Three Things to Look for in a Smart Display Device

Intelligent sound and vision in one connected device.

Black and silver laptop computer with smart display device.
Here’s an extra smart screen to add to your collection of tech.Gabriel Benois, Unsplash

Smart displays allow you to get the most out of your home assistant. Now as well as asking it to stream music or give you information, with a visual display you can keep a check on security cameras around your property, as well as watch TV shows, follow step by step recipes and even make video calls.

Echo Show 5 -- Smart display with Alexa – stay connected with video calling - Charcoal

Adding In Visuals

Compact footprint yet full of functionality, this works like your favorite speaker but adds in imagery and offers external communication options too.Amazon

If you already use a home assistant, and you’re happy with the setup, it makes sense to find a smart display that will work with the system you know. That means you don’t have to learn any more new commands and once your new device is connected to the app, all your streaming services and existing settings will work with your new gadget.

Facebook Portal Plus Smart Video Calling 15.6” Touch Display with Alexa Black

All About Communication

A clever camera that follows you around the room makes this display ideal for those who prioritise calls, but it’s still home assistant enabled, offering all the functionality that brings too.Facebook

If you’re open minded about the system that you want to use, choose your smart device according to what you intend to use it for. For example, some are designed primarily with video calling in mind. They incorporate technologies such as smart cameras, which automatically keep you in shot as you move around the room, or widen as more people enter the shot.

Echo Show -- Premium 10.1” HD smart display with Alexa – stay connected with video calling - Charcoal

Designed for Entertainment

High end audio and a large screen make this a connected entertainment hub that also offers external communication and all the benefits of a home assistant.Amazon

Once you’ve decided on the type of device you want to go for, it’s time to think about what size screen you want. This might be dictated by where you want to use it, but also by what you want to use it for. If it’s going to, for example, sit on the nightstand, you want to look for something that has a smaller footprint. But if you’re going to want to use it to watch TV shows or movies, look for a larger screen.