This little display is also quite beneficial when asking your Google Assistant questions or giving commands. While both the Smart Clock and Smart Clock Essential can respond to your voice, the former’s display can show additional information that expands on the audible response.
All of this isn’t to say that the Smart Clock Essential display is terrible. There’s something to be said for simplistic, and for some, it’s a preferred style. You still get info aside from just the time on the LED display, such as the current temperature, weather icon, day, microphone status, and alarm status. However, there are no color changes, no photos, no visual Google Assistant feedback aside from the four blinking dots telling you that the Google Assistant is thinking.