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Lenovo Smart 8" Display with Google Assistant + 2 Year Guarantee for £57.99 delivered @ Argos / eBay

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Posted 7th Feb

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Description:

Choose to stand the 8-inch display horizontally or vertically, the wedge-shaped back accommodates both. It's both touch-screen and voice controlled, so with a 'Hey Google' you can ask it to do things like video call friends, check your calendar, set reminders, play music, control smart home appliances and ask for recipes, which are then transformed into step by step instructions, so you can follow the recipe
in real time. If you want to watch apps like Netflix, you can cast it to the Lenovo Smart Speaker, providing your phone has a cast feature. You can also ask to watch a channel, and if you're a YouTube subscriber it'll pull it live right from there. Plus, it comes with a True Block Privacy Shutter to cover your camera lens and a microphone mute button to help safeguard your privacy.

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Features:

  • Get all the answers - find the quickest route, check the weather, or listen to the news without pressing a thing
  • Catch up with your family and friends over a video chat or phone call - using just your voice
  • Play your favorite music, watch celebrity chefs on YouTube, or relive magical moments through Google Photos - simply by asking
  • 2 speakers
  • Compatible with iPhone and Bluetooth compatible
  • 6 watts
  • 2 amplifier channels
  • Size H26.3, W14.2, D1.25cm
  • Mains operated
  • Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee
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I have one, it's very good but beware the "portrait" mode is misleading, it can only be used like this when using DUO, for all other times display is only in landscape.

Good deal but worth pointing out
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Nice find. Have the nest hub max myself, but if you want a cheaper alternative to give to a family member you call regularly, then this is it.
I bought a 10 inch version and must say i'm very happy with it. I actually use it now whereas I didn't really use the google home it replaced. bit of a bargain at the price offered for this 8" one.
What's this like compared to the nest hub
I have got two of these they are brilliant, I am using it for digital photo frame, youtube and music player. I am controlling all devices in the house like lights etc through Google home that is built in to these. It also supports video calls
I remember when I git this for £48 last year. If you wait, it will drop under £50 again I'm sure.
I have one of these and the 7" Google / nest version. Sound quality is much better on the Lenovo although it's sometimes not as responsive to commands as the Google one. HTH
Bought 3 of them from AO last year. Very happy with them. No problems streaming my Tapo cameras to them. Paid about £47 each for them.
I have one, it's very good but beware the "portrait" mode is misleading, it can only be used like this when using DUO, for all other times display is only in landscape.

Good deal but worth pointing out
I've got these, very good, got them from a deal last year, you can make calls on it, play YouTube, listen to music, add photos, ask questions, use it to cast, also as reminders, a great tool to have around the house.
Edited by: "WingyB" 7th Feb
Hi,is this as good as the echo 8? Or better?
Has anyone managed to get skype for business on this and use it as a deskphone?
jamesdew07/02/2020 10:53

Has anyone managed to get skype for business on this and use it as a …Has anyone managed to get skype for business on this and use it as a deskphone?


You can use Google Duo as the hub as a camera on it.
jamesdew07/02/2020 10:53

Has anyone managed to get skype for business on this and use it as a …Has anyone managed to get skype for business on this and use it as a deskphone?


You don't/can't "install" things on these smart appliances. If Skype (specifically) is important to you, then look to an Alexa device, as that is one of her tricks.

With Google Assistant devices you can call outbound to UK landlines and mobiles, and you can make and receive video calls with Google Duo (Google's skypealike), as illustrated in the first post.
These are great. Got 3 having paid £80 for the first and picking up 2 others for £50 on the AO deal last year. Well worth the price
tobybignell07/02/2020 08:45

What's this like compared to the nest hub


Odd looks apart, it is cheaper, has camera, has portrait-format Duo video calling, but may (still) have quirks that Google's own-brand devices don't. My personal feeling is that the product has not been the success Lenovo hoped for, and they have had a lot of stock to dump on the market - hence the phenomenal discount to Lenovo's idea of a sticker price.
wdh07/02/2020 11:11

You don't/can't "install" things on these smart appliances. If Skype …You don't/can't "install" things on these smart appliances. If Skype (specifically) is important to you, then look to an Alexa device, as that is one of her tricks. With Google Assistant devices you can call outbound to UK landlines and mobiles, and you can make and receive video calls with Google Duo (Google's skypealike), as illustrated in the first post.


I've just been trying to find a decent cheap standing speaker thing I can use for dedicated skype for business calls with my bluetooth headset. My fire tablet is ok but the bluetooth is abit flaky on it. If I could have a dedicated self standing thing that would run SFB all the time that would be great for work purposes.

