The Google Home Mini is a compact, small sized puck-shaped smart speaker with surprisingly big sound. It is the cheapest and more compact than its siblings in the Google Home lineup.... Find out more below on why it's the hottest buy of the month
If you're just starting on your smart home adventure and looking for a smart speaker that won't clutter up your desk, the Google Home Mini could be a great option. Also, for homeowners who already have a range of compatible smart home devices at home and would just need an all-in-one hub to control them, Google Home Mini is the most affordable gadget to do so! Read on to find out why Google Home Mini is the most affordable smart home gadget for average users in Singapore.
Google Home Mini , $56.99
The Google Home Mini is a Wi-Fi speaker that doubles up as a smart home control hub and a personal assistant for the entire family. You can use it to play entertainment throughout your home, effortlessly manage everyday tasks, create reminders and ask Google things you want to know.
The Google Home Mini is the entry point to Google's smart speaker lineup. At the top of Home Mini, there is a row of 4 LEDs which will light up when you speak to it or adjust the volume.
Google Home Mini offer the same capabilities as the Google Home but in a smaller build. Both have different speaker specifications and technical specifications, but you can use any of them for music and video playback, smart home control, and usual voice command queries. However, Google Home offers much better sound quality than Home Mini. Google Home Mini is considerable softer at full volume than Google Home but still loud enough for an average user.
With that said, it is still a great thing to have around the house for this price. Google Home Mini is great for giving access to a world of information through Google Assistant, while playing music and controlling the odd smart home device.
Google Home , $140.99
Google Home is the most popular Wi-Fi speaker that doubles up as a smart home control hub and a personal assistant for the entire family. You can use it to play entertainment throughout your home, effortlessly manage everyday tasks, create reminders and ask Google things you want to know.
Google Home is a speaker that can playback songs and allow Google Assistant to talk to you. At the top of google home, there is a capacitive touch display with four LEDs. This display allows users to interact with Home, trigger Assistant, adjust volume etc. It has dual microphones to listen for your voice, and there is a single mute button on the shell to turn the microphones off. Not to worry about noise pollution, Google Home can filter and separate speech from noise and the speaker inside features dual side-facing passive radiators, which deliver full range, clear highs, and rich bass.
Google Home Hub , $150.99
The Google Home Hub offers the same features and functionality as the other Google Home and Home Mini. But it features a 7-inch display to the mix, making it ideal for smart home control and video playback. Its 7-inch touch screen display lets you view today's reminders, stream videos and watch your smart security camera's footage through Google Assistant. For example, the Hub has a pull-down screen that gives you access to and control over your smart home devices. On the Hub, you can watch video tutorials, while a regular Home or Home Mini will read you the instructions.
The built-in speakers and microphones of this Google Home Hub device have far-field voice recognition for convenient hands-free control. Google Home Hub also offers Google Assistant so you can use your voice to control everything too, as you can with the rest of the Home devices, but the display brings everything to life.
However, it's speaker isn't as powerful as the Google Home. It is however a decent step up from the Home Mini, mid-range frequencies and treble are clear and only start to distort when you push the Home Hub to its volume limits.
Verdict: Google Home Mini the best buy for an average user
The Google Home Mini is one of the cheapest smart speakers on the market, and the most affordable in the Google Home lineup. For $56.99, you get an attractive, high-quality speaker that can control your smart home, answer questions, tell you the weather, play games, help you order pizza and more. It has all the same functions of a Google Home and Google Home Hub(except the screen) at almost 1/3 of its’ price.
Although Google Home has the best sound quality, the Google Home Mini has decent sound quality too. It's hard to believe that a device as small as the Home Mini could deliver a great sound, but this smart speaker gets the job done. It will do your music justice, with loud balanced audio and decent bass.
Google's cheapest smart speaker with its’ sleek design will fit in much better on your desk than the oddly shaped Google Home and the clunky Google Home Hub. Its small, round build with curved sides and fabric swath also make it a much friendlier-looking device than the black, utilitarian Echo Dot. The Home Mini comes in Chalk (grey), Charcoal (black) and Coral (pink) to match your colour preferences.
Apart from the functions that comes with Google Assistant, Google Home Mini can do much more. If there's a Chromecast on your home network, then the Google Home Mini can cast photos, Netflix shows, content from Google Play Movies & TV, or YouTube videos up on the big screen with a voice command. It can play music too: Deezer, YouTube Music and Spotify are some of the accounts you can link up via the Google Home app.
The device works as a Chromecast as well: if you don't want to ask your Google Home Mini to play something, you can just beam audio to it from your phone, whether you're playing music, audiobooks, podcasts or anything else. It's even possible to set up two Google Home Minis as a stereo pair, if you want to.
Good Starting Point
If you are a new user to smart gadgets, Google Home Mini give you a good starting point to see if you like having Google Assistant ready to help in your home at the most affordable price. Backed by a powerful search engine, complementary services and localized features, there are many things new users can explore with the device, and perhaps come to rely on in the long run.
If you like it, you can always expand with other options later. Plus, Google Assistant is great no matter which device you pick and Google does a good job of keeping older devices up to date
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