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A Google voice-controlled affordable speaker

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The Google Home Mini. Flickr

The Google Home Mini is an affordable $49 voice-controlled speaker that seeks to do it all! Pairing with Google Assistant, it can pull up information, control music and videos and even manage select smarthome devices – like dimming the lights through the magic of voice alone.

Though it’s a diminutive speaker it sounds better than expected although it is limited by its small size. Bass is weak and you will often find yourself cranking up the volume.

The Home Mini, like its larger, more expensive Google Home and Google Home Max cousins, is a supremely capable device. But unlike the bigger duo, the Mini is let down by its comparatively poor sound performance.

Among the functions of the Home Mini, you can place a calls, stream music through apps like Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube Music and more.

The Home Mini also serves as smart home hub integrating with Internet of Things (IoT) devices from the likes of TP-Link, Philips Hue and others.

The Home Mini is in direct competition with Amazon’s Echo Dot in that it is part of Google’s programme at getting the Assistant into homes everywhere. Do you need one?

Probably not…but at a mere $49, Google hopes you will take the plunge and see how its cheapest Home device could become a part of your life.

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