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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 16926 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's a preference thing?

    Posted
    LJTechPro
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    Right off let me say all the AI systems are cool. I have two of these Mini's. I like my two Alexa dots better, but it may be just a subjective preference thing. If you are a really committed Google app user already it may be an awesome platform for you, but I am not a die hard Google person and I got my echo dots first. I think it depends a lot on what you are going to use it for. My best advice is get one of each to try, keep your receipt and return the AI you don't get along with as well, I ended up keeping both AI, but kinda wish I hadn't. One big difference is that unlike the Alexa dot, the Mini lacks any output jack to cable it to external speakers or a stereo. Ugh!!! Any of those connections have to be wireless which cuts out use with any if my older existing audio stuff. I guess they assume you are going to use BT external speakers. Not an issue if you have them already, I guess, but Alexa can use them too so not an advantage over the other. The Google AI just doesn't seem to be quite as smooth or accurate along with something I just can't quite put my finger on. It could be a problem with this end user, and it doesn't help that I seem to always say "Alexa,,,,oh, oops, OK Google" but at basically the same price point I think I should have said "Alexa---return my mini" .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's just... ok.

    Posted
    tarynholz
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    I have a regular Google Home, and several minis, as well as an Echo Dot and an Alexa enabled lamp. My Google Home works ok although it seems like Google pushes a lot of updates which can cause issues quite often. Voice control commands will sometimes stop working and then start again several days later. Also my smart devices will sometimes randomly disconnect causing me to have to factory reset my Google Home to reconnect them. The sound quality is not as great as I was hoping. After getting my Google Home, I decided to try out the Echo Dot and was actually quite impressed by the quality of it, the lights, and the sound quality. It seems to hear me a lot better, and Alexa voice controls are a lot better. Also, my devices never disconnect. I've since then started using my Echo Dot for my smart home controls and my Google Home for just listening to Spotify. I love the Alexa app. It is far more intuitive, looks better, and I love the Alexa skills. If you want just simple smart home control, go with Google Home. If you want sound quality, games, and a device to have fun with, go with Alexa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life is getting better with assistants

    Posted
    Zack50
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    We already own an Amazon Echo & Dot, so I wanted a Google Home Mini on another floor to control Hue lights, and to compare with the Echo. They are basically the same and all work well. The speaker on the Mini is better than the speaker on the Dot, and the microphone on the Mini seems to be better at picking up voice in a noisy room. Where the Home Mini excels is with questions you would ask Google search engine, including questions about traffic and distance, and general trivia, etc. It often takes Echo several tries, asking in different ways until a question is clear enough for the machine to understand. But the Home Mini usually gets it right away, and responds quicker (probably due to Google's experience with search engine and voice recognition technology.) For stuff like this, the Google product is great. Initial integration with my Philips Hue lights and my Logitech Harmony was easier on the Amazon devices, and as I recall, Amazon didn't ask for as much personal info as the Google Home setup requires. I eventually figured out how to integrate Hue & Harmony with my Home Mini, but it wasn't nearly as intuitive as integration with the Amazon devices was. The Home Mini does seem quicker to change my lights (on/off, colors, dimming), than the Echo or Dot, though. Having devices like this makes normal everyday mundane (and yes, easy) tasks like turning lights and TV on/off, changing TV channels and light colors, and setting timers/alarms even EASIER.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool and Freaky at the Same Time

    Posted
    JJ007

    This came for free with a Google Nest I bought. My wife and I honestly thought about selling it, but I set it up to see what it's all about. 1st, it was really easy to setup and it automatically recognized my Sony TV and Soundbar. All I had to do was click on the "Link" button. You have to login to your Nest account and allow Google Home to access it to change the temperature. You do the same thing with Spotify and I set that as my default music service. It is really cool how well it works when we get home and I can say play Little Big Town on the Living Room speaker and it just works. It's freaky how well it works and in my opinion works 10x better than Siri. I tried to link it to my Bose Bluetooth speaker and that is honestly finicky and only works 2 out of 10 times. I just gave up on it because the Bose would turn off after a period of inactivity and then I couldn't get it to re-link with it the next morning. I think a 3.5mm audio out of the Google Home mini would go a long way. Also, I noticed when you create shortcuts under Routines, that it doesn't always work. I linked the Google Home to my Harmony remote and set up the command "turn on the tv" to do the "ok google, ask harmony to turn on apple tv" command and it only works 2 out of 10 times. That would be cool if they ironed that out. Otherwise, amazed with how well it works and feel like I'm living in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bang for the buck

    Posted
    Milind
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    I had purchased Google Home last year when it came out. I simply couldn't figure out why I needed it since I had my Pixel phone with me all the time anyway. So I returned it. A year later, it's a different story. Google has made some compelling changes. The most important is that GH now recognizes the voices of different family members and provides personal help and music. The second big change is much better support for Home Automation. I have just got into it this month. It's great to be able to turn on lights, control temperature, arm alarm systems using "Hey Google". I went for a vacation and was able to control my lights and temperature giving an impression that someone was home. Now all of that can be individually controlled by various apps. But it's just more convenient to do it through GH. I have one main GH and a bunch of minis scattered around the house. Over Black Friday, they were going for $20 a pop. For the size, they have pretty good volume and they work really well. I have only 2 complaints about them. There is no wired aux port. So I had to buy a Google Chromecast Audio. I shouldn't have had to do that. Secondly, there is no way to connect a better quality BT speaker so music can be played on them instead but controlled via the Mini. The latter I hope is something Google can fix via a software update. At $50, I may have bought one mini. At its current price of $30, I'd say, it's a pretty good price especially if you don't have a Google Home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great price

    Posted
    Eboyer
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    I had purchased Google Home last year when it came out. I simply couldn't figure out why I needed it since I had my Pixel phone with me all the time anyway. So I returned it. A year later, it's a different story. Google has made some compelling changes. The most important is that GH now recognizes the voices of different family members and provides personal help and music. The second big change is much better support for Home Automation. I have just got into it this month. It's great to be able to turn on lights, control temperature, arm alarm systems using "Hey Google". I went for a vacation and was able to control my lights and temperature giving an impression that someone was home. Now all of that can be individually controlled by various apps. But it's just more convenient to do it through GH. I have one main GH and a bunch of minis scattered around the house. Over Black Friday, they were going for $20 a pop. For the size, they have pretty good volume and they work really well. I have only 2 complaints about them. There is no wired aux port. So I had to buy a Google Chromecast Audio. I shouldn't have had to do that. Secondly, there is no way to connect a better quality BT speaker so music can be played on them instead but controlled via the Mini. The latter I hope is something Google can fix via a software update. At $50, I may have bought one mini. At its current price of $30, I'd say, it's a pretty good price especially if you don't have a Google Home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Home Mini vs Amazon Alexa Dot

    Posted
    Robert

    The hardware in the Home Mini is very different from the Amazon Dot. The Speaker in the Mini is better than the Dot but you can connect the Dot to another audio device that is a better speaker. The Mini cannot be connected to another speaker device. The Mini has no audio cable output and the Bluetooth will not connect to a Bluetooth speaker (like the Dot will). But the Mini can be used as a Bluetooth Speaker for a device like your cell phone. Completely opposite for these two devices. From a software and functional standpoint, they are very similar. I am still testing to see if there is any special best in one vs the other in software operation. Of course, you can't play Amazon Music Unlimited directly through your Google Home Mini!! Same thing with Amazon Dot, no support of Google services. As far as I can tell for now... Still Testing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what its meant to at the right price point!

    Posted
    traveler02760
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    Bought 2 during the special, which came with 2 sets of c by GE bulbs, all for $60! Could not miss this as I like the idea of using bulbs that work with Google assistant and do not require a separate hub. Personally I think the idea of having a separate hub is ridiculous, but due to the lack of standardization in the industry. It lacks the innovation that led to Harmony remote replacing sex other remotes in my home! And contrary to what the BB tech told me when he said Philips Hue is better (most likely true) and unlike Philips hue which all communicate with the Philips Hub whereas c by GE bulbs all communicate over wifi and drain your bandwidth...this is not true. They use Bluetooth and if they are within 30 ft of each other, they form a comms mesh and relay between each other - genius! Now, the google mini is not much of a speaker, but then I don't need them as speakers - I need them to get me information, carry out my instructions and play night sounds or babbling brook sounds when I go to bed, and wake me up with a gentle alarm - perfect! And over time, I believe they will get more intelligent as SW gets enhanced and updated by Google

