Review | Lenovo Smart Display



You may have seen me briefly mention the Lenovo Smart Display in my Mother's Day gift guide recently?

"The Lenovo Smart Display offers innovation to enable everyday greatness"

"The Lenovo Smart Display brings you the best of the Google Assistant with an enhanced visual experience. You can do more, like tackle a new recipe, watch YouTube videos, check the weather, or view your schedule. Just say “Hey Google” and you’ll see." www.lenovo.com

I'm going to be honest, I was dubious about trying the Smart Display out. 

I'm not particularly a 'techy' person. I'm not really into the latest gadgets or anything like that.

Plus, my husband brought me an Amazon Echo for Christmas, which was great at first. But totally one of those faddy things which never gets used anymore, other than to set the odd timer or play the radio occasionally. 

And I'm not gonna lie, I've wanted to punch Alexa a few times in shear frustration when she doesn't hear me properly or answers something totally irrelevant. She doesn't deal with background noise well, and quite frankly, it does my head in!

So, I was worried that this might just be a much more expensive version of the same thing and we were going to have the same thing happen.

First Impressions
  • It looks super stylish with its sleek & modern white design. I really like the look of it and it blends in well in my home.
  • The audio quality is great through the Smart Displays powerful speakers.
  • The image quality is equally as impressive with sharp, vibrant images displayed in full HD.
  • It is really easy to set up
  • The mic is great and picks up my voice when I'm 2 rooms away (with doors open) with its 8m range.


Set up is so easy, straight out the box to getting it working is as simple as plugging it in where you want it and downloading the Google Home app.

The app pairs with your device and walks you through set-up step by step. 

From the app you can add another family member, adjust the volume, control whats casting on the device and set up what you want it to display.


In terms of getting started, the home display has a touch screen as well as being voice controlled so you can scroll through a menu which showcases what you can do.

The Lenovo Smart Display can be linked to up to 6 accounts via the Google Home app on Android or iOS. When you have set up Voice Match in the app, it will be able to return customized answers to your queries based on your calendar, settings, preferences, and subscriptions.

As a visual person, I find this much easy than devices out there without the screen. It is really helpful to see it there in front of you.

And there is a lot of things it can do!



Day-to-Day
  • The time, date and weather display is really useful if like me, you are usually pulling your phone out every time you want to check the time (and then getting side tracked with notifications and forgetting that's what you actually went on for!)
  • Routines - being able to set an alarm with morning routine of telling you the weather, news or playing a song.
  • Daily Schedule - displays appointments etc
  • Find out traffic for your route to school/ work.
  • Sports results - and yes, for my son this is a day-to-day thing for him. He loves being able to ask the home display what the scores were from a match the night before.
  • Photo display
  • Smart home controls can control over 5000 compatible smart home products including being able to adjust brightness, change colour or turn on/off any Philips Hue lights.
  • Video calling
  • A helping hand for the children's homework - they can ask the Smart display questions, pull up photo's of things or watch tutorials. It really is great for independent learning.


When the smart display is not in use, you can set it to display any photo's linked to your google photo's account. All of my photos automatically download to the app so I was easily able to go through and select some of my favourites to display on the home display.

You can control how long each photo is displayed before moving onto the next.

I love this feature. I take so many photos that quite often only get looked at once so this is a lovely way to display them and remember some lovely memories.

It turns it into my own little digital photo frame which is nice.


The video calling is also another feature we love, especially the children.

Video calling is done via the Google Duo app and the home display can call anyone of your friends and family who have the app.

It's easy to download and set up and the call quality is really good.


In the kitchen
  • Voice controlled recipe search
  • Step by step recipes at your own pace
  • The ability to set a timer


The Smart Display allows you to do a voice-controlled search for recipes which you can scroll through to select whichever one you want.

Once you are ready, simple select 'Start Cooking' and the Smart Display will walk you through the ingredients and then the instructions, step-by-step. 

You are able to scroll through these at your own pace or if you have messy hands, which is common when cooking, you can simply command it to move on by saying "Hey Google, next step".

No matter how long you take on each step, the recipe will stay up on the screen for you, which is also very helpful when you have messy hands as constantly logging into your phone can be problematic!


Entertainment
  • Play music
  • Play games and quizzes
  • Watch YouTube or iplayer
  • Smart Display can tell you jokes


You can play music through YouTube, Google Play and Spotify through the Smart displays impressive 10w full ranges speaker offering dual passive clear, natural, balanced sound.

The games have been a particular hit with our family. There are a whole range of different ones on offer but our favourite is the music quiz which allows you to play against friends OR against a random opponent which is fun! We've played against people all over America and as far as Australia! You get to pick a decade and then you guess a number songs and artists each round from a series of clips played. You can save your scores to work your way up the ranks. We love it!

Overall

This device is really great for busy families for hands-free living. Managing your home and your life is made super easy with the Smart Display, making it something you totally never new you needed in your life, but once you have it, you couldn't live without it!!

I shared with you my fears about this being a fad or one of those gadgets that gets used excessively for the first few weeks and then never looked at again, but I needn't have worried.

The Lenovo Smart Display is worlds apart from the Amazon Echo or anything similar and is something that truly integrates into your way of life. 

The main bonus for me of course is that Google hears my voice clearly enough to do what I actually want it to, thus not making me want to punch it. Unlike the Echo!! 

Purchase info

The Lenovo Smart Display I have reviewed here is the 8" version which retails at £179. The 10" version retails for £229, although some retailers do have special offers on both starting from £159.

Both are available at www.lenovo.com, Very and John Lewis.







*The Lenovo Home Display pictured was gifted to me for the purposes of review. However all opinions are my own.*


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