Unless someone hacks this so it can run full android I guess that isnt an option here, ill keep looking.
jamesdew07/02/2020 11:21

.Unless someone hacks this so it can run full android I guess that isnt an ….Unless someone hacks this so it can run full android I guess that isnt an option here, ill keep looking.


These aren't Android devices, and have much less conventional compute resources (ram/rom/cpu) than an Android device. Think of it more as a Chromecast with screen, microphone(s) and lots of digital signal processing capability ...
SpeedyG07/02/2020 09:27

I remember when I git this for £48 last year. If you wait, it will drop …I remember when I git this for £48 last year. If you wait, it will drop under £50 again I'm sure.


It has been a year since was £48 and this is the cheaper since. May drop in price again, but I don't think will happen soon.
Very good deal but was posted before and the deal is still available. Perhaps a good reminder or for people who didn't spot the deal before. I voted hot before and vote hot now too. Next week I will finally set mine up, got 2 from AO ages ago.
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Edited by: "sheffield788" 7th Feb
No native Chromecast in Netflix, and unlike in the description; when I cast my screen, Netflix video is black, but audio streams fine.39859658-tsBQl.jpg
The little black square is what I see full screen and PIP. If you take a screenshot on your phone, you should be able to tell if this will happen to you.

Is there a workaround with the Netflix web app?

Yes, need a new dining table.

Let me explain what you are seeing:
I took a photo of the display, while streaming my phone, while playing a video in Picture in Picture mode. My camera app wouldn't go landscape, hence the central column which was my broadcasted phone screen. 3/4 of the way up, on the left hand side is where you might have expected a video of Bojack Horseman to be, but instead you get the sound and a black box. Fully screen is black but the controls display.
Edited by: "gaijintendo" 8th Feb
Can this stream nest hello doorbell video?
Screen size is good and the sound is really decent, but the colours are washed out and "yellower" compared to the Google Nest Mini.
Casper_107/02/2020 21:47

Can this stream nest hello doorbell video?


Yes, Nest works on this
would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too complicated ...looking for something to replace my mum's digital photo frame i had set up as a clock/day calendar. do you need more than an internet connection?
winalot07/02/2020 23:34

would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too …would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too complicated ...looking for something to replace my mum's digital photo frame i had set up as a clock/day calendar. do you need more than an internet connection?


Yes you need Internet connection, the fact that you can talk to this, via Google assistance, is simple and easy to use. So should be OK for elderly.
winalot07/02/2020 23:34

would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too …would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too complicated ...looking for something to replace my mum's digital photo frame i had set up as a clock/day calendar. do you need more than an internet connection?


I bought my mum, who's in her 80s, the little clock version from Lenovo for Christmas.

She already has it controlling her bedside light (Hive bulb), and plays different radio stations on it.

Having her own Google assistant has meant she now happily talks to my Hub, and she also now has a mini downstairs controlling the kitchen lights and providing radio!

As this is just a bigger version with the option of videos etc then I see no reason an elderly person couldn't get used to it.
I bought one. I honestly don't see the point in it. Why would I need to cast to it when I can cast to my TV? Why would I play Google music through it when I can play it on my smart TV? Why would I video call when I can just use my phone? Why would I even bother telling it to do things to other smart devices when I can walk to them?

I bought it out of genuine curiosity and haven't written it off yet, just wondering what I am actually meant to gain from it?!

BTW, I see where it is useful in the post above, but for most able bodied people with no dependants...what's the point?
Edited by: "ssouthall6" 8th Feb
ssouthall608/02/2020 00:08

I bought one. I honestly don't see the point in it. Why would I need to …I bought one. I honestly don't see the point in it. Why would I need to cast to it when I can cast to my TV? Why would I play Google music through it when I can play it on my smart TV? Why would I video call when I can just use my phone? Why would I even bother telling it to do things to other smart devices when I can walk to them? I bought it out of genuine curiosity and haven't written it off yet, just wondering what I am actually meant to gain from it?!BTW, I see where it is useful in the post above, but for most able bodied people with no dependants...what's the point?


And your point is.......?

If you're not sure, why purchase?
Edited by: "Marin" 8th Feb
Can you get these things to cycle through more than one camera feed?
winalot07/02/2020 23:34

would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too …would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too complicated ...looking for something to replace my mum's digital photo frame i had set up as a clock/day calendar. do you need more than an internet connection?


Yes, absolutely. I was thinking the same thing. As long as they can talk, they can use it.
Another very minor irritation compared with a Google Hub is that when you mute the mic, the icon is displayed all the time, especially irritating on YouTube videos. Google just has a little orange light showing it's muted.
Marin08/02/2020 00:46

And your point is.......?If you're not sure, why purchase?


