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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Cool and Useful

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    NathanR
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    I've had two of these for two months now, and they are absolutely incredible. They sync well with my Philips Hue lights, and provide pretty good sound quality. Pros~ They can sync with other Google Homes or Chromecasts in you house. They sync well with Philips Hue lights. There is also a super stealthy USB port on the back if you'd like to charge something. It is an awesome alarm clock! I used to use a Home mini as an alarm clock, but really didn't work well since Google had to deactivate the top surface. This thing works seamlessly. You literally say 'Hey Google' then when, what time, and how to wake you up. Yes, you can specify how. I had it set to play NPR to wake me up. You can set it to wake you to a specific song, or playlist or the radio. I've definitely waken up better now then when I used my phone or a screeching alarm clock. And just tap the top to turn off. If you like sound playing while you fall asleep, (like me), then you can set up routines to activate when you say you are going to bed. Mine will say the next day's weather, then turn my lights off. It will then play cicadas and cricket sound, which are VERY convincing. There are others like a fan, water stream, thunderstorm, or just plain white noise. A nice touch is the proximity sensors on the top illuminate capacitive buttons when you wave your hand over it. Helpful in the dark. Design~ The size of the unit is pretty much the same size as the original Google Home. But, it definitely looks better. The more angular design and black color as opposed to white is definitely better looking and blends in to environments better. Cons~ Only a couple, and they are not a big deal. 1) The power brick is pretty big compared to other speakers, so you may want to think about that before putting it on a power strip, and 2) the clock face is a little too bright for me at night. It is adjustable, and I have it to its lowest setting, but it's a little bright.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly great

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    BillFromKCMO

    Usually, you buy the Insignia brand and expect a mediocre product, as shortcuts are taken and price is considered before quality. Not so with this Smart Speaker; Best Buy's contract manufacturer has figured out how to make it inexpensive and be a high-quality product. I have other Google Assistant speakers in my home and while they're good, this one is honestly better in many respects. It was purchased under the guise of being an alarm clock and a Google Assistant speaker for the bedroom, with a focus more on the fact I picked up for a few bucks more than a regular alarm clock than anything else. So imagine my surprise when I connected my iPhone via Bluetooth and experienced excellent bass and treble response, especially for what I paid for the speaker. The sound quality isn't as good as a dedicated mid-range BT speaker or a high-end speaker with Google Assistant or Alexa in it, but it's actually a step up from two speakers I own that directly compete with this one. Setup is super easy with these speakers, just like with any other Google Speaker. You'll need your iPhone or Android device with the Google Home app installed to get it going, Once set up and connected to WiFi, you'll be able to say "Hey Google" and have it do pretty much anything you want a smart speaker to do; the only thing 3rd party Assistant speakers don't do that the actual Google Home speakers do is make phone calls, but chances are you won't miss that feature. Audio quality is good from pretty much any source. I tested with Bluetooth and Pandora, and both were crystal clear. You can also use Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and Deezer (some services require a subscription). Chromecast Audio is also built in, so it can be a target for Chromecast Audio-compatible apps. It's only when you get to the upper limits of the device's volume level that you get audio distortion. Other nice features are a display on the front of the unit that shows a clock, outdoor temperature, volume level, and even the outside temperature; USB port for charging your phone or other device at night; touch controls for those times when you can't say "Hey Google, mute the music"; and a pleasant, modern aesthetic to the device's design. It also has dual-band WiFi connectivity to connect to your network with. If there's a drawback to this speaker, it's that it uses a wall wart instead of an internal power supply. That's not really even a con though, that's me nitpicking. All in all, the Insignia Voice Smart Speaker is a terrific value for what it is. I'd recommend it over most of the major brands, unless you need a water-resistant speaker or want something that will give you a hi-fi experience, in which case there are other options. But for a speaker that will sit by your nightstand, in your kitchen, in your bathroom, or somewhere else that a small speaker that responds to your voice makes sense, this is perfect for the job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    L O V E. IT!!!!

