When thinking about “SMART SPEAKERS” like Google home, the word that comes to our mind is “Cool” with the potential to be awesome in the future. But right now, not useful enough to warrant their three digit price tags. What if that 50 bucks got you all the same functionality?

So meet Google Home Mini: a cheap way to introduce yourself into the world of Google Assistant-powered smart speakers. Its  smaller size, though, it does pretty much everything its larger sibling can,  hooking into your home network and drawing on Google’s server-based AI smarts to answer questions, play music for you and control other third-party devices, when only you say “ok Google”. Also the original Google Home gives your hands-free help, and the new Google Home Mini lets you experience it in more places.

The design of the Google Home Mini is a shape of a pebble which available in three colors-chalk, charcoal and coral. The roughly textured fabric that wraps around the top of the speaker looks great with the matte plastic on the bottom half. This device gives off an idea that its fabric mesh is just for looks, but it’s actually conductive to your touch in a few areas. Around the base, you will find a single micro USB port for powering the device and a switch to mute the microphone. As internal features: a 360-degree speaker and a pair of far-field microphones to pick up voices not only nearby but across the room like the Amazon echo. Home Mini has dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth just like the larger home, so you can connect your phone directly to it. But can’t hook it up to Hi-Fi and use it as a voice-powered streamer because it lacks a 3.5mm output jack.

The Home Mini is the most affordable Google Assistant-enabled speaker available and thankfully, its voice recognition doesn’t suffer from the reduction of the size and the price, but when compared to the Home and Echo speakers sound quality is not that great but it’s fine listening to talk radio shows, podcasts and the like, but music sounds thin and brittle and lacking in body. Home Mini costs  £49 in the UK and it is a competitor for the Amazon Echo Dot .It was free with all Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL purchases from the Play Store and Carphone Warehouses until 31st December 2017.It is £80 cheaper than the Google Home and now it is available in UK ,Australia , Canada, France, Germany the US and Japan.