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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent but lacking

    Posted
    Crasher
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    The Insignia Voice is a home alarm clock that offers google assistant with a 360 speaker for audio and voice playback. While it looks good in person and on paper there are some key features that it falls short in. Lets dive in and see if this is gonna be worth the buy for you. First impression out of the box is that this a pretty nice and sleek looking unit. The unit is not bulky or tall and takes up very little space on a night stand. Out of the box you will receive the Insignia smart clock and power cord. Once powered up you will notice all the display lights will come on. You have a center O button which acts as a pause/play button and action button. A + and - button are used to lower and raise volume and also control dimming features. On the back of the speaker is a mic button that serves as a mute and factory reset. Set up is very easy, once the unit is plugged in it will voice prompt you to download the Google home app which is free on the Playstore. Set up is very easy with no issues and took as little as 1 minute to complete. Once set up is complete the app will show you all the things you can do with your smart device. It will also allow you to set up a primary account for your music and video streaming for example if you have a Spotify account you can set it up as your primary music source this way when you say "Hey google play my hip hop playlist" it will automatically pull it from Spotify first and start streaming all the music you have in that play list. You can also hold down the + and - button which puts it into Bluetooth mode allowing the unit to sync up to your cellphone. I personally don't like this feature due to the fact that every single audio piece gets streamed through the speaker and eventually it gets annoying plus everyone around you can hear whatever it is you are watching. Now lets talk about one of the first issues i ran in to after initial set up was complete and that is the clock feature. I live in Denver and yet my clock was set to Eastern time zone. I tried several things to remedy this situation and could not find an answer. I called tech support and they told me that my phones time needed to be set to auto and then to proceed to do a factory reset on the unit itself. I did this and yet the time still remained two hours ahead. I then called back and they proceeded to tell me that it must be an issue with google and not the unit. I thought maybe after a couple of days it would sync up and display the right time. After two days it was still two hours ahead. This was very disappointing for a few reasons, one whats the point of using the alarm clock feature if my time is set two hours ahead and two this now defeats the purpose of being a smart CLOCK! After trying a few different things through my frustration i finally found a way to get the time to set properly. I had to manually set my time to Denver and turn off the Auto feature then do a hard reset on the clock in which it did finally set the right time, however i wanted to see if it would adjust the time if i adjusted my time and no, it did not. So i guess when daylight savings time comes around the corner im going to have the same issue again. This is very disappointing and is a clear example of a hardware issue and not an issue with Google Home. Lets move on and talk about the smart features of the Google Assistant. First off i just wanna say i have always been a big fan of android devices and the google assistant app. I actually use the Google Assistant quite a bit on my cellphone since it allows for hands free functionality. The Assistant on the Insignia Voice differs from the Assistant that can be found on your cellphone in many ways. The Google assistant on the Insignia Voice allows for some cool features like weather updates, sport updates, and much more other cool features. I mean heck you can even play trivia games with your Insignia Voice. However it does not allow for basic features that everybody does on a daily basis. What i mean by this is that you cannot have it read or send text messages, read emails, make phone calls and several other key things. The Google Assistant lets me know that it cannot do these features just yet but may be able to in the future. What i don't understand is why would you not implement these features into a smart device when these are features that everybody uses at least a couple times a day. Being able to play games and get sports updates is cool and all but i read my emails and text messages several times a day and this takes a bigger importance for me than some trivia game. I guess what this really comes down to is what you are hoping to get out of the Smart device in the way of a personal assistant. Sure it can put together a grocery list and set up reminders on a calendar for you, but how can you teach something to ride a motorcycle if it cant even ride a bicycle (metaphorically speaking of course.) Now lets talk about that 360 sounding speaker. This is a section i was actually very pleasantly surprised from. The sound quality is actually not too bad. When it plays whatever tunes you want it to, the sound quality can be heard equally from all sides of the room. And while this is not a expensive sounding speaker system i had no issues making out all my highs, mids and lows with very good clarity from my Insignia Voice speaker. Here's my final take away from this speaker. There are alot of cool features that the google assistant can do and to go in to detail on all of them would take up way too much space and time. While it does offer some cool things it also lacks some of the very basic features in every day life. My hope is that one day it will fix this with a firmware update allowing calls and text message play backs at the very least. What this is going to come down to as a buyer is rather or not something like that is going to bother you. The sound quality coming out the speakers however is pretty darn good. Pop on some of your favorite jams while your cooking or getting ready to go to work in the morning and you will find that sound quality is good enough for you to get in to your music and start singing and dancing along. The struggle of having to set the correct time and not getting proper information from tech support was very frustrating and the main reason i only gave this review 3 stars because at the end of the day i feel that this is a very average unit when compared to some of the other devices that are out there in the market at this price point. If you do decide to buy this my suggestion is to hold on your receipt in case you can't get your time to set properly and need to return the unit. All in all i feel that there are better units out there that can do a better job than this device but if your still curious to see if this is the right fit for you than by all means give it a shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great if you can get it for $25

