Google - Home Mini - Smart Speaker with Google Assistant - Chalk

Get hands-free help in any room. Google Home Mini is powered by the Google Assistant, so you can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Just start with "Ok Google" to get answers from Google, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment, and control your smart home. And when you ask for help, it can tell your voice from others for a more personalized experience. Google Home Mini works on its own or you can have a few around the house, giving you the power of Google anywhere.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Google Home Mini - Smart Speaker with Google Assistant
    • Owner's manual
    • Power adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10939 out of 11294)

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    Features


    A powerful little helper

    Get hands-free help in any room with Google Home Mini. It's powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own personal Google.

    Get answers from Google

    Use your voice to quickly find information about the weather, news, sports and more.

    "Hey Google, will I need an umbrella today?"

    Manage your day from breakfast to bed

    Get help around the house with things like your schedule, commute, travel information and more.

    Google Home Mini can even help you find a lost iPhone or Android phone and make phone calls to any personal contact or business.¹

    "Hey Google, wake me up at 6:30 AM tomorrow."

    Play, pause and rewind. Hands-free

    Control your favorite music, movies and shows, using only your voice.²

    "Hey Google, play some pop music."

    Control your smart home

    Use your voice to control your compatible lights, thermostats and more. Google Home Mini works with more than 1,000 smart devices from over 150 popular brands.

    "Hey Google, turn off the bedroom lights."

    Your voice. Your info

    Get personalized responses for everyone at home with voice recognition.³

    "Hey Google, when is my first meeting tomorrow?"

    Fun for the whole family

    Learn something new, play fun games and listen to stories with the Google Assistant. Want to tell the kids breakfast is ready? Broadcast a message to other Google Home devices around the house.⁴

    "Hey Google, let's play a game."

    Choose between different colors

    Google Home Mini comes in two unique colors, Chalk and Charcoal. Select the right color that matches your room and personal style.

    ¹ In the US and Canada. 911 and 1-900 calls are not supported

    ² Subscriptions required to access some content

    ³ Google Home can distinguish up to six voices in total

    ⁴ Your child can sign in to Google Home devices with their Google Account managed with Family Link. Also works with Arlo.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    97%
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    Expert rating

    3.9

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I prefer over the echo

      Posted
      InflatedKarma
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have been playing around with both the google home mini and the Amazon echo dot for a while. about the only thing I preferred the echo over the mini was that the echo picks up you voice better and at greater distance than the mini. probably due to the 7 mic array of the echo vs the 2 of the mini. the google mini wins in many other areas. 1. natural speech. Google has been gathering data points for years, as a result their speech recognition is excellent. you can speak very naturally with the google home, with Alexa you have to be more precise. also, google allows the creations of shortcuts, basically you can assign a short phrase for otherwise lengthy commands. good example is controlling my harmony hub. if you want to turn off you system (pressing off on remote) you would have to say "hey google, tell harmony to turn off the entertainment system". with a shortcut, you would just have to say "hey google, turn off the tv". in the next release of the google software you will be able to create "routines". basically a shortcut that performs multiple commands. example, "hey google, good night" and it would turn off the tv and the lights etc... 2. voice identification. this is a good feature if you have kids or are concerned about security. also allows for personalized playlist, calendars etc... I found it too restrictive, about 10% of the time it would not recognize my voice and I would have to repeat several times. 3. automation. I think this would depend on the devices you are using. for me the big 2 were the Nest thermostat and the harmony hub remote. echo will adjust the temp on the Nest, but it seemed to have issues if you were in Heat/cool mode as oppose to either heat or cool. with google it will not only set the temp, you can distinguish which temp, ie. heat/cool mode you can say set the heat to 74 or set the cool to 76, you can also ask what the current setting are, change between heat/cool mode, set to away mode etc.. with the harmony hub, echo could turn off the system, change channels "sometimes" and start activities. google, will do all that plus pause, play, channel up or down, volume up or down, mute, unmute.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I have minis and the original models - I love em

