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Apple HomePod Mini (2020)

Apple HomePod Mini (2020)
alaScore 98

30 reviews

Sep, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Apple HomePod Mini (2020). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and design are on the whole positive. The size and price also get good feedback.

sound, price, size, design, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple HomePod Mini (2020) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (t3.com)

Apple HomePod mini review: the best small smart speaker for sound quality

 

The HomePod mini is adorable, sounds excellent for the size, and is solid value, but remains strongly Apple-centric

Dec, 2020

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

Apple HomePod Mini review

 

Apple's new Siri-powered smart speaker is small but mighty

Sophisticated, engaging sound ; Substantial smart skills ; Impressive music discovery

Limited third-party service support ; Lacks a full control app

It’s much smaller and more affordable than expected, but the most surprising thing about the HomePod Mini is its superb sound

Nov, 2020

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

Apple HomePod mini review: Making the world go round?

 

We've been listening to the HomePod mini to find out how it sounds and whether it should be your next smart speaker

Cute design ; Sound quality for the money ; Easy to setup and get started

Siri still sounds clunky ; No Spotify support ; No support for BBC radio in the UK

A move in the right direction, the smaller HomePod sounds great for a speaker of this scale. It will appeal to many Apple users, but against Amazon's Echo series it feels like it still fails to understand that people are more than happy with cheap and...

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Lewis Painter (techadvisor.co.uk)

HomePod Mini

 

The HomePod Mini certainly packs a punch, but is it smart enough to compete with the likes of the fourth-gen Amazon Echo? Find out in our HomePod Mini review.

Dec, 2020

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

Apple HomePod mini review: Good things come in small packages

 

A very impressive smart speaker from Apple and, for once, the price isn't too high

Excellent sound quality ; Reasonable price ; Easy to use

Not for non-iOS users ; No Spotify support yet

The HomePod mini isn’t quite a slam dunk of a smart speaker. The current lack of Spotify and BBC sounds support via Siri is a fairly major limitation and, clearly, if you’re not an iPhone owner – or use an iPad a lot – you’re better off looking...

Dec, 2020

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple HomePod Mini review

 

Can Apple's petite smart speaker beat the Echo at its own game?

Sounds great ; Neat proximity features ; Siri responds well

Basically requires Apple Music ; Won't work with Android ; Smart home skills slightly limited

This shrunken smart speaker is a sonic success – but old issues still remain for now

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : John Velasco (digitaltrends.com)

Apple HomePod mini review: Finally, the smart speaker Apple needs

 

Apple failed to make an impression with the original HomePod, but the HomePod mini is poised to change that.

Computational audio optimizes the experience ; Clean sounding highs and mids ; Compact size makes it discrete ; It's the most affordable HomeKit home hub

Siri lacks the advanced intelligence of her peers ; Short power cord

“The HomePod mini is exactly what Apple needs to be a relevant player in the smart speaker world”

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Apple HomePod mini Review

 

Solid audio performance with rich bass and bright highs ; Multiple speakers can be grouped and used as stereo pairs ; Easy Siri voice control ; Good Apple Home app integration for smart home controls

Not the absolute best audio quality for the price ; No aux input

The Apple HomePod mini speaker offers Siri voice assistance and smart home control in an attractive little orb design for just $99, but the Amazon Echo delivers substantially more audio power for the same price.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Apple HomePod mini review: playing small ball

 

Hey Siri, what's up?

Compact design ; Accessibly priced compared to big HomePod ; Good sound for its size ; Siri is fast

Still hugely dependent on Apple devices and services ; Doesn’t sound as good as similarly priced competitors ; Volume controls on top are fiddly ; Siri is still behind Google Assistant and Alexa in features and capabilities

Apple’s HomePod mini is a $99 smart speaker that can fit almost anywhere in your home. It sounds surprisingly good for its size, but it can't quite keep up with similarly priced speakers from Amazon or Google.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (techhive.com)

Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper

 

If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we'd really have something.

Impressive audio quality for its size ; Easy setup ; Works as a Thread border router ; New “Intercom” feature lets you broadcast messages to family members

No physical mic mute control ; Intercom doesn’t support two-way calls ; Supports only one third-party music services (for now) ; We’ve heard better-sounding smart speakers in the Mini’s price range

If Apple’s new, smaller HomePod cost the same as a $50 Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Nest Mini, I’d be calling it the new champ (albeit with caveats) in the entry-level smart speaker market. But at $99, the HomePod Mini falls short to the similar-priced...

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