    Posted
    Bauce40

    I bought this speaker for $25 figuring for that price to get a decent speaker, clock and assistant in my bedroom I can't go wrong especially when Google Home Minis are usually around $35-50. I originally had a Echo Dot in my room and never owned a Google Home device. I will say that set-up is super easy. I have an iPhone and I had the Google Home app (I have a few Chromecast devices) and it recognized it immediately and turned on the time and then began an update that took just a few minutes. After that I was ready to go. I tried playing one of my Spotify playlists. Didn't work. It started playing a random playlist with a similar name. If I ask for a specific artist, album or song though it played just fine. The playlist issue seems to be a Google Home issues as well, not specific to this device. I will say though, for a small speaker the sound isn't bad. It also isn't great. It won't compare to a Sonos or other high end speaker. For $25 it sounds amazing. For $100, you'd be better off spending the extra $50 and getting the Sonos Play One and connecting a Echo Dot to it or Sonos One for an extra $100. It works great for bedroom audio and while it gets plenty loud, I wouldn't necessarily use it for a party. There is bass, but hardly any deep bass. The mids and lows sound ok but can get muddled. Again for $25 it's great for listening in the bedroom. I even set my Chromecast Audio back up on my speaker bar in my family room and now using the Home Group I can stream music to both my Insignia speaker and my Chromecast Audio at the same time giving me a multi-room option, which I do love. My only drawbacks to this device are the Spotify playlist issue (which seems to be a Google issue) and that when the alarm clock goes off, even when you stop the audio tone of the alarm, the clock on the front continues to flash and I have found no ways of stopping this. Hoping I can find a fix or with a firmware update because that kills the whole alarm clock functionality for me. I will say, in regards to Spotify playlists, my Echo dot plays my personal playlists with no issues. Not sure why Google can't, but hopefully this gets fixed with updates. My other complaint (again this is with Google and not Insignia) is that Google Home devices do not work with SiriusXM and my Echo Dot does. Again, could be fixed in the future with updates. Ultimately, for $25 you can't go wrong. You get a decent sounding speaker, a Google Assistant device and a clock all wrapped in one. Sure the alarm flashing sucks, but overall it's not a bad package. Hopefully with updates my complaints can be fixed. I would totally buy this again for $25, but for the original price of $100 it's not really worth it. Even at $50 it's questionable, but probably worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Some shortcomings compared to normal Google Home