      Posted
      Flynt
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I stated with original series and then when minis came out, before they lowers price of originals I bought some of these for my work office, my home office and my bedroom. They do everything the original does. The only thing different that I don’t fancy is that sometimes it not quite as responsive as the originals. But still i plan to buy 3’more of these at their new price point for various locations at home and 1’for my truck. Yup, for my truck. Read the below review I posted about the Systems overall and see just how much value and dependence this tool has brought to our home. ####%%%%%%% I have tried so many things and returned a few companies products i this learning curve. The HUE lights are highly addictive. At first their point seemed too high for my hobby project that my wife would not accept right off the bat. They’ve lowered the prices and a still pumping out great new products. They are very reliable and very customizable. I love them. I love them I love them. See below for another review I placed about the Google Assistant see just how well the lighting has melded into my wife’s Psyche!!!!! =============••= Yes, “them”. At first I bought one and I bought an Echo also. I kept my Google Home Assistant Speaker and returned the Exho. I have bought 2 of the original style and two of the minis for my home. Couple with my smart switches, outlets and bulbs and with both chromecast to 1 tv and the other to anextra monitor and then 2 of the audiocast to two diffferent high output audio speakers in larger rooms and without an Assistant in those particular my house is coming alive. It’s funny, at first my wife kind of put off and frustrated with me doing this. Now she’s fully onboard, so much that other morning after just awakening she hurting the living to fold some cloths she left on the couch the night beforehand. I was still I bed and I heard her say “Turn Living Room” af few moment later I head her say it again. And then I heard her say “Turn everything on” and I could tell by her voice she was frustrated and I could tell by looking the cracked door that no lights were so. So. I said, the ‘mini’ speaker in my bedroom, “Ok Google, Turn Everything On” and voila the living room, dining room, bed room, kitchen, breakfast, many lamps and the Christmas tree all lit up to the preintendes brightness values. I get up an go toward her and say “Whats Up?” I then say, you gotta say Hey Google or Ok Google first. She said well they came on and I told her I heard and and did it for her from the room. She was irritated that her voice sauce was not tuning on the Lights. I have slowly building my system for about 4 months now. During the period she has become so used to the Speakers and talking to command them that she even thought to just go and Flick a switch or button for any light. She’s used to bossing these rooms around I guess. It was truly very cute and funny. BUT the best part is the feedback. ALL the MUSIC from google play. We have a very extensive Apple iTunes Music Library I have compiled from about 4000 CD and then the stuff we purchase through Intunes. I was actually waiting for the new Apple speaker to show up and that why I don’t have one of the larger model Googles. Apple has not delivered I’m just stick to my Google. Any back to the music. Our purchased library is huge. GOOGLE PLAY is exponentially larger and it rocks. I can come home and say Hey Google play some cool Jazz from the 50 and she will begin to fill the room with all kinds of music and artist I would never even think of. I can ask her to Play Contemporay Christian and she’ll plank all out favorites and a bunch of new songs my local radio stations have not let me hear yet. Wi H google play mynacccount in Yourube is upgraded to Red status. That means no stupid you tube ads and I think higher quality definition. She’ll play YouTube to the assistant and Cast devices in audio and replay the contest on my monitors (better that that echo display) and she’ll play my Netflix, news cast and a ton of other stuff on to my chrome cast. In the morning she tell me about the weather, my travel time and my agenda and reads to me the top headlines. We use the one in the kitchen the most. It is usable from Kitchen Living Breakfast ans Dining room areas with how my house it laid out and where I placed it. A great resource she pull up recipes, set times, and does so much. And now, she able to make phone calls too. The call come from my number so my contact know to answer and still I can use her to call MY phone on those occasions it has misplaced itself. My wife, it know her voice from mine and she can do all the above for her preferences. What I really really really want and am waiting in creating calendar events that tie into my Gmail ( and Apple and Outlook) Account’s and the ability to send voice to text messages from her. And real large on my wants to read and create emails. She say something like, “i’m Sorry I can’t help with that yet”. Come on google. Give it to me. My family came for thanksgiving. They fell in love. On Black Friday I bought a bunch of products to get them for Christmas. They’ll be hooked.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Comparable to Amazon's Echo Dot (Alexa) . . .

      Posted
      PervisStoop
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Relatively easy setup (I'm an IT professional, so easy for me) LIKE: Recognizes voice as mine, Amazon's Echo Dot recognizes any without distinction. *DING* plus a star . . . LIKE: Form factor is nice & like the mostly hidden lights behind the material. LIKE: Speaker is better than Amazon's Echo Dot (volume & bass, anyway) although really, if you want good sound, you're not going to use the device by itself anyway . . . ah well, *DING* plus a star. LIKE: Connected immediately to YouTube (I pay for red) when signing in with my existing google account and it immediately picked up my preferences. *DING, DING* plus 2 stars! (Amazon Music has proven fairly restrictive & often shifted prime songs in and out of their basic Prime inclusion: trying to force an additional prime music subscription, which I refuse to do, considering I already pay for Prime. So YouTube has been my go-to for the last year or so & glad it's already on board.) LIKE: Had light bulbs and plug switches connected to Kasa's TP-Link and already controlling them with Amazon's Echo Dot . . . with sign in connection established between Google Home & Kasa's TP-Link, all were immediately available for control . . . plus I could rename each device specific to Google Home. *DING* plus a star. DISLIKE: Can't change the wake phrase. You're stuck with OK Google or Hey Google. *DING* minus 1/2 star. (Echo has 4 options, one of them is "computer" . . . which is what I like) DISLIKE: AI voice limited to male & female with no real variations: I don't particularly like or dislike either voice. DISLIKE: ABSOLUTELY HAD to install Google Home on my phone or iPad (would rather I didn't HAVE to do that, no option for Windows 10, but oh well *DING* minus 1/2 star). SUMMARY: If you're big into Amazon, stick with Echo, it's roughly equivalent in ability. If you're not really into Amazon, Google Home is probably your better bet. For either, if you're new to the whole AI automation thing, you should start with the Home Mini (or Echo Dot) & a few outlet plugs and/or controllable light bulbs in the bedroom. Set up a morning routine & go from there . . . a LOT of really great stuff. Certainly more to come, as this whole AI thing is just getting started. Remember this thing is sitting there listening to everything 24/7 . . . so if you're into conspiracy theories or nefarious activities . . . you might want to think twice about providing an audio channel into your home space. I'm not personally worried at this point, but am definitely going to keep my ears open for what is going on in the home consumer AI space . . .

