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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

If you're looking for a voice-activated speaker and want excellent sound quality, the Google Home Max is the best option on the market. It's expensive, but you get a lot for your money. If you want great audio and don't want to mess around with more complicated speaker setups, the Home Max is a solid option.

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Simple setup
  • All the features of the Google Assistant
  • Tasteful design
  • 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth support for additional audio devices
Cons
  • Expensive, especially for a stereo pair
  • Somewhat limited streaming service selection (but at least it has Spotify)
  • Third-party support still trails Amazon's Alexa ecosystem
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Audio quality

87
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Durability

80
 

Portability

46
 

How It Stacks Up

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84
 

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80
 

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97
 
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