Lenovo Smart Display 7 Review

by birtanpublished on December 5, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the Lenovo smart display 7-inch we've reviewed their smart displays before which were considerably more expensive and also larger eight inch and ten inch versions so latest generation here a lot of improvements for mood continuum real quick shout out to our video sponsor lincoln and their IP buddy security camera the IP buddy security camera features motion tracking SD card storage and cloud storage 1080p video recording a Wi-Fi connection and you can use the link in the description to save 10% and get a free SD card now back to our video so what is this sort of thing

It's a home assistant and a display right that's what the name tells you oh this is a lot like the Google home products with a display built in you know the Google now they call them the nest hub that sort of thing so it does everything a Google assistant can do on your phone so you can say hey I won't say the word out loud goog LD what's the weather gonna be who's the president of Bolivia you know all the usual things you can ask it also handles home automation stuff so if you have smart lights Phillips hue or C by GE if you have a nest thermostat all of those

Sorts of things you can control with your voice on this really gonna new so it can do more than that cuz obviously you could just use your phone for that and first off you have a 7-inch touchscreen its IPS and it's 1024 by 600 resolution that might not sound that high but given how small the display is it actually works out fine and as wide viewing angles which you have on form IPS I think n it's a touchscreen so you can interact with touch the swipe through information too so if you use it in the kitchen then you can ask it for recipes for example you can play a

YouTube video you get the idea also it streams music so not only YouTube music but Spotify Pandora and these are it's pretty popularly used for these things speaking of that the speakers now are along the bottom edge where that mesh grille is which is a good idea before they hand them off to one side with the Lenovo smart displays which was kind of weird so now you have a more normal stereo separation kind of thing going on and it has a passive radiator to improve bass so the sound on this is pretty good actually especially for a 7-inch product this is not gonna beat out a 300-dollar

Speaker obviously but given the size of the device and probably correspondingly not a huge room you're gonna be putting it it's loud enough and full enough that it's very pleasant to watch if you listen to rather if you're playing videos playing music that sort of thing also one thing the competing Google 7-inch home nest product doesn't have is a camera this one has a camera uh-huh and it also has a privacy slider switch so if you're paranoid about it say you're using at the bedroom which is a good size for you can turn that camera off but what's it there for this is for

Google duo video chatting unlike the new nest hub max which is a big 10-inch product that costs two hundred and thirty dollars from Google it doesn't use the camera to recognize who's looking at it so if you have several family members that way I'll show you the right calendar for the right person that sort of thing that's not so you're gonna get here this is just for video chat and of course it has a microphone because primarily your best mode of interaction and this is gonna be using your voice telling it hey goog Ellie I don't want to set off while you're

Enjoying devices out there turn on the bedroom lights or something like that or play Spotify and play this tune on Spotify that sort of thing you need a microphone but there is also a microphone mute switch so if you are using it in the bedroom and you and your spouse or a loved one are getting jiggy with it you know you can have complete privacy just slide the switches and you're good doubtless because you might be using in the bedroom you can avail yourself of the photo frame feature and show the photos of your choice in your own album

Or you can have it show pretty stock photography or a fine art photos or there's a couple of different clock faces you can choose from it doesn't have an it does have an ambient light sensor that could set the brightness automatically for you I find it's a little bit twitchy like if your head moves and there's a lamp somewhere behind you and I wish they would make it a little bit less reactive and quick and it also has a temperature sensor so it can match the room lighting warm lighting at night for example it won't look like very blue white white on the

Display so that's good whether or not you're using the ambient light sensor well it knows Wednesday and when it's nighttime so it automatically adjusts for that and it goes into dark mode at night so if you are using it as a bedside clock I find it better than most any clock I've used these Lenovo smart displays and also there's smart alarm clock that I like a lot too because it really is just bright enough to see but it's not gonna keep you up at night when it comes to Google assistant based devices like this versus Alexa I think in part it's gonna

Really matter which ecosystem you prefer to be more tied into I'm already using Android phones a lot Google Assistant home automation products so for me that makes sense but for some of you who aren't fond of Alexa and Amazon products and shopping via Amazon perhaps even with your voice then Alexa products can make some sense to either way you're gonna give up that sense of privacy when it comes to either company so which one are you already giving more of your data to so why would you want one of these other than the privacy concerns around these sorts of things well one you know

They're kind of addictive once you get one you want one here and there and in different rooms between cuz you get used to controlling everything using your voice assuming you do have things like smart lights and a smart thermostat and all that sort of thing even robot vacuum cleaners you can control them so it's just handy to have it in any given room given the size of this one this one's kind of perfect for the bedroom it's great it's just big enough so say maybe you want to watch some YouTube videos or Netflix or whatever it is before you go to bed you can do that and have a nice

Looking display to do that with if you want to listen to music it's a great way to have music in any room streaming to the room if you're cooking and makes a lot of sense because you can bring up recipes cooking shows on YouTube for example or you can set a timer simply using your voice not your messy and gooey covered with flour hands that sort of thing and also you can get recipe cards that sort of thing get the idea and also in the warning is pretty handy too you can set up routines for waking up or going to bed so in the morning when you

Wake up you can just say good morning oh oh GE and it'll tell you what the weather forecast is what appointments you have coming out that day and what the news items are and you can get news sources on this too so you can find out the news of the day if that's not too depressing for you these days so that's the Lenovo smart display 7-inch nice low price before the 8 inch was $1.99 now this one's gonna go for around $99 this price is 129 B&H is the launch retailer and they're selling $4.99 I'm sure when other retailers get it for the holiday season

They'll probably matching that price as well so compared to Google's own seven-inch offering this one's a bit newer this one gets you a camera if you have a use for the duo video check the design of it is certainly nice no more faux bamboo look or anything like that you've got Blizzard white the back and you've got the nice kind of fabric gray mesh grille that lenovo does well it's a pleasing display the resolution is certainly sufficient looking it's bright it's colorful thanks they say for mobile attack from you should have subscribe to our YouTube

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