The smart clock I didn’t know I needed so much is on sale this Black Friday weekend

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What time is it? It’s time to have a smart clock


If you’re anything like me, smartphones are used to replacing all kinds of other technology in your life: cameras, calculators, remotes – there really is an app for everything. For years I have used my phone as an alarm clock, and it was a perfectly acceptable solution. A few weeks ago, I learned a lot about the Lenovo Smart Clock and quickly bought one – and let me tell you, this thing quickly won me over. Now, with Black Friday shopping right on our doorstep, you have a great opportunity to pick up a smart clock for just $ 35.


I’ll be the first to admit that this class of products was a hard sell for me at first. I like the smart speaker assistant, and while I find the Nest Hubs really useful, I already find myself wishing that Google hadn’t shortened their interface so much. If even a Nest Hub needs to do more, why look at an even more chained smart clock?

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Because as mundane as it is, sometimes less is really more, and with what it offers, the Lenovo Smart Clock fits my bedside table perfectly. Here I don’t need to get distracted by local news highlights, or really videos of any kind, and this gadget is happy to respond. The small 4-inch touchscreen gives me just enough information and interactions to be useful without distracting. With a simple gesture, I can control the bedroom lights, set a new alarm, or adjust my settings to an existing setting.


It seems a little so obvious it’s almost stupid to say, but I missed having a clock next to my bed. I don’t think it was ever a conscious decision to get rid of it, but with phones doing so much and wanting to keep them close at hand, a simple clock seemed superfluous. I’m happy to welcome one again, as I greatly enjoy turning around and seeing the time right there, rather than blindly searching for a phone in the dark (or having a much too late conversation with the ‘assistant).


There are a few small complaints that I have had over the past few weeks using the Lenovo Smart Clock. As we noted during the review, the speaker isn’t the best, so I always keep a Nest Mini in the same room for music. I’m also a little concerned that the touchscreen interface makes snoozing or turning off the alarm a little too easy. Granted, there were times I enjoyed how effortless the repeating tapping can be, but I also definitely turned the alarm off a few times by accident when I just wanted to snooze.


I managed to get lucky and grab my Lenovo Smart Clock for a great deal when Walmart dumped inventory earlier this fall, but now that I’m a convert I have no problem recommending it, even at the price you can pick it up this Black Friday weekend, just $ 35. Back when it was $ 80, we hesitated over the price, but it’s just impossible to disagree on that level. And if you’re looking for a little extra functionality, you can take the second generation smart clock with its wireless docking station for only $ 70.

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