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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I have minis and the original models - I love em

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    Flynt
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    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) . . .

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    PervisStoop
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    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

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    MadisonDad
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    I prefer over the echo

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    InflatedKarma
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing if you own more than two

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    nortex
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    In general, the Google home speaker system is lackluster and fails to rise much above a cute toy. In terms of playing music, even though the device is linked to a family music account, it will only play one song. This means kids and adults in separate rooms can't not listen to their own music selections. Speaker-to-speaker communication is non-existent. Each speaker has its own name, but you can't cast to a speaker specifically with a message. This means after one person goes to bed, no one can use Google home to communicate - even if they are in a separate room on a separate floor - because they will broadcast into any other's rooms and wake the sleepers. A second problem with broadcast is the lack of synchronization between speakers when broadcasting a message. A delay of up to 1/2 second is common and makes messages completely unintelligible. All the speakers have clocks inside them - why not use those clocks for a little bit of synchronization? Integration with other smart home services is superficial. We have Philips Hue lights (very cool), but the speaker very often mis-interprets simple commands like "turn lights off" as "turn lights up" and for controlling bulbs individually, you seem to have to say "lamp" instead of "light," which is a departure from american colloquialism. I rarely have trouble with people understanding my English. Worse still, you can't access the "neat" features such as color profiles or light-based alarm settings. You must use the Hue app for that. The devices themselves seem to be flaky from time to time. Both my wife, my daughter, and myself have had the devices accept commands, acknowledge them, and then take no action. This could be "singing a song", "broadcast a message," or tell me the weather. I can't quite seem to get the hang of when it's going to acknowledge its wake command. For instance, sitting a room away, I can at a moderate voice say "ok google" to wake my phone.... but the speaker down the hall around the corner in the next room takes over. On the other hand, if I'm 10 feet away from that speaker and give it a good authoritative "OK GOOGLE", I might get only a 50-50 shot at waking it. So, for the things I care most about - family communication, playing music, and controlling a smart home - the device is 0 for 3. I guess those Google speaker engineers live in tiny homes in Silicon Valley and only ever have one speaker at a time!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Home mini Vs. Alexa Dot

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    Jerry
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    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

    Love so much we bought more!

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    MultiTaskingGenius
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    We have Google Home and these Google Minis are absolutely perfect for other rooms in the house where we want something a little smaller! We use it so often to check the weather and ask it other random questions that we didn't want to constantly have to be near the main unit to use it. We placed a Mini in our master bedroom upstairs and we use it every morning and every night at the very least. We also use it frequently to play music while we sort laundry on our bed with our 5 kids (that takes a while and the music makes it seem like a little less of a chore.) The sound quality has been excellent and we have had zero issues with it since we bought them. We even bought another one to give one of our daughters for her basement bedroom. She chooses her school clothes each day based on the weather forecast and we don't allow smartphone or tablets in bedrooms (for social media purposes and because our kids would probably hide away in their rooms), so this is the only way she can check the weather without having to come upstairs to ask the main Google Home about the weather forecast. I have the one in our bedroom set up to my own voice so that when I say "Good Morning" to it, it tells me the current temperature, the forecast for the day, and what's on my calendar. I can also opt (through the app) to have it tell me about news stories, my work commute and traffic, the stock market, and other options that I can't remember because I don't use them. (I work from home so I have no traffic commute but I bet that would be a helpful feature for those that do!) I prefer Google Home over Amazon's Alexa, but do hope Google will start coming out with more products that are compatible with Google Home. I see a LOT of products as being compatible with Alexa but Google seems to be falling a little short in that category. It's not importatn enough to me to warrant buying an Alexa as we really love playing games on our Google Home and enjoy the many features, but something to consider if you're wanting a lot of add-ons that are compatible with your smarthome product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It's awful.

    Posted
    Michael
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    Open music with something like Tidal on my phone, go into the Google Home screen and click "Play music" on this and... it starts playing some completely random music from somewhere else. Nothing I own or have or want to hear. Tell it to play music and you'll get a phrase you'll start to hate very quickly telling you that you need Youtube premium or something to play music and here's something different on Google Play Music. If you give in and start using Google Play Music it gets about 5% better. If you try to use it to play your existing music collection it can't. Even if the collection is on your phone. It won't even try. It *has* to stream from Google's servers or the world will explode. So Google give you the option to upload your entire music library to their servers. So you can download it eternally through streaming it over and over again. Even though the Mini has to be set up on a home network with both Bluetooth and Wifi and either of those can stream music. I gave in and tested it. 3gb uploaded. After that telling it top play a certain song, that was on that list I'd uploaded usually ended up in the same error and random crap playing instead. The Google Support way to make it better was to create a playlist in Google Music and name it, then call that name to play it. I named it "My Stuff". To play a certain song you'd have to say something like "Hey Google, play Bullet in the Head by Rage Against the Machine from my My Stuff playlist on Google Play Music." And 95% of the time no matter what you say you're going to get a speech twice that long about how you should pay them to use this service better and here's some random banjo music instead. Oh, and watch out if you have multiple accounts on your phone, like people often have. The devices in Google Home have repeatedly decided that none of my accounts is the owner of the home they're in, and I've had to delete the home and restart after factory resetting them 3 times in one month. The Mini is on my desk unplugged, again. That's it's normal state, and how it's best enjoyed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best $30 I could have spent

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    Mike
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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

    Miles better than the Echo Dot

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    emptystreets130
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Google Home Device Priced Right

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    MadHatter
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    As an early adopter of the original Google Home, I realized quickly that I did not have enough of them around the house to make the assistant truly useful. Unfortunately, the original Home price does not make purchasing many of them easy. The mini solves that problem, especially when Best Buy has a deal for a free one with a Nest or Philips Hue purchase; or when they ran their deal for the free gift card with the reduced price. Now I have a bunch of these devices spread throughout the house and do not have to think about where I am when I want to access the assistant. As small as a bagel, sound is not great; but it does not have to be great to be useful. Placing them in the hallway, bathrooms, or children's bedrooms helps spread the assistant throughout the home so I can broadcast information to everyone, or control lights in each room. Saying "turn on the lights" without having to remember the proper room name is very convenient. Even when the volume is 60%, the sound is sufficient to fill a small space, and sounds okay without the stereo effect. (for better sound, a stereo with a Chromecast is the better option than a more expensive stand-alone speaker) At this price, it is also an ideal bathroom speaker to listen to music since you can change the music without having to touch it or your phone, and cheaper than most waterproof Bluetooth speakers. While not rated as water proof or water resistant, I have not damaged mine yet from the steam since I do not have it close to the shower. I also have mine mounted to the wall to help keep water from collecting in the base. (separate purchase required to get a mount) Overall, a worthwhile investment if interested in the smart-home ecosystem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Home Mini Review

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    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

    Great Tech for any

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    robot
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    Super handy gadget that once I saw it I had to have it. My wife and I live a minimal life so we opted to forego installing any light in our house other than what the sun decides to provide for us. No lamps, no lightbulbs, not even a bat signal type of flood light. This lifestyle isn't for everyone or anyone for that matter, including us so we picked up a Google Mini and a couple smart bulbs to place around the house. It can do a lot more than just turn on/off the lights by a simple command but that is the feature we utilize the most. One of the unexpected features I didn't realize it was capable of is how funny it is to be in one room and then you hear it answering questions nobody asked it or when you randomly walk past it and hear it whisper little sweet nothings from time to time. As soon as I realized it was listening to us and became self aware I decided to add a few more to the house so I could really speed up it's learning curve and utilize it's neural net processor. Now that I have multiple units sprawled across the house, I rarely ask it to do trivial things like turn on the lights for me. It's an insult to the tech. Now I consistently ask Google to broadcast flatulence across all devices. I can't begin to tell you how awesome it is to hear Google Rip Wet AF Alabama Mud Clumps in sync all over the house. It's like I'm engulfed in a Stank Symphony of sorts. It's not for everyone, especially my wife but I suggest you look up other reviews to see how others might utilize it's features but all in all I can't rave about it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Tech for any Smart Home or Skynet Supporter

    Posted
    robot
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    Super handy gadget that once I saw it I had to have it. My wife and I live a minimal life so we opted to forego installing any light in our house other than what the sun decides to provide for us. No lamps, no lightbulbs, not even a bat signal type of flood light. This lifestyle isn't for everyone or anyone for that matter, including us so we picked up a Google Mini and a couple smart bulbs to place around the house. It can do a lot more than just turn on/off the lights by a simple command but that is the feature we utilize the most. One of the unexpected features I didn't realize it was capable of is how funny it is to be in one room and then you hear it answering questions nobody asked it or when you randomly walk past it and hear it whisper little sweet nothings from time to time. As soon as I realized it was listening to us and became self aware I decided to add a few more to the house so I could really speed up it's learning curve and utilize it's neural net processor. Now that I have multiple units sprawled across the house, I rarely ask it to do trivial things like turn on the lights for me. It's an insult to the tech. Now I consistently ask Google to broadcast flatulence across all devices. I can't begin to tell you how awesome it is to hear Google Rip Wet AF Alabama Mud Clumps in sync all over the house. It's like I'm engulfed in a Stank Symphony of sorts. It's not for everyone, especially my wife but I suggest you look up other reviews to see how others might utilize it's features but all in all I can't rave about it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Of the Google Assistant speakers it's... ok

    Posted
    nopking
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    I'm pretty invested in the Google Home/Assistant ecosystem - I've already got a couple of Minis and a couple of Homes and a Lenovo Smart Display and a Home Hub and also an Insignia. Throw in a couple of headsets that include assistant and I've got Google everywhere. No, there's a reason, I'm not just Google crazy, I write about these in my spare time. I didn't know when I ordered the my Nest doorbell a Mini was getting tacked on. I'd have preferred literally any other Google Assistant product, but let's address my issues with the Mini. It's ok. Of the products out there I've tried I can't say much more than it works and works ok. You want to dip your toes in the Assistant pool, you're not going to go wrong. What I don't like about these is the pickup on all Minis I've ever run into seems to not be as robust as the others. It works, it'll be fine but I'm "OK Google"ing much more than on other devices. The next is since these have been relegated to kid's rooms (nighttime music, story norey, couple of kid things) getting the volume adjusted via voice is harder on these than any I've used. The others hear the OK Google when the music is too loud, these I generally have to come and whack and I always manage to turn it up even more. Good, not the best, but being the lowest price entry models can't complain. I'd rather get the Insignia on sale when it's $20 or a Lenovo when it's 90 or so. But then again, they're an entirely different class and different base price model. So can't complain excessively about the mini - it works, or works better than anything we could have imagined four years ago, yadda yadda

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best smart speaker for most people

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    Batlacit
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    I have perhaps too many smart devices in my household. I don't really use light switches anymore - I have 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 have 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Home Mini = EXECELLENT CHOICE . . . . .

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    PBXMAN
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    Love this thing! I bought it while it was on sale for $35 which is a pretty good price, normally $55. Comes with one GE light bulb which is already paired in the Home Google app. Nothing additional to download to make it work. Other brand name bulbs you'll have to download apps to make them work. The setup process was very easy. Install the smart bulb and plug in the Google Home Mini in the same room. Since the bulb is Bluetooth-based, it will only work a short distance from the Google Home Mini. 1. Download the Google Home app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Upon opening the app, I saw a banner asking me to "Setup 1 Device". 2. The app walked me through setting up the Google Home Mini first. 3. The app then automatically asked me if I wanted to setup the bulb. It quickly found the bulb and added it to my Google Home profile. Because I liked this so much I bought 3 more combo units (Home Mini & GE Bulb) and have them all over. I even have 3 of the display units as well....love them... One of my favorite things is when I go to bed I tell the Home Google Mini "good night" and I have it set to tell me my reminders and weather for the next day. Then it asks what time I would like the alarm set for. I haven't been over sleeping since I put one of these in my bedroom. Recommend to everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun Gadget, Great product

