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86
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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

Sony’s smart speaker sounds better than a lot of the competition, but gesture controls need some fine-tuning.

Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Reliable voice control
  • Clock interface
  • Works well with Chromecast devices
  • Removable cover for easy cleaning
Cons
  • Gesture control can be frustrating
  • Limited bass/low-end range
  • Google Assistant still has limitations
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Score Breakdown

 
58
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

70
 

Design and form factor

78
 

Durability

40
 

Portability

40
 
 
50
TechRadar
In isolation, the Sony LF-S50G is a very good smart speaker. It’s great at picking up voice commands, sounds good and features a handy LED clock. However, compared to the competition, the Sony is a poor value as other speakers in its price range outshine it. Your money should be spent elsewhere.
 
60
What Hi-Fi
Sonos One currently sets the bar at this level, and the LF-S50G struggles to match it.
 
60
Wired
For $200, this is a decent pick that's mostly worth its price, but it's up against better competition that you should probably scope out before settling.
 
60
PC World Australia
If the built-in clock interface, the IPX3-rating and the gesture commands strike a chord, this might be a smart speaker worth a serious look. However, if you want the best possible sound for your smart speaker setup, it may well be worth waiting for better options.