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    SunnyDiego
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    This is my first smart home device! I love it! I use it daily. Just by speaking I can add things to my calendar, set an alarm, set reminders, set a shopping list, have it read my plans for the day, read me the news, ask it will it rain, ask where a particular movie is playing, etc etc. I have it play the sound of a brook for when I am sleeping. I bought a smart plug for my bedroom lamp (by Belkin WeMo) which synced perfectly so all I have to say is "Hey Google, turn off the light" (or turn on the light). I had to change the "nickname' from Wemo to "light" so I could say turn of light vs turn off Wemo. Now I don't have to walk in the dark and feel for my lamp in order to turn it on. Lol. The speaker looks nice as well! This model does not have a recharable battery, which is fine for me since I won't need to take it from room to room. I did not buy it for music playing, which sounds pretty nice, but don't expect Bose...it's not that, but it's way better then your cell phone playing music that's for sure! I bought it for convenience of turning on my light and enjoying the features of the smart speaker. I'm so happy with it. I got it for a great sale price as a Deal of the Day promotion. I bought one for my daughter for her home and I bought an extra...for "just in case". Lol. Oh, and for those that do not have internet at home and just hot spot on your cell, you can use it thru hotspot. You need 2 devices, 1 being your cell and the other a iPad or tablet. Download foxfi and the foxfi pda net apps to your cell. Turn on the "Wi-Fi hotspot" on your cell from foxfi. Use foxfi as your WiFi. On your cell turn on your hot spot from your carrier. Download the goggle home app to your iPad or tablet. Sync up the speaker and set it up thru your iPad or tablet using the Goggle Home app. On foxfi make sure to set the timer to none so your WiFi hotspot doesn't time out. It works great! I turn off my carrier hot spot when I leave the house. I turn it back on when I get home. The only thing is that you do need to wait a few mins for it to sync back up. I can't justify paying for internet since I have unlimited data and hotspot. Using just my cell meets my needs for now. However if I ever decide to expand on more home smart devices, I will have to bite the bullet. But as for now, it's not necessary. Most people have internet at home so setup will be breezy. This great speaker is a VERY nice alternative to Goggle Home. As of now (March 2018), this Insignia Voice Speaker does not make calls, send or read texts, but I did read somewhere that they are working on that now...so in the future it won't be an issue. As of now, the Goggle Home device does do that. I got mine at such a great price, it was worth buying. At regular price tho I would have most likely went with Goggle Home since it would be just a few bucks more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speaker & Assistant! Life changer!

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    Calvin
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    I love this thing. I normally don't post reviews but I had to! I bought this a few months ago and it works amazing. I love that its' an assistant that tells you the time and most importantly it DISPLAYS IT! Most assistants are only a speaker and you have to talk to them to get results back instead of just looking at it. Not with this! I use this every night to listen to Spotify, one of my favorite things is you just say "Hey Google, play x playlist or x song." I usually play a playlist called "Atmospheric Calm" on Spotify at bedtime and then I say "Hey Google, stop playing in 35 minutes" or "Hey Google, sleep in 35 minutes" where it will actually stop playing in 35 minutes, by then I'm fast asleep and the speaker stops playing. THIS WAS A GAME CHANGER. I no longer watch TV to get to sleep, I listen to calming music and it automatically cuts itself off by the time I kick into deep sleep. All lights out and eyes closed with relaxing beats. You can also do "Hey Google, shuffle" and it will start shuffling a playlist or your music starting the next song. ONE DOWNSIDE: The "Alarm" sound on this thing really is too quiet and relaxing. It uses the volume you have the device set at to play the alarm and there is no way to make the alarm play at 100% volume like any android or Apple (iOS) Device would. Before my sleep schedule was fixed I was not being woken up by this thing and was late to work a couple times. Very embarrassing. "Hey supervisor, my new alarm isn't good enough to wake me up", yeah, not fun.. SOLUTION TO DOWNSIDE: Instead of using the default alarm, what I will do is "Hey Google, SET A MUSIC ALARM." it will ask what time and what to play, I'll say something like "9 AM, ACDC" and it will play ACDC loud, just make sure that you set your volume up a bit. THe music even at like 60 volume will wake me up with certain songs but the default alarm sound is really weak and calming where it will not wake a medium/heavy sleeper up. OVERALL: For the money this is a very high quality speaker that puts out good sound up close. Once you get into bigger rooms and jack the volume up you will start to hear some distortion and also some "dulling" of notes or tangy highs and muffled lows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great low-cost alternative to Google Home