As an experiment....it's £57 and could easily be resold if I can't find a use for it.

I'm just genuinely interested in seeing what people use it for.

As an interface for viewing my door station and cctv has been mentioned. That's a good point. I await more useful feedback....
ssouthall608/02/2020 09:56

As an experiment....it's £57 and could easily be resold if I can't find a …As an experiment....it's £57 and could easily be resold if I can't find a use for it.I'm just genuinely interested in seeing what people use it for.As an interface for viewing my door station and cctv has been mentioned. That's a good point. I await more useful feedback....


You could use it as a bedside alarm clock and digital photo frame. You can stream 1000s of radio stations from it as well. My dab radios are now in the loft.
I wouldn't put it in the living room though as my TV has chromecast attached.
wdh07/02/2020 11:21

Odd looks apart, it is cheaper, has camera, has portrait-format Duo video …Odd looks apart, it is cheaper, has camera, has portrait-format Duo video calling, but may (still) have quirks that Google's own-brand devices don't. My personal feeling is that the product has not been the success Lenovo hoped for, and they have had a lot of stock to dump on the market - hence the phenomenal discount to Lenovo's idea of a sticker price.


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ssouthall608/02/2020 00:08

I bought one. I honestly don't see the point in it. Why would I need to …I bought one. I honestly don't see the point in it. Why would I need to cast to it when I can cast to my TV? Why would I play Google music through it when I can play it on my smart TV? Why would I video call when I can just use my phone? Why would I even bother telling it to do things to other smart devices when I can walk to them? I bought it out of genuine curiosity and haven't written it off yet, just wondering what I am actually meant to gain from it?!BTW, I see where it is useful in the post above, but for most able bodied people with no dependants...what's the point?


It's a Google Hub in all but name (although it's running a different version of the software - more a skinned but locked 'Android Lite' apparently). So it has just as many uses as any Google Home device.... That's the point.

I have the Hub, 3 minis, various smart lights and plugs, plus a couple of smart double sockets. I can make sure lights and appliances are switched on and off from anywhere (useful if you leave the toaster plugged in when you go out for example). Also I can set schedules and make it look like I'm in when away.

The radio can be streamed from most stations, so no need for a radio any more.

Use it as a Bluetooth speaker for your phones mp3's?

YouTube... Useful for recipes etc in the kitchen.

Connect security WiFi Cabrera's to it for doorbell or general security.

Apparently the sound on this is better than the standard Google Hub, so maybe add a music player is even better.

The list goes on and expands as things are added to Google Home compatibility.
winalot07/02/2020 23:34

would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too …would this device be something an elderly person could use or is it too complicated ...looking for something to replace my mum's digital photo frame i had set up as a clock/day calendar. do you need more than an internet connection?


It should be useful and entertaining.
"Play BBC Radio 4"
It needs a WiFi connection to do anything at all AND to set up (both it and voicematch) and change settings you need the Google Home App on a recent-ish Android or iOS device.
It becomes more useful if it has a linked Google account, so that Contacts, Calendars and (Google Keep) lists can be used.
"Call Mary Smith at home" (Calls to UK mobiles and landlines are free!)
"Add an event to my Calendar" What's it called? "Doctors appointment" When is it? "Next Tuesday at 2 in the afternoon"
"Whats on my Calendar for tomorrow?"
"Add news about the cat to my tell-Mary list"
"Add eggs to my Grocery list"
Worth noting that you can call (many, most?) businesses without having them in your Contacts or needing Directory Enquiries "Call Specsavers in Canterbury"
The thing can receive calls only from Google Duo, so family might need to install that. (I believe Duo setup on an Assistant device wants (Needs?) a mobile number as the ID. User Interface quibble - while ringing with an incoming Duo call, the screen displays buttons labelled Accept and Reject. But no matter how much you shout at it to Accept, it doesn't. But "Hey Google, answer" works well though - it took a while to train my parent on that one!

You can't call 999 on it (I believe, haven't tried). BUT because you don't have to be holding the thing, near the thing or even able to see the thing, you CAN make calls for assistance from bed or (after a fall) from the floor, as long as you can call out to it.

Would the neighbours allow you to piggy-back off their WiFi, if only while it is tried out?
Didn't even think I needed one until 5 minutes ago, now I'm sold and have one arriving in 3 days
gaijintendo07/02/2020 21:21

No native Chromecast in Netflix, and ...when I cast my screen, Netflix …No native Chromecast in Netflix, and ...when I cast my screen, Netflix video is black...


Netflix have chosen to prevent such streaming - it isn't a bug. This is supposed to be "well known".
"Streaming Netflix" isn't a good reason to buy one any 'assistant' device (for now at least). Moan at Netflix!
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