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Insignia™ - Voice™ Smart Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock with Google Assistant - Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2472 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Neat Little Speaker

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    Ejuice
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    I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality that this speaker put out. I also appreciate how is has a USB port to charge your device. The sound fills the bedroom with music. The bass is not loud or powerful, but it is adequate for a speaker this size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost as good as Google Home, better than mini

    Posted
    Ziggs
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    This speaker is great for a nightstand. The speaker is better than the mini, has a time display, and a secondary display that will show information based on what you ask Google (temp, etc). While the speaker sounds nearly as good Google Home, it is lacking in the bass department. This is comfortably inbetween the two and offers a display and the best touch functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ok when it works

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    Bshah
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    I would save your money. I have 3 of these because of a special promotion I thought I was getting a good deal. They lose internet connection every other day and I have to keep unplugging it to reset it. This make it useless as an alarm clock. There is no specific time it looses the connection, and the are not far from the router. When it does work the sound is not bad, better than the mini but not as good as the home. You can not adjust the bass and treble. It also hasn't have a software update since I got them and it badly needs one to fix the bugs and to get all the new features google mini has.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very Average Smart Speaker

    Posted
    djcoltunez

    I purchased this speaker when it was discounted at $70 to add to my smart home. I would not say that I am completely disappointed with the speaker - the added time and weather display are a nice feature and the Google Home should look into adding this. It also has some sort of motion detector on top so the buttons light up if you are going to change the volume, change display brightness, etc. BUT if you are buying this in hope for good music quality, I would look elsewhere. In all honestly it just sounds like a loud phone speaker and was very unimpressed by it. When compared to the Google Home, it is almost laughable about how bad the audio quality is on this Insignia speaker - the Google Home has much crisper audio and much deeper bass (as this Insignia speaker offers little-to-no bass). This being said, it is perfect just to have at your bedside. And if you already have a well-established smart home, then this would be a welcome addition to your nightstand. However, if you are looking at this to be your first smart speaker, just take my advice and wait for the Google Home to go on sale (which it does often). If this speaker were priced at $50, only then would I seriously recommend it to people.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

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    Bobnoise
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    I like this speaker. I have a Google home that I really like and this one from BB is on similar lines. Using it on my side table. As many other might have pointed out, I really like the fact that this shows time. Does everything that Google home does except calling number. The temperature thing is iffy, I'd like it to show temperature for a longer time instead of its current few seconds. Speaker are pretty good for the price. They probably don't have as much bass as the home but I am no audiophile. It gets the job done. Got it for a price of 69.99 but at 59.99 this will be THE smart speaker to buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker/alarm clock w/Google Assistant

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    BigD
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    I own a Google Home, multiple Google Home minis, six of the larger version of this speaker (NS-CSPGASP2) and two of this smaller version (NS-CSPGASP-B). I was able to purchase the large version for $40 and the smaller version for $25. Here is my review: The larger speaker (NS-CSPGASP2 - NOT THIS ONE) is very comparable to the sound of the Google Home and has almost the same functionality. The Google Home has just slightly cleaner, more accurate sound but the larger version of this speaker is louder and has more bass. They both have Google Assistant but I believe the only thing the larger speaker doesn't currently support is phone calls but I imagine that will come in a future software update. For the money I definitely recommend the larger version of this speaker over the Google home because the sound quality differences are minor at normal volumes and the larger version of this speaker gets louder and has more bass at higher volumes. Plus the larger speaker has a built-in battery so you could take it somewhere and get something like 5 hours of battery life if you want. This smaller version speaker (NS-CSPGASP-B) is not the same as the larger version and doesn't sound near as good as the larger speaker or the Google Home speaker. It doesn't have the battery for portability and is more comparable to the Google Home mini. It is also significantly smaller in size which is nice on a nightstand compared to the much larger version but is also why it doesn't have as much bass and punch as the larger speaker. If you have the space and it is on sale, go for the larger version. If space is an issue or you are just looking at this versus the Google Home mini, they are fairly close. This speaker is not quite as clear and detailed as the Google Home mini but it does have more bass and gets louder. It also tends to be cheaper than the Google Home mini but is comparable in size to the Google Home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost returned, but found a fix