    Posted
    RonB

    I own 3 of these units now (and 4 Google Homes). I would say they are a bit harder to get setup than the Home from Google, but not terribly so. I had to use a second device to setup my last one after the phone wouldn't work to do it. In terms of quality, it's excellent. Workmanship is good and it looks nice sitting on a night stand or table. I really love having the clock built in. It also briefly displays the alarm time after you ask it to set an alarm. Temperature displays on the second row when you ask it for the current temp. One of main reasons people buy these is to use for music. The sound is very good on these units. I actually prefer them to the Google Home. The Google Home's sound is VERY "bass-y", to the point that it muffles voices a bit, especially on an audio book. I find the Insignia units to be much more crisp and balanced across the spectrum, giving good bass, while still keeping crisp mids and highs. Seems strange for a $30 unit to sound better, but in my opinion it does. The one thing that it is missing vs Google Home is the ability to make phone calls, but I've only really done that once to try it out when I first started setting up a smart home. It's just not a feature that I find I need. If that's a key feature for you, keep in mind the Insignia unit can't do it. Overall, this is a great unit that replicates almost all functionality of a Google Home, at less than 25% of the price if you can catch the $30 sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice compact clock with Google

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    mkcar1
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    Nice nightstand alarm clock replacement with Google Positives; For me using it as an alarm clock on the nightstand is perfect. You can change the brightness level of the fulltime clock display. Also setting an alarm is easy and you can use hand motions above the speaker to access some functions. Insignia site states speaker is built by Sony. I have had good luck with their products so hope that continues here. The speaker is compact - as it is more or less a small tower design – and feels quite solid. Very nicely packaged. Its comes with an AC adapter and also has a usb port to charge a device. Kind of nice if you have your phone on the nightstand too and want to keep it charged and frees up an outlet. This is not portable as it needs to be plugged in to work. It has Chromecast audio capability built in but I could not find whether it uses 2.4 or 5 Ghz wireless or both Initial setup was done quickly as I already had Google Home installed on my android phone. Bluetooth sync is done separately, so be advised Sound quality is fine for the bedroom with 8 watts RMS rating. It is sufficient to be able to hear in adjoining room. But if you need something to really pump out the volume – this probably isn’t what you are looking for. A nice feature is if you ask it to turn volume up/down it shows the percentage of volume you are at for a few minutes. Also you can ask it to increase/decrease volume by a percentage or just say volume 70%. If asking what the outside temperature is, it shows for a couple of minutes on its display also. I have another Google assistant speaker by a different manufacturer and they synched up with no problem. You can play music on 1 or the either or both by stating to it exactly which one you want to play.. Negatives; The display to me isn’t as clear as it might be, but the lower the lighting on the unit, the clearer it seems to get. To this point you cant change the alarm sound or use music to wake up to. Firmware update? If you turn off the microphone there are 4 lights at the top that turn red and stay on to let you know it is turned off. Cant make calls – but I cant on my other Google assistant speaker either (different manufacturer). I did some research and it seems you need certain firmware version for Google Home (1.28.99351 or higher) and Google app version (7.17 or above). I have the latter but not the former and cant seem to figure out how to update Google Home on my phone. Overall a nice addition to my “smart” home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We Love This!

