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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Surprisingly Great Sound & Smart Home Companion

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    I've been a heavy user of Amazon Alexa products for the past several years, but I'm also deep into the Google and Nest ecosystem. So I ordered this new Google Nest Mini with an open mind, hoping it would be a decent companion for my Nest thermostats and Wemo smart plugs. Surprisingly, the switch to Google Assistant was quite seamless and I'm very impressed with the sound quality and versatility of this little hockey puck-sized device. PROS: - Incredibly simple setup, even for iPhone users. Just download the Google Home app, sign in with your Google account, and the app will walk you through the rest. - Small size, but substantial weight and build quality. Compared to my first generation Echo Dot, the Nest Mini appears to have much better craftsmanship and is made of very nice materials. The mesh fabric nicely blends in to home decor and doesn't look like a traditional speaker. There's even a built-in screw cutout on the back of the device for wall mounting. - The Nest Mini uses a proprietary power connector rather than microUSB or USB-C, but luckily the plug is compact and rounded, so it won't take up much space on your surge protector or wall outlet. - The sound quality of the Nest Mini blows the original Echo Dot out of the water. Bass is noticeably stronger and surprisingly deep for such a small device. Audio can get quite loud with very minimal distortion at higher volumes. - Voice detection is also excellent. Even with music playing at high volumes, the Nest Mini responds instantly to my voice. Google has supposedly added a machine learning chip to the Nest Mini which learns your voice and makes the Assistant faster over time. The responsiveness is absolutely noticeable, and the Assistant's answers are surprisingly detailed and useful. - The Google Assistant is compatible with an incredible amount of smart home devices and partners, including Wemo, Harmony, and obviously Nest devices. If you have Nest thermostats, camera, and a security system like I do, you will appreciate the seamless integration. You can also connect to almost every music service like Spotify, SiriusXM, and Pandora to stream music directly from the Nest Mini. CONS: - Other than the nice improvement to audio quality, there are really no major improvements to the Nest Mini compared to the original Google Home Mini. If you have a Home Mini, I see no reason to upgrade right now. - There is no 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting/streaming music to external speakers. OVERALL: This is the best compact smart speaker that I've used and it offers an incredible amount of value for its affordable price. If you use other Google products or services with any frequency, this is probably the speaker for you. The Nest Mini is a great-sounding compact speaker that is also stylish, durable, and incredibly versatile. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy Convenient Smart Speaker.

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    This is the first time that I have used a Google smart speaker extensively, (I spent a couple minutes with my aunt’s Google home, the original one) and after a few days of having this little guy, I must say I am impressed. The packaging was simple and straight to the point. Inside came the speaker, a round power cable and a quick start guide. I really like the look and feel of the device. The speaker is round, and the cover looks and feels like a cloth-like material and I would be surprised if it really wasn’t cloth. On the bottom of the speaker there is a small notch that allows you to mount the Nest mini onto a wall, this is a great addition to have as you’re now not limited to place it on your desk or counter. Also, there is a physical switch that allows you to turn off the microphone. I also appreciate that it has touch controls on the top underneath the cloth. It allows you to play/pause in the center while on either end a tap will allow you to set the volume to your preference, with the LED lights on top indicating the volume level . When it comes to audio, this little guy puts out much more sound than I thought it would, to be specific, I mean it got much louder than I thought it would. Also, the bass feedback is pretty good especially when your place it against an appropriate surface. Loudest is not the only thing though, the sound comes through clearly and there is very little distortion at high volumes. I threw various genres at it, and all sounded reasonably well. This speaker isn’t necessarily aimed purely at listening to music, so keep that in mind when you look at these. Setting this up with my phone (android) was straightforward and easy. Download the Home app and it picks it up and sets it up quickly. After that you’re ready to use Google Voice Assistant, which is better than ever. With a quick “Hey google” you can begin asking it a plethora of things as well asking it to play music from any of your music streaming apps (i.e. Pandora, Spotify, YouTube music). Another thing I must point out is that the Nest mini is very good at picking out my voice from surrounding noise, such as from a TV or from another speaker playing in the room. This must be a result of the mic combination within the Nest mini as well as Google’s software for voice recognition, well done Google. If you’re looking for a little companion for a small space that will be a great voice assistant, the Nest mini will be a great buy, whether for someone new to smart speakers or someone who already has a google ecosystem set up at home and wants to add a new speaker to another room.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It's so cool

