Lenovo Brings Amazon Alexa to the New Smart Clock Essential
Over the last few years, Lenovo has done an admirable job when it comes to offering smart displays linked to Google Assistant at a low price. The trend continued in 2022 with the Lenovo Smart Clock 2, as this offered some redesign along with an optional dock that will also be a wireless charger for your phone. But the fact is that more options are always better, which is probably why Lenovo announced the Smart Clock Essential by Amazon Alexa.
Rather than being “limited” to using Google Assistant, this new version is powered by Alexa smarts, while at the same time maintaining the same brilliant design. As would be expected, the Smart Clock Essential has the same LED display, which will show the time and weather, as well as tell you if alarms are set.
In terms of design, Lenovo incorporates two different colors into the complex, offering either Misty Blue or Clay Red. The material itself is a soft cloth with a touch that looks great, no matter where you put it at home.
Under the LED display, Lenovo has introduced a 3W full-range speaker, which is great when you want to sit back and listen to some ports on Amazon Music. Plus, thanks to the power of Alexa, you can add the Smart Clock Essential to your existing speaker groups, filling every room in your home with music.
Lenovo did not stop there, as there is a new dock called the "Lenovo Ambient Light Dock". When attached, the dock illuminates and can cycle through eight different lighting modes. All you have to do is double-tap the top of the Smart Clock Essential, or you can simply ask Alexa to change lighting modes for you.
If you like the Smart Clock Essential but are worried about privacy, consider Lenovo too. The sleek display doesn’t have a built-in camera, and there’s a hardware-muted mural on the back if you want to turn off the microphones. And while you can still capture the wireless charging dock, there's a full - size USB-A port on the back so you can charge your phone (or anything else) while you are asleep.
Prices for the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential by Alexa Built-in start at $ 60 for just the clock itself. You will be able to purchase the wireless charging dock, along with ambient light docks when they are released later this year.
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