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85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

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.

Pros
  • Extremely affordable
  • Does everything the bigger Google Home can do
  • Manages many popular smarthome devices
  • Speaker sounds pretty decent for its tiny size
Cons
  • 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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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

58
 

Design and form factor

82
 

Durability

60
 

Portability

87
 
 
80
The Verge
The 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.
 
80
TechRadar
For 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.
 
70
Wired
A solid accessory, but not the centerpiece of your smarter home.
 
90
Gizmodo
For 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.
 
80
Ars Technica
A 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.
 
70
PC Mag
The 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.
 
80
TechHive
The 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.
 
80
CNET
The 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.
 
80
9to5Google
It’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.
 
80
Digital Trends
Compact, yet powerful, the Google Home Mini is the best-sounding miniature smart speaker yet.