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Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: Wireless charging upgrade

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: Wireless charging upgrade

Lenovo Smart Clock 2

The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 improves on its predecessor by adding a wireless charging dock with a built-in nightlight. But it is still a Google Assistant-powered smart alarm clock. This means it can stream music from Spotify or YouTube Music, control your smart home devices, and more. You can use the Smart Clock 2 without the wireless charging dock, but the latter is bundled with the clock. You cannot buy them separately.

Quick specs

  • 4-inch (480 x 800 pixels) touchscreen
  • Powered by the Google Assistant
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 10W wireless charging dock with USB-A port

If you have tried the Lenovo Smart Clock, you already know almost everything about the new version. What's new is the wireless charging dock that offers up to 10W charging to compatible devices using the Qi standard. It's not quite as fast as the 15W Qi wireless chargers in the market, but it's competitive enough. Besides, you're probably not in a rush if you're charging your smartphone by the bedside while you sleep. It's also MagSafe-compatible — your iPhone stays attached to the dock even if you flip the dock upside down.

Lenovo Smart Clock 2
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

The wireless charging dock also has a USB Type-A port, which can be used to charge a second device, or one that lacks wireless charging. You'll have to provide your own charging cable, though. There's an integrated nightlight in the dock around the base of the Smart Clock 2 when docked. The nightlight automatically comes on for a few seconds when you set the clock in the dock. Of course, you can also manually turn on this nightlight via the clock's touchscreen controls.

Lenovo Smart Clock 2
Like Lenovo's first smart clock, the Smart Clock 2 has a microphone mute toggle at the rear. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

One of my favourite features about the original Smart Clock was that I could smack its fabric-covered top to snooze or dismiss alarms. This still works for the new model. But Lenovo has tweaked the design of the Smart Clock 2 slightly by placing the speakers on the front. The tech firm says these speakers are better than the ones in the previous version. While I couldn't do a side-by-side comparison with the original Smart Clock, the Smart Clock 2 speakers did not stand out. But they are perfectly fine for the news or ambient music.

However, the limitations of the previous model remain. The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 cannot show videos from the internet or live footage from your smart doorbell, unlike a smart display. The clock's 4-inch screen is also smaller than I'd have liked. And the interface, while intuitive, feels sluggish at times. But at S$129, the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is just S$10 more than its predecessor. It seems like a reasonable price for this two-in-one device. Get it now at Shopee and Lazada.

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Note: Review set provided by Lenovo.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

Now with a wireless charging dock and nightlight.

Buy it at Shopee
Available at Lazada

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