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    Phjilek36
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    The Insignia Voice Speaker is great. Right out of the box, it looks and feels remarkably similar to the regular sized Google Home. It does sit a little taller and broader, but it features a similar fabric material around the lower part of the speaker. Around the front, you will find the display which shows the time, timers/alarms, and the temperature. The temperature will only show when you ask the temp. Shortly after, it disappears. Just like the Home, the top section of the Insignia Voice Speaker has a sloped top that has lights that blink and flash when the Google Assistant is activated. Just below these lights, you can find three capacitive-touch buttons that allow you to adjust the speaker’s volume, display brightness, launch Assistant, and more. Around back is a microphone mute button to stop the speaker from listening to you. Setting it up in the Google Home app, is easy. I can set it to default to sound on the Insignia Google assistant speaker, or on a connected speaker or group of speakers around my house. So when I say, "Hey Google. Play Michael Jackson songs." it will automatically play on the default speaker(s), if I dont tell it what I want it to play on. Or, if I say, "Hey Google. Play Peppa Pig on YouTube on TV. It will play a Peppa Pig episode on the TV...as long as I set the TV to be named "TV." I use IFTTT (If This Then That) to have different "recipes" to do different things. I control my lights in the kitchen/dining/livingroom/outside Christmas lights, by connecting it to the Insignia Connect light switch (only works on a single pole switch - not a 3-Way or 4-way). I hook my sprinkler system up to it, so I can say things like, "Hey Google. My lawn is looking brown." and it will start the sprinkler system, because i set it up as a thing I can say to do [THIS]. My kids like to play the trivia game, and ask it to tell then jokes. They dont need a Google account to use, but if they do, then it can set up their voice to recognize who they are, and personalize things to them. My wife uses the "Hey Google. Where is my phone?" a lot. It will call her phone and make the volume loud. That has to be set up with IFTTT to work, because it calls from the IFTTT company, not using the Insignia speaker. What I really like more about this Insignia brand Google Home is that the top has a touch pause/play as well as volume up (+) and a volume down (-) button that shows up when my finger is nearby. The Google Home does not have this feature, and you swirl your finger in a circle to get the volume up. Tapping anywhere on the top makes the sound/music pause, but on the Insignia you tap the circle. I am unable to make a call with the Google assistant, but that is the only thing I am unable to do with the Insignia version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best value in Smart Speakers/Alarm Clocks

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    DoctorHoo
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    Setup was very easy and exactly the same as with other Google Home based products I own. Just plug it in, install the Google Home app on your phone/tablet and follow the directions to connect it to the internet. I really like how the setup didn’t require me to type in my access point password so it gets extra points for setup friendliness. As an alarm clock, I think Insignia has hit a home run. It’s small size easily fits into my night stand and the built-in digital clock display is easily read and not too bright. The inclusion of a USB port for charging your phone is a welcome and convenient feature. It has all the features to be a perfect bedside alarm clock. I really like using voice commands to set up my alarm over the old fashion way of holding down a button until the correct time is entered. All I have to do is say, “Hey Google, wake me up at 6:30am tomorrow” and it wakes me up the next morning as directed. Also, with a smart alarm clock, it will always have the correct time when power is restored after an outage. Sound quality is very good and in my opinion better than the Google Home Mini. I don’t have the regular Google Home to compare it to. Comparing audio quality to my Sony LF-S50G I think the Sony has slightly better midrange response (vocals sound a little better on the Sony). I really like the ability to use TuneIn to listen to local radio stations and podcasts. You never have to worry about poor radio reception. Voice recognition is excellent and is about the same as all my other Google Home based products. I can be heard from another room and I rarely have to repeat myself to be understood. I think the Insignia NS-CSPGASP is currently the best value for combo smart speakers / alarm clocks. For the price, it can’t be beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Improved version of the Google Home!

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    gonzaloejimenez
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    Something that I always though was missing on the Google Home Speaker, was a display that can show some additional info, like the time or temperature. And now with the Insignia Speaker with the integrated Google assistant I have it. And not only that, I can connect it to my Cell phone as a regular Bluetooth speaker, which I have found very handy, that is another feature that the google home doesn’t have. The Clock display can be changed its brightness level and Also setting an alarm is easy and you can use hand motions above the speaker to access some functions. It does everything the google home does, the sound quality is great, and in stereo! It comes with an AC adapter and it also has a usb port to charge a device, pretty clever idea, if you have your cell on the nightstand and want to keep it charged. This is not portable model so it needs to be plugged in to the AC Outlet to work, however for $50 more you can buy the Portable model. It includes Chromecast audio capability built in. Another nice feature, from my point of view, is the Black color, my old google home speaker was easily stained or got dirty because of its beige color. The Initial setup was super easy. I used a Samsung Cell first, and after that I also tried with a Iphone 7. As quick and smoth as the Google Home setup. And as other Bluetooth Speaker, be aware that the Bluetooth sync is done separately. If you move your hand over the top of the device, if an alarm is active, it will be snoozed, or if music is playing the volume is temporarily dropped off, so you can use the microphone more clearly for voice command functions. If you ask it to turn volume up/down it will show on the display the percentage of volume you are. You can ask it to increase/decrease volume by just saying “volume 70%”. Same if you ask about Temperature. I haven’t had any issues neither with the sound quality, or volume stability, or connecting the smart devices I had connected to my old Google home. The display is easily visible from 15 feet. The size and shape is close the my old Google Home, the top section of the Insignia has a sloped top that has lights that blink and flash when the Google Assistant is activated, but below these lights, you will find 3 non visible touch buttons that allow you to adjust the speaker’s volume, display brightness, launch Assistant, and more. There is a microphone mute button at the back to stop the speaker from listening to you. I would say that this is an improved Google home in many ways. I am really happy with this product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    On par with Google's native Home devices

