The re-designed Echo Dot is slightly larger and more rotund than the previous generation with a bigger speaker delivering better sound. You're also able to connect your own speakers via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable. $50 at Amazon Pros Supports speakers with Bluetooth or 3.5mm connection. Fresh design with a fabric finish. Easy to connect multiple Echo speakers. Cons Lacks some features found in larger Echo speakers. The Google Home Mini is a perfectly acceptable option for a compact smart home speaker — it just lacks some of the refinement that Amazon has developed over three generations of products. $49 at Best Buy Pros All-fabric design. Control Chromecast with your voice. Ultra-lightweight. Cons No support for connecting external speakers. Which AI assistant is right for you? Both the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are positioned as the most affordable smart speakers in their respective lineups. They're perfectly capable for general use on their own, … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) vs. Google Home Mini: Which is better and which should you buy?
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As their names imply, Google's Home devices are designed with the intention of keeping them inside, but they're not always as portable as we’d like them to be. Since the company doesn't provide a way to use the units without plugging them into a wall outlet, third-party manufacturers have seized the opportunity to release battery bases. Ninety7 has just added the JOT to their line of solutions for smart speakers. Last year, we reviewed Ninety7's LOFT battery base for Google Home and, while the hardware was solid, we questioned the need for it–the added bulk and constant recharging seemed to be a bit much. At the time, the Mini's price was even cheaper, so for portability, we recommended simply buying another Google unit. Now the Mini costs as much as the LOFT and some customers understandably demand a battery-powered option for those times they aren’t near an outlet, such as grilling outdoors. Ninety7 estimates the battery life at eight hours. When it's time to … [Read more...] about Ninety7 introduces JOT battery base for Google Home Mini
How would you like to turn your Google Home Mini smart speaker into a 90-year old rodent? Now listed in the Google Store is a base for the Home Mini that turns the device into Mickey Mouse with his signature big black ears, red shorts and tail. The accessory is produced by a partnership between Disney and OtterBox, and is the first Den Series product made for the Google Home line of smart speakers.Found in the new accessories section of the redesigned Google Store, the price of the Home Mini base is $19.95. That might seem steep for a smart speaker that costs $49, but you'll find it well worth the cost just to see the expression on your kids' faces.The full name of the product is the OtterBox Den Series Base featuring Disney Mickey Mouse for Google Home Mini, and it is coming soon. With little touches like this, Google might be able to hold on to its spot above category creator Amazon when it comes to global smart speaker market share. According to Canalys, Google had a leading 32.3% … [Read more...] about Accessory turns your Google Home Mini smart speaker into Mickey Mouse
Right now, the Google Home Mini is the cheapest way to buy into Google’s smart home ecosystem while still having full use of its pioneering Assistant at under $50 (£49 / AU$79), and its enjoyed largely positive reviews - except for the sound quality, which seems to have suffered as a result of the smart speakers small stature. Although it’s unclear whether the Google Pixel event on October 9 will see the launch of a new Google Home Mini, there are a few things we would like to see in the Google Home Mini 2 should we be lucky enough to get a new model tomorrow:The main issue we found with the original Google Home Mini is that the sound was less than powerful, which meant it wasn’t particularly suitable as a standalone speaker, and was more suited to being a desk buddy. Google could rectify this by adding some separate tweeters to add clarity to the treble frequencies, making the overall sound a little crisper, plus enabling a fuller, 360 degree … [Read more...] about Google Home Mini 2: What we want to see
Amazon introduced a flurry of new Alexa gadgets at a whirlwind event in Seattle last month. Key among them, a brand new version of Amazon's Alexa best-seller, the $50 Echo Dot. Like the versions that came before it, the new, third-gen Echo Dot is a puckish, pint-sized smart speaker that's really made to be connected with other, bigger audio setups via Bluetooth of auxiliary cable. But the new Echo Dot is also noticeably bigger than before -- and Amazon says that's because it beefed up the sound quality on the speaker inside. That move is likely meant to counter Google, which one-upped the Echo Dot as far as sound quality is concerned when it released the equally cheap Google Home Mini. With a new, better-sounding Echo Dot that still costs $50, Alexa's now in a better position to stay competitive with the insurgent Google Assistant. So how's the new Dot sound? So glad you asked. Now playing: Watch this: The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? 1:54 Dot … [Read more...] about New Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini: Which sounds better?