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    It can be paired with Bluetooth speakers(use one at a time). The wall mount is a clever idea. I use a push pin to mount it (they recommend a #8 screw). You can ask(voice) it to play specific music, change volume; with smart bulb, turn on/off/dim (even to certain percentage)/change color; with Tile, search for missing objects; ask/set event schedules, ask weather, time etc. I believe it can operate smart curtain and shower head, but I haven't install one. It looks pretty too. But I still don't have a good way for music source. The YouTube reqires premium membership, the Pandora doesn't work, the Google Music Play always say the piece I choosed not available. Now it uses some alternative, works fine now, but I don't know whether it's just temporary trial.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Convenient, always available, life assistant.

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    Google - Nest Mini (2nd Generation): For all current Google SMART Home users expanding with this Nest Mini: You’ve seen most of this before. Appearance, operational controls and even the price looks the same (ignoring sale prices). The Google Home App on your phone will recognize the Mini using bluetooth, and get it onto to your home wireless as fast as you can assign it to a room and enter a few passwords. From there it’s a matter of some enhancements. I’ve got two Home Mini smart speakers already so I’m familiar with how that model works, sounds and responds. As far as the Google Assistant, you’re already benefitting from whatever updates have happened this past year so all your minis share the same underlying software features. Yes, the sound is fuller and the voicing is somewhat more natural. It can get louder, but don’t expect to fill a large room. It gets harsh if played too loudly. We have no problem using the speaker for playing back 21st century radio (Pandora or Spotify) but it wouldn’t be a first choice. We have too many other sound sources. As personal search and info assistants they provide us instant store hours, restaurant locations, weather reports, scores, and a broad range of Smart device control. I’ll deal with that below followed by a summary. Review for folks getting started with this first Google Smart Home device: I guess I’m now an advanced Google Home user. It’s been all of 2 years since I installed a Google activated speaker and one year since I expanded with a Google Home Mini (1st Generation) Smart Speaker with Google Assistant. First, here’s what I’m doing with my Google devices but be advised it’s all easier to do than describe. Any "Google aware" smart home device attached to the same wireless network as your Google (Nest) Mini is also controlled by voice or by using the Google Home App on your phone. As you grow your Google Home system, you gain remarkable remote control over YOUR home. “Hey, Google, turn ON hallway lights.” I’ve added GE C controllable lights in 12 locations. So, far, I prefer to limit my voice controlled lights to those locations that are awkward to get to (deck lights, entryway, hallway) or lights that add convenience (that extra bedroom light). “Hey, Google, turn ON deck lights.” I’ve added Leviton Smart LED Dimmers to control those lights that aren’t C by GE controllable. “Hey Google, play "America" on Pandora on the Sony Soundbar” It turned out that a Sony Soundbar I use on a bedroom TV is controlled by Google Home. Surprise. “Hey Google, start RoMo” (I named our iRobot.) And, our iRobot M6 Mop is controlled by Google Home. The Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) adds control over our home filled with smart devices from any location in our house that is within hearing range of the Mini. At the same time the Nest Mini is a room speaker with improved sound quality. It plays bigger than before. It’s a smart, convenient, affordable, always available, life assistant

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love it

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Good mini is a real help for alarms, reminding me of dates, turning on and off multiple appliances. Anything that says it supports google assistant is a go for me.. only wish it could change the stations on my cable, but you can’t have everything. I’m still learning it.. but you can’t go wrong.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Sound In A Small Package

