There are two mics onboard to hear you yell at Google Assistant from across the room, and the 1.5-inch 3 watt speaker should be enough for your alarms, podcasts or news updates (though don’t expect fantastic audio quality). The Essential looks mostly the same as its more-expensive stablemate, but it’s slightly bigger at 121 x 64 x 83mm compared to the Smart Clock’s 113 x 80 x 79mm.
The overall idea here is very similar to Amazon’s Echo Dot with LED, except there’s a real display on Lenovo’s device. That means you get touch controls on the Essential, and can even stream from your security cameras on it. While the Echo Dot with LED comes in at $60, the Smart Clock Essential will cost $50 when it goes on sale this holiday season.