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Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini
alaScore 96

803 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 803 reviews of Google Home Mini. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, 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 Google Home Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ced Yuen (trustedreviews.com)

Google Home Mini

 

Google Home Mini review: Finally, an affordable way to have Google all over your house. Watch out, Amazon Echo Dot.

Good looks ; Affordable

No 3.5mm or Bluetooth audio output ; No top touch controls besides volume

An affordable way to have Google everywhere, but it’s far less flexible than the Amazon Echo Dot.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Google Home Mini review

 

A smart wireless speaker on a budget...

Affordable Google Assistant ; Chromecast compatibility ; Fine sound for speech radio

Sound quality is average for music ; No aux or Bluetooth output ; Device support could be better

There’s room for improvement with all AI devices, but the Home Mini does what it sets out to do in fine style

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Cam Bunton, Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker

 

There's nothing especially remarkable about Google Home Mini, except perhaps one thing: it does everything the bigger one, but is much, much smaller.

Attractive design ; Google Assistant delivers good responses to questions ; Growing support for third-party devices

Fabric won't clean easily ; No audio output ; Sound quality isn't great (but then it's not designed as a speaker for music ; Really)

There's nothing especially remarkable about Google Home Mini, except perhaps one thing: it does everything the bigger Home product does, but is much, much smaller.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Google Home Mini review

 

This voice-controlled doughnut of power is a genuine Echo Dot rival

Fluffy, friendly design ; Sounds better than an Echo Dot ; Just as knowledgeable as bigger Home ; Strong smart home support ; Recognises the voices of up to six people and gives personalised replies ; Good value

Doesn't have a 3.5mm line-out or have Bluetooth out ; Touch buttons on the top have been disabled ; Still favours Google services over others ; Echo still more versatile for music and shopping

The friendliest and most knowledgeable mini smart speaker around, but the Echo Dot remains the better all-rounder

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Cameron Faulkner (techradar.com)

Google Home Mini review

 

Small on sound, big on value

Integrates with Google Cast ; Offers Bluetooth support ; IoT-friendly ; Incredible value

Sound performance is weak

The Home Mini is the cheapest way of buying into the Assistant yet for those looking to buy into Google’s smart home ecosystem. While it's a good value for the price, its poor sound performance makes it a better desk buddy than a standalone speaker....

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Google Home Mini vs Echo Dot: Which shrunken smart speaker is right for you?

 

Only have a limited budget to make your home smart? Then you'll want the best mini speaker on offer…

This is a shame, because in every other respect the Google Home Mini is the clear winner. Maybe next time Google will learn this lesson and put all the connectors in the right place. For now, it was the Echo Dot before, and it's even more so now the...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Google Home Mini review: Google's dinky smart speaker is now bilingualr

 

Google's compact smart speaker is getting even smarter

Affordable ; Stylish design with touch controls ; Integrated Google Assistant and speaker

No 3.5mm jack output

On its own, though, is it better than Echo Dot? The answer to that question is ultimately a no and that’s purely down to the ecosystem. Alexa as a system is not only more mature with more capabilities, but it also has wider support amongst third-party...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Ry Crist Andrew Gebhart (cnet.co.uk)

The Google Home Mini is a worthy competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot

 

It no longer matters which one came first. The Google Home Mini is ready to take its place alongside the Dot as one of the best affordable smart speakers out there.

The Google Home Mini puts all of the smarts of Google Assistant into a small and affordable package. The Mini sounds surprisingly good for its size and features a colorful design that can blend into your home's decor.

The Mini's touch controls aren't intuitive, it doesn't have a line-out jack like the Amazon Echo Dot, and the built-in Google Assistant still doesn't have quite as many features as the Dot's built-in assistant, Alexa.

The Google Home Mini stands tall as one of the best affordable smart speakers out there, along with the Amazon Echo Dot, but it doesn't do enough to supplant the Dot at the top of the list.

May, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Google Home Mini Review: Amazon Echo Dot rival?

 

We review Google's most compact and affordable smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, which offers full Google Assistant smarts on a limited budget.

Compact and subtle ; Impressive mics ; Smart app control

Music lacks oomph ; Alexa still better

Oct, 2017

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by : Marie Black (techadvisor.co.uk)

Google Home Mini

 

Echo might be better known, but Google Home is the better device. Now there's a mini version at an unbeatable price. We explain why this smart speaker should be top of your wish list in our Google Home Mini review.

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Carbon / Grey
Design:Other
Housing material:Fabric, Plastic, Silicone
LED indicators:Y
Volume Control:Touch

Loudspeakers

Driver diameter:4

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:MICRO-USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Audio formats supported:FLAC,HE-AAC,LC-AAC,LPCM,MP3,Vorbis,WAV
Built-In Microphone:Y
Hands-free mode:Y
Mobile operating systems supported:Android 4.4, Android 5.0, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, Android 7.1, iOS 10.0, iOS 11.0, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.3
Recommended usage:Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth version:4.1
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Cord Length:1.5
Frequency range:2.4 - 5
Interface:Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
USB charging port:Y
USB connector type:Micro-USB B

Power

DC input voltage:5
Input current:1.8
Power source type:DC

Technical Details

Housing colour:Grey
Wi-Fi:Y
Wireless Connection:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:98
Height :42
Weight:173
Width:98