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Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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It's no secret that the HomePod was designed to be a speaker first and an assistant second. What's really surprising was how much better the HomePod performs as the former. With an omnidirectional array of tweeters, one big woofer and an A8 chipset to manage everything, the HomePod pumps out bright, balanced sound that outshines the competition. Unfortunately, you have to be deeply invested in Apple's ecosystem to really use a HomePod at all. And Siri isn't nearly as capable as Google Assistant or Alexa in some crucial ways, leaving the HomePod feeling like a work-in-progress.

Pros
  • Seriously excellent sound
  • Siri responds quickly to commands
  • Subtle design
  • AirPlay streaming works well
Cons
  • Siri is limited compared to its rivals
  • Can't identify multiple users
  • No Bluetooth streaming or audio inputs
  • Limited third-party support (for now)
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Audio quality

96
 

Design and form factor

62
 

Durability

37
 

Portability

30
 

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84
 

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80
 

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97
 
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97
 
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