    Posted
    PAPapa
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    Had no trouble connecting to WiFi (must be on same router, not just same network, so if you have a repeater / range extender you might need to change router selection on your phone first). Set it up where you plan to use it, and choose the strongest WiFi signal in your house for your phone or tablet there first. After setup, I kept getting messages like "there was a glitch", or "sorry can't help with that right now, try again later". I figured it was defective and would have to take it back to BB. I wanted it to work so badly that I tried different things during setup. FINALLY found something that seems to fix that problem. At one point in the setup (and through the GH menu later), it asks if you want to use the same voice training that you have stored for your other devices. After changing to a new voice training (having to say OK Google and Hey Google a few times), it now works like it's supposed to... just like my other GH devices, a Home and two Mini's. To be honest, however, the speaker seems to lack highs, and the mid and bass sound a bit muddy. Listenable, just not as good as the Home unit that I have. Maybe the microphone is sub-par like the speaker, and that is what caused my setup problem. But... I wanted it for a bedside 'clock radio' that could play white noise and Pandora to get to sleep and as an alarm, and for that it works fine. Works well with my Philips Hue setup, too. To me, it's worth the forty bucks I paid for it on sale. IMO, it wouldn't be worth the full price. Lack of highs (with no means of equalization) has me at a 4 star review instead of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent smart speaker, weak bass

    Posted
    Jack
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    Having used both the Google Home and Google Home Mini, I was intrigued by the Insignia Voice Smart Bluetooth speaker since I had a display of some sort, and the price is lower than the original Google Home. I use the Google Assistant for everyday news, podcast, listening to Spotify but don't have usage for controlling smart appliances. From that use case, the Insignia speaker works as expected. The voice trigger seems a bit more sensitive that the Google Home. I place them in adjacent rooms, and whenever I was using the wake word from both rooms, and the Insignia was the first to response. The touch-enabled "surface" has three options - volume up and down, and another one to play/pause audio. Sadly, unlike the Google Home, it did not wake up for listening when I tapped that button - only voice wake-up works. Things may change with firmware update. I'm a heavy Spotify user and the Google Home has been doing a decent job - not the best sound, but not too bad either, given the size and convenience. However, the Insignia fell short of expectation - there was almost no bass making the sound kind of tinny. The volume was adequate, with tolerable noise at max volume. For voice audio (podcast), the nonexistence of bass was ok for me. Also, it worked well when grouped together with the Google Home (via the app). Bluetooth pairing is straight-forward and quick. I paired it with my smartphone once to check, but I mostly relied on the Google Cast option for playback. The display is what stands out over the Google Home. The ever-present clock is useful, and if you ask for the weather, it'll briefly show the temperature. I thing I could not use was the calling feature of the Google Home speaker. I thing the Insignia firmware does not support it right now. Overall, I'm satisfied with the Insignia speaker. The display is useful as a clock, and except music playback and inability for voice calling, it works quite well out of the box. The price is also a strong point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative speaker

