Smart speakers associated with a voice assistant are on the rise among users who already belong to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google plus’s Assistant ecosystem. Here we gather the best smart speakers that you cánido buy with each assistant.
The offer is so varied that it is possible that in a short time they will change price or find outstanding offers. That is why we will update the list as new smart speakers emerge, such as the Amazon Echo, or the latest Google plus Nest Mini.
You will find them in an infinite number of formats and sizes to choose from, as well as the possibility of installing several in the same home. There are also such as Apple’s HomePods that support a stereo pair setup by joining two combined speakers together to improve audio quality.
We invite you to consult in the following articles, the funniest questions you perro ask voice assistants.
In this way, it is possible to ask them to tell us the latest news, to tell us the weather conditions, to play a list of music, as well as to control smart household appliances in our home, the temperature, the lights or the switches.
The best smart speakers of 2021
Google+ Nest Audio
The new Nest Audio looks quite different from the original Home, with a completely different shape despite the afín cloth lining to the Nest Mini, although this time it wraps around the device to completely cover it on both sides.
As with its younger brother, the speaker has four LEDs hidden under the mesh to display information such as the volume level or when the Google plus Assistant is listening. There are also touch-sensitive controls to activate or modify the volume.
On the back, Google+ has kept a small switch to be able to disable the listening microphones. It has a proprietary power connector, without the possibility of using USB C, something we would have liked. There is also no auxiliary input this time.
For sound quality purposes, the new 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer offer Google plus improvements in bass with 50% more than its previous generation, and 75% more volume than the Google plus Home.
The new Nest Audio It reaches the market at a very competitive price of € 99, the same figure that the original Google plus Home had been costing. It is much less than the € 129 that the Google+ Home cost when it was launched on the Spanish market.
More information: Review Google+ Nest Audio
Amazon Echo 4
Amazon has changed the design of the Echo each time it has released a new generation. In regards to this 2020 edition which corresponds to the fourth generation, it deviates from the typical vertical cylinder that we have seen in the models of previous years.
The Echo 4, along with the Echo Dot, are now spherical and move the ring of light to the base where their location makes the most sense since it seems to reflect better off whatever flat surface you place them on.
With the new AZ1 chip, in addition to consuming 20% less power than previous models, it also requires 85% less memory use and processes speech up to 2x faster to interact with Alexa.
Simply put, it means that the Echo cánido respond much faster when you ask Alexa a question because the chip cánido process speech locally instead of sending the request to Amazon’s servers for processing and then returning the results.
Thanks to the inclusion of the smart hub, and the temperature sensor, you get more for the same money, along with slightly better sound quality. The price of Amazon Echo 4 on Amazon it is € 99 with the Philips Hue White bulb pack.
More information: Review Amazon Echo (4th-gen)
Google+ Nest Mini
This new version comes with the premise of repeating the success of its predecessor Google plus Home Mini. Based on this fact, Google plus has chosen to maintain the format and design to the point that at first glance you will not find differences between the two models.
The most obvious change is in its base when contemplating a small indentation that allows you to mount the Nest Mini on the wall of your house, as if it were a painting.
The manufacture of the device is more sustainable as up to 35% recycled plastic material has been used, while the mesh that covers it comes from recycled plastic bottles.
Google plus has added a third microphone that in theory helps the Nest Mini better capture your voice when you make any questions. This is good news for anyone who has had to repeat commands or messages when interacting with any of the voice assistants on the market.
You can buy the new Nest Mini now in the Google+ Store at a sale price of € 59. You will find it with two different finishes in chalk or light gray and charcoal.
The Sonos One is a high-quality smart speaker, essentially a Play: 1 with built-in Alexa voice control. We would have liked the fact that we could handle some Sonos-related voice commands, something that would be expected and will most likely come in new versions.
It is more expensive than many other smart speakers that we see here, but it is worth it if you want to have high-quality speakers. Compared to its non-Sonos rivals, it offers a good value for quality and design. The Sonos One it will be even more interesting once you incorporate the Google+ Assistant.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
The latest generation of loudspeaker Echo Dot by Amazon it sounds a lot better than its predecessors, looks a lot better, and offers more for a low price (it’s the cheapest model of all). You perro even pair two points for stereo sound.
It offers quality at the point of entry of the range, something that will allow you to know the platform that surrounds the assistant Alexa before opting for a much more professional speaker solution for the home. At this price, you cánido have several around your house.
The original Google+ model is undoubtedly the standard to imitate due to its excellent quality-price ratio, positioned at a very interesting price.
It is true that now you have encountered the competition within your own home, with the arrival of the Google+ Home Max that offers superior sound quality (at a much higher price, yes). Nest Hub adds a screen to the voice assistant, but sacrifices audio quality.