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    JGouse0498
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    ***NOTE: I bought this item during the Labor Day sale for $30, and the following review is based on customers also buying it at a reduced sale price--NOT the original price of $100. The PROS: 1. Allows you to brighten or dim the clock face to better suit your ability to sleep (its default brightness is deceptively bright in a dark room) 2. The far field microphones are just as good as the ones you'd find on a Home or Home Mini. No shortcuts were taken here 3. The loudness and performance of the speaker is also just as good as Google Home (and a little bit better than the Home Mini). It is more than sufficient for streaming music for casual listening. My wife uses it every morning while getting ready for work. The CONS: 1. Despite what the instructions say, I have not yet been able to get the temperature to be displayed on the clock face. However, that may be due to #2... 2. Performance can be inconsistent--BUT IT'S NOT THE DEVICE. It's Google's all-too-common tendency to randomly break server-side functionality. For example, Google's new "Continued Conversation" feature (where you only have to say "Hey Google" once and then continue to give commands/queries until you let several seconds lapse): One day, it works flawlessly. Two days later, it doesn't have that feature until it "magically" reappears out of the blue. Again, NOT a fault of Insignia's device but rather Google's careless tinkering (my Home units do the same bloody thing!) OVERALL: This Insignia Google Assistant speaker/clock is definitely a quality device. The only reason that I don't recommend it for the original $100 price tag is because I don't think the increase in performance between this device and a Home Mini is worth the extra $50 you'd pay. But at a sale price of $60 or below? Buy it without hesitation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like it

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    kennybaye
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    First let me say I only paid 24.99 for this. Next, I did not have the problems with the time that many talk about. You set it up with the Google Home app and honestly, Google Home found it quicker than it did my Chrome Cast and my AirTv. It was also easier to setup than the Chrome Cast and AirTv. It was fast and simple. Now I don't use it a lot but we played with it the first couple of days and one of the biggest surprises is that a friend of mine has a daughter that we can barely understand and the Insignia did perfect with her. I believe she's 5 and she has to go to speech classes. I don't know all the commands as I never use the assistant on my phone and really just bought this because of the price but I can see it being useful. When I looked at competitors the price difference even if you paid full price is huge and honestly this clock slash assistant if pretty good and when you ask for something she ( I have the woman voice on mine ) can't do she will say that that may come in a future update. I haven't used the alarm since my phone is set for that and she is in the dining room which is adjacent to the living room. She can hear quite nicely even though when in the living room you are maybe 15 ft at the closest to her. She is very clear and music sounds great, loud and clear from her speaker. I have an Onkyo entertainment center and know she doesn't sound better than that but is a decent replacement when all you have to do is speak and tell her what to play as apposed to turning on the receiver, choosing what function you want to use, you get the point. She will read to you, tell you jokes, tell you sports news, again, I like it and I'm not one that usually would use these types of gadgets so I'll just say get one, and you'll be happy you didn't pay the 80 plus dollars and when I say plus these things get well over 100. 5 stars Insignia.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Replacement For Alarm Clock

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    BoboBaggins
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    This item came up on the daily deals list and I decided to look into it further. I originally had an old alarm clock with a built in iPod dock. As I haven't used the dock in years since iPods haven't been relevant in years, it was just a glorified alarm radio. Thus, I decided to upgrade to the Insignia™ - Voice™ Smart Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock with Google Assistant - Gray. My honest thoughts on it: Pros: -The voice recognition works well. I don't really have problems ever when I issue voice commands. Sometimes it struggles to function when I am shouting across the room, but it always works when I am nearby. -The time is bright and easily seen. -I also have a Bluetooth soundbar in the room this is in, so I don't use it often for music. But when I do, the speaker is adequate for something its size. It is a cost effective insignia item so this isn't going to be able to power a party, but it works fine for one. -From alarm clock to asking for weather in the morning, it simplifies thing for the morning. Cons: -Occasionally the item recognizes various noises as voice commands when you aren't talking to it. Have had it issue a response to me a few times in the middle of the night. Also if this is near a TV whenever a hey google commercial comes on, it is going to answer. -This may be more of a router issue, but it does seem to drop service periodically which is unfortunate. With all that said, I recommend this if you are looking for a smart home device at a great cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A perfect clock/speaker for the nightstand!

