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Google Home (2016)

Google Home (2016)
alaScore 90

1041 reviews

Sep, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1041 reviews of Google Home (2016). 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 sound and price are overall positive. The design and size also get good views, but there are some critical views about the microphone.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Home (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : David Ludlow (

Google Home Review | Trusted Reviews


Google Home review: The Amazon Echo needs to watch out. Improvements to Google Assistant have made this a contender.

Great design ; Decent sound ; Reasonable price point ; Conversational assistant ; Easy setup

Limited smart home compatibility ; Speaker isn't very loud ; Needs to be plugged in at all times

Google Home is a powerful smart speaker, powered by the smartest voice assistant and a growing range of smart device support.

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Nick Pino (

Google Home review


We put the Google Home to the test.

Customizable base Massive song library Expanding hardware ecosystem

Missing Google’s own services Phrasing needs to be precise Google Cast support needs work

Wildly intelligent and supremely versatile in the ways in which it can be used, Google Home is a solid smart speaker. It's not as integrated with Google's own services as we'd like, and the Google Home has some room to improve in terms of audio...

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Google Home review


Google enters the voice-controlled assistant world, but has some catching up to do

Simple to use ; Unobtrusive design ; Works with Chromecast ; Multi-room capability ; Stereo pairing

Few apps ; Average sound ; Limited smart home capability ; No Bluetooth (but it's coming)

Google has arrived late to the voice-controlled assistant party, and has some catching up to do

Apr, 2017

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Google Home review: does it beat Amazon Echo?


Unless you want a pub quiz mate or need integration with Google Music and Chromecast, you're better off asking Alexa

Cheaper and arguably more attractive than Echo ; Better at answering questions than Echo ; Built in voice control of Netflix and Chromecast

Less good as a music speaker than Echo ; Does less overall than Echo

Expert review by : Maggie Tillman Elyse Betters (

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?


Google Home has and continues to mature since it first launched. If you don't mind waiting for its full potential, it's the voice-assistant speaker to get.

Good-looking design will integrate anywhere around the home ; Touch panel controls ; In-depth conversational and search-based results ; Supports up to six users

Less third-party app support than Amazon Echo ; Microphone pick-up limited when music is playing

Google Home has matured a lot since it first launch and continues to, so if you don't mind waiting for it to reach its full potential, then it's the voice-assistant speaker to get. It's good looking, great sounding and, it has the potential to be the...

Aug, 2019

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Expert review by : Marie Black (

Google Home


The original Google Home is still the best, especially at its Echo-matching price of £89/$99. Here's our review of Google Home, the physical embodiment of Google Assistant.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Andrew Gebhart (

Google Home caught up with the Amazon Echo


The Google Home is taking on Amazon's Alexa in the battle to control your whole home. Welcome to the future.

With Google Assistant built in, the Google Home integrates with Google Calendar, Maps and Chromecast, so it gives you personalized answers. Say the word, and the Home can also control your smart home gadgets or send music and video to your TV and...

The Home's integrations with other Google services still don't allow a lot of give and take -- you can't create reminders or make a to-do list.

Google Home offers more personalized virtual assistance than the Echo, and it's better at controlling your digital entertainment.

May, 2017

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Google Home review


Update 25/4/17: Google Home can now automatically switch between accounts thanks to voice recognition wizardry...

Looks classy, yet unobtrusive ; You can control your home and music like Tony Stark ; Search and translate functionality is brilliant ; Can now recognise multiple users by voice

Could sound better ; Play Music doesn’t support adding to your library/playlists ; You can’t add appointments, reminders, or send messages

Genius in some ways, and a dunce in others, Home, like the Echo, is on the cusp of true brilliance. We’re just not quite there yet.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Nathan Spendelow (

Google Home review UK: The Amazon Echo rival has all the answers


Google Home is fighting hard for a place in your home, but what does Google's butler do better than Amazon's Echo?

Cheaper than Echo ; Wide IoT support ; Easy to use

Some features unavailable in UK

If you haven’t already splashed out on an Echo, Google Home is an essential purchase. Aside from a handful of teething problems, it’s a remarkable little home helper, and one I can’t recommend highly enough. Amazon’s Echo just isn’t as all-encompassing...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Alex Todd (

Google Home Review: In Depth (UK model)


Google has finally made Google Home available in the UK. Five months after its original U.S debut, but how does it fare in its new British incarnation?

Great microphone performance ; Customisable design ; Expansive skill set ; Effortless setup ; Unobtrusive

Voice commands can get confusing

At £129, Google Home is a more personalisable connected speaker than those from its leading rivals; Swapping out the ability to buy stuff online using your voice for a better understanding of general queries out the box..

Apr, 2017

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