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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 16875 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun to use

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    jses30
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    Im loving my google home mini, its fun to use and and I enjoyed using it the onky down low is you cannot connect it to external speaker

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good. But not perfect.

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    Madhu
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    The lack of bluetooth connectivity feature to external speaker is a major issue. Other than that, google assistant is great and is much better than alexa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Toy for the Non Paranoid

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    quimbling
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    Google assistant works pretty well. I'm not nuts that I'm being recorded constantly, not that anything I have to say would matter to the police or the like. I'm not impressed with the poor speaker quality and the fact you can't connect an external speaker to it either wired or bluetooth/ This is a pretty major flaw.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Affordable and Useful

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    Shannon
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    The Google Home Mini is a stylish-looking speaker with surprisingly strong sound quality for its size. My con is that it doesn't have a jack out and requires Chromecast Audio in order to connect with at external speaker setup. A solid accessory, but not the centerpiece of your smarter home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun little gadget

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    Dave
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    Was easier to set up and get started than the Amazon Dot. Sound is a little better than the Dot, and looks better. Answers questions better than the Dot, but no external speaker capability. The Dot, however, can get you into simple smart home capabilities with cheaper options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker

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    JuanR
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    Works wonderful! I use it a lot in the kitchen for timers or conversions. You can ask it a lot of different things, and gives you great answers. Playing music off this is really great too. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a 3.5mm jack to plug in external speakers, and setup can be a little tricky at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

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    cww404
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    This was a disappointment compared to the Echo Dot. Comparatively speaking the Echo Dot is the hands down winner. Unless you link the mini with Google Home and any other account or service it doesn't perform. The tap controls are not very good and the absence of a 3.5 mm jack to hook up external speakers was a huge mistake. Love Google but this was a dud. It was returned the day after purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good smart speaker but not perfect

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    snapperheadjoe
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    Google has several things going for this tiny smart speaker. The sound quality is much better than on the Alexa mini devices however it doesn't have the ability to connect an external speaker via a plug or Bluetooth which is a big detraction. There is also no comparison between the Smart's of Google Assistant versus Alexa's very limited responses and knowledge when it comes to answering questions. However the Alexa assistant, in my opinion, is better at controlling smart home devices. Give Google a little time and they will catch up and probably surpass Amazon. For now if you want a better sounding mini smart speaker that can answer your random questions more accurately stick with the Google mini but if your main concern is controlling your smart home then the Alexa Mini is it better return on your investment. As a side note I own six Alexa Minis and two Google Minis and have put them head-to-head so my assessment is accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent but not perfect Assistant

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    Romeo
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    Iniitally I was skeptical about buying this product due to privacy and other concerns. But once I walked in to the store, I found a GOOGLE respresentative who was able to explain me the current policies in details. I could match them to terms listed. Now I have been using this product for few weeks and I am very satisfied. The only concern I have so far is it not able to connect to external speakers using a bluetooth or 3.5 mm jack (or I dont know how to do so). I learnt I could use an echo dot for so. So make your choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    SSLa
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    Pros: 1. Easy to setup and use for home automation. 2. compatible with multiple devices on the market. 3. Support for music apps like Spotify and TuneIn. Cons: 1. Can not connect directly with external speaker so needs an audio chromecast that can connect to one. 2. Needs Youtube red subscription for playing music through Youtube.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Half the Price and Almost as Good as Google Home

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    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've 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's a preference thing?

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great...with one exception

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    Scarymungus
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    I bought a Google Home Mini and was excited to compare it to the Echo Dot. Google Home outperformed the Echo in a couple ways. 1. The sound quality was significantly better. 2. Google Assistant is simply smarter, and produces better information. BUT, the Google Home Mini cannot currently connect to external speakers via bluetooth. This was a deal breaker for me, and it broke my heart to have to return it. Why does this matter? Well, the Google Home is stationary as it plugs into the wall. So, I had it plugged into my bedroom. I frequently connect my Echo to an external speaker and take the speaker into the bathroom as I shower or get ready for the day. It works wonderfully. But Google doesn't let you do this. It was annoying enough for me that I couldn't justify keeping it, as I use it in that scenario so often. So for now I'm back to my Echo Dot - which does connect to my bluetooth speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not better than echo dot.

    Posted
    Alex62
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    Many people compare Google Home Mini with Echo Dot. Here is my opinion. I have both. And I'm gonna keep both. Because they both serve different purpose. I'm using Echo to listen to the music using external Bluetooth speaker and to control my smart home devices. Google is good answering questiond. Because it's Google. In my opinion Google screwed up two things. First, inability to connect to external speaker without any additional hardware like Chromecast. We can admit that speakers on both Echo Dot and Google Home Mini suck. And second, inability to change the wake word on Home Mini. Because sometime I want to say `Hi Google` just to my phone but Home Mini also answers the call. That a little bit frustrating. All those problems are fixable with a simple software update. I'm not sure if Google is going to do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend