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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative speaker

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    nmackpaddywhack
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    *This review is not 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 does not 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

    Good replacement for my old alarm clock

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    jasvanek
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    I did read a lot of the reviews before I purchased mine so I was concerned that this might be a waste of money. But I have really wanted a Google Home with the a screen of some sort. Don't like having to ask Google for the time. So when I saw this in an email it got my interest. I love my Google Homes and minis. They are almost essential for a smart home. The only downside of them to me is no basic display. Just a clock and weather were all i was wanting. So this fits what I have wanted for about a year. I'm not going to rehash the complaints of others although I will say some are more valid than others. I have not had an issue with random noises, volume fluctuations or time zones. I did notice that night mode is not available on this unit. Not too much of a problem since you can set the master and alarm volumes separately. I know that is rather new for the Google units so maybe it will show up in a later update. My main purpose for the Voice was as a bedroom alarm clock replacement. Display is good for this and easily visible from 10-12 feet. I wish the temp would display constantly, but I know that that part of the display is used for other functions so I can live with it. I give it 5/5 for replacing my bedside clock. For those reviews bemoaning the sound quality I think you're being pretty unfair. It is not quite as good as the Google Home but far better than the Home Mini. If you are wanting a high-end immersive sound then you need to look at some of the other devices designed for that. Sonos makes a very nice unit but you are going to pay for it. Or wait for the Google Home Max to come out. No free lunch, but the sound is fine for the average user. I'm comfortable with giving 4 stars. I would hope that the good people at Insignia listen to the suggestions of their customers and look forward to seeing what the 2.0 version looks like. Not that this one is bad, but there is room for growth.

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  • 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 are 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 is not 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 is not 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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Value Added Google Home Alternative

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    dronedad
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    I removed this product from the packaging and immediately noticed that Best Buy has upped the quality of both the unboxing experience for and the quality of the product itself on Insignia branded products. Setup: This device gets treated like a regular google home, with the app handling all the setup. You get it connected to your wifi network, train it to understand your voice, or have it use the existing voice model, and it's off and running. I have an existing google home, with some other devices connected, so it was easy to add this one and name it with the room it's in. Build: If you set this next to the Google-branded home you'll immediately notice that it's almost exactly the same proportions, only squarcled instead of round. It does give it slightly less of a "burial urn" vibe, thank goodness, and makes it fit in more with other decor. It's surprisingly heavy and I assume this is from the magnets on the speakers. The speaker cover is a sturdy gray fabric and the plastic surfaces are solid and feel well made. The power plug is recessed into the bottom and there is an extra USB port that I need to research to see if that has charging capabilities or if it's there for other purposes. The display immediately turns on and gets the local time from the internet, using my address without any setup. The second part of the display doesn't come into play until later when you ask it other things. I wish the LED segments looked a little more modern and less like an old clock, and I wish I could control what was shown on the second line of the LCD at all times, but none of those are dealbreakers. Operation: As a google home device, this thing is powered by the google assistant and for all intents and purposes appeared to work the same. I did notice that it wouldn't make calls like my other google home can, but the sound that came from it when playing music was comparable and edged the standard google home slightly in sound quality. When you ask the device certain questions such as what's the weather like, it will light up the second display and show the temp. I haven't looked into it yet but I suspect you have some kind of control over what that second display shows, but it's not immediately accessible. When giving it commands I only noticed a slight delay in controlling some of my lights, otherwise all interactions were as quick as the standard Google home. Overall: I enjoy having the google home, and I find this to be a feature added inexpensive alternative. Somethings like the rotary volume that is sort of kitschy on the Google home have been taken away and replaced with linear volume controls.but overall the operation is so similar that there's no reason to buy a higher priced alternative. Combined with excellent sound from the speakers and you've got a winner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tough competitor for Google Home

