Sure the Smart Clock Essential can take voice commands and play music just as the Smart Clock can, but if you are going to have a smart speaker with a display on it, a more capable display is worth it.
Display it all
Small form, big info
The small 4-inch display is just the right size for a bedside table and actionable information on its touchscreen. When asking Google Assistant for your daily schedule, weather, or connected cameras, it is all there to see. Of course, there’s also playing music, alarms, and telling the time.