Our Google Home Assistant is easily the best bit of tech added to our house this year. We use it every day for a variety of things. These include checking the weather forecast before the school run and keeping the kids entertained.
As a result it has set up permanent residence downstairs. This is great for the family, but there have been times when I could have done with it in my office.
For example, I often need to check facts as I’m writing and lose focus if I have to flick between tabs on my screen. Thankfully, this is no longer a problem as I recently received a Google Home Mini to review. Oh yes.
The Google Home Mini is pretty much the same as its bigger relative with the obvious exception of its appearance. It’s the same shape and size as a doughnut, which is handy as there’s never much room on my desk.
It can also be programmed to recognise different voices. This means that answers are personalised for a better user experience. Another useful introduction is the capability to use multiple devices as an intercom system.
The speaker can be turned up and down by tapping on its right and left sides respectively. Tapping the middle will pause it. The microphone off switch meanwhile – handy when the kids start asking open-ended questions – is located near the power source.
On that note, the sound quality of the speaker is very good while the microphone can pick up voices from elsewhere in the room.
To demonstrate what the Google Home Mini can do, here’s a quick video.
In addition to answering my questions, it has come in useful in several other ways. I can now control the heating without going downstairs. I can also have the radio on without my computer stuttering.
The Google Home Mini is currently available for £34. I think this is excellent value for a really useful device.
Disclosure: I was gifted a Google Home Mini.