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    btb2k
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    Like you'd expect out of a Google Assistant enabled speaker, setup is super easy. Simply plug in the speaker, download the Google Home app and follow the steps. It's super easy! In terms of quality, the speaker looks nice and the clock/temperature display is a great feature! For an alarm clock, this thing is perfect! The only thing I would say is a drawback on the alarm clock is the ability to change the alarm sound or use music but that's something Google controls and will hopefully address in a future software update. Unlike the Google Official speaker there is one limitation I found relating to the ability to make calls from the speaker.. again, I'm sure that's more a limitation imposed by Google than it is to this speaker. Outside of that so far it functions exactly like the original speaker from Google. Sound quality is pretty good with a good amount of volume though the only drawback would be that in my opinion the bass isn't quite as loud as other speakers similar to it. That said, it still sounded pretty good at loud volume and works perfectly as a speaker on my nightstand that replaced my good ole alarm clock. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention it does have a USB charging port on it thought it is only 1amp so won't charge fast but is perfect for charging a device overnight. Overall, I'd recommend this speaker, especially if it's one you'd like to use in a small room or on a night stand which I've found it's perfect for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker/Clock/Google Assistant Starter

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    TheSheek
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    Bought this for my teenage son while looking for an alarm clock. Needed something loud. Wasn't sure as the display in the store was busted :( Bestbuy has to do better on the demo's in store.... However, I purchased it anyways. Turned out to be very loud as an alarm. It so loud that it wakes up everyone but my son. Works just like a Google Mini/Home/Chromecast to setup. Need a device to connect/pair it to and then it's all google assistance. Weird not having buttons that control the major features but cool that it is mostly voice controlled. You can use the Google Home app to control some things. The downside is the fact that you can control everything from one device. I have not found a way to prevent my son from changing my Chromecast content from in his room. Well, not a pretty way... Maybe there is a parental or administrator (king of the castle) feature that will prevent that via voice detection. Hasn't been a big enough deal to me yet. This by no means is the fault of the device but rather Google Assistance's maturity. Or the lack of me finding a solution. I assume its not an included feature as you have to go through a pretty extensive voice training process at the initial setup. Seems like it would know the King from the Prince...Right? If you are looking for an inexpensive connected (WiFi/Bluetooth) speak/clock that is not too bad looking, I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Surprise! Highly Recommend!

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    TotalTechnophile27
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    I currently own both the Google Home and Google Home Mini, and was looking to add another Mini when I came across the Insignia with Google Assistant. I was hesitant to purchase this device at first because while I love my Google Home and Home Mini, there are still some minor bugs/missing voice commands and I did not expect the Insignia version to work just as good, if not better than the Google devices. However, the alarm clock and white noise features are what sold me, so I bought it and brought it home. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Not only does it work like the Google devices but seems to hear and understand my voice commands better than the Home and Mini. I don't have to shout at it or rephrase my questions a million times to get an answer. It has charging ports and I love the white noise feature, but wish the duration was more than 1 hour. Overall, very satisfied with this purchase and looking to add a few more! Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small speaker but great performance

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    TagMstr
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    The speaker is no bigger than my travel size coffee thermos but what it delivers is amazing. This is my first smart speaker and I am really impressed by how it performs. I can be about 5 feet away and softly say "OK Google" and it will pick up my prompt and wait for instructions. I can ask it to open my Spotify and play a certain playlist and within matter of seconds, it'll start playing. I was skeptical about the sound quality of the speaker as well but I was proven wrong again. The sound isn't muddled at all. Truth be told, I am usually one to chose name branded products, but Insignia just made me think otherwise. The alarm is very easy to set by prompting the speaker what time you would want it to go off and it is a very pleasant melody that plays too. Overall, the speaker is fairly inexpensive, VERY user friendly, great sound quality. If you are looking for a gift for someone or looking for a speaker yourself, give this a try and you wont be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Addition to a Smart Home

