Google Home Mini
The Google Home Mini is both affordable and capable -- for $49 it can pull up loads of information, control your music and videos and manage a wide variety of smarthome devices. Its tiny speaker sounds better than expected, though you probably won't want to play music on it. But it does a lot for the price and provides an easy and affordable way to get the Google Assistant into your house.
- Extremely affordable
- Does everything the bigger Google Home can do
- Manages many popular smarthome devices
- Speaker sounds pretty decent for its tiny size
- Microphones aren't very good for voice calling
- Doesn't have as much third-party support as Amazon's Alexa
- Somehow still doesn't support professional Google accounts
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- Critic Reviews (10)
- 79AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsGizmodo90It's Hard Not to Love the Google Home MiniFor the price of a decent dinner for two, the Google Home Mini is a conversation piece at worst. At best, it’s your new best friend.PC Mag70Google Home MiniThe Google Home Mini smart speaker takes on Amazon's Echo Dot with a cute, fabric-covered design and Google Assistant smarts, but its lack of an audio out is a major bummer.Ars Technica80Google Home Mini reviewâ€”A gateway drug for the GA cheap gateway product into Google's voice ecosystem is important to have, and the Mini serves that purpose perfectly. I'm not sure I would ever fill a house with Minis, though. It's called a "Mini" for a reason—this is the small one you're not meant to use for the full Google Home experience.Wired70REVIEW: GOOGLE HOME MINIA solid accessory, but not the centerpiece of your smarter home.CNET80Google Home Mini sounds great but lacks visionThe Google Home Mini is a great device, and a no-brainer for existing Google Home users -- but it isn't the Echo Dot-killer Google probably needs it to be.TechHive80Google Home Mini review: It doesnâ€™t outdo the DoThe Google Home Mini is a no-brainer for anyone who’s already enjoying a Google Home, but it’s not the right smart home controller for everyone.The Verge80GOOGLE HOME MINI REVIEW: CHASING DOTSThe Home Mini is best suited for those that live deep in Google’s ecosystem (and don’t have their work accounts tied to G Suite). It’s the best way to voice control Google Play Music, and Google’s wealth of internet knowledge provides more answers to queries than any other voice assistant.TechRadar80Google Home Mini reviewFor those looking to buy into Google’s smart home ecosystem, the Home Mini is the cheapest way of buying into the Assistant yet. While it is a good value for the price, its poor sound performance makes it a better desk buddy than a standalone speaker.9to5Google80Review: Google Home Mini at $49 joins the ChromecaIt’s a half-decent mini speaker, it’s cheap, and it does everything that last year’s $129 Google Home does. There’s just not much else to say.Digital Trends80GOOGLE HOME MINI REVIEWCompact, yet powerful, the Google Home Mini is the best-sounding miniature smart speaker yet.
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