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    We have had this google mini installed in our kitchen. Firstly to set the google mini you need to download the google home app and follow the setup instructions, this is common of many electrical products. The set up did seem to take a long time but this could of been down to my internet connectivity rather than the app itself. The google mini needs to be plugged in at all times, It would of been nice if the cable colour matched the device to blend it in more as the white cable stands out on our black worktops and the actual plug is bulky but this is personal preference and doesn't affect the product. We have been very impressed with the google minis 'understanding' it never fails to answer or perform the task requested regardless of who has asked it, woman, man, or child. As a speaker I don't think the sound quality is as good as other speakers on the market but that said other speakers don't remind you to make a packed lunch or tell you how long to cook roast parsnips for. We haven't got Spotify or googleplay which are the main music platforms supported by the voice activation but it is simple to pair your phone or table via Bluetooth to play music. You can request it plays radio stations for you without the need for a secondary device nearby if you don't use the above mentioned platforms. There is so much this device can do and we haven't even begun to fully utilise it yet, what we have done is; -Stored shopping lists on it so when you've got dirty hands cooking and use the last of something you can add it to the shopping list straight away without forgetting - Kitchen timer, you can ask it how long is left on the timer too - New and weather updates specific to you're local area or wherever else you request - Recipes - Radio - TImer My 9 year old has particularly enjoyed some of the fun features like beat boxing, trivia games and getting the answer to his maths homework. This is a fun family gadget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

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    Fobbie16
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    We have had this google mini installed in our kitchen. Firstly to set the google mini you need to download the google home app and follow the setup instructions, this is common of many electrical products. The set up did seem to take a long time but this could of been down to my internet connectivity rather than the app itself. The google mini needs to be plugged in at all times, It would of been nice if the cable colour matched the device to blend it in more as the white cable stands out on our black worktops and the actual plug is bulky but this is personal preference and doesn't affect the product. We have been very impressed with the google minis 'understanding' it never fails to answer or perform the task requested regardless of who has asked it, woman, man, or child. As a speaker I don't think the sound quality is as good as other speakers on the market but that said other speakers don't remind you to make a packed lunch or tell you how long to cook roast parsnips for. We haven't got Spotify or googleplay which are the main music platforms supported by the voice activation but it is simple to pair your phone or table via Bluetooth to play music. You can request it plays radio stations for you without the need for a secondary device nearby if you don't use the above mentioned platforms. There is so much this device can do and we haven't even begun to fully utilise it yet, what we have done is; -Stored shopping lists on it so when you've got dirty hands cooking and use the last of something you can add it to the shopping list straight away without forgetting - Kitchen timer, you can ask it how long is left on the timer too - New and weather updates specific to you're local area or wherever else you request - Recipes - Radio - TImer My 9 year old has particularly enjoyed some of the fun features like beat boxing, trivia games and getting the answer to his maths homework. This is a fun family gadget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product, but it won’t make me leave the Echo

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    GadgetGirl
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    Let me start by saying that I have a number of Alexa devices, including 3 of the 1st gen Echo, and couple of 1st gen of the Dot, a couple of 2d gen Dot, and a Spot. I’ve been pretty happy with them as we’ve built our Smart Home capabilities, but was interested in trying out the Google Home Mini after getting a recommendation from someone in the family. When the right sale price came along, we took the opportunity to pick one up at Best Buy. The Google Home Mini is an attractive, small smart speaker; it is really much nicer looking than both the 1st and 2d gen Echo Dot (I don’t have a 3d gen, so can’t do a side-by-side). It is very responsive; in fact, I’d say it is slightly more responsive than any of the Echo products. It “speaks” clearly, but I think the voice sounds a little more artificial than that of the Echo. In the “smarts” department, I haven’t asked it anything it stumbled over yet. I wouldn’t recommend it as a primary means to listen to music, but then I don’t find playing music on the Echo devices to be very appealing, either. They’re both fine for short periods of listening. Overall, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try the Google Home Mini, but I don’t find enough value added to want to abandon our Echo devices. Honestly, if Google had been first out of the gate with a smart speaker, I would probably feel the same way about abandoning their products. It’s good to have choices, and I think you just have to decide which “universe” you’re most comfortable in - Google’s or Amazon’s. I don’t think you can go wrong with either at this point.

    I would recommend this to a friend