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Google Home Mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 802 reviews of Google Home Mini. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Home Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Google Home Mini review: Taking aim at the Echo Dot


The Google Home Mini is both affordable and capable -- for $49 it can pull up loads of information, control your music and videos and manage a wide variety of smarthome devices. Its tiny speaker sounds better than expected, though you probably won't...

Extremely affordable ; Does everything the bigger Google Home can do ; Manages many popular smarthome devices ; Speaker sounds pretty decent for its tiny size

Microphones aren't very good for voice calling ; Doesn't have as much third-party support as Amazon's Alexa ; Somehow still doesn't support professional Google accounts

There's no doubt that Google Home's capabilities have improved significantly over the past year. I called the original device "little more than a toy" last year, but now it's a legit competitor to Amazon's Echo and Alexa. The Echo might technically...

Oct, 2017

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Expert review by : Kim Wetzel (

Google Home Mini review


Compact, yet powerful, the Google Home Mini is the best-sounding miniature smart speaker yet.

Individual voice recognition gives tailored responses ; Seamlessly integrates all the features of the Google platform ; Affordable, compact, and attractive ; Improved AI that responds quickly

Poor hands-free calling sound quality ; Spanish-speaking feature needs improvement

If you’re looking for a small, affordable home assistant, then the Google Home Mini is a great option. The small speaker is surprisingly loud and full sounding for its size, is able to understand voice commands from across the room, and integrates...

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Google Home Mini


The Google Home Mini smart speaker takes on Amazon's Echo Dot with a cute, fabric-covered design and Google Assistant smarts, but its lack of an audio out is a major bummer.

Inexpensive. Nice design. Better sound quality than the Echo Dot. Better at answering music-related queries than Alexa.

Lacks audio out. Google Home still offers less support for third-party services than Alexa.

When it comes to speakers, Google has the $50 Mini, the $129 Home, and the $399 Max. Google Assistant is also available on every recent Android phone, without you having to hunt down an app.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Review: Google Home Mini


It has some limitations, but it works well as an extension for a Pixel or Google Home.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Ry Crist (

Google Home Mini review


If you want something from the internet, you Google it. We've been doing it for decades — more than a trillion searches per year by Google's own estimates. Google is so good at it that it gets to be its own verb.

The Google Home Mini is a stylish-looking speaker with surprisingly strong sound quality. The Google Assistant is a capable Alexa competitor, especially thanks to its ability to search out detailed answers to a wide variety of questions.

There isn't much the Home Mini does that Alexa can't do, too. It also lacks a line out jack, and requires Chromecast Audio in order to connect with at external speaker setup.

The Google Home Mini is a great device, and a no-brainer for existing Google Home users -- but it isn't the Echo Dot-killer Google probably needs it to be.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (

Google Home Mini Review: Affordability comes at a cost


The Google Home Mini's existence is hardly a mystery: the squat little smart speaker is Google's retort to the Amazon Echo Dot. Packaging the virtues of the Google Assistant into a smaller, cheaper form factor than the existing Google Home , it's a $49...

Cheap way to try Google's voice features ; Discreet, cute design ; Google keeps adding features

Audio quality is poor ; No Bluetooth A2DP or 3.5mm output ; Echo Dot can still be found cheaper

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (

Google Home Mini review: It doesn’t outdo the Dot


But Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Dot couldn't have come soon enough.

Pretty design ; Google Assistant is more sophisticated than Amazon’s Alexa ; Low price makes it easy to deploy in multiples

Lousy for music reproduction ; Compared to Amazon's Echos, Google Home devices aren’t as broadly compatible with third-party products ; Can be paired only with Google Cast-enabled devices

As I said up top. If you’re already using a Google Home, buying one or more Google Home Minis is a no-brainer. Once you have a voice-controlled digital assistant in one room, you’ll want them all over the house. If you already have one, the Google Home...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : John Velasco (

Google Home Mini smart speaker Review


Having seen so much success in such a short period, Google introduced a smaller, more "mini" edition of its popular smart speaker. Taking the recipe they established already with its offering last year, the Google Home Mini is prepping to widen...

Killer price at $49 ; Compact size doesn't take much room ; Simple design allows it to blend in seamlessly ; Same diverse Google Assistant functions as Google Home ; Increased support for home control devices

Underwhelming audio performance ; Touch surface isn't as responsive

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Monica Chin (

5 Reasons to Buy the Google Home Mini (and 3 Reasons to Skip It)


The Google Home Mini is a worthwhile purchase, but it's not for everyone. Here are the pros and cons.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Hadlee Simons (

Google Home Mini review: a capable yet cheap smart speaker?


The Google Home Mini is a fantastic, cheap introduction to the world of smart speakers, but those wanting many third-party apps will be left in the cold.

The Google Home Mini isn’t flawless, owing to a dearth of developer support compared to Amazon, the inability to drill down for hyper-specific commands and odd design choices (where’s the headphone jack?). But for US$50 or less, it’s an ideal...

Jan, 2018