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

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 17034 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product if it wouldn't mess up my wifi

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

    Worked great when used. But for some reason when I bought this my home wifi started to mess up when my wife would watch videos over Netflix. As soon as we unplugged the Google home mini everything worked perfect again...????????

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than Siri, but inconsistent setup

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

    Went through setup for a handful of these when getting my in-laws setup with a way to voice activate YouTube TV on various Cast enabled devices. Some were as easy and simple as you'd expect, others hung during setup and had to be factory reset multiple times before working correctly. Also, while voice to Cast is great... I find it weird that when the "case device" is Google TV running on a Sony, the cast command doesn't just activate the native app on the TV. I would've expected a full Google stack to be able to deep link instead of ONLY being able to use it as a dumb pipe to send video to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price...

    Posted
    whtwolf

    Easy to set up, can respond to a variety of questions and it's quite fun and useful for hands-free help but if you want to have a little more control it's a pain to use. I use it with my TV and Chromecast, useful to turn on TV or put on a show on Netflix or Youtube but to change volume or choose specific Youtube videos it's annoying to ask google every time, or to unlock your phone (and drain its battery) to use it as a remote control. A lot of times it wont listen to its call (Hey google) while music is playing, and it gets confused if there's other people talking in the background (even if it's the TV or similar). I thought I would be using it a lot but ended up deciding to set up tasks manually because of those issues, it takes the same amount of time and I dont have to struggle over the device not understanding what I want to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Smart Speaker to start with

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

    First impression for the product was overwhelming but as I started using it, it kind of acted stupid. It cannot open youtube videos unless we have a chromecast or chromecast enabled tv which is a huge downside. The reminder also doesn't says clearly what it is for unless you ask on your own. I would think in a year or two AI would make a progress and the product would be better than now but anyways for under 50$ its a good deal anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works but not as a BT speaker for video from PC

    Posted
    MintHill
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    I did get this for free with the purchase of another product so maybe I shouldn't complain too much. But the fact of the matter is there is a really big technical problem. If you intend to use this as a speaker for your laptop or desktop computer you might want to wait. I tried it as an external Bluetooth speaker for my desktop and the latency or lag between lips moving on my screen and the audio output from the Google Mini is maybe 0.5 second. It is unusable. I have a Harman/Kardon Bluetooth speaker also and it is not doing this and the sync is perfect so I know its the Mini. It does seem to be doing voice control correctly. Actually maybe better than my Alexa...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its okay..Amazon alexa is better

    Posted
    Rohit
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I like Amazon Echo dot over this. Same price but this device is little weird. I find it hard to use over google home app. Its very confusing and UI of app is also not friendly. Also, I don't see the glowing ring on the side when I say "hey google" so it makes me wonder if its activated or not when I speak far across the room. Also, my chromecast was acting weird while asking to pay videos on my TV. Pros: Cheap, looks good, good sound, need to say two word to awake it (unlike amazon's device where you can just say "Alexa") Cons: Amazon is more developed and responsive. Great skills on Amazon

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best smart speaker for most people

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

    I've perhaps too many smart devices in my household. I don't really use light switches anymore - I've an app for that. The same goes for running the vacuum, mopping the kitchen, and choosing what to watch on Netflix. Pretty much the only way my home functions at all is thanks to smart speakers and personal assistants like this one - and I've quite a few. From massive electric monoliths to wearables to smart screens, I've tried just about every variant of the Google home you can get. And so far I don't think I've found any that can beat the Home Mini. Yes, there are some areas where it's underwhelming. The built in speakers are just okay. It doesn't have a screen to watch videos on, or a clock. And you can't stick batteries in it and take it camping with you. But you also can't just stick any of the devices that do have all those on a wall behind a desk and pretend like you're Captain Picard as you turn off the lights with your voice. While those more complex Home devices all have their purposes, the mini is the only one cheap enough and versatile enough to fill your house with. They are essentially the backbone that enables my home automation system, and I rarely ever find that I miss the better speakers or colorful touchscreens. If you've got any kind of interest in home automation or simply rely on your Google Assistant on your phone to manage your schedule, this is where you should start looking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice price for a helpful device

    Posted
    VIProphetRydr
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've a few other Google devices in my possession (Chromecast video, audio, router) so I'm fairly familiar with Google, their products, and how they operate. The Google Home Mini was fairly easy to set up, connect to the internet and have it running. It's pretty good at setting alarms, playing my music from Spotify, iHeart radio and Tune In, answering basic questions about current events, news, weather and directions. I would like it to perform some home automation features like turn on and off my TV, control my light bulbs (illumi brand), and locate my car using the Automatic adapter. I know this device is one that they will provide updates, improve over time and add features for an ever expanding array of smart products. I'm just hoping some of the features I want are available soon or provided before they move on and develop something else making the Mini obsolete. The price of entry is not bad at $29.99. It also functions well as a small speaker. I've it placed on my bedside table and it loud enough and can handle a decent range of highs, midrange and bass without distorting at mid volume. The alarm does a good job of waking you up but not sounding obnoxious. If I could add or suggest improvements/must haves, I would: 1. Like a way to wall mount the device 2. More colors available in store (I've seen a red version but the only offer the chalk or charcoal colors at Best Buy). How about offering them in the Google colors? 3. I've another device with the Google assistant built in. When I say' "Hey Google", both devices respond. How do you get a particular device to respond without having the other one respond (other than turning off the mic)? Other than that, this is a cool device that provides an entryway into the smart device world without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend