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Apple HomePod (2017)

Apple HomePod (2017)
alaScore 95

227 reviews

Aug, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 227 reviews of Apple HomePod (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

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 95/100 = 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 (t3.com)

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

 

Apple's Siri-powered speaker is an impressive technical achievement and sounds the business, but Alexa is not exactly going to be quivering in her boots

Sounds truly excellent ; Siri commands work well ; Small and smart ; Great multi-room over AirPlay 2

You need to be deep in the Apple universe ; Siri doesn't match Google Assistant or Alexa for versatility

Aug, 2019

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 (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 : Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Apple HomePod review

 

Superb sound, so-so 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 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 its...

Jun, 2019

Expert review by (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

The Google Home Max provides the best balance between sound quality and smarts in the smart speaker market but it's much bigger than the Apple HomePod and it's expensive, too, at £400. Look out for deals, though, because we've regularly seen Google...

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Pete Clark (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple HomePod Mini price and release date rumours: Will there be an upgraded HomePod by the end of the year?

 

Is it already time for a new HomePod?

Stay tuned to this page for all the latest news and rumours surrounding Apple’s upcoming HomePod Mini.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod: Which smart speaker is best?

 

The battle of the smart speakers is afoot: will Google Home, Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod be crowned victorious?

But in the end, the smart speaker that's best for you largely boils down to personal preference and which service or services you’re already paying for. All things being equal, Google Home just edges it but, for most people, the smart speaker to buy...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Apple HomePod Review: The ultimate smart speaker?

 

We've been testing Apple's HomePod ahead of the official February launch here in the UK. Here's our full HomePod review, including all you need to know about this smart speaker's best features, device compatibility and the UK price and release date.

Sterling sound quality ; Impressive mic arrangement ; Quick setup

Closed ecosystem ; Pricey compared with rivals

If you’re an Apple fan and music lover and your home is already filled with Home-compatible tech, then the HomePod is likely top of your wish-list. And rightly so, because this is one seriously pumped-up speaker. As far as audio quality goes, you won’t...

Feb, 2018