What is it?

A Google assistant smart device with display.

Until now digital assistants have responded to verbal commands with audio only. Lenovo is hoping that visual replies will take smart home systems through the ceiling.

Good Points?

An interesting shape draws eyes onto the Lenovo Smart Display with a thicker edge down one side of the gadget creating a stand that can be used in landscape or portrait orientations.

The old saying about seeing results rings true here as it adds a fundamental dimension that appeals to all but the visually impaired. Audio cooking instructions doesn't compare to actually seeing someone put all the ingredients together.

The Google assistant software is far superior to its competitors primarily due to the company's biggest asset: the search engine which returns information almost instantly. You can even ask contradictory questions in the same sentence and the assistant won't get confused.

Bad points?

Adding a touchscreen to a voice activated smart assistant all but turns the device into a no-portable tablet which defeats the purpose. The Google assistant software would be best served by being incorporated into essential and existing household hardware such as a TV.

Best for ...

Those who know seeing is believing when it comes to getting answers to the big questions like what else can I watch Shetland's Douglas Henshall in? And where exactly is Lybster? Doing them justice requires a displayed response.

Avoid if ...

You subscribe to the notion that digital assistants will soon replace real people and could go rogue like Proteus in the film Demon Seed.

Score: 7/10.

Lenovo Smart Display, £179 (argos.co.uk)