The speakers have a fabric speaker grille for a nice look, and the screen has half-inch bezels on the sides and roughly one-inch bezels on the top and bottom. You can use both to make calls via Google Duo or use the device to make regular phone calls, too. With Chromecast Built-in, you can even stay up-to-date on your favorite sports, teams, and games. The ambient display also leaves much to be desired. You can even use Google Assistant and to get status updates on your upcoming flights.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mashf from Terrible purchase It's a great speaker. It asked for an adjective, and we said chilly. This command displays a Wikipedia entry as illustrated above, through which the Link View can then go on to display full websites with a few link taps. Rated 4 out of 5 by Simbadagr8 from Very Good Product - Need update to multiroom audio I bought this a couple days ago and have been very impressed so far. Meanwhile, both the Amazon Echo Show 2018 and the Lenovo Smart Display are a fair bit larger at 10-inches. Call up YouTube videos to watch on-screen.
Subscriptions may be required to access certain content. Whether you're watching videos or searching the web, you can always swipe up for quick settings like volume control and brightness, or swipe right on the screen to go back to the previous page. Additionally, asking for directions to a nearby restaurant gave me a map view, traffic conditions, and even sent the same information over to my phone via Google Maps. I was happily surprised when I found out it used Chromecast and that I could watch videos casted from my phone and such, but it is very limited. It shows visual information after you ask a question, but your phone can do that with the same Google Assistant. I think my Sonos One speaker sounds maybe a little more well-rounded, but that's probably because it was specifically calibrated for the room.
So I wasn't sure if using Google Assistant with a touchscreen would make that much difference. And it really makes a difference with recipes. Good sound quality, good display and slimmer footprint than I expected which is great for my kitchen ledge. But with the addition of a screen, the information will also be displayed visually for things such as the weather, cooking recipes, driving directions and more. It would be nice to have more access to settings on the speaker without having to grab your phone and launch the Google Home app. It also has more finely tuned microphones for commanding it from afar and better speakers. Music Performance The Link View isn't the most powerful speaker for its size, but it makes a very strong showing among screen-equipped speakers like the Echo Show, , and Lenovo Smart Display.
One of the best bluetooth speakers I've ever owned. Bluetooth Audio Streaming: In addition to streaming music over your wireless network through Chromecast Built-In, the Link View also offers built-in Bluetooth 4. You can also use the screen to watch videos and make video calls. Delivery time for standard shipping to any of the 48 contiguous U. If you're choosing one of these products based on the screen quality, definitely go with the Smart Display over the Link View.
Please enter a valid email address. Both devices are designed to mimic the -- the first major smart speaker with a screen. The Smart Display also comes with a Routines feature, which sets off a series of actions with a trigger phrase. You can also listen to and watch YouTube Music with Google Assistant, or link your Deezer, Pandora, or Spotify accounts to enable them on the View or any other device. One of the unique things about the Lenovo Smart Display is that the product has excellent speakers inside of it. If you want a counter- or desk-friendly smart display that offers good audio and Google Assistant support, the Link View is currently the device to beat, and our Editors' Choice.
While Amazon might have been the first to come to market with a smart display -- the and the , respectively -- it's now no longer the only one. Bound into the Google ecosystem, it tries to funnel you towards services like YouTube Music as opposed to Spotify, and is bound tightly with Google News, Calendar and YouTube when catering to other requests too - though you can specify your default music service thankfully. You can then scroll through the choices with your voice or with a touch. Having a touchscreen also helped massively, as unlike the Home and Home Mini, you can backtrack at your own leisure — which is awesome for longer recipes that need just a little more attention to detail. The bass is crisp, the sound is crystal clear, and it gets plenty loud without suffering from distortion.
Even though Amazon was the first to come up with the smart display concept via the , it's Google that transformed it into a whole new consumer category. It doesn't offer any notable presence in the extreme highs or lows, but it's a solid sound that can easily fill a room; if you want more power or clarity, you'll need to look for a screen-less speaker. Google Assistant also enables smart home control, letting you adjust compatible lights, locks, and thermostats with your voice. Rated 4 out of 5 by mberry72 from Better than the Google Home Hub Bought the google Home Hub. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors. By buying this product you'll earn up to 250 Rewards points. Remember the Lenovo Smart Display we mentioned? These functional cookies are required to use the site and complete purchases.
One aspect of the design that really stood out to me is the size of the bezels around the display. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. Right now, you can also watch videos from streaming services such as , , , Google Play Movies as well as certain news videos on the Link View, but not yet. Another obvious use case would have been selfies, video gifs, and similar semi-gimmicky features. That's probably a good thing: Design-wise, the Link View leaves much to be desired. Sometimes with Google Home, something that should be simple — like a recipe for roasting asparagus — becomes an ordeal as the speaker reads through 12 steps to tell you to cook it for eight to 10 minutes.