Google Home Mini Review: Brilliant Little Assistant Speaker

Google Home Mini is the company's new smart speaker that shrinks down all the intelligence into a cheaper, smaller package. The Home Mini joins last year's Home and the upcoming Home Max smart speakers housing the Google Assistant, the voice assistant housed in most Android smartphones that has access to your Google profile and its various bits of information.

What Is It?

Google Home Mini is a Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker that looks like a small fabric-covered pin cushion. It comes in a grey, black or coral with a color-matched plastic base and rubber foot to keep it from sliding about when you prod it.

There is a row of four LEDs in the top that light up when you speak to it or adjust the volume. They're simple and easy to understand, lighting up red when muted, but are difficult to see from across the room.

What Does It Do?

The Home Mini basically does everything the full-sized Google Home does, just in a smaller package with a much smaller speaker.

It'll answer questions, set timers and alarms, play music, read the news or information from the web, and control a relatively large collection of smart home devices such as Hue lights. It can also read out your next appointment if you've got your life plugged into Google services and give you traffic updates on your commute.

How Does It Work?

All you have to do once set up using the Google Home app on an Android or iOS device is say the wake words: ?EU?OK, Google?EU? or the easier to say ?EU?Hey Google.?EU? Assistant will then wait for your command or question.

Google Assistant is better than any other voice assistant at recognizing what you're trying to say, even if you've garbled the question.

Home Mini is capable of hearing you over fairly loud noises, such...

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