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Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod
alaScore 99

192 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Apple HomePod. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple HomePod is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 192 reviews)

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Expert review by : Evan Kypreos (

Apple HomePod


Apple's HomePod is the best-sounding smart speaker around. It's a shame that Siri and tied down software make it a frustrating buy.

Stunning sound quality ; Clever spatial awareness ; Handsome looks

Siri isn't that smart ; Frustrating software ; Restricted to Apple users

The HomePod sounds so good that I can forgive its price tag, but there are currently too many usability issues to rate it as a great smart speaker.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple HomePod review


New skills mean not only is the Apple HomePod the best-sounding smart speaker we've heard, it's now much smarter as well.

Compact, solid and stylish ; Automatically gets the best out of its position and your music ; Siri and Apple Music works well ; Weighty, authoritative sound

Over-reliance on voice control ; Mid-range a little muddled ; Too Apple-centric

The best-sounding, most music-oriented smart speaker currently available

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (

Apple HomePod review: fantastic audio, cool looks, bit of a dimwit


Apple's Siri-powered speaker is an impressive technical achievement and sounds the business, but Alexa is not exactly going to be quivering in her boots

Sounds excellent ; Siri commands seem to work well ; Small and smart

Limited use for those not fully immersed in Apple's universe ; Siri doesn't match Google Assistant or Alexa for versatility ; Multi-room via your laptop only, as AirPlay 2 mystifyingly not included at launch

Feb, 2018

Expert review by (

Apple HomePod review


UPDATED: iOS 11.4 gives Siri's speaker extra smarts, with support for stereo pairing and multi-room support audio

Incredible sound quality for its size ; Homely, minimalist design ; Siri has impressive music smarts ; Works well as a HomeKit hub ; Automatically adjusts sound to suit any room

Voice control only works with Apple Music ; No stereo pairing or multi-room support until 'later this year' ; Can't yet recognise different voices ; Beats 1 is the only radio station you can directly stream ; Alexa and Google Assistant are still better...

The best musical smart speaker you can buy, but only if you’re an Apple Music fan and iPhone devotee

May, 2018

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough


For now, it's just a speaker that sounds great, that isn't very smart.

Sounds great ; Hardware design ; HomeKit support

No radio ; Made a mark on our worktop ; No multi-room support ; No multi-timer support ; Only works with Apple Music ; Siri sounds horrid

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (

Apple HomePod review


Superb sound, so-so smart speaker

Amazing sound quality ; Siri voice accuracy is high ; Attractive, understated design

Siri is limited ; No Bluetooth streaming ; Apple Music subscription needed for a worthwhile experience

With the HomePod, we're really reviewing two things at once: a premium speaker and a smart home hub. In the former category, the HomePod is excellent, with amazing sound and incredibly intuitive set-up. But in the latter Siri is only middling in its...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Megan Wollerton (

Apple HomePod sounds superb within Apple’s walled garden


The HomePod delivers amazing audio quality, but this pricey speaker is an iOS-only device that effectively requires an Apple Music subscription.

Apple's $349 HomePod has excellent bass and consistently superior sound quality across a wide variety of music genres. The speaker is easy to set up and Siri can hear you from across a room.

You’re stuck with Apple-only audio services when using voice commands and the HomePod only works on iOS. Siri and HomeKit lack the polish and device compatibility of Alexa and Google Assistant.

Apple's HomePod doesn't match the features offered on Alexa and Google Assistant speakers. But if you’re an iPhone user who prizes sound quality above all, you should seriously consider this speaker.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (

Apple HomePod Mini price and release date rumours: Will there be an upgraded HomePod by the end of the year?


Is it already time for a new HomePod?

Stay tuned to this page for all the latest news and rumours surrounding Apple’s upcoming HomePod Mini.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (

Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod: Which smart speaker is best?


The battle of the smart speakers is afoot: will Google Home, Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod be crowned victorious?

But in the end, the smart speaker that's best for you largely boils down to personal preference and which service or services you’re already paying for. All things being equal, Google Home just edges it but, for most people, the smart speaker to buy...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Rob Leane (

Apple HomePod review: Now with stereo and multi-room audio


The Apple HomePod is a beautifully designed, amazing-sounding speaker – and it has a couple of new features

Sounds amazing wherever you put it ; Simple setup ; Seamless integration with Apple Music

No voice-driven radio playback ; Siri isn't the best digital assistant ; Voice playback limited to Apple Music

However, if you view the HomePod as simply a very good speaker with Siri bolted on, you’ll come to the conclusion that it’s a very good product indeed. Just don’t expect to be able to order the weekly shop on it.

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications


Colour of product:Black / Grey / White
Control type:Touch
Volume Control:Touch


Compatible products:iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac


Number of drivers:6
Number of Speakers:1
Recommended usage:Home
Speaker placement:Ceiling-mountable, Floor, Tabletop/bookshelf, Wall-mountable
Speaker Type:Full range

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90
Operating temperature (cooling) (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45

Packaging Content

Quick start guide:Y


Audio formats supported:AAC,AIFF,FLAC,HE-AAC,MP3,WAV
Built-In Microphone:Y
Energy Star certified:Y
Recommended usage:Universal
Volume Control:Touch

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth version:5.0
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Microphone in:Y
Speaker interface type:Bluetooth
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth / Wi-Fi


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power source type:AC

Technical Details

Compatibility:iPhone X\niPhone 8 Plus\niPhone 8\niPhone 7 Plus\niPhone 7\niPhone 6s Plus\niPhone 6s\niPhone 6 Plus\niPhone 6\niPhone SE\niPhone 5s\niPad Pro\niPad (5th generation)\niPad Air 2\niPad Air\niPad mini 4\niPad mini 3\niPad mini 2\niPod touch (6th generation)

Weight & Dimensions

Height :172