The original Lenovo Smart Clock is something of a favourite device of ours at Ausdroid, it brings just enough Google Assistant with Photos integration, but no pesky video that makes it perfect for Kids. But what if you want a traditional clock radio-style bedside device with a little smarts?
Enter Lenovo’s follow up device, the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential. The Essential keeps the Google Assistant features but drops the display entirely, so no photos, smart home controls or distractions.
The device has finally launched in time for Christmas with an RRP of AU$99, but right now JB Hi-Fi is offering it over 50% off for only $48. That’s stocking stuffer territory for some people, and perhaps a perfect secrete Santa gift for others with a $50 cap.
The Smart Clock Essential includes a LED display, USB Charging port for sharing your bedside gadgets, and of course a Google Mini-esk Smart speaker. While you’re not going to host a house party with these they are adequate for typical kids listening.
We haven’t reviewed the device yet but at that price, we may just throw one under our own tree and test it out, of course for only $20 more you could also get the full display model from JB Hi-Fi as well, it now comes in black and grey.