Lenovo is one of the few third-party companies that continue to launch devices with built-in Google Assistant, and has always been able to find its own market position, especially the very simple Smart Clock series. After the original Smart Clock, Lenovo went on to bring Smart Clock Essential without an LCD screen, which is really an ordinary alarm clock with speaker microphone. Now, Lenovo has brought an upgraded version of Smart Clock 2, which adds the functions of a wireless charging pad and night light at a price of US$10.
Like its predecessor, Smart Clock 2 is equipped with a 4-inch panel, which is housed in a triangular frame when viewed from the side. On the whole, it looks very similar to the first-generation Smart Clock, except that the “chin” has been enlarged, mainly because Lenovo moved its speakers from the back to the front to make the sound louder. The outside of the fuselage is still covered with cloth, but this time there are two more low-key color choices of black and blue, so that customers can match them according to the decoration of the home.
However, the most obvious difference is the tying charging dock below it. In addition to giving you a place to place your Qi device for charging, there is also a USB-A port on the back that can provide devices without wireless charging. Recharge. Below the charging stand is a circle of dimly bright lights. Just lift the Smart Clock slightly from the base to light it up, and it can be used as a night light. Lenovo said that there will be an update in the future, so that you can also swipe down the screen to light up the night light. However, it is not clear exactly how this “tying” charging dock is sold-it is called “purchase” in the press release, but only the price (US$90) for co-sale is provided, so in fact I’m not sure if there will be an option to buy the two separately, and what their respective prices are.
Other functions of Smart Clock 2 are similar to the original version. You can view and set alarms, get weather forecasts, set smart devices, etc. by sliding the screen. You can choose a new dark theme to reduce the burden on the eyes at night, of course, you can also operate through voice and assistant. There is also a physical microphone switch on Smart Clock 2, which can prevent the assistant from “eavesdropping” on your conversation, and like the previous models, there is no lens set on it.
In other words, apart from moving the speaker to the front, Smart Clock 2 basically costs US$10 more in exchange for the wireless charging board and night light underneath. If you are used to charging various devices at the bedside, it should be quite practical.