Google Nest Mini
Google’s new Nest Mini smart speaker improves on its predecessor, the Google Home Mini, in a few ways. Audio quality and response times are better, and there is a wallmounting notch on the underside. A new presencedetection method that uses the speaker and microphone to determine your proximity to the Nest Mini triggers LED indicators that help you make better sense of the otherwise obscured volume controls. But the thing that puts the Nest Mini over the top is the machinelearning chip inside the tiny speaker that allows the Nest Mini to learn what commands you use most often, and it will begin to process those commands locally, rather than on Google’s servers. Anything that helps to keep control of your smart home inside your home is worthwhile, and the machinelearning chip puts the Google Nest Mini on par with the Amazon Echo Dot and its distinct audioinput jack.