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Apple HomePod (2017)

Apple HomePod (2017)
alaScore 93

239 reviews

Sep, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews of Apple HomePod (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.6/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the bass quality and size are overall positive. The design and sound are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the reliability and price.

usability, sound, design, size, bass quality

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple HomePod (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Evan Kypreos (trustedreviews.com)

Apple HomePod Review | Trusted Reviews

 

Apple's HomePod is the best-sounding smart speaker around. It's a shame that Siri and tied down software make it a frustrating buy.

Stunning sound quality ; Clever spatial awareness ; Handsome looks

Siri isn't that smart ; Frustrating software ; Restricted to Apple users

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Apple HomePod review

 

The Apple HomePod sounds fantastic, but leaves us wanting more as a smart speaker.

Amazing sound quality Siri voice accuracy is high Attractive, understated design

Siri is limited No Bluetooth streaming Apple Music subscription needed for a worthwhile experience

With the Apple HomePod, we're really reviewing two things at once: a premium speaker and a smart home hub. In the former category, the HomePod is excellent, with amazing sound and incredibly intuitive set-up. But in the latter Siri is only middling in...

May, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (t3.com)

Apple HomePod review: fantastic audio, cool looks, Siri is still behind the competition

 

HomePod is an impressive technical achievement and sounds just incredible, but Siri doesn't quite have Alexa quaking in her boots

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Apple HomePod review

 

New skills mean not only is the Apple HomePod the best-sounding smart speaker we've heard, it's now much smarter as well.

Compact, solid and stylish ; Automatically gets the best out of its position and your music ; Siri and Apple Music works well ; Weighty, authoritative sound

Over-reliance on voice control ; Mid-range a little muddled ; Too Apple-centric

The best-sounding, most music-oriented smart speaker currently available

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough

 

Right now it's just a speaker that sounds amazing, but that isn't very smart with its Siri integration.

Sounds great ; Hardware design ; HomeKit support

No radio ; Made a mark on our worktop ; Only works with Apple Music ; Siri sounds horrid

For now, it's just a speaker that sounds great, that isn't very smart.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Adam Speight (recombu.com)

Apple HomePod Review

 

Apple dove into the smart speaker market with a focus on high quality audio over all else. Apple HomePod came with traditionally high Apple pricing but its audio chops and stylish design go a long way to justifying the cost.

– Impressive sound, unimposing design and surprisingly good value

– Siri, lack of audio input and an awkward power cable

When it comes to size and audio, Apple HomePod is the best pound-for-pound smart speaker. The design of the HomePod is gorgeous too. However, the price will be a sticking point for most – far surpassing many smart audio rivals.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple HomePod

 

The HomePod is Apple's smart speaker, controlled using Siri and now supports AirPlay 2, phone calls and more. Here's our review.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple HomePod review

 

UPDATED: iOS 11.4 gives Siri's speaker extra smarts, with support for stereo pairing and multi-room support audio

Incredible sound quality for its size ; Homely, minimalist design ; Siri has impressive music smarts ; Works well as a HomeKit hub ; Automatically adjusts sound to suit any room

Voice control only works with Apple Music ; No stereo pairing or multi-room support until 'later this year' ; Can't yet recognise different voices ; Beats 1 is the only radio station you can directly stream ; Alexa and Google Assistant are still better...

The best musical smart speaker you can buy, but only if you’re an Apple Music fan and iPhone devotee

May, 2018

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple HomePod review: A great speaker but not so smart

 

The Apple HomePod is a beautifully designed, amazing-sounding speaker but it isn't the best of the smart speaker bunch

Sounds amazing wherever you put it ; Simple setup ; Seamless integration with Apple Music

No voice-driven radio playback ; Siri isn't the best digital assistant ; Voice playback limited to Apple Music

That doesn’t mean the Apple HomePod is a terrible product. Far from it. It’s a stunning example of how engineering and technology can be put to use in new and exciting ways, to improve the way small speakers sound, no matter where you put them.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Rasmus Larsen (flatpanelshd.com)

Apple HomePod (stereo pair) review

 

We've tested 2x HomePods with a special focus on Apple TV and media integration. We will be covering audio quality as well as functionality and ecosystem effects

Very good music performance ; Neutral, balanced sound ; Automatic room correction ; Airplay 2 multi-room ; Big potential (via software)

Apple TV integration not great ; Inconsistent Siri functionality ; Lip-sync issues with 24fps video ; 100% ecosystem product ; No surround expansion possible

Dec, 2018

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