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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

Google Home is a great way to show off just how smart Google is, but it doesn't feel like an essential experience yet. That's mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smarthome devices -- but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services.

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Pros
  • Tasteful design
  • Access to Google's massive knowledge graph
  • Google Assistant is conversational and context aware
  • Chromecast integration has the potential to be a killer feature
Cons
  • Speaker quality is only so-so for music
  • Limited third-party app support compared to Amazon
  • A handful of expected features aren't available at launch

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Critic Reviews 10

90
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 2
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Wireless speakers
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WiFi
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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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79
 

User Reviews

90
Rob
I picked this up to put in the bedroom to have as a picture frame, casting device...read more
90
azb_
As a user of the home in a mainly non-smart house, it's initial lack of support...read more
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