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    MacUser
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    I have to admit that I am really impressed with this smart bluetooth speaker. Like I mentioned above, it has given a tough competition to google home. First, because of it's relatively low price and second because of it's little time plus "temperature" display, which google home lacks. I wrote temperature in quotation marks for a reason which I will explain later. This Insignia bluetooth speaker lacks the ability to make calls which google home is capable of, hence I took 1 star off. Other than that, it is a very good gadget. Set-up was breeze. As some people have complained about the clock being stuck at Eastern Time zone, I never had this issue. Looks like Insignia has fixed this issue now and it is no more there. When you ask about the temperature, it will speak as well as display the current temperature but that stays on the display for about 5 seconds and disappears which was the reason I quotation marked it above but I'm not as concerned about it as some other reviewers are here. It's not a big of deal for me. You can control the volume by your voice which is kinda cool as well. The only thing that bothers me is sometime if the volume is a bit high, you have to yell at it to listen to you. I'm not sure if all devices are like this or I just got a lemon. But all in all, I'm pretty satisfied with it and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Alternative for Google Home and Home Mini

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    Henboy

    I have been using this device for a couple months now, and so far I am pleased. Compared to my Google Home Minis, this has much better microphone sensitivity. I can talk to it in a soft voice, and it can hear me from the other side of my bedroom. It also does a very good job at recognizing my voice over the top of loud music. In terms of sound quality, it seems to be better than the Google Home Mini. I can't say how it is compared to the standard Google Home, but from what I know, I would assume that it is as good, maybe a little bit worse... maybe. The build quality is where this thing might be lacking. I would say it is pretty okay. It feels like it is made of somewhat cheap plastic. On the bright side, it seems to have a bit of weight to it, at least compared to the Home Mini. The proximity sensors at the top of the device does a very good job at sensing when I am about to tap the sensors to interact with the device. Speaking of device interaction, it is very clear that most of what you do should be done with voice. On the other hand, they still give you some other very intuitive ways of interacting. If you move your hand over the top of the device you will see that the touch sensitive buttons light up. After that you just press the plus, minus and circles buttons to interact. Plus and minus controls the volume, and the circle controls things like alarms. My only big gripe with the device is that it many times will take Insignia a while to update the device. When I first got the device, I was missing the routines feature for around two months. There is also not an easy way of checking for updates and/or seeing if one has been installed. For me the routines feature just showed up one day. Overall, I would definitely recommend this device over the Google Home, especially because it is on sale a lot. The standard price for the device is $100 where as the current sale price is $50, and has been for a while.

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  • 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

    Great smart speaker with some weird caveats.

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    TechEnthusiast
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    The Insignia Smart Speaker is an awesome speaker. Music playback is loud and clear, it's aesthetically pleasing in a nice black color, and the microphone is nice and responsive. It comes with Google's Assistant and allows you to voice control compatible devices. You can ask it questions and have it do conversions (ex. "Hey Google, how many teaspoons are in a 1/4 cup?). And finally, you can use it to set reminders and calendar events for yourself. On top of all this, it has a digital clock on the front. Now for the not so great. First, it can't make phone calls. This feature seems to be limited to Google's own devices for right now. It WAS able to ring my phone when I misplaced it. But when I tried calling my parents to check in on them, the speaker informed me that it wasn't able to make calls yet. Second, the alarm is super quiet. It doesn't matter how loud or soft you set the assistant to be, the alarm volume (and only the alarm volume) remains crazy quiet. I haven't stumbled across any voice commands or anything to adjust this. I wouldn't recommend using this as a bedroom alarm clock in light of this. Third, for a little more than a week, the microphone was being scary sensitive. I don't know if it got some kind of buggy firmware update or what, but it could hear me from just about ANYWHERE in my home no matter how loudly or softly I was talking. I have multiple smart speakers (including one next to my bed that I use as an alarm clock), and the Insignia was responding to EVERY voice command (even when I was two rooms away). Given how quiet the alarm is, that proved to be a major problem when setting my morning alarm (overslept by half an hour) and when trying to use my kitchen speaker as an oven timer (burnt my chicken to a crisp). This problem seemed to resolve itself after about a week and a half. I find it a little disturbing that the hardware is even capable of this degree of sensitivity though. I would not recommend this speaker as an alarm clock. On the surface, it looks perfect for this type of use. That being said, it's not. I WOULD recommend this speaker for the kitchen or living room though. If you want to control smart devices, or set quick little alarms to remind yourself to take something out of the oven, this device is great.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2018 Late October Review

