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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 16928 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    warning to anyone with third party wifi network

    Posted
    disappointedingoogle

    I was very excited to use my Google Home Mini, unfortunately the product is not supported with wifi networks that require you to log in with a username and password. Third party wifi networks are common in apartments, dorms, group homes, retirement communities, and many other semi-group living situations. When I asked for help from the Google Store chat room I was told that "the Google Home is only marketed to be used in a Home", as though my apartment is not considered home to me. I was then told that I could use my Google home to ask any other questions I have, however I could not do this because I could not connect to my wifi. I have no idea if I would have liked the product or not, but I was not impressed with this issue or the poor customer service I received. Additionally, this maladaptive issue is not very apparent in marketing or anywhere before you have purchased the device and are actually trying to log in to it. You would think that a company as large and advanced as Google would be able to allow their device to log into a third party wifi, just as Amazon and Roku already are able to do.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended!

    Posted
    CarlosL
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    I never thought this could be that useful especially having an iPhone with Siri that I thought would do the same thing. Well, I was so wrong! Granted, Siri can do similar things. But it's a game changer when you can give instructions from anywhere across the room and Google Mini would listen. Simple things like "What's the temperature", "What time is it", "Give me the news", "Play Music"... ah Play Music... the volume and sound quality is GREAT for such a tiny device! I decided to add a 2nd one in my bedroom and, since I have Nest thermostats, at night I can simply say "Hey Google, turn the temperature down" (or up). Amazing! I then added some smart lights and it's awesome to just say "Turn the lights on" (or off). Or "Set the brightness to 30%". Or "Set the Kitchen lights to red". My toddler LOVES THAT! And he's now so used to it that when we are in a restaurant or somewhere else, he starts saying "OK Google, turn the lights off" thinking that's how all lights everywhere work (he's 2 years old)! So cute! Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Always on Sale

    Posted
    Courage808
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    For anyone looking to get a smart home speaker, I would highly recommend the Google Home mini to start. Normally retailing for $49.99, it's usually on sale or part of some promotion going on, so the buy in is very affordable. The real fun comes in when you have multiple Google Homr devices (Google Home Mini, Google Home, Google Home Max, etc.) and multiple Google Home compatible devices to use them with (Phillips Hue lights, Google Chromecast, etc.). You can play the same music in sync around the entire house, relay messages from one Google Home to another, set alarms, control your lights, and much more and you don't have to buy a smart speaker more expensive than the Google Home Mini. It's very user friendly so even if you aren't tech savvy setup is quick and easy. Even if you're only getting one of these and have no other Google Home compatible devices this is great for music, although the sound quality on the mini isn't the best. Anyway, I highly recommend that if you don't already own a smart speaker in your home and if you're curious about getting one, start with this. But if you can be patient, don't buy it at $49.99. Wait for a promotion or sale if you can because there's usually one on Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Getting Better All The Time

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    silvercloudv2
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    The Google Home Mini is nice but not necessary. It is definitely a luxury item, which negates most of its drawbacks, especially for the price. The volume is impressively loud for such a small speaker, and it sounds decent too. The Google Chromecast Audio, as always, is a great tandem purchase to allow the Home to stream quality audio throughout your house. The voice recognition is very good, although it sometimes does not hear you over the speaker (a testament to the volume). As far as commands, the Mini is not able to answer some of my questions, even simple ones, and it cannot record voice memos. However, it is very handy for cooking, specific questions, and listening to podcasts. If the Home's features interest you, especially the ones I've just listed, the Home Mini is a very cheap gateway into the smart-home ecosystem. The Mini is such a good deal, it makes me wonder what serious benefit there is to spending the extra cash on the full-sized Home. The Home has constantly been updated and improved since launch, and the list of features will only continue to grow over the next few years. There has never been a better time to try out this new technology.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works better than Amazon Echo Dot

    Posted
    Rich
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    First, m whole house is automated using Amazon echo dots, Amazon Fire TV and tablets, Insteon hub (for lights, fans, appliances) and Logitech harmony hub (for TV, home entertainment system). I got this Google mini free with my wife's new Google pixelbook. I set it up and was surprised it answers questions better than the echo dot. In the last two days, Amazon must have updated their software and the Logitech hub is not working with my echo dots. But the Google mini works fine for controlling my TV and home entertainment system. The Google mini is also good for being able to turn on lights before I enter the house. Since my car has Android Auto, I can turn on lights before entering the house since Android Auto supports Google Assistant. Also, on the Google pixelbook, there is a keyboard button for Google assistant. Overall, I am very impressed with the Google mini. The only things I do not like is that it doesn't support Amazon music, iHeart radio, and other functions that are available on my Amazon echo dots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The friend I never knew I wanted