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    I'll confess in that I was not expecting the Google Nest Mini to be any different from the Google Home Mini I had been using. Wow, was I ever wrong! First off the sound quality from the Nest Mini is a huge improvement over my older Home Mini. Lightyears better. It's not up to premium quality speaker brands such as Bose but for something this small to have such full, rich sound is amazing in my book. If you've used a Google Home (or Home Mini) then you know the basics here. It uses the Google Assistant to answer questions, control smart home items such as lights, and also play music, pod casts and audio books. One thing i like about the Nest Mini is the built in hole on the back in case you wanted to mount it on a wall. Another bonus is easier to use pause/playback and volume controls on the top. I posted three pictures with my old Google Mini side by side with the Nest Mini. They are the same size with the Nest feeling ever so slightly heavier. Another change is the ditching of charging via Micro-USB. Again, the biggest improvement for me in this is the outstanding sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good budget speaker!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    This speaker is good overall however if you want something a little better on bass I go for the bigger $100 Google speaker but. With this you definitely will fulfill most of yours needs voice commands, music, control of your smart home, etc. Far as sound and loudness goes it's more of a small room speakers depending on how big the rooms are in your house you can definitely hear it in a few surrounding rooms but it wouldn't be good for a party or kick back or whatever.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    it is a Google what can goes wrong

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

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    I don't have one of this items for myself. But I gave it like a gift to some people and family and they love it. they used it see to control the z wave devices in their homes and also it is ready to answer any question you have. now they have Spanish what help more people

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Does what it's supposed to do

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Got both this and an echo dot for basically half-off on black friday. Read a ton of reviews on both and decided to use google first to see if it met my needs. it did. I use it for weather, reminders, timers, random questions, and my wife uses it mostly for finding her phone. I ended up using google over alexa because google already knows everything about me and we have android phones. It just integrates into my life easier than alexa did/does (i have an echo auto).

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better Than Echo In Certain Areas

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I have owned an Amazon Echo (old and newest gen) for years. It by far has the most apps that it works without. However, that doesn't mean it works well. I use this to mostly control my Hue Lighting and answer random questions throughout the day. Sometimes for music. The Echo when turning on lights would often give me some type of error, not work, or not hear me at all. I'm from Colorado (where most would say I don't have an accent), well educated, and enunciate well. Not bragging here just mentioning problems that make voice activated stuff not work so well. So, in other words I'm the ideal person for this device but it would still not pick me up half the time. So, I bought a Google Home now called Nest Mini. The application itself is more modern looking than Alexa (Echo). If you have any google application they are very similar. Setup was a lot easier and user friendly than on the Alexa. It also works a lot better. I would say you can do more on Alexa but Google executes what it can do a lot better. Wall mounting is easier on the Nest Mini than Echo. Google boots up faster. The answers are more detailed and correct. The voice prompts (how she interacts with you) is more natural as well. She actually notifies you what she is doing to verify it heard you. When I turn on my lights it's almost instant. No lag time and rarely comes back with errors. Also, search function goes into google which is way better than Alexa. Rarely does it tell me it doesn't understand or can't answer a question. It also hears me a lot better even when blasting music. Like I can whisper and it can hear me. For Alexa I practically had to yell at her which was awkward for us both. The Nest also looks a lot sleeker. Audio quality is similar. All around I recommend the Nest Mini 9/10 times over Alexa. That 1 time is for the specific application that Google Home doesn't support. So, Me and Her we are done. I've got a new BFF.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It’s good for what it does

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I like it its good and all and it’s even nice to Amazon Echo and Siri but sometimes it turns on by itself so it’s weird

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent product

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Great addition to your existing system. I put mine in the bedroom.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent product

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    I had the first one that came out and now with this 2nd version much better.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A worthy upgrade

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    I currently have a first generation Google Home Mini, and it's been great. I was very impressed at how a few little features can make such a difference. Most importantly, the audio quality seems to be very much improved from the previous generation. The Nest Mini sounds excellent, and is able to hear and decipher what I'm saying, even when my surround sound is up fairly high. It's very accurate as well. It's so convenient to set up routines for frequent things you may do as well. I have routines set to change the colors on my hue lights and dim the ones in the hall so that I can more properly set the mood for the movie or show I'm watching. It's very easy to recommend this latest iteration, even as an addition to your home, if you already have a Google Home device. Pros: sounds great, excellent ability to hear and accurately use my voice, convenient addition of wall mount Cons: now uses a different power cord adapter, so replacements aren't as easy

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for it's specified uses

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This little gadget is fantastic, although a bit annoying when it actives and you didn't intend to active it. Other than that, the sound is good (except for streaming on from YouTube desktop as a speaker, as it tends to run slow and staticky), it's extremely useful when you just come into your room and are ready to sleep to tell it to turn off your smart lights. Highly recommended!