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    Indianb0y
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    I can understand the criticism of this product when it was released. However, it has had time to mature and insignia has definitely proven to care about this product. With that said, this is a near perfect product. Build quality is solid, well put together, and definitely feels premium. Everything is smooth and well finished. No complaints so far. Speaker quality is very surprising. I was pleasantly surprised when comparing this to my google home mini. I now wish I had gotten this instead of the home mini. Raise the treble in the google home app and then this will sound perfect for most use cases. From an audio enthusiast perspective, the quality is very good for the price. 7/10 for that. Now on to the main function. The google assistant is as useful as ever. With constant updates, this speaker is a good google assistant speaker. As of todays date, you CAN make phone calls, and many of the features that were missing early this year are finally utilized in the product. As for mic pickup? Well, its decent. In any quiet scenario, it will hear you loud and clear even if you speak softly. If you are playing music at a modest, middle volume (50-60), then it will struggle to hear you when you are a bit further away. With that said, moving closer and raising voice solves that, but its still a little inconvenience. 6.5/10 for this. Overall, Im very happy with this and can happily recommend this anyone!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good device, great for the $25 sale price!

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    Brian
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    I bought 6 of these when they were on sale for $25 each. 4 black, 2 grey. I think I like black best, but both look nice. Better sound than the Google home mini. Not a lot of Base, but decent for the price. I put one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in my office, one on my nightstand. I love having decent music to work to any where in the house. Having the time to glance at is a huge benefit over other assistant devices. After a few days the temperature started showing too, only after I ask about the temperature, not constantly on. It's also really nice having the back USB plug to charge my phone or other devices with. With recent updates they now make phone calls. That was a surprise! LOL. I highly recommend at the $25 price point, but would have to do some serious soul searching to consider the $45 price, because there might be other better options out there at that price point.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Complicated but good

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    dexter72
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    Ok...before you decide to pitch this out the window, stop and breathe. Yes the clock is off and appears to be set to Eastern Time. This can be fixed but you won't find out easily unless you do this before you set it up. First, before you connect it to Google Home, turn off your auto time zone feature on your phone and set it to where you located. Once that is done, proceed with setting it up with Google Home. You can turn the Auto Time Zone after you have finished. This is a stupid glitch that they don't seem to be in any hurry to fix but doing what I outlined above will do the trick. Once you have completed the set up it responds just like it should. I bought mine for an alarm replacement. I have Amazon Echo's all over my house but I wanted to give Google a shot. Google Home has some perks like turning on Bluetooth is just a matter of saying turn on Bluetooth and it connects to my phone or external speaker. I use mine to connect my phone so I can play YouTube for it's 10 hour sleep noise. Sometimes when I connect it to the BlueTooth the Google Assistant Dots glow. I found the easiest way to get them to turn off is just ask it the weather for tomorrow. Turns off afterwards. You can dim the clock so that it isn't blasting your eyes when you are trying to sleep. The volume buttons can be a little tricky. I found that if you just ask Google to set the volume to the level it is a lot easier. BTW...1-100 is your level. 60 is usually loud enough for sleep but not to loud that it becomes annoying. For what I want it for it works great. I don't think i am taking full advantage of the device. I have Alexa doing all the home automation so I didn't need to tie Google into it as well. If you want something simple in the Google Home then this works. If you want to outfit your house I would go to the Google Home instead. This is just to get your whistle wet.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    "Smart" alarm clock