    Posted
    Kevin

    This product is generally pretty good, especially when on a steep sale, but here are some things to consider which make me hesitate to buy any additional ones. 1. There's a general misconception that this speaker has the full Google Home feature set. That is not the case, as the software is modified and updated independently of the Google brand Google Home devices. I found this out after some searching. 2. This product lacks all of the Google Home features. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability to pair Google Home speakers with other non-Google Home Bluetooth speakers; a very handy feature. This product lacks that ability, presumably because it's behind on updates, or the Bluetooth radio is for some reason incapable. 3. There's no guarantee of continued updates or support. This is a Best Buy brand, so if they decide to cut support, whether it be because of a partnership with Amazon or the desire to sell a newer product, they can just cut support, and you have an end-of-life device on your hands that won't keep getting the upgrades and new abilities that Google brand Google Home devices will. 4. This speaker does not respect proximity rules. That is to say if you have a Google Home in your bathroom, and this speaker in your bedroom, and while standing in your bathroom you issue a command, if the one in the bedroom happens to hear you too, it will respond despite not being the speaker that's closest. This is an issue that I believe the Google branded Home speakers have worked out (so have the Amazon Echo devices,) but still plauges the insignia speakers. 5. The blue lights on this are ridiculous for an alarm clock speaker that presumably will be kept in a bedroom. Consider that blue light is scientifically proven to keep one awake and sleep experts recommend not looking at anything that produces light with a blue component before bed. This is why apps that turn off blue pixels on your TV and phone exist, and are starting to be built into Android and iOS. Why not red? 6. Speaker begins to distort around 80% to 85% volume. It still is listenable at or above that level, but is it isn't ideal. Overall it isn't a bad little device for the price, but I think for the purposes of having a smart speaker, one may be better served by going with a device that has the full feature suite and guaranteed updates and support.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average Sound Quality, Cool Features

    Posted
    BenisJ
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    I am split between two universes: Google and Amazon. I am struggling to figure out which one is best and deserves to be my personal assistant, but the "Insignia™ - Voice™ Smart Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock with the Google Assistant built in" (you'd think they could come up with a more friendly, catchy name) is pushing me in the Google direction. The device itself is average. As others have mentioned, you can't make calls on it yet. It also isn't the most robust sounding speaker on the market. Nor does it come with a battery of any kind which is odd because whose to say you might not want to take it to the backyard, or into the basement or garage for awhile as an internet music player? I cannot speak to any of the technical glitches others have had. I have not experienced any problems. The midrange sounds are clear and the volume levels are good across the range from quiet to loud. I personally think it launches at just the right level of volume. The assistant voice is clear. The assistant's microphone is pretty good. So far it has successfully picked up my voice without issue. Currently I have this model in the office about 5 feet away and it picks up my commands without me feeling like I am shouting. The dimmable screen is a plus as well as the mute microphone and USB charging port on the back. Not sure how to make the temperature stay on the screen all the time. I got this unit initially as a radio alarm clock replacement and at night phone charger. It met those needs just fine, until I realized I didn't know the proper command(s) to make it wake me to music nor would it wake me if the power went out. That short-coming resulted in moving it from the bedroom to the office. The Google Assistant features seem more intuitive to me than say, Alexa, but I've also lived in the Google world for a lot longer. It is nice to say "Hey Google, tell me about my day" and have it run through my calendar, give me traffic info, tell me about the weather and then start playing the news for me first thing in the morning. When I want a little background music: "Hey Google, stream some Q101" or "Hey Google, shuffle my Pearl Jam mix." Google just seems to get me better than the other assistants and the commands feel very natural but it does take time to learn all the different commands. There is no way to cover all the commands and interconnectivity of the Google Home enabled devices like this one, but so far it has been a joy to incorporate this little device into my daily lifestyle--and to explore how Google Assistant can *improve* my life. Don't buy this device thinking you are getting an awesome speaker. Buy this device because you want you want an inexpensive, Google personal assistant device that has average sound, decent volume and fun features (minus phone calls...for now). Good choice for a beginner who already has a history via their Google account...and it won't break the bank. My lack of stars are primarily due to the average audio quality, the lack of a battery, and the inability (currently) to place/answer a call.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Terrible setup, surprisingly good device

