2017 is the year of smart speakers: choosing the best one that’s right for you
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now changing the way we live. The technology is being part of our everyday life through the products we use. In the last couple of years, big companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google rolled-out voice-activated speakers or smart speakers. The smart speaker does not just allows us to listen to our favorite music, but also to listen to our commands. In this post, I’ll weigh on the best voice control speakers, so that you can easily make decision which is the best speaker you should buy.
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
The Echo Dot is the best, most affordable voice-controlled speaker in the market. Powered by Amazon’s own Alexa technology, this small, cheap speaker allows you to controls your smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and even more. In the Echo Dot, Amazon has created a near perfect blend of hardware and software. the Amazon Echo Dot, priced at $49.99, is the same as the Google Home Mini.
What I like
Access to thousands of Alexa “Skills”
Audio-out port and Bluetooth speaker support
At $50, it’s $85 cheaper than the full-size Echo
What I don’t like
Alexa app can be buggy
Two Alexa devices in adjoining rooms will both try to answer queries
Anemic sound from the built-in speaker
Unlike the upcoming Google Home speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot is unable to answer general web queries. They do a decent job of answering factual questions.
Small is beautiful. Sonos PLAY:1 is a perfect fit for anywhere in your sweet home. This means that you can can enjoy great-sounding music anywhere with this smart speaker, powered Amazon Alexa. The Sonos Play:1 is a powerful speaker! It streams music from most of the major providers and it seems like more are added regularly. Setting it up using my iPhone with the Sonos app was a breeze. I was almost immediately able to play anything from my iPhone, where most of my music is stored these days. The clarity of the sound is as good or better than any speaker I have owned. Sonos plays everything; it plays most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, your favorite podcasts and audiobooks. Wall mountable, it’s perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. You can connect your Sonos Play:1 to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device. It then just asks for the music you love. The Sonos Play:1 is one of the most affordable speakers in the Sonos multi-room line-up.
Google Home Mini
The new Home Mini was unveiled at the recent Google event in early October 2017. The voice-activated speaker is a new, cheaper addition to the product family made by the tech giant. Google Home, the bigger smart speaker and home assistant has been very popular. The Google Mini has no visible buttons, but you can tap the top of it to pause and left or right to tune the volume. The Google Home Mini is a serious contender to the Amazon Echo Dot 2.
What I like
having a Google Assistant anywhere I want it.
a stylish-looking speaker with surprisingly strong sound quality for its size.
What I don’t like