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    ravenmad1
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    I was skeptical about bringing in a smart assistant into the house, but when a set of Phillips Hue lights came bundled with a free Google Home Mini, I was compelled to give it a try. The charcoal Home Mini represents my second one. I enjoyed the first one so much, I needed to expand the range into the bedroom so I could yell out "Ok Google, turn off all the lights" from the comfort of my bed. I find myself asking Google to do all sorts of things, from setting alarms and timers, telling me how long it will take to drive somewhere, or telling me how long to cook a baked potato in an Instant Pot. I've even directed her to play music, but this isn't the best sounding speaker out there (it's good for prioritizing laziness over sonic quality). If you're steeped in the Google ecosystem, she can even make calls and send messages on your behalf (I'm in the Apple world so I haven't tried this). Overall, this little gadget balances convenience and price and becomes so addictive, you'll want to sprinkle multiple Mini's all over your house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New to Home family

    Posted
    Nikki
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    I bought a Google home and 2 minis. Very easy to set up. They work well together, yet don't get confused by which room they are in or which devices they are set up to control. I'd give the devices and set up a 5 star rating. Gave the whole thing a 4 because Google still has a ways to go with standard interfacing and sometimes glitchy behavior (such as having to retrain my voice twice since getting them a couple months ago). You'll hear - I don't understand that or I'm not able to do that yet - quite a bit. But - it's been fun and I enjoy having them to remind me of things to add to my shopping list as soon as I think about it instead of the old way - think, forget, repat cycle), or perform quick look ups for me, or set a timer when my hands are busy, or play some tunes depending on my mood (shortcut phrases are fun) and I like the good morning feature. I'm kind of surprised that Google can't control Nvidia Shield yet (basically Android TV) or use voice commands for YouTube TV - aren't these all part of the same extended family? But I really think it's got great potential and I like the new services it keeps rolling out...like Broadcast - if you have more than one device in the home...that's a good one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but not the best

    Posted
    psyclopps
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    I really wanted to love this. I have a regular size Google Home, Amazon Echo, Echo dot and a H/K Invoke as I love trying these things out. I think I put the Home mini at the bottom of the list for all of these. On the top end of things, it is cheap, looks great and has the power of Google behind it. These are all great selling points by themselves, especially if you use lots of Google services such as calendar, play music and more. Now, for the downside of things... it doesn't "hear" as well as competitors. I find my self repeating myself a lot more than other units. Audio quality is meh but this is to be expected by a small device... but you can not connect it to a larger speaker system unless it has chromecast functionality. I had my old Echo Dot connected to my stereo via line in and sometimes via bluetooth. The google home does neither. It has bluetooth but it is for streaming to the device, not for streaming to speakers (I have read rumors it will come in a future update). There is no line in to speak of. This kind of makes it useless to me. Overall it is a good device with some issues but if you really like Google I recommend getting a full size Google Home or a difference device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Please Understand What I'm Saying!

    Posted
    ecscatalyst
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    I bought this item to experience Google Assistant as a dedicated device for my home. Sound quality is substantial and Google's responses are fairly adequate. It controls my lights and chromecast connected to my TV. Anytime I want to watch something on Netflix, Youtube or Youtube TV, I'll tell Google to set it up for me. I even set up timers for cooking, which has been surprisingly helpful. I even inform Google Home Mini to wake me up for naps in which it has been handy as well. The only thing that irks me is the learning curve of what other things that I can tell Google Assistant to do. If I try something new to say, I usually get "I'm sorry, I don't know how to do that yet." I had to go online to find what other commands or feedback Google Assistant can respond to. By the way, if the sound volume is way too high and it's playing music, you would need talk louder or probably scream at Google to hear you for the next request / command. Other than that, it works fairly well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Switched From Alexa And Never Looked Back

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    rtbestbuy
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    We had a couple of Amazon Dot's around, which started as a novelty and morphed primarily into home control. The switch over to Google home products started with a speaker we used as an alarm clock and grew from there. We ended up replacing the Dots with Minis primarily because the Google voice interface is so much more natural and offered more functionality. The Google Minis offer reasonable sound for music and radio, but now offer so much more utility, and the list of functions they can perform is growing. I have replaced my speakerphone with a Mini, linked in to my contact list! With voice identification, even more personalized service is possible, including separate calendars, contact lists, play lists and alarms. Additionally, Google has opened up 'Assistant' so that it can be embedded in devices from other manufacturers. We now have four minis scattered around the house, along with a clock speaker and a Google Home Hub, which is the best excuse for a picture frame ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not as Advertised

