Lenovo Smart Clock: Unboxing
There are more and more smart devices everywhere. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a small and somewhat limited tiny smart display. But the limitations are intentional: this was designed to be something you can keep by your bed and it will not be that big of a distraction. After all, when you are in bed, you need to relax and wind down.
In a series of articles, I will explore what the Smart Clock can do and tell about how I use it. This time I will not be writing a long, big article, instead a series of articles.
Disclaimer: I received the Lenovo Smart Clock as part of the Lenovo INsiders program. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions presented in this article are my own.
In the first post of this article series, I will be unboxing the Smart Clock. It arrived in a brown cardboard box, and inside was the Smart Clock box. Plain white with some device imagery on the box itself.
The back of the box mentions some supported services that you can use with the Smart Clock. YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. You can also cast (using Google’s protocol) sound to the device. Or control your smart lights from it.
Opening up reveals the Smart Clock itself.
Inside the box you can find the smart speaker, the power adapter / cable and some reading material to get you started. This includes an actual guide on how to start setting up the device, as well as a short summary of Google Assistant commands you can say to the device.
The Smart Clock
The Smart Clock is not a very large device. The front is mostly the screen (plus microphones and light sensors). The housing of the speaker is covered in a gray fabric mesh. The top (back) side contains the speaker and two small buttons shaped like a + and a – to adjust the volume.
The Smart Clock has a wedge like shape that looks well on a bedside table. The back contains the power input and a microphone mute switch – it is a physical switch, probably to make you feel more comfortable by turning the mic off when not needed. After all, the biggest complain with smart devices is usually the fear of them spying on us. 🙂
Turning it on and setting it up
The Lenovo Smart Clock requires you to install the Google Home app from either the App Store or from the Play Store. I already had a Google Home at home, so the process was quite similar to setting up other Google smart appliances.
Choose where the speaker is located (so the Google Home app can group devices in the same room together), give it a name, and you are good to go. Well, almost, I had to wait a little for it to perform a firmware upgrade first. But after that, it showed up in Spotify’s devices list and I could listen to music or set alarms on it.
Next time I will continue discussing the basic features of the Smart Clock.