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Amazon Alexa is Better

    Posted
    Frank1701a
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    I got this device for free from a promotion related to buying a Nest product. I've had an Alexa device for a year and recently got this Google Home product. To manually adjust the volume on the device you have to tap either the left or right side of the device, you don't get an idea of at what level the current volume is set at so then you have to get it to speak to test the volume. With Amazon Alexa, there is a ring you turn to left or right and a light gets longer or shorter depending on the volume level you set. Alexa wins. I have some WEMO devices in my home. With Alexa you just need to say "Alexa, find my connected devices". Then it automatically recognizes them. With the Google Home you need to go into the app, and find the setting for it to recognize new devices. Alexa Wins. if you want to mute these devices so they won't spy on you or listen to what you are saying they have that ability. With the Google Home Mini you have to move a switch on the back and hold the device at the same time or you won't be able to move the switch. With Alexa, you just press a button, that also has a visual indicator letting you know the device has been muted. Google Home mini also has a visual indicator. Alexa Wins. It's easier to say "Alexa" than to say "Hey, Google" or "Hi, Google". Alexa Wins. The accompanying App for Alexa is easier to use and navigate thant the one for Google Home. Alexa Wins.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Half the Price and Almost as Good as Google Home

    Posted
    SamG
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    I've had the original Google Home since it came out and have loved it since we got it. As we've gotten more smart devices in our home I've had more and more reasons to use it, so I was excited to get the Google Home Mini. At the normal $50 price this is a good deal, but at the $30 it's being offered at for the holidays it's a steal. You get every feature of the original Google Home in a smaller size and the speaker sounds really good for it's size. It doesn't beat the original in terms of sound quality, but music is still decent on it and the Google Home voice sounds just as good as it does on the full size speaker. I do have two issues with the Mini. The first is it doesn't have a 3.5mm jack to connect to an external speaker - in order to do that you need to connect it to a Chromecast Audio. This isn't a deal breaker for me since I use it mainly for the assistant functions in a small room, but it's still disappointing. The second issue I have is I find the touch controls on the top of the speaker a lot more difficult to use than those on the Google Home; you have to tap the sides to adjust volume and that tends to move the speaker around. I don't think you can go wrong with this if you're trying to get started on a voice assistant or already have a Google Home and want to add one to another room. There are the minor issues I mentioned above, but it's just too good of a deal for what you get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Step for a Smarter home

    Posted
    Sammyfanboy
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    Started my Smarthome/apartment with the Philips Hue Light Kit (white kit) and ended up adding more color bulbs are well as light strips. Wanted something to control them all besides using my phone. Google Announced the Google Home Mini and with the holiday sale price only be $30 bucks I decided to buy three of them( one for the livingroom, Bathroom and Bedroom). I ended up enjoying them. Set up is very easy and simple. Setting scenes, Turing lights on or off and asking questions is a joy. Not to mention that it can make phone calls, set timers and alarms and it even tells you the latest news stories for the day just by saying “Hey Google, good morning”. It can also recognize my voice versus my girlfriends voice so if I said “play my new music play list” it will play the music from my account but if my girlfriend says the same thing it will play from her account. Not to mention that It connects to other smart devices like nest, cameras and many other things. It’s a great way to kick start your smarthome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mini assistant; surprisingly useful

    Posted
    Appledog
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    I bought on it sale to see what it could do. Having had experience only with Apple’s fairly ignorant Siri, I was initially skeptical. Well, I’m not anymore. This sets up so easily with the Google Home app on your smartphone. It connects easily to your WiFi network. It’s voice recognition rarely fails. Questions you ask it usually produce useful results, though it will occasionally go off on a slightly unrelated tangent. It controls my Philips Smart TV quite well, with the frustration being that it can’t turn it on or off. It won’t play YouTube music to itself since I don’t have a paymium account but it will to the TV. That’s a slight bummer since I have to use a remote to turn the TV on or off. I bought a second one after being pleased with the first. It can’t control a Samsung UHD TV without a ChromeCast 4K that I haven’t got yet. That makes the nice smart features of the TV redundant, but is probably worth it so this little device can control it that way. After seeing how nice this is, I’ll probably be getting more smart devices for my home so this can control them. My only concern might be how vulnerable ones home might become to external hacking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it!!!

