Looking for an easy way to video chat with friends and relatives? Obviously you can do that with your phone, tablet or laptop, but there’s something to be said for a dedicated device that sits on a table or countertop (as opposed to in your hand, which gets tiresome really quickly, or a makeshift stand). And when that device is this cheap? Pretty tempting.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, VIP Outlet via eBay has the refurbishedwhen you add it to your cart. It originally sold for $200; the best deal I’ve seen prior to this was $68.
According to the listing page, these refurbs are in Grade-A condition, meaning nearly good as new. The one big difference: You get a 90-day warranty instead of one year. I’m fine with that, given that there’s no battery or any other wear-affected hardware here.
True to its name, the Smart Display 8 sports an 8-inch touchscreen and built-in speakers and microphones. It operates much like any Google Home product: Just say, “Hey, Google,” or, “OK, Google,” and tell it what you’d like it to do. That could be anything from playing tunes to controlling a smart-home device to adding bananas to your shopping list. The presence of the screen adds all manner of video goodness to the mix: YouTube vids, photo slideshows and, of course, calls to loved ones. (One important consideration, though: It appears anyone you’re calling will need the app. From what I can tell, the Smart Display 8 doesn’t support Skype or any other third-party video-calling tool.)
I haven’t used this myself, so I’ll turn you over to Andrew Gebhart’s Lenovo Smart Display 10 review. (The 10-inch model is, I believe, identical to the 8-inch, save for the slightly smaller screen and speaker.) Verdict: “The Lenovo Smart Display is a great kitchen assistant with an elegant design and a high-resolution touchscreen. It multitasks well, responds quickly to both touch and voice commands and offers a rich, personalized home screen and a customizable ambient mode.”
But, now, instead of $200, it’s $55.
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