    Posted
    MarkD
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    I would have given this a 4 or 5 star rating. However, the setup was a nightmare. And I am a highly proficient professional in the technology field. Apparently, as of when I got the device, there must be some bad bug involving WiFi. The range (initially) was terrible. The device refused the Google Home normal set up procedures. Finally, after 4 hours of wasted time, I solved the problem. To help others out of this pain do the following: 1. If the speaker says "LOAD" that means it is downloading a firmware update. Nothing in the instructions mentions that. It takes a while for this to occur (like 15 to 20 MINUTES). So let it happen. The device may restart several times and say LOAD again. Let this happen. Do not touch anything. Let it totally finish. 2. If you can't get it to work, do a Factory Data Reset (this works with all Google Home devices, including third party devices, like Insignia): * Press and hold the microphone mute on the back of Insignia device for about 15 seconds. * You'll hear your Google Assistant confirm that it's resetting Google Home. * Now, open Google Home on your mobile device and start the Add Device procedure all over again. Note: you may have to remove an earlier listing of the device in Google Home. Once I did all this, it worked. So far, I have been very satisfied. The build of the device is solid. The audio is surprisingly good, with solid clarity through lows, mids and highs. Would I recommend it? Given how awful the setup turned out to be, you may want to avoid it unless you are very tech savvy or have someone who is..... If you fall into this category, "yes" I would recommend it. If "no" you have been forewarned...

    No, I would not 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 am 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a Solid Performer

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    WesternSky
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    I have spent an extensive amount of time testing this product, and my overall impression of this device is not very favorable. The device does not integrate well with my IPhone. I find this speaker very contradictory. It cannot make calls, read text messages, or send texts. It does connect to my phone as it is able to put calendar events on my iPhone. But that’s about all it does with my phone. It cannot find my iPhone. My assistant informed me that she can only connect to Androids to use the find my phone feature for now. Perhaps an upcoming firmware update in the future will fix this? I just find the utility lacking. If I ask my assistant to find me directions to the nearest coffee shop, it tells me them. But this cannot be sent to my iPhone. So what is the use? Also, it often has issues verifying my voice requiring me to repeat my commands. It also thinks my wifes voice is mine, and we have very different voices. It frequently misses ‘Hey Google’ commands even when the room is silent. The Google Home app that goes along with this is painfully slow and times out very often on my iPhone 6s running iOS 11. I will say that I really enjoy the good morning feature is awesome. Asking for the weather is cool, playing music is cool. But these are fun features that do not really improve my life or workflow. Maybe I should have had different expectations for this device. Hoping some firmware updates make this device more usable and integratabtle into my everyday life

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Insignia BT speaker w/Google Assistant

    Posted
    BBReviewer
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    I was impressed when this little speaker arrived, smartly & securely packaged. It looks a lot like the Google Home and has indicator lights along the top and an LED clock on the front that is dimmable and shows am/pm! Yay! It also shows the temperature briefly when it is asked for weather information. I don't have any Smart accessories hooked up with it yet, but that will come some day. For now it is my assistant and music player. You need to set it up with the Google Home app and works best if you tell it about yourself - name, work and home address, etc. It finds your WiFi network and you're ready to go. I have a few Google assistants throughout my home: Google Home, Google mini, Sony speaker with Google, JBL BT speaker with Google (my favorite - excellent sound!) and now Insignia BT speaker with Google. Unfortunately, I find the Insignia speaker lacking in sound quality - not just missing the highs and lows, but everything in between. As an assistant, it works great to answer those standard questions: what's the weather, set a timer, give me a recipe, how is the traffic to work, etc. It's lightweight and compact and bluetooth - and it can play my iPhone playlists, Pandora, Spotify, etc. A positive, it picks up my voice from across the room and responds quickly. It's cute and I like it but there are many out there with much better sound quality. I think Apple's version with the Siri assistant came out recently. There's more competition everyday. I think Insignia needs to step up their game. I would recommend this only if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive bluetooth Google assistant speaker but KNOW GOING IN that sound quality is lacking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    If you want to save a buck. Makes for a great gift

