Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: attractive but expensive


Lenovo makes things better with the revamped Smart Clock 2, a Google Assistant-enabled alarm clock with a new design, a vibrant touchscreen, improved sound, and, if you’re willing to pay for it, an optional wireless charging dock. which doubles as a night light.

The Smart Clock 2 makes for an engaging bedside companion, capable of playing calming tunes (or not), setting alarms and timers, displaying family photos, and controlling smart devices with voice commands from the Google Assistant. But at $ 70, the Smart Clock 2 is pricey, especially when you consider that the more capable, sleep-tracking Google Nest Hub costs just $ 30 more.

You can also buy the included watch with a Qi- and Apple MagSafe compatible wireless charging dock that features a built-in night light, but together, the combined devices take up considerably more space and the package costs $ 90.

Design

Measuring 3.67 x 4.47 x 2.81 inches (HxWxD), the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is slightly taller than its predecessor, but also shallower, with a base that conceals a pair of trigger controllers. 1.5 inch front. Weighing in at 0.66 pounds, the Smart Clock 2 feels solid and sturdy, but not overly heavy, and there’s little chance you’ll accidentally tip it over.

Available in Abyss Blue, Shadow Black and Heather Gray flavors, the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 arrives with a comfortable fabric cover, with volume up / down buttons on the top.

lenovo smart clock 2 top buttons Ben Patterson / IDG

The tactile volume buttons are located on the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock 2’s fabric covered casing.

At the rear is a barrel-shaped power port for the roughly five-foot power cord, terminating in a thick-walled wart. Also on the rear is a switch that mutes the microphone.

Optional charging base

The optional charging dock, meanwhile, is nearly twice as wide as the watch itself, measuring 8.65 x 3.26 x 0.96 inches (WxDxH). A pair of rubber feet on the bottom help prevent the base from slipping, while a base on the top connects to the base of the watch via a series of pogo pins. On its own, the Smart Clock 2 is a compact device, but sitting on its charging dock, it has roughly the same footprint as the Google Nest Hub.

smart watch lenovo 2 with google nest hub Ben Patterson / IDG

The combination of the Smart Clock 2 and its optional charging dock has roughly the same space as the Google Nest Hub.

To the right of the base of the watch is the Qi-compatible charging surface, which supports Apple’s MagSafe charging standard. Testing it with my iPhone 12 Pro, the phone clicked into place and the screen showed the MagSafe charging symbol, as expected. I was also able to remove my iPhone from the MagSafe charger without lifting the base. If you want to charge a second device at the same time, you can do so using the rear USB-A charging port.


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