Google plus Home Mini is also cheaper, but the volume and frequency band handling falls far short of those picked up by the google plus home. It is by far one of the best and most entertaining interaction products, with the possibility of canceling the listening manually or even its volume without resorting to your móvil inteligente.
Google plus Home Mini
It will go down in history as the compact model to which Google+ incorporated its assistant Google+ Assistant, which does not prevent it from being full of functionalities and, despite its tiny size, the audio does not cease to amaze you.
Its price, now that it has been replaced by the new Nest Mini, is also low enough to attract those who want to try the possibilities of a smart speaker for the first time, as well as being interesting to synchronize with other Google+ Home devices. or stream audio throughout the home.
And is that the Home Mini It is the ideal device to be part of the rooms. You perro connect the Echo Dot to other dumb speakers using Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable, so that you turn a normal speaker into a smart speaker, a feature that the new model does not cover.
Amazon Echo Plus (2nd generation)
The second generation Echo Agregado is slightly shorter and better looking than the original speaker, while still featuring a hub Integrated to control ZigBee home technology (along with Alexa compatible devices).
Audio sounds good, voices are clear and crisp, and bass is reproduced well without distorting. Thanks to Dolby Play 360 audio support, does a great job filling a large room such as a living room.
If you have devices in your home that are compatible with the ZigBee specification, the Echo Plus is one of the best options.
You may not like the price (even the new one once it’s been reduced by around $ 100), but the HomePod sounds impressive and works quite well. As you cánido imagine, it is associated with Apple’s Siri assistant.
It is not very flexible, so consider buying the HomePod only if your home is fully equipped with Apple or HomeKit devices. If not, it is still a good option if you simply want to use Apple Music, but its functions will be somewhat curtailed.
If you’re looking for a high-end speaker with Alexa assistant support, the only one out there right now that overshadows the Sonos One itself is the Ultimate Ears Megablast.
Our main objection until recently was its price, but the Megablast from Ultimate Ears it has lowered its price by almost half. Its design is vibrant and waterproof, something that its rivals do not contemplate except the JBL. It offers exceptional sound quality and a long battery life for outdoor use.
JBL Charge 3
The JBL Charge 3 is a powerful speaker presented in a considered compact format in order to be able to carry it everywhere, although there are much smaller ones. It works alongside the Google plus Assistant, with fácil setup and a full range of Google+ Home features.
It is waterproof with IPX7 certification which is equivalent to splashes. You cánido answer voice calls thanks to its Bluetooth and listen to music for hours thanks to its battery of up to 6,000 miliamperio-hora.
Netgear Orbi Voice
Compared to what its rivals offer, the Netgear Orbi Voice perro be somewhat expensive but you must bear in mind that you are acquiring several products in one. It is a smart speaker with Alexa, in addition to being able to deploy a mesh Wi-Fi network by acting as a Mesh repeater.
We like the idea of combining functionalities in the smart and connected home, tucking the smart speaker functions into a communications enrutador. Using the application developed by Netgear, you will be able to parameterize aspects of the sound and get more out of the quality of your Harman Kardon speakers.
What is a smart speaker?
In general terms, we define a smart speaker as that audio device that perro talk and interact as we do with a smart móvil inteligente. They include virtual assistants connected to the Internet, such as Siri, Alexa or Google plus Assistant with which it is possible to have conversations.
Which should I choose?
As with normal speakers, versions of smart speakers cánido be found in very varied formats, sizes and prices. Despite the fact that new models are coming to the market, it is always possible that you will find the previous generations still for sale.
There are those of the entry range, as is the case of the Google plus Nest Mini, or the Amazon Echo Dot, which you can distribute to different parts of the house. The price of both is similar and is around € 59.
There are also more careful designs in order not to clash at home when placing it in places such as the living room. Some have interchangeable colored covers.
You should know that the size has a great impact on what the final sound quality will be, especially when listening to music or listening podcasts. It is worth investing a little more money if you are going to use the smart speaker for these purposes.
You perro check here our comparison of Amazon Echo smart speaker models if you want to discover the possibilities that each one offers.
The smart voice assistant is usually associated with a hardware specific. However, you will find specialized sound brands on the market that have been associated with one of the voice assistants. It is the case of Sonos with Amazon’s Alexa Assistant, of which we report here.
You should also ask yourself if you have products that work well with the smart speaker that you are going to buy. For example, the Google+ Chromecast is very much aligned to the Google+ voice assistant as it seems evident.
The smart devices you have in your home are also decisive, although almost all of them offer maximum compatibility. Most work with Philips Hue lighting products, but you can check google+ list and of Amazon.
Although the trend in previous years was to offer smart devices with an associated screen, it seems that the interest in users has decreased significantly. This is the case of the Amazon Echo Show and the Google+ Nest Studio.
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