Google Home

All the same pros and cons of Alexa.

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It might cost $50 more, but Google’s Home def­i­nitely has a more ma­ture feel to the setup soft­ware than the Echo. The voice recog­ni­tion also ap­pears to work much bet­ter than the Echo, only oc­ca­sion­ally creep­ing us out by sud­denly ac­ti­vat­ing Spo­tify when I was mid­con­ver­sa­tion with a friend. This is likely be­cause Google has had more time to de­velop recog­ni­tion of the Aus­tralian ac­cent than Ama­zon.

One huge ben­e­fit that Home has over Alexa is that it’s com­pat­i­ble with Google’s Chrome­cast so­lu­tion, which is built into most modern smart TVs, or can be bought for about $40. This makes it much eas­ier to setup to con­trol your HTPC or TV, but again we did find it a lit­tle picky about scrolling through lists of shows and videos. It’s def­i­nitely not as finicky as the Echo though, and I found that I ac­tu­ally used it a lot more on my beau­ti­ful Sony A8V TV, which al­ready has a built-in Chrome­cast. The Home was sim­ply nicer to use.

Like the Echo, this is also a speaker, so you can use it to help boost your TV’s sound sys­tem, or play stand­alone Spo­tify tunes. It also con­trols ev­ery other Smart de­vice in your house, and the Google ecosys­tem ap­pears to be much larger than Ama­zon’s.

In sum­mary, com­pared to the com­plex­i­ties of the Echo, we found the Home to be a re­fresh­ing change, be­ing both easy to setup and use. And there’s noth­ing more im­pres­sive to your low-tech friends when you’re con­trol­ling your home theatre sim­ply by speak­ing at it, then, per­haps, adding their voice and let­ting them en­joy it for them­selves.

CON­TROL­LING YOUR HTPC WITH AN AI SMART AS­SIS­TANT SPECS: Chrome­cast sup­port; Aus­tralian ac­cent voice recog­ni­tion; Wi-Fi con­nected.

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