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Many uses for blind person and sighted people too

      Posted
      MadisonDad
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We purchased a Google Home Mini for a blind friend. I help her with her tech and can attest to her frustration at trying to use Web sites with a screen reader. (Imagine something reading every link and ad and heading on a Web page when you are trying to get to certain content!) She was wary of getting yet another device at first, and I made sure she knew we were happy to return this product if she didn't like it. But she has really taken to it. The Google Home Mini is the size of a donut and is really a speaker with smart capabilities when set up with your home Wi-Fi network. It has a microphone on/off switch and a USB cord output that connects to a power plug because it needs to be powered from a wall outlet. My friend put her Google Home Mini on her dining room table. It has great sound for such a small device, and can give her the time, weather, and look up local businesses' operating hours and telephone numbers (and make calls over Wi-Fi -- although the call quality isn't that great when I tested it with her). She can have it set a timer or search for a recipe from the Internet, for say, a cake or something and then read her the directions one by one when she is ready. You can say, Hey Google, play KCBS-AM San Francisco or WBBM-AM Chicago or WCBS-AM New York, or many other stations nationwide, and it will do it! It will play podcasts, such as cooking podcasts or Spanish podcasts. We are still finding out all that it can do! Two complaints: 1) You cannot setup the Google Home Mini out of the box using a computer. You need a tablet or smart phone and have to download the Google Home App to that first in order to set up the Google Home Mini. My friend doesn't have a smart phone or tablet. As a work around, I downloaded the Google Home App to my smart phone, added her Google account to my phone, and set up her Google Home Mini and chose her default news outlets and other settings. After a week or two, I deleted the app and her account from my smart phone so that her contacts and information would not be on my phone. But I really wish you could set up Google Home Mini without doing this. 2) As of this writing, Google Home Mini would not simply play audio from a YouTube clip over its speaker. It can send a YouTube clip to a TV that has a Chromecast device attached, but it'd be better if it could also just play the audio portion on the Google Home Mini speaker without having to connect to another device. But overall, I think the Google Home Mini (and the Amazon Echo) have great potential for blind and visually impaired people. Any of the features I mentioned can also be helpful to a sighted person, of course, but for a blind person or a busy parent in a house with children (little time to sit and type on a keyboard), I can really see the Google Home Mini being extra useful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best $30 I could have spent

      Posted
      Mike
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      My parents just got an echo dot for Christmas from my uncle, I was jealous so I bought this. Reason I bought this over an echo dot is because... well... #GoogleMasterRace. I have not been disappointed. Sure there are a few things you cant do yet, but based on the past three weeks of use between the dot and the mini, I can say for certain that Google's capability to answer questions and overall knowledge are superior to Amazons. It's using Google's search database after all... simple questions you would think Alexa - the "voice assistant" - should be able to answer... well it can't sometimes! Come on Alexa, you can't even tell me how much traffic is on the 91... are you kidding me? Furthermore, the voice recognition is, at least to me, better on the mini. The echo dot leaves you no time to stop and think about what your saying. You have barely any time to hesitate when giving a command or it will cut you off. You don't mind it until you try the mini; the google assistant is far more laid back. On top of all that, the speaker is a poor joke on the dot compared to this one's (neither are the best mind you, but the mini's just sounds "meatier"). Lastly, the mini works seamlessly/syncs with my main google account on my phone and computer. Reminders and appointments I input into the mini via voice are all available on the default calendar on my phone and not through some Amazon app. Also, I can actually call anyone on my contacts as long as I have that contact synced to my google account, and you can even call local businesses/establishments. The echo dot doesn't let you call anyone unless they download the amazon echo app onto their phone; at least that how it works at the time of this review. All in all, what you should take from this review is that Google Home/Mini are probably the voice assistant you are expecting to buy when you buy an Echo. I have come to this conclusion based on MY experience with both the Amazon and the Google voice assistant for the past two-something weeks, so sorry if I hurt your feelings Amazonians. Lastly, I would like to add that you experience with the Google assistant will be all the more better the more you use your google account in your everyday life. If you buy one and have to start a google account from scratch, you gonna have some work to do before the experience becomes "seamless".