    Posted
    January5th1986
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    I absolutely love my google home and mini! I've been wanting to buy one of these babies for a long time, and when it went on sale for $79 during the holidays, I knew I had to get one- plus a few more as gifts lol (the mini was only $29). Since, I've had the google home, I've been obsessed, completely entertained. I ask it random questions, ask it to play music, command it to do certain tasks (such as alarm or to turn on the coffee maker/lights). I also sync certain apps to make my daily tasks easier. I have both the google home and mini; the home definitely provides better surround sound, but the mini isn't bad at all. The mini may be best for a slightly smaller area. Both are extremely sensitive to sound. I can say a command and it can hear me from any room of the house lol. It also responds to voices. So, it's very personal. For example, if I ask, "Hey Google, add my friend's birthday dinner November 3rd 7 p.m. in my calendar," and it'll add it to MY calendar as opposed to if my brother asks it (if he commands google to add an event, then it'll add it to HIS calendar). It does sooo much more. And I'm sure as the years pass, it'll get smarter, more personalized, and overall soo much better. If you're hesitant on getting the google home (or mini), just take my word and buy it. Just dooo ett. I promise you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great even as a mini.

    Posted
    BMI4
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    I have been looking at this mini smart speaker for quite a long time for use in my bedroom. The weekend of Father's day I bought it and tried it out and really liked it, playing music it sounded very nice at half volume and late at night using very low volume it sounded very thin like an AM radio on a station that is just on the edge of being received, kind of squeaky and irritating. But while I had been looking up the Google speakers here on Best Buy I saw their bundling offers so the next day I went back to the store and tried out some of the competitors that still used Google Assistant that were in stock on display and ended up buying the Google Home and this Google Mini. It has worked very nicely, I use the mini in my home gym where I can use it at half volume and the Google Home sounds great at any volume for placement wherever you'd like as long as the room isn't too large and you can connect them together to use somewhat like an intercom and a lot of other useful things, a seemingly endless list and often growing list. It listens very well, I haven't had to repeat myself or had a request misunderstood yet. I'm glad I finally bought these. I previously used Window's smart system and either I wasn't smart enough or it didn't do what I needed it to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So this is probably me...

    Posted
    akaTwoSheds
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    Take this with a grain of salt because I'm pretty heavily invested in the Amazon Alexa system. I picked the Home Mini up when it was on sale over the Thanksgiving weekend so it was $30 and Best Buy tossed in a $10 gift card. Call it an extremely nerdy impulse buy :) The setup was easy as could be and as compared to when I set up my Alexas, the Home is much easier. It only took a minute or so and I didn't have to change the WiFi on my phone which is always nice. My first complaint is "Ok Google". Say it out loud. My tongue fumbles over it every time. I don't use it on my Samsung phone for that very reason. The Alexa has a few alert word options - Alexa, Echo, and Computer, all of which are much easier to say. My house is also overflowing with Philips Hue lights, all of which I can control through the various Alexas I've got. I tried setting up home automation with the Home and things sort of ground to a halt. To date I haven't had any luck with it but to be fair it's the pre-holidays so things have been hectic and I haven't really given it any additional time. I'd say that if you're already an Alexa user that the Home may be too late for you. If you're dipping your toes into smart speakers and home automation it's worth a look. Especially if they let you change it from "Ok Google" :)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good - better than Echo Dot for me.

