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Lenovo Smart Clock review: Personal bedside companion

Lenovo Smart Clock review: Personal bedside companion

Lenovo Smart Clock

The Lenovo Smart Clock is something I never knew I needed. Powered by the Google Assistant, this smart clock displays relevant information like the weather, answers your most trivial questions, streams music, and of course, wakes you up in the morning.

Quick specs

  • 4-inch touchscreen
  • Powered by the Google Assistant
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • USB port

Used a Google smart home device such as the Nest Mini speaker? You know the drill then. Power up the smart clock. Download the Google Home app (Android or iOS) on your smartphone. In no time, you'll be issuing voice commands to the clock. Or if you are a hands-on person, swipe and tap the touchscreen. First thing I did was to change the clock face — I picked the Retro one. If none of them catches your eye, you can set the clock to cycle through photos from your Google Photo account.

With its soft-touch fabric cover, the Lenovo Smart Clock fits right in with my other #madebygoogle devices. Like an old-school alarm clock, I can smack the top to snooze or dismiss alarms. The raised Volume Up and Down buttons are great as my groggy morning self can easily find them by touch. Also handy is the USB port, which I use to charge my smartphone overnight. And if I need some privacy, I can toggle the microphone mute button at the rear. Don't worry, it does not have a camera.

Lenovo Smart Clock
Lenovo Smart Clock (Credit: Lenovo)
Lenovo Smart Clock
Dear Lenovo, what's with the “landscape orientation” of the power adaptor? (Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not)
Lenovo Smart Clock
Lenovo Smart Clock (Credit: Lenovo)

The 4-inch display could be larger, though. This screen adjusts its brightness according to ambient light. It gradually brightens (if you have enabled the Sunrise alarm option) before the alarm activates. While its 3-watt speaker is pretty loud, there is some distortion at higher volumes. Audio quality is average at best while playing music from YouTube Music or Spotify. Despite having a screen, this clock cannot show videos or photos like a smart display.

Compact and useful, the Lenovo Smart Clock is a great fit for your nightstand. It is usually priced at S$119, but it is going at a launch price of S$79 from now till the end of November. Don't miss out!

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