Lenovo Smart Clock Review – Is it useful? {VLOG}

In today’s NJroute22.com VLOG – we check out some “technology,” called the Lenovo Smart Clock.

Lenovo Smart Clock Review – Is it useful? {VLOG}

Against our better judgment – we now have a “smart” device again. It’s the LENOVO SMART CLOCK.

We got it because it came “Free” with a tablet we needed. Scored a tremendous deal. So, what the heck, let us try it.

This little clock comes with Google Assistant built-in. People who have been religiously using these devices for years – have probably incorporated many features of them into their lives. We have not. We have purposely avoided things like this – as we know what happens, and it is a slippery slop.

  • You can ask the weather (useless).
  • Check your calendar (if you have one)
  • Find recipes (if you are a horrible cook)
  • Listen to music (we hate streaming services) – AND SO ON.

We found very few things that were (somewhat) useful.

  • Shopping lists. We found this helpful. By adding items to any of our android devices – it creates a centrally located list. Not bad at all.
  • Phone calls. Amazingly, this device can call anyone in your contacts. Could be helpful if you have “fallen, and I can’t get up!” (you can TEXT too)

That is about all we have found a use for at the moment.

It appears the services are entertaining for the most part. And other “IOT” (internet of things) devices like smart light bulbs, fitness watches, and more A connected digital assistant that talks to you.

We are not big fans of anything automated – because it is not worth the headache. We cannot remember a time where we said: “Damn, wish we had the home automation system” (i.e., we forgot to turn the air conditioner on.) You just learn to live with a few hiccups, discomforts, and imperfections – instead of being obsessed with being perfect and covering all your bases ALL OF THE TIME.

But most of the features they have – like checking stock prices, hearing fake news stories, or bad music, and useless movie times – feel weak and unnecessary to us. Almost all the other features can quickly be found using a browser, if necessary.

The obsessive nature of people constantly “CHECKING” things is a bit of a pandemic on its own. A first-world mental pandemic.

And having your smart display READ YOUR CHILD A STORY? Are you kidding me? If we must explain why…

While we will probably keep it for shits and giggles – life is better when it is a lot simpler.


We will stick to doing things the “old fashioned” way until we physically no longer can.

DO you have any incredibly useful things this wacky assistant can do?

About the author


NJroute22 (site admin) is an avid traveler along NJ Route 22 (and almost all of central New Jersey!) Family man, pet lover, and property owner who has a natural curiosity for everything around.