Smart speakers are great and all, but anyone who wants the added functionality of having a touchscreen coupled with a voice assistant will find it best to invest in a smart display. As its name suggests, this type of device has a touchscreen that can be used for more than just controls, offering support for informational videos, video chats, entertainment, and more.
Whether you’re an Amazon Alexa enthusiast or a Google Assistant fan, there’s a smart display for you. We’ve rounded up here two of our favorite models, both of which are discounted on our favorite retailers as part of the Presidents Day sales. Jump on these smart home deals now and score as much as $100 off.
Amazon is one of the first to start the smart display craze with its Echo Show and Echo Spot devices. Its latest offering in the arena is the Echo Show 8, which is currently featured in our “best smart displays” list. It’s ideal for those who want a highly versatile smart display in their bedroom that respects privacy when necessary.
In terms of size, Amazon got it right with the Echo Show 8. It’s perfect to place just about anywhere. It doesn’t look dinky like the Echo Show 5 and doesn’t look massive when placed in tight confines. Its design also doesn’t diverge from the older versions, as it features an angled display anchored by a fabric-wrapped base. Apart from the volume controls and mute switch, this device also has a dedicated switch that can instantly cover the front-facing camera for much-needed privacy.
The Echo Show 8 doesn’t need a smartphone for setup; just connect it to your home network and input your Amazon account information. Once up and running, you can interact with Alexa and ask it to do things for you like answer questions, check the news, and play music. It can also be used to set up alarms and reminders as well as control your smart home ecosystem. The two built-in microphones do a great job of recognizing commands even in noisy condition. And with a touchscreen display in place, you can see menus clearly and get information with visuals to match.
Those who like great sound in a smart display will also find love with the Echo Show 8. It surprisingly delivers big, powerful audio that easily defeats its main competition. The bass perfectly lifts up the lows; you can even adjust it and the treble to achieve the perfect tone.
The Echo Show 8 might be the best for the bedroom, but it easily makes a great smart display for just about any location in your home. And at a sale price of $90, you’re definitely getting bang for your buck. You can even get it bundled with the Echo Show 5 for a package price of $155, saving you a cool $65.
If you use Google Assistant and want an excellent smart display to pair it with, the Lenovo Smart Display is a great pick. This model is a counter-friendly smart display that doesn’t really specialize in anything but does a solid job at pretty much everything. And since it’s controlled by Google Assistant, it has more video options than Alexa because of YouTube access.
In our review, we noted that this device flaunts the best design we’ve seen in a smart display. It looks like a minimalistic and streamlined tablet being propped up with a case. The 10-inch variant features a screen and a speaker side by side housed in a white border, complete with a bamboo-inspired texture on the back. It can also sit vertically or horizontally depending on your preference, a unique feature not commonly found in most smart displays. And just like the Echo Show 8, it comes with a camera shut-off option for privacy protection.
The Lenovo Smart Display can do all the things that a Google Home smart speaker can, including Voice Match, which can recognize voices for personalized responses. It is set up through the Google Home app, and once ready, you can start using voice commands to hook it up with other smart home devices. The touchscreen just makes the experience more convenient. If, for instance, you ask it for a recipe, you can also see instructions or watch a video of it being prepared, rather than having Google Assistant read to you. The screen can be customized with photos or stock displays which include analog and digital clock modes.
When it comes to audio performance, the Lenovo Smart Display is just OK. There’s nothing audiophiles will write home about, but its quality is good enough to fill a room during a party.
Backed by trustworthy names Lenovo and Google, you can never go wrong with this smart display. Don’t miss the chance to pick up the 10-inch model on Walmart now for only $150, or a nice $100 off from the usual $250 price tag.
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