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    Overall very pleased with this speaker. It's different than most portable speakers or the manufacturer direct Voice-activated speakers on the market. I was able to use this speaker as a replacement to my office clock at home. The Google Voice capability was pretty good and able to execute commands. Sound quality was good, but not the best I have heard. Includes a charger. I was happy to see this speaker has a screen that displays time and temperature without having to ask. Pros: Display Easy Setup Portable Sound Quality Setup was fairly quick and simple. You must have a Google account and set it up through the "Google Home" app. I was able to use the full capabilities of Google Assistant, which is nice to see. However, Google Assistant is still catching up with Amazon, so it may be important to compare features. I was content. Sound quality was pleasant, but the bass was not perfectly balanced with highs/mids. Vocals were mostly clear but sometimes distorted at higher volumes or higher notes. Cons: Look Sound Phone integration This speaker looks a lot a late 90s/early 2000s bedside alarm radio meets modern technology. I enjoy the speaker having a display and believe its unique to find. However, I believe this is speaker could have looked much better. As for sound, although it was on a pro for good quality, can be improved. A big down side that I have come to notice is the lack of phone integration. Cannot use it to make or answer calls. This is a pretty basic feature that should definitely be included. Overall, I think it's a great "smart" alarm clock that does much more than a standard alarm clock.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost returned, but found a fix

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    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 is 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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great (and cheap) alternative to Google Home

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    antjenkins
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    I picked this item up because it was on sale for $25. The reviews were fairly good, and I needed an additional Google Assistant device for my Daughter, who had missed out on buying the Minis for $29 back in December (my other two kids had bought one each, and loved theirs, so she was feeling left out). The unit is functionally equivalent to a Google Home, with two exceptions that I've found. First, you can't make phone calls through Google Voice, and second, it has a clock display. The lack of phone calls isn't an issue, as none of my family use that function on our other Google devices. The clock is both a blessing and a curse. If you are sensitive to light, it may be "too bright" for your tastes, but is otherwise a useful addition to the device. The only problem is that if the unit loses access to internet (for whatever reason), the clock goes away. The display will be replaced by a square, and the clock function will not return until internet communication returns. This, along with the functionality of alarms being cloud based, means you should probably have a backup system if you plan on using it as your main alarm clock. The speaker on this device is better than the Google Home Mini (though not as good, I'm told, as the normal Google Home). It provides a nice rich sound with a bit more volume and fidelity available when compared to the Mini. Overall, I would definitely recommend this unit when it is comparably priced to Google Home devices, unless you need the Google Voice call functionality.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid 4 stars.

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    rk2018
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    This is a nice little product and a very good value at the price Best Buy is currently selling it at. (Now 39.99). As mentioned, it serves as a standing alarm clock, speaker, and Google assistant. I found setup to be very simple using the Google Home app available for Android and iOS. I was also able to connect some other smart devices to it (via the Google Home app) and can now enable/disable them by voice. The speaker sound quality is decent. It probably isn't going to satisfy high-end audiophiles but you are not paying for that sort of quality either. I also like the form factor of this device. It looks modern, isn't too large or too small, and sits comfortably on my nightstand. Truly, it has replaced my old alarm clock I have had for years! I also like the ability to play soothing ocean sounds or white noise on command. Some areas for improvement (and hence my 4 star rating, rather than 5): 1) You can't set your own time. Once online, the clock sets it for you. This is a little disappointing as I like to set my alarm clock ahead 10 minutes to encourage myself to get out of bed! This seems fixable with a firmware upgrade but doesn't exist today. 2) The clock digits could be a little larger. This probably isn't fixable and is a small nitpick. 3) The alarm tone isn't changeable. Again, this seems like something that could eventually be fixed with a firmware upgrade. I would prefer some sort of tone that starts quiet and gradually increases in volume as it is less jarring than being hit with a full-on tone first thing in the morning. Note that you can have the alarm wake you to music.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good device, great price on sale for $25

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    Brian
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    I bought 6 of these when they were on sale for $25 each. 4 black, 2 grey. I think I like black best, but both look nice. Better sound than the Google home mini. Not a lot of Base, but decent for the price. I put one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in my office, one on my nightstand. I love having decent music to work to any where in the house. Having the time to glance at is a huge benefit over other assistant devices. After a few days the temperature started showing too, only after I ask about the temperature, not constantly on. It's also really nice having the back USB plug to charge my phone or other devices with. With recent updates they now make phone calls. That was a surprise! LOL. I highly recommend at the $25 price point, but would have to do some serious soul searching to consider the $45 price, because there might be other better options out there at that price point.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent alternative to the Google Home!