    Posted
    nmackpaddywhack
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    @@@@@ This review isn't sponsored. I am a personal tech reviewer. @@@@@ SOUND: The Insignia Smart Speaker is a solid option for entry into the smart speaker market. The volume and sound on this device vastly outperforms the Google Home Mini. While low-range isn't perfect (as expected for the price point), the device puts out a fair amount of bass. At full volume, the speaker can fill a medium-sized room with audio. It certainly isn't Bose or Sonos quality. And, it isn't meant to be. Smart Features: The speaker essentially does everything that the Google Home Mini does, but with a small display. It does however have a few limitations such as lack of voice calling. However, this speaker can and should act as a supplement to any smart home set-up, not as as the primary device. It processes requests quickly and accurately. I have not yet utilized the alarm clock features. However, note that alarm clock features cannot be controlled remotely from the Google Assistant app. Additionally, apps like Spotify can be streamed to the device (as well as multi-room control). The volume control buttons and on-screen controls allow for control of the volume from the speaker rather than having to push the volume button or shout volume commands. My only gripe is that the weather indicator will not stay Microphone: Microphone performs well! While it doesn't utilize the same "360" microphone technology as the Google Home product line, it still manages to hear prompts and requests. That said, like the Google Home Mini, if the volume is at a high/max volume, the device will not hear you unless you come very close and raise your voice considerably. That said, if you are planning to play music at those volumes, you should be switching to the free stock Android Google Assistant (and iOS app) for home control. Display: The small digital LED display is perfectly-sized for the device. As a nightstand device, which is how I use it, the brightness of the display doesn't disturb my sleep while also being bright enough for use in a well-lit room. The digital led on the top of the speaker for the volume controls and play/pause are very useful with a futuristic vibe. Build: The product has a quality, sturdy build with rubber mats on bottom to prevent sliding. The device will sit in one spot (due to requiring power source) so moving it around is easy, but if portability is a big issue (which it shouldn't be for a smart home speaker) then upgrade to the newer version. Rating: I rated it 4 out of 5 stars because this is a quality, entry smart home product. Placed in a pre-existing (budding) smart home set-up, this device acts a wonderful supplement for smart home connection from the bed. To receive a five out of five rating, the device would require improved microphone, weather indicator, and better packaging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Useful Home Assistant with Some Minor Limitations

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    dorkhead2
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    Overall, this speaker with Google Voice Assistant works very well. Just like on an Android phone, you simply say, "OK Google" and begin asking any question you have. The female voice assistant will either give you an exact answer or perform a Google search and read the primary result back to you. For example, if you ask Google, "OK Google, what time does Disneyland open tomorrow?" She will tell you the exact operating hours for Disneyland for the requested day. But if you ask, "OK Google, at what age should my child stop sucking his thumb?" Google will respond by reading you an answer from a reputable website. The Voice Assistant also performs very well when asked to turn on or off my WiFi connected house lights. A few of my lights are connected using TP-Link light switches, and others are connected using WeMo light switches. If your lights are not already setup in the Google Assistant app, you're guided during the speaker setup to add them to the Home Control portion of the app. Adding them allows you to control your lights and other connected devices, (Nest Thermostat, Roomba, WiFi outlets, etc.) using your voice either through your phone or through the Insignia speaker. Since the speaker is setup on my nightstand, my wife loves to ask Google to turn off the bedroom light, instead of having to get out of bed to physically turn it off. A few limitations include not being able to manually adjust the time displayed on the front of the device. Other users have inquired about this option and Insignia's tech support has responded in forums that they are not able to change the time because the device syncs with Google time servers. Hopefully someday there will be an option to manually adjust the time, so if you're like me, you can set the clock ahead a few minutes to help with getting out the door early. Another limitation is the device's inability to place phone calls yet. When you ask Google to call someone, it responds that the feature isn't currently active. Hopefully this feature will also be added in future software updates. And the final limitation is the speaker quality (not really though). If you're very particular about the sound quality of the music being played through your speakers, then this unit will not satisfy you. However, if you just want to enjoy music without concern for high quality sound, then this speaker will do just fine. The sound it does produce is good enough and can get loud if you crank it up. The bass isn't all that strong, but again, this isn't a device meant for an audiophile. It will meet the needs of most people. Ultimately, I am very satisfied with this speaker. It's a reasonably priced speaker and home assistant. It's perfect for a bedroom night stand or living room clock (or anywhere else you can plug in this unit). If Insignia continues to update the features on this speaker, it will easily get a 5-star rating. Still, if I could give it 4.5 stars, I would.

    I would recommend this to a friend