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Google Home Mini Review

      Posted
      Michael

      As people, we search for ways to alleviate the constant stress we face every day. Now imagine an electronic assistant aiding in your daily endeavors. Through this device, your electronic devices are enhanced, collectively, for your benefit. This device is the Google Home Mini. Keeping and maintaining a schedule has its challenges; however, the Google Mini provides remedy, with its ability to connect electronically to your Google account. You have the ability to access your schedule at any time by simply speaking into the device, which is incredibly useful for anyone with busy schedules and a tendency for forgetfulness. This lightweight, compact device can be placed in any room of your choosing, as long as there's an outlet. Once you've bought a Google Home Mini, you may decide, one isn't enough. Luckily, the Google mini is compatible with other Google home devices, which come in a variety sizes. Aesthetically pleasing, the Google mini is a welcomed addition to any home. Although internally complex, this device is simplistic in its use. By saying Hey or Ok Google, you can interact with the Google mini in anyway necessary. The range of capabilities the Google Home Mini provides is extensive. Whether that be asking about the weather, or playing your favorite show on Netflix. Through collaboration with numerous apps and other devices, you can change your thermostat, set your alarm, dim your lights, or play newfound music. If you want to make life just a bit easier, the decision is obvious. The Google Home Mini is the first step towards enhanced efficiency. By incorporating your device with other compatible devices, anxiety can become a thing of the past. Have you ever forgot to unlock your front door? The Google Home mini can lock and unlock your door. Do you need a cup of coffee before the long work day? Tell the Google Home Mini and your compatible coffee machine will begin to brew a cup. The Google Home Mini is a reliable, affordable product, designed to assist with life, home and away. With the progression of technology, there is no better way to stay up to date than by incorporating this product into your daily functions. Managing work, family, and fun is a challenge, so do yourself a favor and consider the Google Home Mini.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Google Home mini Vs. Alexa Dot

      Posted
      Jerry
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was split between the Alexa Dot and the Google Home Mini, so I bought both to compare side by side, what the heck, only $29 each right? lol Anyway, I have smart outlets and LED color bulbs to play with and compare between the two devices. The sound difference between the two is night and day, with the Google Home mini winning hands down, sounding much richer and louder. Turning other smart devices on and off, they are both about the same. Asking each the same questions side by side, the Google Home won again. I think because the Google mini uses Google as a search engine, as compared to the Alexa Dot using Bing. But the Mini 9 out of 10 times has some sort of answer, where asked the same question to the Dot, most of the responses were "I don't know that one". If the google didn't know the answer, it would at least come back with a funny sarcastic answer, giving you something other than "I don't know that one" Now the last major part of the 2 devices is the ability to either cast audio of any kind to it, Yes or now, and being able to send the audio out the Dot or the Mini with the 3.5mm headphone jack. THe Dot has the ability to send its audio out with the 3.5mm jack, which sounds awesome by the way, where the Mini doesn't have this ability, Google wants you to cast to a Chromecast audio or Chromecast. Both can Bluetooth from your phone. So we decided to keep the DOT for the bedroom so we can control audio in the bedroom over a pair of PC speakers since the DOT had the 3.5mm out, and keep the Mini for the living room since we can cast to the TV's chromecast that we already have and the ability to cast audio on our phone to the Mini. They both have the positive sides, but if wanting to play audio out of the device by itself, the Google Mini sounds way better!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Miles better than the Echo Dot

      Posted
      emptystreets130
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was a bit hesitant on picking up another assistance device. I have 2 Echo Dot and was kind of disappointed that it could not go out to the internet and look up answers to my questions. I've done my research on the Home mini and bit the bullet. Got home, set it up and was pretty amazed at how straightforward it is to set up the device. Connect it to your wifi, say "Ok, Google," "Hey Google" a few times and bam! All Done. I also connected my Philips Hue device to the Home app. I'm amazed at how well it picks up sounds. Even in a noisy environment. My Echo Dot couldn't even pick up my voice; even in multiple locations. I put the Mini through my test. Asked it a few questions that the Echo couldn't answer and the Mini didn't break a sweat. The mini answered all my questions. Initially, this is what I was looking for. I'll be replacing my existing solution shortly! The speakers on the Google Home MIni is so much better than the Dot. You can actually play some music with better clarity than the Dot. Bass is lacking but it's doable. I'm very surprised. If you want a Home Assistance device, pick this up over the Echo Dot. It's so much better and you can do so much more than the Echo lineup.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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