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    drklbc
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    Even though I have already begun my home automation with the Amazon Echo ecosystem... I didn't hesitate to try out the Google Home ecosystem... While I didn't want to shell out the amount the Google Home device cost, this one is a great alternative for the price... My first impression was how GREAT these sound compared to my Echo and Echo Dot... It's a good size device with good bass and treble... Voice recognition is good as it does pick up my voice while playing music at 68%. Works very well as a bluetooth speaker too! While I am fairly new to the Google Home platform... I am not surprised that there's no Amazon Music Unlimited compatibility. It does support Google Music, Spotify and Pandora, but if you're a Amazon Music subscriber, you MIGHT want to look at the Echo's. Highly disappointed with this as I might have a change of heart when it comes to home automation devices... Overall, if you're planning on using the Google ecosystem, this is a great budget friendly device to go with! And it's great on the eyes too! Good job Insignia.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than Google Home Mini

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    coasterjunkie
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    I have Google Home Minis and Amazon Echos in every room in my house. I replaced my alarm clock with a Google Home Mini but missed having the time on the nightstand so I picked up one of these. The first one that I go had a defect in the display and you couldn't see the last digit. I had no issue exchanging it at the store for a replacement. The second unit that I got works great and has no issues. The sound quality is far superior to the Mini's and even better than the full size Amazon Echos that I have. The voice features work exactly as you would expect them to. One strange thing is that if you ask for the outside temperature, the device shows it on the screen below the time for about 30 seconds. I would like to have the option to leave this on all the time. Also, I haven't been able to get "continuous conversations" to work on this device as it does on native Google devices. I'm not sure if there is a buried setting that I'm missing or if this isn't enabled on 3rd party devices or specifically this device but that is a minor inconvenience. Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone, even over Google's native devices.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good working speaker for the price

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    Bobby
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Purchased 2 of these and 1 of the larger Insignia Voice speakers. Needed a new alarm clock and thought this was a great deal at $25 for the small and $30 for the larger unit. I use Google assistant to turn lights on and off throughout the house coupled through Samsung SmartThings. Google just recently released the ability to issue 2 different commands by saying: "Hey Google" "Turn on the kitchen lights and Turn on the living room lamps" Unfortunately the software in the Insignia units aren't allowing this multi-tasking commands. This currently is my only complaint this far. Sound works great and they look decent enough for nightstand alarm clocks. Placed the larger in the master bedroom, and the two smaller units in the kids rooms. The smaller units have a USB connection for charging devices, but the larger doesn't have the USB which I found odd but this was a plus when buying it and opening the packaging and finding the USB port as I wasn't aware of it when I initially bought them. I hope they continue to do software upgrades like the Google Home and Home mini does. I'd bump this up to a 5 star if it would do the multi-tasking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bedroom Google Assistant Speaker and Clock

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    Loomis1975
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This unit is the most "bedroom alarm clock" themed of any smart speakers I have tried out. This is my fourth google assistant smart speaker, and they're are getting easier and easier to setup. Need to use the Google Home smartphone app, and its a couple button presses and some light reading and that is it. Transferred all my settings (more precisely, assigned all my settings to this speaker from the cloud), including my voice profile. The sound is okay, good for a bedroom, goes fairly high before distortion. Can do all the things we want our Google Assistant to do, control smart home with registered devices, set alarms and timers per device we are talking to, play music per device or cast across all speakers, answer Google querries, check calendar. Pros: Can dim the clock pretty low in brightness. Black colored design blends in well and looks the most like an alarm clock of any google assistant speaker I've had. Has a 1 amp usb charging port for slower overnight charging. Its on the back below the microphone mute button. Cons: Temperature only displays for about 10 seconds after you ask Google what the temperature is. It is the outside temperature reported via the internet, and cannot show or keep showing the local temperature at the clock, i.e. there is no temperature sensor on the unit itself, I thought this was a bit misleading myself from the product presentation.

    I would recommend this to a friend