    Posted
    Spencer
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    I love IA devices, and I have come to feel that Google Home has done it best. So when I saw this at $25.00 I thought why not try it. I can have another speaker and one more device in my audio setup! So let me say this, you don't by this (or any of the smaller Google Homes) for it sound quality. However I did expect a little more. The Google Home Mini sounds better. It is a Google Home Device. I have learn when 3rd parties make Google Home Devices, something is always missing. With this one. The ability to make calls. Not sure why? But you can't make a call on this device. You would think it would be added by way of an update. But so far now such update. Other than that, it's a bigger Google Home Mini. And not to be compared to the Google Home because of it's size. Oh and it has a clock on the front of it. So maybe it can save you from saying "Hey Google What time is it". I'm going to give it to a less techy friend, I am sure they are going to love it. They don't have anything to compare it to. One other thing you might want to be aware of. Best Buy has two of these. They look just the same. However one is larger (maybe it should be compared to the Google Home). This is the smaller of the two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice design, limited sound

    Posted
    PeboQuattro
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    The Insignia Speaker is a unique alternative to other smart speakers in that it has a (limited) display allowing it to be utilized as a clock. I intended on using it in the kitchen but found the speaker itself to be lacking. The speaker sounds distorted playing music at the higher volumes necessary to fill a noisy kitchen. I have an original echo and found the audio of this speaker to sound very weak and thin in comparison. The speaker is better suited for a small space where you are looking at replacing an alarm clock rather then adding a high fidelity speaker. The display does provide some useful information beyond the time, such as volume during adjustment or even the temperature when asking about the weather. Ultimately, if you are curious about smart speakers and enjoy rich sounding music look elsewhere; however, if you currently have a smart speaker but are looking to supplement your current setup this is a good addition.

    I would 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    At Least It Has a Clock

    Posted
    RickC
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    I purchased this because it has the "Google Assistant" built into this Insignia Clock - The Insignia clock portion works just fine, gets the time from the network. Settup of Google Assistance however, is not very straight forward. I wouldn't believe the average person would be able to set this up without quite a bit of effort and reading of online help. With the Alexa and numerous "dots", all you need to do is essentially plug it in and follow an onscreen app wizard. Google Assistant you have to visit numerous google account settings to provide permissions, access, location, etc. I visited no less than 3 different Google account settings to allow it to make calls, followed the instructions to the "T". Google Assistance informs me after all of this, it cannot make calls at this time. Huh? There are instructions on how to do it, yet it is not a feature that works with the Insignia version of Google Assistant. Bottom line - it provides no additional functionality over the Amazon Alex and is difficult to set up. If it was for the Insignia Clock actually displaying the correct time, it would have been two stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as Google Home

    Posted
    mwitman
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    Looking at this item online, I thought it was an alarm clock with Google assistant built in. It is not. First, the picture is deceptive. The temperature read out only displays when you ask what the temperature is. Not constantly, secondly, the time display only works when the device is connected to the internet. I frequently lose internet access, so this unit has nothing displayed. In terms of it's functionality, it is not as good as Google Home. The microphones do not pick up my voice easily - I need to repeat commands often and at louder volume than with the Google unit. This unit also does not allow you to place phone calls, which the Google does. The speaker is okay, not high fidelity. In summary, if you are looking for something to play background music without full Google Assistant support, it's a good unit. If you want easy voice recognition, ability to place phone calls or high fidelity, this is not the way to go.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

    Posted
    EAR1965
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    I bought two when they were on sale- small for my bedroom and large for my kitchen- great prices and easy set-up. However the problems with Google that I have found are many. Allow me to list: 1) Display is BRIGHT and I cannot get it to tone down. 2) I have to say "OK Google" which is not...mouth friendly. You cannot change that. If you have it set to OK Google and accidentally say Ok Google now play..., the response is "I can't fine Now play smooth jazz" so you repeat. 3) "ok Google, play smooth jazz" "OK, here are some songs" and it plays classical. 4) Play music loud, then try to get its attention to turn it down...and it can't hear you. Try the buttons...no response. 5) I set it to give me the weather when I say Good Morning, and I STILL get the stock market info. Alexa works sooo much better! Considering how well Google is doing, you would think the technology would be better. I would not recommend this until the technology improves.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good form factor, buggy software

