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Lenovo Smart Display (10-inch)
- Responsive touchscreen
- Excellent far-field microphones
- Good clear speaker
- Physical camera privacy shutter
- Retro design
- Has a single speaker
It is a perfect example of how voice-controlled smart speakers are better with a touchscreen.
Bang for the Buck4.0
The 8-inch display goes for $200 and the 10-inch version for $ 250.
Fits right at home
Majority of the people agree that the Echo Show is more functional since the design is less of an eyesore the more you use
The Smart Display can be stood up in the landscape, but you prop it up vertically for making video calls using Duo. Don’t stand it up regularly while using it because the interface only works in landscape.
The smaller Smart Display has a 1,280 x 800 HD resolution while the larger one has 1,920 x 1,200 full HD resolutions. The 10-inch Smart Display’s IPS screen is bright, sharp, and has a very nice wide viewing angle.
The 10-inch comes with a single 2-inch 10-watt speaker with two passive tweeters and dual array microphones. For buttons, there are a volume button, a physical mute switch and a physical camera privacy shutter that blocks the 5-megapixel camera.
Lenovo really made the Smart Display’s hardware, but its size might be a problem for some people. Its 10-inch model is almost twice the width of an Echo Show and can extend across a smaller kitchen counter or bedside table.
The Smart Display is available in two screen sizes: 8 or 10 inches.
The single speaker has good range. Side-by-side with the Echo Show, the Smart Display sounds a lot clearer. Music sounds good, and the bass isn’t as distorted at higher levels.
The value of the Smart Display as compared to the Echo Show is, of course, its screen. The touchscreen interface is extremely stripped-down and that serves as a reminder that the Smart Display isn’t a tablet.
On standby, the screen shows the time and weather. Swipe to the left to scroll to access features like music. A right swipe from the left bezel returns you to the home screen. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen brings up controls for adjusting brightness, volume, and toggling Do Not Disturb mode.
All of these touch controls can also be performed with voice controls. So instead of swiping on the bezels, you can just say “Hey Google, go back” or “Hey Google, go home.” Voice controls are so convenient especially when your hands are so busy.
The most obvious use for the screen is to display photos and play videos. If you have the Smart Display set up in your kitchen, the display is really good for showing recipe instructions and for watching tutorials on YouTube.
The screen is also very nice for video calling over Google’s Duo service. Video and audio quality is perfect.