Smart Display Test

02/2020

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Our test winner is the SD-X701B smart display from Lenovo. The device is particularly convincing due to its good voice control and high microphone sensitivity. Our favourite with the test mark 9.1/10!

We tested 4 Smart Displays and paid special attention to speech recognition, handling, and the speaker.

Smart Displays help you to make your everyday life as enjoyable as possible. Whether you're in the kitchen and need a recipe suggestion or want to know what time the new movie is running in the cinema: Most of these questions can be answered in a few seconds with an acoustic or visual Smart Display.

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last modified: 28.02.2020, 14:01
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Our winner: Lenovo Smart Display SD-X701B Google Vocal Nest Hub Review Amazon Echo Show 5 Review Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)  Review

Lenovo Smart Display SD-X701B

Google Vocal Nest Hub

Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)

Test seal: Lenovo Smart Display SD-X701B, Rating 1.6
Test seal: Google Vocal Nest Hub, Rating 1.7
Test seal: Amazon Echo Show 5, Rating 2.1
Test seal: Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) , Rating 2.3
  • Voice control
  • Functional scope
  • General voice control
  • Compact
  • Sound quality
  • Compact
  • Sound quality
  • Voice control is often activated accidentally
  • No integrated camera
  • Voice control is often activated accidentally
  • Execution of commands
  • YouTube and Google can only be opened via the browser
  • Execution of commands
  • YouTube and Google can only be opened via the browser

The device has many functions and well-developed voice control.

Convinces with its compactness and good voice control.

Compact device with good sound quality, which is specialized in the services of Amazon.

Convinces with a rich and clear sound. The use is mainly optimized for the services of Amazon.

Voice control Google Assistant Google Assistant Alexa Alexa
Display size 10 inch 7 inch 5.5 inch 10.1 inch
Language recognition
Handling
Speaker
Range of functions
Scope of delivery Operating instructions, power supply unit, adapter Power supply unit, operating instructions Power supply unit, operating instructions Operating instructions, charging cable
Packaging Printed with images and information White, printed with information Printed with images and information Printed with images and information
Additional warranty 2 years from date of purchase 2 years 12 months 2 years
Quality impression Excellent Good Good Excellent
- - - -
Quality of instructions Good Good Good Excellent
Manual language EN GER, FR EN, GER, FR, IT, ES EN, GER, FR, IT, ES
Length of the power cable 150 cm 160 cm 150 cm 180 cm
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Width 31 cm 17.7 cm 14.8 cm 24.4 cm
Height 17.6 cm 11.5 cm 8.6 cm 18.1 cm
Depth 14.5 cm 6.5 cm 7.3 cm 10.2 cm
Weight 1,446 g 588 g 410 g 1,919 g
Charging method Power supply Power supply Power supply Power supply
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Camera resolution HD (1.280 x 800) 1024 × 600 HD (1.280 x 800) HD (1.280 x 800)
Video call resolution 720 p No information 720 p No information
Camera 5 MP wide-angle Yes Yes 5 MP
Microphone 2 x 2 dual microphone arrays 2 2 2
Number of speakers 1 1 1 2
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Tested products

1st place: Lenovo Smart Display SD-X701B

Test seal: Lenovo Smart Display SD-X701B, Rating good

The Smart Display SD-X701B from Lenovo makes a qualitatively well-processed impression. The setup is done with the "Google Home" app and is simple and uncomplicated. The content is easy to read from the screen. Video calls are also possible using "Google Duo". The microphone sensitivity is very high, commands are also recognized in a whisper or at longer distances to the device.

When choosing your words, you have to make sure that the commands are unique. Otherwise, misinterpretations can occur. If required, the display can also be operated via touch function. The speaker provides a good and clear sound. At maximum volume, however, the device reaches its limits and the noise is difficult to ignore.

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Google Vocal Nest Hub - thumbnail Test seal: Google Vocal Nest Hub, Rating good

2nd place: Google Vocal Nest Hub

The Vocal Nest Hub from Google can be set up easily and uncomplicated via the "Google Home" app. The device is very compact and ideal for transport, for example on business trips.

The voice control works well, the microphone sensitivity is very high and most of the commands, based on the functionality, are recognized and executed correctly. Misinterpretations can also occur. That's why it is important that you express yourself clearly.

As an alternative to voice control, you can also operate the device intuitively using the touch function. In order to use the Smart Display, there must be a power supply, which affects the flexibility of use.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 - thumbnail Test seal: Amazon Echo Show 5, Rating good

3rd place: Amazon Echo Show 5

The Echo Show 5 from Amazon makes a visually appealing impression. The device is particularly convincing because of its compactness. Contents can be read off the 5.5-inch screen and due to its small size, the device can be placed almost anywhere - provided that there is a power outlet nearby.

Voice control works best with Amazon's services. Services that are not from "Amazon" are often misinterpreted and the commands are often executed incorrectly or not at all. Even when searching for specific videos, repeated suggestions are made for videos that have little to do with the search query. The search engine of "Bing" is used here.

The quality of the loudspeaker is to be emphasized, which provides a clear, rich but very bass-heavy sound on all levels.

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Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)  - thumbnail Test seal: Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) , Rating good

4th place: Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)

The Echo Show (2nd Gen) from Amazon makes a high-quality impression. The content displayed is easy to read from the 10.1-inch display. In addition to voice control, the display can also be controlled via touch function. The operation is simple and intuitive. It is noticeable that the voice control harmonizes best with the services of Amazon.

Services that are not provided by Amazon are often misinterpreted and the commands are often executed incorrectly or not at all. Even when searching for certain videos, videos are repeatedly suggested that have little to do with the search query. The search engine of "Bing" is used here.

You can only access Google or YouTube directly from your browser. However, the Internet browser cannot be conveniently controlled with Alexa. The quality of the loudspeaker, which provides a clear, rich but very bass-heavy sound at all levels, should be emphasized.

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Lenovo - Smart Display SD-X701B

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  • Use the built-in privacy screen when not using the camera.
  • Get an overview of the commands to optimize voice commands.
  • Punctuation marks should be spoken relatively fluently without too long pauses. Otherwise, correct recognition will fail.
  • Try to speak as clearly as possible.
 

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Our test winner is the SD-X701B smart display from Lenovo. The device is particularly convincing due to its good voice control and high microphone sensitivity. Our favourite with the test mark 9.1/10!

We tested 4 Smart Displays and paid special attention to speech recognition, handling, and the speaker.

Smart Displays help you to make your everyday life as enjoyable as possible. Whether you're in the kitchen and need a recipe suggestion or want to know what time the new movie is running in the cinema: Most of these questions can be answered in a few seconds with an acoustic or visual Smart Display.

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