    Posted
    SugarSails
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    I haven't been able to try it yet because the main reason I bought this item was for connecting it with my living room stereo and the Bestbuy website had an audio port listed in the specs (specifically headphone jack marked yes) and I am so disappointed that the one thing I made sure was there has deterred me from wanting to try again. I'll probably give it another shot since this was my attempt to make the jump from the other popular home AI, but it's just a lot of trouble I didnt ask for. I wouldn't openly reccomend this product yet but I wouldnt put down the idea ether. I have two of these due to a discount and both will probably just sit here until I can figure out somewhere else for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Radio fans should love this!

    Posted
    Kangaroo77
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    I'm a big-time fan of internet radio - and I've got a few Squeezebox Radios in my collection - but as of late, IHeart Radio stations have blocked their streams via Squeezebox - and IHeart streams a substantial number of stations I listen to. I searched for alternatives to the Squeezebox so I could listen to as much as possible that's being streamed out there - they're becoming more difficult to find - and in my search I came across the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini. They both allowed access to services such as IHeart - TuneIn - Pandora - and more. And at a much more affordable price than any of the alternate internet radios on the market. My Squeezebox has a 6-station memory - while the Home Mini allows pretty much a limitless memory - based on how much my own memory can recall when asking it to 'Hey, Google, play ..... ' Beyond the radio capabilities, the other features it offers to answer questions and all the rest - it's a pretty amazing little item. Sounds quite nice - offers plenty of features - and tunes in a ton of stations - if you want an internet radio that keeps up with the advance of where radio conglomerates are to be found, this is a very sound choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So much to offer on a small scale

    Posted
    Nighteditor
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    It’s the latest thing - speaking to artificial intelligence to seek a response. Some would say we’ve been doing it for years with friends and family, but electronically, Google, Amazon and shortly, Apple, are bringing the world’s knowledge to your home with a simple command. Google Home is great for those all-important questions like “what time is it in Tokyo?” or “how do I boil an egg”. Speak nicely to him or her (you choose) and they may just respond with a friendly comment to make your day. The mini version is just as good and doesn’t take up as much space as its big brother/sister. Google Home mini can be linked to other Wi-fi gadgets in your home - we control our Wemo switches and Honeywell thermostat with ours - and you can even ask it to play Netflix on your TV via chromecast should you so desire. There is much much more to it, but the lack of a manual means you’re in the dark as to how much it can - and often can’t - do. Like all technology, however, it will improve with age. In the meantime, just sit back and enjoy what Google Home mini can do. “Okay Google, how was my review?!”

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Entry Level Smart Speaker

    Posted
    Geeee
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    The Google Home is a nice way to get in the game in terms of smart speakers. It does pretty much what you'd expect- talk to you, answer your questions, control your devices. Sound quality is also good enough for easy listening purposes. There are two main things that bug me about the speaker. One is the fact that you can only say "Hey Google" or "OK Google." Google's not an easy word to say. Try saying it 3 times fast (clearly enough for the speaker to understand you, of course). I think that you should have another option or two. In contrast, "Alexa" is much easier for me to say. The second thing that bugs me is the Google Home app. That thing is a disaster. Options, settings, and features are buried under non-intuitive menus. I hate navigating it because it takes me way too long to find the way to manipulate certain settings. There are also issues with syncing the speaker to my Google calendar and personalized settings that I don't really use anyway, but could be a problem if that's what you want it to do. Like I said, overall it's a solid product as long as you know what to expect. It's a lot of fun, and a really convenient way to turn your lights off at night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Home life made easier

    Posted
    Amoe
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    This combination voice activated internet radio and home control hub simply makes things work out easier at home. Good voice control for internet content access and your Google Assistant on call. Control lights and appliances by voice. Works great for those that like to tailor their daily news stream. Start my day by simply saying "Hey Google, Good Morning" which responds to identify whom it is addressing (recognizes different people in the house by voice), gives the local weather, items on my schedule, my commute time to work, and then the list of news sources I have set up. I can request that it turn on the lights in the morning and off when I leave and when I go to bed. Continues to increase it's usefulness and the assistant will only get better as time goes by. Only listens for the trigger phrase to be spoken until triggered when it then recognizes what I ask for. I also have an Alexa device and computers with Cortana. The google voice recognition capability is way ahead of all others. Alexa does have more skills but the Google skills are growing quickly. The Google home mini and the full sized devices work better for phone calls than the other devices too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you love all things Google...