    Posted
    sigma47
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    This device literally caught my eye with the clock display. Seemed like a good fit to replace the old one on the nightstand and it does that and then some: speakers sound great, it streams MPR, sets alarms, and most importantly starts up my Chromecast for the gf to binge watch whatever. However, its seems its several versions of Google Assistant behind the official Google devices and I don't know what incentive there will be for BBY to keep it up to date with latest builds. Currently it doesn't make calls, send texts or stream for HBO Go. There also seems to be a bit of conflict with voice command detection when the speakers are at high volume or when it has recently received a command. I think most people will be happy with this product and I certainly think its worth the $40 (open box) I paid, but if you're looking for a polished experience this will not provide that yet and I don't know that it ever will. BBY should release the firmware source code and let the community keep these up to date.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds good but key features aren't included

    Posted
    Danny

    If you need a clock and just something to turn on and off the lights that sounds pretty good and don't care if new features from Google, hen this will do the trick. If you have a Google Home/Mini and is used the new features this isn't for you. 1. Make phone calls 2. Continue conversation Those are two features right off that bat that you can do with a Google Home but can't do with this. I have 5 google home around the house and bought one of these for each occupied bedrooms. I quickly realized that those missing features can be annoying because I've become accustomed to using it daily. If this thing ever gets a firmware update to have all the Google new features, this is definitely going to be a 5 star product and in some ways better than the Google Home itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker with Potential to be Smart

    Posted
    AJ49
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    I have had a couple of these speakers and a Google Home for a few months. The sound is very good, no extreme lows or highs, but that is to be expected, however it is nicely balanced and pleasing to listen to. I could give it 5 stars, but it's limited functions prohibit that. Originally it responded to "Shortcuts", then Google changed the name to "Routines". Now it doesn't respond to that and has never had the ability to make phone calls. Everyone thinks it needs a firmware upgrade. This may be true for phone calls, however, by chance I found out this may not be the case for Routines. It appears that Insignia and Google may not be shaking hands with each other. Now which one is not extending their hand is a mystery. Yes, I would recommend this speaker as long as that person fully understands the limitations and they purchase with a very substantial discount.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Valiant Effort, but I returned it.

    Posted
    AudioJunkie80
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    As a google smart speaker this actually wasn't bad. It just had some flaws that need to be worked out: 1. Alarm symbol/ initials only display when the alarm is going off, but not when you have set an alarm. The symbol should display whenever an alarm is scheduled so that you know it's scheduled. 2. Weather info should display for longer than 4 seconds. 3. Google home has a night mode feature that lowers the volume of google home by approx 20% upon scheduling desired hours. This speaker which uses google home software is missing this feature. 4. the information display should not be frosted over (the plastic used for the body is a frosted Dark Plastic). This causes the time to bve blurry from a short distance away (at least to my eyes, and I wear glasses as it is). Aside from these minor issues this really isn't a bad Alarm clock alternative. It just wasn't right for my needs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average at best

    Posted
    Randy

    The build quality is questionable at best. I've read many reviews of people reporting problems. The first one I had was defective too, the LED display didn't work. After exchanging it at BB, I had them plug the replacement it in first. IMHO, the richness of sound from the device is lacking bass and is not as rich as that from the Google home. So far, there is no way to adjust the sound EQ settings. There is also no way to connect a BT speaker to get better sound, you can only send music to the device. On the plus side, the microphone for the "OK Google" command is very sensitive and seems to work fine and the clock display is nice along with the 4-second display of the temperature when you ask it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good start but needs updates

    Posted
    Gadgetpanda
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    The good: Insignia design is modern and fits in any room. The unit is well sized to fit on a small night stand. Set up is easy as any Google smart speaker. The microphone picks up voice well. The touchless features work probably 90% of the time Needs improving: Would have been nice to have a back up battery in the unit just in case of a power outage. The USB could be higher amperage for faster charging of devices. Software needs to be updated so it can do the same new features as the Google products like ability to make a call and 8 second delay until shut off to minimize the use of "hey google".

    I would recommend this to a friend