Like many others, you maybe under the impression that the Google home Mini is one of the best smart speaker deals. Unfortunately, this is a large misconception to persuade you into buying this cheap product. Everyone has had bad experiences with tech products at sometime or another. Unfortunately, the Google Home Mini is no exception. The GHM is the cheapest smart speaker for a reason; because of its limited abilities.
The GHM seems like it might be a front runner in the race for the best in-home smart speaker, however this speaker delivers a far underwhelming audio system compared its competitors like the Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3). Despite the lack of a “professional” audio system, there are a few convenient features that the GHM provides to its users. This review is aimed to help you understand why the GHM is a waste of your money.
The Main Question:
“Should you buy the Google Home Mini smart speaker?“.
The quick answer is no.
Continue reading to find out why the Google Home Mini is a waste of your money.
Questions You Want Answered
In this review, you will find all the essential insights on why the Google Home Mini is a waste of your money. We have been testing the GHM and want you to know why it is NOT a good product. To do this, we are going to be answering these questions:
- Is the Google Home Mini worth the money?
- Does this speaker have good audio?
- What is the quality level of the material?
- Is the functionality intuitive?
- Does this smart speaker include an App?
- Would we recommend it to a friend? (no)
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Is The Google Home Mini Worth The Money?
At first glance, the Google Home Mini seems like a steal at $29.00 USD. The marketing for this device is quite attractive, but what do you expect from one of the largest companies in the world? As much as Google “sells” this as a great product, it is actually subpar.
Whereas yes, the $29 price tag is tempting, remember that the Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) is only 99 Cents more than the GHM. In fact, there are many other competing in-home smart speakers that are a far better bang for your buck. Here is a list of our top recommended smart speakers:
With all this being said; Is this GHM worth your money? Absolutely not.
Does the Google Home Mini have good audio?
The GHM lacks a professional sound that leaves much to be desired. You don’t want to be listening to audio that sounds like it’s stretched thin or rolling around in a tin can. Yes, this may “sound” like a harsh example, however, this would be the most sincere comparison to the GHM’s audio system. Here are the audio specs for this speaker:
Now let’s be honest, we all want a clear audio that offers a full array of sound as intended by music artists (enough bass but not too much depending on the mood etc.). Still, finding the right speaker for the right price can be difficult. Ultimately however, poor quality audio is not worth lower prices if it means turning you off from a home speaker. We encourage you not to fall into the trap of buying the cheap option, in this case the GHM, if you are looking for an entry-level smart speaker.
What is the quality level of the material?
When selecting any product, the fashion and material of a device typically plays a significant role. In this case, Google may have attempted to create a quality product, however the Google Home Mini’s composition is basic at best.
The simplistic form appears attractive and modern at first glance, but upon further examination, the speaker’s texture seems to be composed of a cheaper “mesh” material. The speaker is located at the top and upper half of the GHM. This mainly allows for sound to travel upward rather than as desired (across a room); sending the best sound waves to your ceiling…
On a positive note, the GHM weighs less than a pound. This makes transferring the device around your home simple and easy.
The “mesh” that encompasses the majority of the device also includes volume touch sensors on either side of the device; perpendicular to the charging port. Additionally, the material may come as a discomfort to the user due to the cheaper quality “mesh”.
The “mesh” design may stand out from its competitors, however its functional purposes seem to lack reason. From a material perspective, there is much room for improvement.
Is the functionality intuitive?
The functionality of the Google Home Mini is actually quite minimalistic. However, the features are not presented well to user, nor are they noticeable. This is due to the lack of labels on the device. However, upon further observance you may quickly notice the perhaps unlikely volume touch sensors. These sensors are hidden under the mesh of the speaker.
Upon plugging in the device, four small LED lights will appear under the GHM “mesh” surface. If you tap in alignment with the LED’s on either side of the “mesh” they will light up. This allows you to control the volume of the device. (left – to decrease in sound volume and right – to increase the sound volume).
The last functionality feature, which is probably the most compelling one, is the Google Assistant integration. For instance, if you were to say, “Google, what is the weather like outside?”, the GHM will respond with your local weather forecast. Whereas Google Assistant is by far a better Virtual Assistant because of its broad information queries; it lacks integration with other IoT devices.
In addition, this speaker does have a “mute” hardware switch on the back. You may prefer this feature, since research would suggest many complain of feeling “spied on” while leaving Virtual Assistants unmuted for long periods of time.
So, is Google Home Mini functionality intuitive? Yes but also No.
Yes because the smart speaker is easy to use.
No because the functionality isn’t exactly straight forward (Example: The hidden volume buttons).
Does this smart speaker include an App?
Today, most IoT devices include some type of app that lets you configure your device. In addition, most devices allow you to customize your preferences and even its virtual assistant speech.
With that being said, to answer your question, yes the Google Home Mini does have an App. Read more here.
Would we recommend it to a friend?
If you have made it this far into this review, you proabbly can already answer this question.
The simple answer is no.
Google Home Mini | Pros and Cons
- Google Assistant’s broad information queries
- Light Weight
- Subpar Audio Quality
- Limited IoT integration
- Limited Functionality
- Mediocre Material Quality and Feel
- Power Cable Required – Not Battery Operated