The Lenovo Smart Clock is the bedroom alarm clock we've been waiting for [hands-on]


With the smartphone’s rise, it pretty much killed off the bedroom alarm clock – one of many gadget casualties that occurred when more and more features were integrated into today’s modern smartphones. Well, Lenovo is aiming to bring them back from the dead! Armed with all of the fancy artificial intelligence technology that Google Assistant has been endowed with, they’ve taken many of it and forged its smart alarm clock in the Lenovo Smart Clock!

Now this is a more practical solution to having Google Assistant in the bedroom, primarily because it’s not as obtrusive as some other solutions! It's not simply a shrunken version of Lenovo’s own Smart Display, since it’s not as obtrusive and really emphasizes the alarm clock experience. Featuring a 4-inch IPS display, its brightness will adjust accordingly to the ambient lighting – making it easy on the eyes in bright and dim lighting situations. The dark mode dims the screen to as low as 0.3 nits, while the display gently wakes up by simulating a sun rise, covering the room in a soft yellow light.

Rather than trying to bombard users with more information on-screen, the Lenovo Smart Clock is more reactive and discrete. Being a Google Assistant device, it’ll automatically set alarms based on your habits, but you can also manually set them as well. The various cards also provide relevant information, like the weather, calendar appointments, commute conditions, and much more! Moreover, it can integrate with all Google Assistant devices, like the Nest camera, so you can ask to see what’s going on at the front door. On the back, there’s a full-sized USB port that allows you to charge your smartphone – without the need to rely on adding another power adapter.

Launching in the spring time frame with a price point of $80, the Lenovo Smart Clock is certainly yet another intriguing smart connected home device that seems like a natural fit for the bedroom. For once, we have something that’s practical enough to bring back the alarm clock into the bedroom – rather than just simply relying on our smartphones.

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11 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

"killed off the bedroom alarm clock" I doubt this sincerely. Given the number of alarm clocks still on sale and the fact that I don't know anyone without an alarm clock, I doubt the smartphone killed off the bedroom alarm. Hell, I use my smartphone as an alarm clock so my lights and coffee maker all turn on in the morning and I still use an old fashioned alarm clock as a final wake up call.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The thing is why would you buy an alarm clock over something like this, especially when this can play movies and videos, walk through a recipe, set calander events, alarms, timers, broad cast messages, talk to friends and family using nothing but your voice. Alarm clock you have to physically touch it to do anything. Plus you can also use the 10's of thousands of Google Assistant apps now. It's starting at $80, if a sale goes on and you can get it for $50 or less, then why not. Btw bestbuy had an Alarm clock from insignia with Google Assistant. It was on sale for $30. So why buy an old alarm clock again? It's not worth it. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-voice-smart-bluetooth-speaker-and-alarm-clock-with-google-assistant-black/5865801.p?skuId=5865801&intl=nosplash

9. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I am not saying this thing is worse or better than an alarm clock. The writer claimed smartphones killed off the bedroom alarm clock, which it didn't. I don't know if this one is better than my alarm clock, depends on how loud it can get. But also the alarm clock is on the other end of the room, so I have to get out to mute it. I rather have this thing next to my bed on a nightstand.

10. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It doesn't matter where this thing is placed, and it doesn't have to be right by your bed. Just use your voice. You can't get any easier than this. If there are some good sales for these devices, then the alarm clock is dead.

11. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Btw show me an existing alarm clock that can also charge you devices.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3788; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looking forward to this one. Hopefully the sound quality is above the mini I have in the bedroom currently. Really happy with the Lenovo smart display in the kitchen (even with its abhorent lack of water resistance - because you never know when you need to use your smart display as a thermometer for your grandma's recipe for pasta sauce...)

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6389; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

If this thing has a battery back up for sudden power outages I'd be down for one of these. Haven't used an actual alarm clock since I got my android.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2147; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Who has sudden power outages these days LOL!

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3081; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Natural disaster do happen.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6389; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I had 2 last year while construction in the area was being done.

6. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Can you have the radio wake you up in the morning but start on a low volume & slowly increase till a desired lever? I cannot test as cannot wake up to radio in UK.

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