    Posted
    marco
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    If you love all things Google, then the Google Home Mini is for you. Owning a Chromecast is definitely something worth purchasing by the way. Not only does it enable the Home Mini to turn your tv on and off for you (cheesy, I know; mind you, I do not own a smart tv!), it can cast anything from Netflix and Youtube by the usage of your voice. If you're feeling like you're not gaining enough control of the devices, everything you ever need to know is IN YOUR GOOGE HOME settings (both on iOS and Google Play stores). Setup is incredibly easy, and the device itself is lightweight, portable, and affordable. Teaching adults how to use this device is also very simple (trust me, I would know). Lastly, the volume, is quite incredible and very powerful. adjustments to the volume are easy to control as well. The ONE thing I would want the Google Home Mini to accomplish is to play the volume from Chromecast when it's enabled on to my television. Even with it's bluetooth capability, it doesn't, but it does with my AppleTV 4th Gen. So please do keep that in mind. Otherwise, I see a lot of improvements with Google Home Mini in the near future and it's a stellar investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the google ecosystem

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    TonyMSP
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    I started with the regular Google Home and I absolutely feel in love on how it works. The google home sounded great and was very responsive to my voice commands. This mini just came out and I thought it would be neat to have this smaller version in my bedroom as the regular google home sat in my living room. While its nice that its small, it's not where near the sound quality of the regular sized google home. It does sound good for a small speaker but don't expect to replace the higher priced google home. The mini is a good way to add more speakers and stay connected in each room as its small enough to sit on my night stand without taking up too much real estate. A recent update allows for "google broadcast". This is a neat feature where you are able to use your google speakers as a PA system. I can now "broadcast" that dinner is ready to all the rooms with the speaker. A bonus feature that I recently discovered is the ability to play music throughout the house. Very cool if your hosting a party! I recommend this mini as an addition to your system but not be the primary google home speaker. The regular google home speaker isn't that much larger and sounds 10x better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unusable without a compatible device

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    PapaS
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    This came free with purchase of a 3rd Gen Nest Smart Thermostat, otherwise I would not have purchased it OR would have to return it if I did. I researched the Google Home Mini Smart to see how or if I could still use it…NO! Why? It can only be paired with a Smart Phone or compatible tablet for remote usage. Because Google indicated it could be used remotely, to turn smart lights on/off, smart thermostats, etc by Smart Phone (I don’t have or want a Smart Phone) or Tablets (not all tablets though). I thought perhaps I could still use it with my PC…NO, I can’t! So, if you don’t have a COMPATIBLE smart phone or COMPATIBLE tablet, do not buy the Google Home Mini. Anyone want to buy mine? I could be wrong about the above, but I spent the better part of a day researching the possibility of using it only to find I can’t.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not all its cracked up to be

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    SFKF

    If all you want is something that can look up things for you or to set a cooking timer, it works well. If you want to use it to play music that is loaded on your phone, forget it. I have a vast music library on my Samsung Galaxy s7 phone, but when I say "OK Google, play "Over the Rainbow" (that's loaded on my phone) it says I must subscribe to Google Play and might choose another song to play. One of the reasons I got the Mini was to be able to play music hands free. Apparently the issue is with the Google Assistant itself, not the Mini so perhaps giving the Mini a bad review is not accurate. I've noticed others online complaining of the same thing and apparently Google is "working on" finding a fix. If you make a playlist on Google Play you can play it manually but NOT hands free. Apparently some people work around this by tapping the microphone symbol then saying what they want to play, but this makes it NOT hands free. If you manually choose the music, it doesn't sound too bad and it is somewhat useful for looking up answers to questions, but if you only want it to play music hands free you're out of luck.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice paperweight or hockey puck

    Posted
    Mega1
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    I bought this to use for a TV remote and play music. It's a fail for both unless you spend more $$ for other services, and "Shut Up, Google" was a common phrase in our family until we unplugged assistant. "She" can convince the TV's assistant to turn up the volume only, but for turning stations, turning it off, they're like a divorced couple, no can do. If I ask her to play a certain song she says I didn't buy Google music and plays a small excerpt of some other bad song from an unrelated genre. So I started Spotify, linked accounts and when I ask for my playlist, she says I don't have Spotify and plays their station named closest to the list name. If I make any other requests, she apologizes that she can't but is learning or says she doesn't recognize my voice, so I link all family voices, then she doesn't recognize theirs. It's constant troubleshooting, a ploy to get you to buy Google Music, Books, etc., and not worth the money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend