The Smart Clock Essential does have a nifty feature that the Smart Clock doesn’t — a built-in nightlight. The LED ring that encircles the clock’s back is a dim, but bright enough for its function. Its brightness can help you navigate a dark room, but not so much that it’ll keep you awake at night.
Lenovo Smart Clock vs. Lenovo Smart Clock Essential: Which should you buy?
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These two clocks share a similar form factor, a lovely gray fabric covering the body of the clocks, and microphone mute switch. They both also have a USB-A port on the back to plug in your phone’s charging cable, but the part you most interact with — the screen — is very different. The small yet functional display offered on the Smart Clock gives you all that the Smart Clock Essential does, but with the option for more. You can see the responses from your Google Assistant, the ability to swipe to see more from your local weather, and the nice functionality of a connected digital photo frame.