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Apple HomePod Mini

"The HomePod Mini is Apple's most affordable smart speaker. It's worth a look if you're an active Siri user, or if you're already invested in Apple's ecosystem."
As posted by cnet.com

Pros

  • It sounds great
  • Compact design
  • Clean sounding highs and mids
  • Easy to setup and get started

Cons

  • Still hugely dependent on Apple devices and services
  • Volume controls on top are fiddly
  • Limited child controls

Product Details

Date First Available:
January 4, 2021

Overall Rating

85.7%
The overall rating was calculated based on 4746 customer and expert reviews from 33 review sites and 6 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 93.7%
    Sound Quality
  • 85.7%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 95.1%
    Design
  • 85.7%
    Portability
  • 85.7%
    Battery Life
  • 82.8%
    Features
  • 88.4%
    Outdoor use
  • 75.6%
    Connectivity
  • 85.7%
    Controls

Expert Reviews Rating

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25
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Price Comparison

Expert Reviews

At $99, the HomePod Mini is Apple's most affordable smart speaker. It's worth a look if you're an active Siri user, or if you're already invested in Apple's ecosystem.

Read more on cnet.com

Pros

  • It sounds great
  • It's small
  • It's under $100

Cons

  • Siri still isn't the best assistant
  • HomeKit needs more compatible accessories
  • Other small smart speakers are $50 or less

Apple’s newest smart speaker is way more affordable but still chasing Amazon and Google

Read more on theverge.com

Pros

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

Cons

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

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Pros

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

Cons

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

The HomePod mini is the smart speaker Apple fans have been waiting for.

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Great audio for size
  • Competitive price
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Few streaming music services
  • Limited child controls
  • No physical microphone button

Apple’s small smart speaker is a convenient satellite for Apple users, and not for anyone else.

Read more on wired.com

If you’re a dedicated Apple and Siri user, the HomePod Mini makes for a solid choice, but if you’re willing to try Alexa or Google Assistant, there are better values out there.

Read more on techhive.com

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

The Apple HomePod mini is passable for music. Its balanced mid-range can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly, though higher-frequency noises can sound a bit dark. Unfortunately, there isn't an EQ to help you customize its sound to your liking. Also, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and it doesn't get very loud. It has to downmix stereo content into mono, which doesn't sound as immersive.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Not a lot of compression at max volume.

Cons

  • Doesn't get very loud.

A tiny smart home speaker, the HomePod Mini punches way above its weight for music and throws in some clever smart home features, too.

Read more on trustedreviews.com

Pros

  • Sound incredible
  • Very small
  • Great price
  • Decent voice control

Cons

  • Captive cable
  • Very reliant on Apple services (for now)

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.

Read more on techadvisor.com

Pros

  • Incredible sound
  • Small and inconspicuous
  • Siri is getting smarter

Cons

  • Not as smart as other speakers
  • Only compatible with Apple devices
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

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 cheerful when it comes to kitchen-based listening.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

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

Cons

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

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

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

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

Cons

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

It only costs $149, but just how does the Apple HomePod Mini stack up in terms of sound quality, features, connectivity and performance?

Read more on reviews.org

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