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    Daddio
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    This is the Insignia version of the Google Home device in what I think is a more attractive package. Anything Google Home can do, this device can do. If all you do is purchase this "Personal Assistant" and set it on your counter or bedside alone, then you are missing out on the features that make it a powerful part of a home automation system. Most of the home automation devices that use the common "Zigbee" protocol, have Apps that you initially configure this device to use, via your smart phone. Once you've used your phone to integrate this device to your home network, you don't need the phone to control them. For example, I control many of my lights to any percentage of brightness or even colors by saying "Hey Google, light "X" 50%". I can start and stop my Robot Vacuum Cleaner by saying "Hey Google, start Vacuum". I'll shortly be installing a home security that I will be able to arm and disarm as I leave or arrive home without touching any key-pad. I fully expect that in a few years our digital assistant will recognize who has just entered the house and by itself will decide if an alarm is necessary. The future is at least partly here now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Upgrade for an Alarm Clock

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    rtbestbuy
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    We needed a new dual alarm clock. The Insignia Voice Speaker turned out to be the perfect choice with it's clock display and voice interface. It's especially nice when you are trying to set multiple alarms in the morning. No more fumbling around trying to figure out which button to press, or getting into some weird mode because the buttons are multipurpose. Just tell it when you want to set the alarm, and tap the top to stop the alarm. The price, especially on sale, makes it a real no-brainer. Physically, it's small (3.5"x3.5"x6"tall) and has a usable (1A) USB charging port. The sound quality is quite good, at least on a par with other smart speakers in this price range. The volume and display brightness are adjustable with the 'soft' buttons on the top. Although there is no auto-dimming function, the default display brightness is easily visible during the day and not objectionable at night. Having Google Assistant is a real added bonus. Being able to turn the heat up on a cold morning without leaving the bed, or turn off all the lights in the house when you go to bed is great. Getting the news, weather, traffic, agenda, or just playing music in the morning just by asking is actually useful and, yes, pretty fun. The list of things you can do just keeps increasing, it really does feel like a portal into a new world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't be happier!

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    Andy
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    I already had a Google Home at one end of the house, I've been playing around with automated lighting and controlling the TV. I was thinking of getting a Mini to put at the other end of the house and happened to get this Insignia Voice. I figured for the price, it might be worth it to have the extra features with the clock and temperature screen. Setup was a breeze, Google Home saw the new device and almost instantly set it up with very little interaction from me. Once set up, it is just as easy to use as the regular Google Home with the added advantage of having the time displayed. I dimmed it down since it was pretty bright to start with. It is nice to get weather and news updates without having to turn on the TV at just the right time. The only thing I wish it would do is leave the current temperature displayed on the screen, but it goes off automatically after about a minute. The temperature is fairly accurate, but it does differ a bit from my actual area since the local weather station is at a different elevation and a few miles away. Other than the display, I am very happy with the function and appearance of the device. I thought the black would be odd, but it actually looks pretty good in person and the controls and voice response seem to be every bit as good as the real Google product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Insignia bluetooth alarm clock w/Google Assist

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    charliehustle77
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    I found this speaker with google assistant useful for exactly what it's made for, an alarm clock. Don't expect to get top dollar speakers out of this little device. We used it for our infant while bathing him. We'd throw on some music to keep him calm and relaxed and then set an alarm on the Insignia just by telling google to do so, since holding up a small squirmy child in the sink with both hands, fooling around with devices isn't an option. The speakers were good enough to keep him happy. Upon turning it up high, you'll find highs and lows missing that would be found in higher tier, more expensive speakers. We have had the speaker do weird things like we'd be sitting in another room talking and all the sudden google would announce "Playing Fast Car by Tracy Chapman" even though we didn't ask it to do so.. That freaked us out a bit, so we usually turn the mic off now, because it's always listening and that's pretty weird in itself. If this is the type of thing you're looking for then pick one up. You're not going to throw it outside and have a block party with the neighbors but if you need hands free assistant at an affordable price, this will do just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend