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Apple HomePod Mini (2020)

Apple HomePod Mini (2020)
alaScore 99

30 reviews

Apr, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Apple HomePod Mini (2020). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

sound, price, size, design, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple HomePod Mini (2020) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : John Velasco (digitaltrends.com)

Apple HomePod mini review: Finally, the smart speaker Apple needs

 

Apple failed to make an impression with the original HomePod, but the HomePod mini is poised to change that.

Computational audio optimizes the experience ; Clean sounding highs and mids ; Compact size makes it discrete ; It's the most affordable HomeKit home hub

Siri lacks the advanced intelligence of her peers ; Short power cord

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Apple HomePod mini Review

 

Solid audio performance with rich bass and bright highs ; Multiple speakers can be grouped and used as stereo pairs ; Easy Siri voice control ; Good Apple Home app integration for smart home controls

Not the absolute best audio quality for the price ; No aux input

The Apple HomePod mini speaker offers Siri voice assistance and smart home control in an attractive little orb design for just $99, but the Amazon Echo delivers substantially more audio power for the same price.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Apple HomePod mini review: playing small ball

 

Hey Siri, what's up?

Compact design ; Accessibly priced compared to big HomePod ; Good sound for its size ; Siri is fast

Still hugely dependent on Apple devices and services ; Doesn’t sound as good as similarly priced competitors ; Volume controls on top are fiddly ; Siri is still behind Google Assistant and Alexa in features and capabilities

Apple’s HomePod mini is a $99 smart speaker that can fit almost anywhere in your home. It sounds surprisingly good for its size, but it can't quite keep up with similarly priced speakers from Amazon or Google.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (techhive.com)

Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper

 

If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we'd really have something.

Impressive audio quality for its size ; Easy setup ; Works as a Thread border router ; New “Intercom” feature lets you broadcast messages to family members

No physical mic mute control ; Intercom doesn’t support two-way calls ; Supports only one third-party music services (for now) ; We’ve heard better-sounding smart speakers in the Mini’s price range

If Apple’s new, smaller HomePod cost the same as a $50 Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Nest Mini, I’d be calling it the new champ (albeit with caveats) in the entry-level smart speaker market. But at $99, the HomePod Mini falls short to the similar-priced...

Expert review by : Michael Potuck (9to5mac.com)

[Update: Post-mortem] Here’s how HomePod mini compares to HomePod

 

Apple debuted the HomePod mini back in October with an all-new spherical design and impressive list of features and specs priced at $99 — $200 less than the list price of its bigger brother. Read on for a detailed HomePod mini vs HomePod comparison....

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Michael Steeber (9to5mac.com)

Apple Store displays take HomePod mini to the max

 

Apple's tiny speaker is getting a big spotlight at Apple Stores, with new displays that turn it up to 11 — or in this case, 17. A wall of 17 HomePods fills the latest Avenue in select stores. You can experience it for yourself today at home. expand...

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Parker Ortolani (9to5mac.com)

Apple debuts new interactive Valentine’s Day gift guide featuring iPhone 12, HomePod mini, and more

 

Apple has updated Apple.com with an all-new gift guide for Valentine's Day shoppers. The gift guide is interactive and lets you shop for specific types of people such as “lovers of photography” or “lovers of music.” expand full story

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Jeff Benjamin (9to5mac.com)

iOS 14.4 beta changes and features – HomePod mini gets new U1-assisted Handoff experience

 

The initial iOS 14.4 beta includes a new feature that was first demonstrated during Apple's iPhone 12 event . The new feature specifically relates to the HomePod mini and its U1 Ultra Wideband chip that allows for spatial awareness. An iPhone equipped...

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Alex Cranz (gizmodo.com)

The HomePod Mini Is a Perfect Smart Home Overlord

 

The HomePod Mini can't quite compete with pricier, and bigger, speakers like the Sonos One, but it does enough and does it well enough to be a great brain for your smart home.

It does exactly what it promises to do. HomeKit support is flawless. AirPlay 2 and general interactions with other Apple devices is great.

It would be even better at $50 to $75. Microphones can sometimes be too sensitive. Support for more audio services would be nice.

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Michael Potuck (9to5mac.com)

Apple makes iOS 14.2.1 available for HomePod and HomePod mini

 

After Apple released iOS 14.2.1 for just the iPhone 12 lineup at the end of November and before the iOS 14.3 arrives to the public with new features, HomePod and HomePod mini are getting bug fixes and performance improvements with their own build of...

Dec, 2020

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