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Big bang for little bucks

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    The newer Nest design is better than the old home. I wish they would have went with a USB-C over a proprietary plug but it's not that big of a deal. The sound is noticeably better over the home mini. https://technicallylifted.com/google-nest-mini

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing sound

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    The sound quality is amazing and it can hear even a very low voice. The only drawback I see is the charger design which bulky and difficult to fit in an extension board.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Voice Assistant, Easy to Use, Good Sound

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    Having owned the 1st generation Google Home Mini, I’m keenly aware of its functionality and reliability, both of which are excellent. This 2nd generation model, now called the Google Nest Mini, is just as reliable as the first. The most significant improvement is the sound quality. Even though this newer model is the same physical size as the earlier one, the quality of the speaker/driver is improved. Before, if you wanted to cast music from your phone to the device, the sound was tinny and not very powerful. Now, the sound is louder and fuller with some actual base notes. The base isn’t the kind that will knock your socks off, but at least there’s some lows coming from this speaker. But it’s important to keep in mind that this puck-sized speaker’s main purpose is to offer Google Assistant, not be the backbone of your sound system. However, if you need a small speaker to play some music, this 2nd generation model will more than suffice. When using the Google Assistant feature built into this speaker, I find it works well with many of my smart devices. For example, I’ll ask Google to turn off the living room lights, and the speaker does an excellent job hearing my voice over the TV and other noise, to execute my instructions. This model now has 3 internal mics, as the previous model only had two. The accompanying Google Home App does a good job walking you through the steps for setup, unless you hit a snag. I encountered a problem while connecting the device to my home Wi-Fi network during the in-app setup. There was an error and I had to start over again. When I attempted to setup the device a second time, the app couldn’t even recognize the device. I figured I needed to factory reset the unit, but I couldn’t find any instructions on how to do so. The 1st generation device has a physical pinhole button on its underside; this unit does not. I ended up going to Google support site for the Nest Mini and found the instructions on how to factory reset the device. For those wondering, you’ll first need to switch the physical mic button to the off position (located on the side of the unit), then when the lights on top turn orange, you’ll need to press your finger down over the lights on the center of the Nest Mini. After 5 seconds, the assistant will tell you that you’re initiating the factory reset process. And after 10 seconds, the device resets itself. After factory resetting it, I initiated the setup process on the app again. This time the Mini was recognized and was completely setup and paired with the Google Home app. Aside from this hiccup when setting-up, I’m very pleased with this speaker/assistant. The main draw of using a Google Assistant device over other options is being able to use the power of Google’s resources (intelligent search results, translation features, compatibility with many smart devices, and its ability to understand naturally speaking language). I’m very pleased with this updated model.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Small size, big sound!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I already had a generation 1 on my front porch. So I got this generation 2 for under the eve by my back patio. It sounds fantastic outside. Great sale price also. Get one!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Just keeps getting better

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    I have several 1st gen minis and was already impressed with them. I got the 2nd gen for free as a package deal with I ordered my Google Nest Learning Thermostat. I have to say that the sound from the 2nd gen minis sounds much better than the 1st gen. Mind you, it will not sound like you have a home theater in a puck but the overall sound, when compared to the 1st gen mini, is an improvement. I have this set up in my home office which is on the 2nd floor. Our household is heavily invested in the Google Home ecosystem. So, being able to use this to control devices throughout the house, play music, set alarms, make calls, and also have it work something like an intercom is super convenient!

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    I would recommend this to a friend