Hands on: Google Home Mini review

05 October, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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Also beneath the simple and consistent surface of the Google Home Max are two custom tweeters which are supposed to provide you with maximally clear and sharp high notes, with the package itself being extremely loud if necessary. You might not have been interested in smart speakers until now, but if you got one free with your new phone, you'd try it out, right? Google is indeed stepping up their game when it comes to smart speakers. The Home Mini aims to take on the Amazon Echo while the bigger variant aims to take on the likes of Sonos 3.

The original $129 Google Home combined Google Assistant smarts with a speaker system good enough to fill a room with sound. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything.

Alphabet, supported by its subsidiaries Google and Nest, is creating a network of hardware devices that link preferences in temperature, search and music in the home. Since it's focused on serious music heads, Google Home Max has a line-in port so you can plug in whatever you want. Just like many other premium offerings in this product segment, the Google Home Max can be used both vertically and horizontally, being suitable for quick repositionings depending on your needs.

The new Google Home Max arrives in December, and it costs $400. The speaker is covered nearly entirely in fabric dyed in chalk (light gray), coral (red), and charcoal (darker gray) colors.

When it comes to audio, the Google Home Mini boasts a 360 degree speaker which is tuned for voice rather than music.

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It's about a fifth of the size of the standard Google Home. It will be available in three color options - Choral, Chalk and Charcoal.

Google first introduced its Home speaker at last year's Google I/O conference.

The new, larger Home speaker is clearly meant to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing something for users who care more about sound.

The device costs $49, and is available on October 19 - you can pre-order it starting today.

In the USA the Max will cost $399.


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