    Posted
    bhl1966
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    I started out looking for an inexpensive way to add auto-on/auto-sleep Chromecast Audio speakers around the house so I wouldn't have listening gaps when I moved away from my usual listening location. Sound quality didn't need to be super good, just "good enough" - I wanted continuity without pain, not enhanced pleasure. Voice input started out as a disqualifier in my searching; I have Android Auto in my car, and found voice input there to be mostly pain and little gain. But in the twists and turns of my researches, I found that I wasn't going to be paying extra for it, and decided to give it a try. To my immediate and ever growing delight. The sound quality is better than I had hoped for. Google Assistant is much better than what I had in the car (full Google Assistant just came with a recent upgrade, and in-home is a better environment for exploring intelligent assistants). So much so that I now have an Echo Dot as well. The Mini is a much better device than the Dot. In function, there is a lot of overlap, but also some useful differences. I wouldn't want Alexa instead of Google Assistant, but Echo complements Google Home nicely. In the long run, I expect that Google Home Minis will spread themselves throughout the house, accompanied by one, or maybe two, Echo Dots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GOOGLE HOME MINI

    Posted
    twsgt
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    This is my third Google Home device within the past year. I have 3 such devices as I have placed one device in each of my 3 bedrooms. The primary use for the Home Mini is listening to music at bedtime, and for listening to the latest news. I can also utilize the Home Mini as an intercom unit between the rooms. The Home Mini can send 3 - 5 second messages between each unit. I can also make telehone calls from the Home Mini which can be an useful feature. The Home Mini can also answer above average questions, it can also tell the time, weather, traffic, set alarms and timers and interact with some smarthome devices. Overall, I like the Home Mini and Google Home alot. P.S. I also have the DOT, but my wife and I like the Google Home products a lot better. In fact my wife and I have gotten emotionally upset at the DOT numerous times LOL because the DOT made so many mistakes, or was unable to answer some basic questions, or refered us to the ALEXA HELP APP, or asked us to repeat the request, or would play the wrong requested song, and would stop working altogether at times for days. Now we have never ever ever ever experiences these same types of problems with our Google Home or our two Google Home Mini devices. In conclusion, the Google Home Mini is an outstanding device for 29.99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm loving my Google mini I have 4 need 2more

    Posted
    Brybry
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    I love my Google mini's assistant, I have them all around my home, I'm now able to have a smart home that tells what ever I want n when ever I need n by me having them all around my home and they're linked together it offers me a home surround sound system, paying all my favorites, anytime I want to hear them and more, I truly happy with my Google mini smart assistant they're the best.and I told soooooooo many of my friends n family about this Google mini, they have gotten them for them self's from best buy, they feel da same way I do, one of my friends was in a bad car accident and couldn't walk ,she had to have 7 surgery's on her nee, arm, and back, so I got her a Google mini to help here at home, it has been such a help to her with her day to day life , as for making calls and setting reminders and keeping her updated on news n weather and more, so yall lol she's n fan to, so not only is the Google mini amazing, it's a great gift as well , so again thanks for making the amazing Google mini smart assistant

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't do what it claims

    Posted
    Manager

    Pretty disappointed in my Google Home Mini after it's first 24hrs in the office. Cons Reminders don't work, spent a long time with support just to be told "oh yeah, I just asked around it's not working." Reminders is the main reason we purchased this device. Local radio station cuts out after about 90 seconds of playing. Many questions will not trigger a simple Google search. Instead it tells you "I can't help with that yet." We just were asking for you to search Google, on a Google device. Spotify plays some convoluted stuff when we ask it to play holiday music. Gangster rap and other obscure things we usually listen to make its way to the playlist by the first or second song. Then you get two of the same poorly written Spotify ads advertising Spotify Premium and you understand why it's not providing a good out-of-the-box experience. Since we are a busy office, the time we've invested to get this to work has cost us several times over the cost of this item. We do not recommend. Pros The volume buttons work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Giving this a shot...

    Posted
    psibrone
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    So, I bought this because it was on sale and I figured, "Eh, why not?" It is the first "home" product I have, so it doesn't really do a whole lot, but it can be quiet convenient when you have a dumb question and everyone is sitting in the living room arguing over the fact and who is right and who is stupid... and then... you all feel stupid because there's your cellphone in your hand and you go, "Hey Google," only to have the Home respond. That's when you remember the thing is in the house. That, or when you just want to fill a room with music from your Pandora account (yeah, I use Pandora, don't judge). Oh, and the last thing you can do with this is open the Google app on your phone and send messages to the device in your own voice. I just wish it didn't announce who was sending the message and just, like, had the message play. I mean, that would be super hilarious. What? It would be.

    I would recommend this to a friend