Google Home Mini

Australian T3 - - SMART HOME SPEAKERS -


Aww, isn’t it cute? Google’s teensy lit­tle Home, pitched in both size and price to com­pete di­rectly with Ama­zon’s Echo Dot, one-ups its puck-shaped com­pe­ti­tion in the style stakes, and it’s got au­dio built in too. It’s like a tech­no­log­i­cally adept cloth peb­ble, with a string of four hid­den RGB lights in the top, hid­den touch but­tons on the edges of the cloth, and a phys­i­cal switch for de­ac­ti­vat­ing the mi­cro­phone ar­ray.

For its size, the Home Mini belts out some per­fectly rea­son­able and some­what sur­pris­ing tones with mus­cle, and voice recog­ni­tion is good. Like the larger Google Home, though, this is no re­place­ment for a more com­pe­tent speaker sys­tem, and there’s no au­dio out­put, ei­ther 3.5mm or Blue­tooth, so if you’re look­ing to con­nect a stereo to your net­work you’ll also need to in­vest in a Chrome­cast Au­dio. But as a first step into the world of Google As­sis­tant, or a sec­ond pair of ears for a new room, it’s per­fect.


Small it may be, but there’s noth­ing sub­tle about the Home Mini’s sound, and it’s an ab­so­lute bar­gain at the price.

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