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What is the best smart speaker for me?

The biggest players in the race for the best home assistant - Google, Amazon, and Sonos - all held big events in the last couple of weeks to highlight each of their home assistant speakers and features. The already large playing field has just become a lot bigger. Each system comes equipped with either the Alexa, Siri or Google Voice Assistant and some even let you choose between more than one assistant. What is the best smart speaker for me?

Choosing the best smart speaker from among the wide range available at various price points and capabilities is intimidating, so we're here to make it a bit easier for you. There are some benefits and drawbacks to each, here are some highlights:

Smart Speakers $50 and Under:

  • The Second Generation Amazon Echo Dot - $49.99 - Released October 2016 - Alexa - features seven far-field microphones, audio out, makes calls
  • Google Home Mini - $49 (or free for a limited time with the purchase of a Pixel 2) - October 2017 Release - Google Assistant - features Google translate, Chromecast streaming, Individual Voice Recognition

Smart Speakers $50 - $200:

  • Second Generation Amazon Echo - $99.99 - October 2017 Release - Alexa - features seven far-field microphones, audio out, makes calls
  • Amazon Echo Plus - $149.99 (includes free Philips Hue lightbulb) - October 2017 Release - Alexa - features out of box connect home compatibility, seven far-field microphones, makes calls, improved Dolby audio
  • Amazon Echo Spot - $129.99 - December 2017 Release - Alexa - features multi-room music, makes calls, audio out, 2.5-inch display
  • Google Home - $129 - Released November 2016 - Google Assistant - features Google Translate, Chromecast streaming, Individual Voice Recognition
  • Harmon Kardon Invoke - $199 - October 2017 Release - Microsoft Cortana - features far-field voice technology, 360-degree sound, Skype integration
  • Sonos One - $199 - October 2017 Release - Alexa (Google Assistant coming soon) - features six microphones, multi-room audio, Class D amplifiers, pairing, custom-built drivers
  • Sony LF-S50G - $199 - October 2017 Release - Google Assistant - features NFC pairing, splash-proof, 360-degree audio, gesture control, clock display

Smart Speakers $200 and above:

  • Amazon Echo Show - $229.99 - Released June 2017 - Alexa - features dual stereo speakers, 7-inch screen, video calls, security camera compatibility
  • Apple Home Pod - $349 - December 2017 Release - Siri - features 360-degree sound, seven tweeters, automatic music tuning, AirPlay 2 for multi-room listening
  • Google Home Max - $399 - December 2017 Release - Google Assistant - features smart-sound room optimization, dual 4.5-inch woofers, custom tweeters, multi-speaker wireless pairing
  • JBL Link 300 - $249.95 - Fall 2017 Release - Google Assistant - features 10 hours of battery life, Chromecast multi-room streaming, 50 Watt output

There is no doubt a smart speaker can make life a little easier and make you feel like you are living in the future. We hope this list helps make choosing the right one for your home a little easier. As always Computer Corner is here to help with all of your computer installation needs. 

 

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