June 9, 2023
The 7 Best Smart Displays of 2023 – Smart Display Devices

<h2 class=”body-h2″>What to Consider</h2><p>While most smart devices have some degree of portability, smart displays are generally locked to a specific room, so the room you choose will largely inform which model you should invest in.</p><p>Here are a few ideas for deciding where to mount or place your smart display.</p><ul><li><strong>Bedroom:</strong> for tracking sleep, using as an alarm clock, or checking weather and calendar events<strong></strong></li><li><strong>Kitchen: </strong>for streaming music, displaying step-by-step recipes, or video calling</li><li><strong>Entryway: </strong>for controlling the thermostat or securing the house</li></ul><p>Another consideration is that while most smart displays run off your main power supply, some options are battery-powered, so you can move them around as needed.</p><h3 class=”body-h3″>Functionality</h3><p>Smart displays can connect to and control compatible smart devices such as <a href=”https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/a31228074/best-smart-lights/”>lightbulbs</a>, thermostat controls, <a href=”https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a27271615/best-doorbell-camera/”>video doorbells</a>, and many more. You’ll need to ensure your devices are compatible, but most smart displays we recommend feature Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa connectivity as the standard. </p><p>Many are also compatible with the Zigbee network, an alternative to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth geared for smart home tech. Some advanced smart displays even have features like gesture controls and cameras that track you as you move around the room so you aren’t rooted to the spot during video calls.</p><h3 class=”body-h3″>Screen</h3><p>You can’t have a smart display without a screen, and these come in various shapes and sizes. Most have a touchscreen, but you should ensure the interface is built to handle your commands (whether voice or touch) with minimal lag. </p><p>If you want to stream video, ensure your display has a capable resolution (at least HD, a.k.a. 720p) and a bright screen.</p><h3 class=”body-h3″>Privacy</h3><p>We can’t ignore one common concern regarding smart displays: privacy. With options that include camera tracking and microphones, you may be looking for a device that does the job without feeling so “Big Brother.” To that end, you may opt for one without a camera or one with a physical switch that covers the lens.</p><h2 class=”body-h2″>How We Selected</h2><p>We undertook thorough research when selecting the products in this feature, calling on our previous reporting on smart devices to ensure we only recommend brands we trust. We also delved into a range of review sites such as <em>Tom’s Guide</em>, <em>PCMagazine</em>, and <em>TechRadar </em>to corroborate our impressions<em></em>. We examined customer reviews to find the most user-friendly, capable, and helpful smart displays on the market.</p>” />

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