lighting conditions of the room. So it is not so bright for the eyes in the night time and yet visible. The one advantage of Lenovo Smart clock is that it does not contains any camera. So we can safely keep the smart clock in our bedroom without any worries of being spied upon.
The Lenovo Smart Clock is optimized to help users develop healthy sleep habits. Increasing use of smartphones or any form of screen is one of the key factors for disrupt sleep patterns. With Lenovo Smart Clock users can cut down on disruptive screen time throughout the evening and help improve the sleep routine. We can use the Google Assistant to set up sleep routines, such as dimming the lights and displaying the first calendar event with just a single command, such as “Ok Google, Good Night”. The touchscreen display of the Smart Clock serves as a Google Home Assistant screen in a compact and beautiful design. This screen display can be used to display information like time & alarms, upcoming meetings, calendar events, weather information, Album information when playing music. The full-range 6W speaker can fill up a large bedroom with the choice of music, audiobooks, podcasts and radio. Users can even ask Google Assistant to play some relaxing music or guided meditation track of their choice. The Lenovo Smart Clock also works with Chromecast, so you can stream shows and music on your TV or speakers with just your voice.
In fact, when you’re not using your Lenovo Smart Clock, the screen can now turn into a digital photo album, displaying pictures from your Google Photos account or featured photos provided by Google. There is an optional setting for continued conversation that lets you have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant. After you initially trigger the Google Assistant with a request, the Google Assistantwill stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don’t have to say “Ok Google” as often. The Lenovo Smart Clock also works with most cameras that work with the Google Assistant so you can always see on the device who is outside your front door when your hands are full.
The interface of the Smart Clock is very simple. When we long press the screen we can change the screen’s design. We can see different clock faces including analog clock design. Some of the designs are quite creative. There is also a dark mode in this Lenovo Smart clock. If you scroll up from the bottom, you can see a quick settings menu including volume and brightness. When we swipe down from the top of the screen for a shortcut menu that changes throughout the day.
What is the use of a clock without alarms? We can set alarms in Lenovo Smart Clock with our voice with a good interface on the screen. The Clock suggests the best alarms to set based on your alarm pattern and events in our calendar. We can instruct an alarm to trigger the beginning of your morning routine. We can also set “sunrise alarm”. In this alarm, Google will gradually start to brighten the display a few minutes before our alarm goes off, allowing our eyes to adjust. We can not only tap the Lenovo Smart Clock to stop the morning alarm, but also tell simply stop. There is no need of using OK Google.
Another unique feature present in the Smart Clock is the Nap Timer. When we set the Nap timer, the clock will automatically count down from 20 minutes. This is a good feature as it makes our napping so easy.
Lenovo Smart Clock comes with a 1.5-inch, 3-watt speaker with two passive radiators. We found the sound from the speaker to be loud enough. We tried listening to some music and the audio is quite good for a clock
As the name suggests Lenovo Smart Clock performs the main function very well. This can also connect to devices which is powered by Google. Lack of camera makes it a good device to keep in your bedroom. As the Smart Clock is very compact, we can keep in any place without any problems. The only drawback we find is that it has to be in power always. This is very tricky in Indian situations as we face power cuts. It would have been better if it has some option of using in battery also.