Lenovo Smart Clock and Amazon Echo Show 5 Overview

Vying for a place beside your bed at night is the Lenovo Smart Clock, a small and unassuming device designed specifically for the bedside table. One of the benefits of this smart clock over others is that it is actually missing a feature commonly found elsewhere; this smart clock has no camera in it. In fact, it has a mute button for the microphone to allow for more privacy control.

Lenovo Smart Clock

The Lenovo Smart Clock can also make your nightly and morning routines more automated and relaxing. With Google Assistant, it allows you to manage your smart home by connecting to over 10,000 Google Assistant compatible devices. It also comes with two customizable features called Good Morning Routine and Good Night Routine. Set these to perform exactly what they say; a routine in the morning and a routine at night. Have the Lenovo dim the lights, lock the front door, and play relaxing music to fall asleep to. In the morning, you can be woken up by its gently brightening screen and listen to local news as the Lenovo Smart Clock turns on your espresso machine.

Lenovo Smart Clock with the Google Assistant works easily with over 10,000 smart home devices, across more than 1,000 different brands. Switch the porch lights off, turn on the espresso machine, or control any product featuring a ‘works with the Google Assistant’ badge—from the comfort of your bed, with just your voice.

This smart clock has a 4” touch screen with a fabric soft-touch cover and it comes with a USB port on the back to charge your phone. Available at lenovo.com for $119.99

Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon's impressive equivalent, sharing many of the same standard features as the Lenovo Smart Clock, is the Amazon Echo Show 5. The Show 5 is a smaller version of the second-generation Echo Show, but looks cozy enough to replace Amazon's smart alarm clock, the Echo Spot, on your night stand. Just like Lenovo, it connects with compatible smart home devices, enacts voice commands, and allows you to update your schedule, to-do lists, and many other useful functions and features.

One of the main differences, aside from the smart display being 5.5” and the back of the device having a micro USB, is that the Show 5 has a camera. This allows you to make video calls to either other Echo devices with a screen, through the Alexa app, or through Skype. To still provide the user with privacy options, there is a button to turn off the microphone and camera electronically, as well as a built-in cover that will slide over the lens of the camera. Amazon also states that your voice will not be sent to the cloud until after you have said the wake word, Alexa. Check any voice commands directly from your Amazon account in the privacy settings.

The Show 5 allows you to choose the clock face, or to use your own images on the display. It also has the Alexa Skill Blueprints, letting you personalize Alexa skills and responses either through pre-programmed blueprints or easy-to-use templates to create your own. Have Alexa remind you whose turn it is to take out the recycling, and be reminded how many days left until your birthday; the possibilities are endless. Customize your Show 5 to fit your exact needs.

The Amazon Echo Show 5 is available on Amazon for $89.99.

Anila Schneider is a deal news and tech editor with passwird.com and a Canadian blogger charting her path to financial independence at bcwildfire.com