We met up with Lenovo during CES 2017 to check out several of its new products. One of the highlights is the Lenovo Smart Assistant, the company’s new smart speaker that employs Amazon Alexa. Yep, it’s basically an Amazon Echo competitor.
Lenovo will sell two models and various colors of the Smart Assistant. I gravitated toward the black edition, which sports Harman Kardon speakers. It costs $180, about the same price as the full-sized Amazon Echo, but I think most folks will appreciate the higher-end speakers.
During a quick listening test, I actually found the basic $129 Lenovo Smart Assistant sounded really decent, enough to fill a small room with audio. Also, while Lenovo is still tweaking the software, it accurately answered my request for Alexa. There are 8 microphones on board compared to the Echo’s 7 microphones, which means it should technically hear you better. No more yelling across the room for Alexa.
I really dig the design of the Lenovo Smart Assistant, too. There’s something warmer about it when compared to the Echo, perhaps its the nice mesh cover, or the color-changing light ring up top (the Echo’s is only blue.) Take a closer took at the Lenovo Smart Assistant in the gallery above.