Best smart displays: Google Nest Hub Max, Amazon Echo Show, and more
If you want a single device to tell you the weather forecast, set your alarms, operate all your other compatible devices and do a lot more, then smart displays are worth a look. Basically it’s a smart speaker with a display, but that display makes it easier than ever to control your smart home, change playlists, and the list goes on.
While most smart displays run Google Assistant, Amazon was actually first to the game with its Alexa-powered Amazon Show. In 2019, the smart display race continues to heat up as tech giants like Google and Amazon are in the race to offer the best.
In this article, we will take a quick look at the best smart displays the tech world has to offer.
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Best smart displays of 2019:
- Google Nest Hub Max
- Google Nest Hub
- JBL Link View
- Lenovo Smart Display
- Amazon Echo Show
Google Nest Hub Max
The Google Nest Hub Max is basically the larger version of the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub). The smart display has the same basic design as its older and smaller sibling, but its screen is much larger at 10 inches, with a 1,280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The other big addition is the embedded Nest Cam camera on top of the display, with a 127-degree field-of-view and support for auto-framing technology to track movement. The biggest benefit is that you can chat with family and friends on video via Google Duo. The camera also supports a new feature called Face Match, which lets the Nest Hub Max match a user to their Google account via facial recognition.
The Google Nest Hub Max has two 38mm speakers and a 78mm subwoofer which should offer audio quality that’s in between the standard Google Home smart speaker and the larger Google Home Max. It also has two far-field microphones so Google Assistant can clearly hear your voice commands. Read more about the Google Nest Hub Max in our full review.
Google Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub)
Recently rebranded to the Google Nest Hub, Google’s first ever in-house smart display will feel familiar to you if you have tried other Google Home products.
This 7-inch and 1024 x 600 resolution display device, which comes in four colors, provides you with not only the weather report, but it also gives you a full, detailed forecast on how the temperature will be throughout the day. You can also sync in all your compatible devices with it to display your full routine for the day as soon as you say “Hey Google, good morning.” This makes it easily the best device for your bedroom. Of course that’s just scratching the surface at what a smart display can do.
Unlike the Nest Hub Max, one thing you won’t find is a camera, but this helps keep the pricing down. The Google Nest Hub is just $149, and you can read more about it in our detailed review here.
JBL Link View
If you want to enjoy an exceptional stereo sound accompanied by deep bass, then the JBL Link View is worth a look.
It comes with a built-in Chromecast support that helps you stream your favorite music and podcasts instantly. Additionally, this device has a 5MP front-facing camera along with Bluetooth support.
Have an interest in cooking? Good news! JBL Link View helps you in the kitchen too. Google guides you through the recipe step-by-step. Not only that, but it can also provide you with unit ingredient conversions like tbsp to ml and so much more.
Powered by Google Assistant and having an 8-inch screen, the JBL Link View is really the best sounding smart display. This device costs $249.95 and is a great venture for all music fans out there.
Lenovo Smart Display
When talking about the best smart displays, it would be unfair if we do not mention the Lenovo Smart Display. Lenovo’s device provides you with an incredible visual experience. It comes in 8-inch and 10-inch display sizes.
You can control a range of smart home products, check the weather forecast, set alarms, and search up recipes. It has powerful 10W speakers that make your experience worthwhile.
Lenovo also ensures your security as it comes with a privacy shutter along with a microphone mute button. If you want the world just to be a “Hey Google” away from you, then this is the device you should invest in which will cost you $129.99 to $179.99 depending on the display size you opt for. Of course with newer devices like the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, it’s perhaps a harder buy at that full price but we’re starting to see sales that bring it as low as $100.
Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen
Amazon also offers their 8-inch, 1280 x 800 HD-display device powered by Alexa. The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen houses great audio as well as a visual system. Besides helping you with forecast, recipes and streaming music, this device allows you to stock up on household essentials. As soon as you run out of any item, all you have to do is ask Alexa to order it.
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Echo Show also helps you to stream your favorite shows on Prime. It even comes with a 5MP camera to help you experience smooth video calling.
The device costs $229.99 and has an edge over Echo Spot which is simply just an alarm clock replacement.
Amazon Echo Show 5
Want something smaller than the standard Echo Show but with nearly all the same features? That’s where the Amazon Echo Show 5 comes in. Basically this is just a smaller Echo Show, trading in the 8-inch display for a 5.5-inch screen. Like the regular Show, it can help you with cooking, streaming, watching videos, weather and news, and of course shopping on Amazon. The speakers setup isn’t quite as good here, but that’s not surprising given its smaller size.
The best part of the Amazon Echo Show 5 is its extremely affordable price tag of just $89.99.
What’s the best smart display?
As you can see, the answer to that is a bit complicated. The best smart display is definitely the one that will cater to your demands. Each of the smart displays described above has its own specific qualities that make it phenomenal in its own way. Therefore, the choice you make should be based solely on what you want the device to offer you!
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