CHOOSING A SMART COLUMN: TOP 7 BEST MODELS 2019
Smart speakers or intelligent speakers are a fast-growing, relatively new technology category whose leaders are now mostly Amazon and Google. If you speak with simple words, then you should talk and interact, as you probably already did with your smartphones. They are a complete part of smart home appliances. First of all, they act as virtual assistants who have access to the network and have questions, talk about the latest news and weather, and they can play other intelligent pets, such as climate (heating, air conditioning), lighting and switches.
Naturally, the market now has a sufficient number of models, among which Google Assistant, Siri (Apple), Cortana (Microsoft) are clearly distinguished. It is logical that not all of them can show their full potential in the USA market, but there are offers of constant attention. Like any other common acoustics, smart speakers are presented in various shapes, sizes and price categories. Therefore, you must specify its dimensions. We will talk about the design of the device in the interior of the room. We present a list of the best models of this year.
As we have already found out, smart speakers are quite a popular gadget this year, but they cannot offer high-quality sound. Naturally, Sonos One is one of those models in which there are absolutely no problems. This is confirmed by a large number of positive reviews. The column with the smartphone is as simple and fast as possible. By the way, in front of you is a high-class smart speaker only from the built-in Alexa from Amazon.
Of course, this model requires more money, but it is definitely worth the money. Sonos One offers the best build quality and sound. Probabilities will be satisfied with almost everything.
AMAZON ECHO 2
If you want to purchase a slightly more budget model, the fact that it exists, it means it exists. The original Amazon Echo2 generation intelligent column is considered one of the best options on the current market. Echo 2 is essentially a shortened version of its predecessor with a softer, less industrial design. Speaking of what you feel even at the level of the appearance of the device. It also has a removable exterior panel that allows you to create any kind of speakers, easily adjusting to the surrounding room style. Coating options include fabric, metallic effect, and wooden options. For some, such a solution may seem quite familiar. You can do it with Google Home.
Mentioning a little higher, the Google Homepage, naturally, cannot do without its side, since it is one of the best smart speakers in terms of price, design, sound quality, and functions. He will be able to answer all our questions, to include in the course all the latest events, and even turn on / off the lighting (also controlling other elements of the smart home). Google Home does not require additional services or devices. It will help set alarms and timers. This column will work with all other manufacturing organizations. Applications for Android, as well as for iOS, just to download to the free Google Home application of markers and moods, following the instructions. You can use other Google apps on your iPhone to use Google Assistant, although you have it all.
Mentioning just above Google Home, naturally, it was impossible to ignore it, since it is one of the best smart speakers in terms of the balance of price, design, sound quality, and functions. He will be able to answer all our questions, entertain or keep up to date with all the latest events, and even turn on / off the lights (controlling also other elements of the smart home). Most of what Google Home does without requiring additional services or devices. It will help set alarms and timers, as well as create reminders. Of course, being a product of the search giant, this column will work with all other resources of the corporation.
You can configure it not only using Android but also iOS, simply by downloading the free Google Home app from the market and setting it up, following the instructions. You will not need to use other applications from Google on your iPhone to use Google Assistant, although you still have to set up a Google account, which, most likely, is already there.
AMAZON ECHO DOT
For half the price of a standard Echo, Amazon Echo Dot may be the best choice for most users. The only colossal difference is that she is a miniature version of her older “sister”, which makes the sound quality is noticeably lower. Yet Alexa remains as useful, especially in the kitchen, and with other compatible smart devices, the interaction will be greatly facilitated. Yes, as we have already noted, there is no such powerful speaker here as that of the Echo, however, it is still present, although it does not seem to be something supernatural in terms of sound.
Another difference is that this mini-column does not have a rotating ring on top. Instead, it has two volume buttons on top, as well as a microphone button and a multi-function button, which are also present in a larger version. She has the same seven microphones that let you hear across the room, just like the older version. She will also be able to act as a Bluetooth speaker, simply synchronize it with your phone or tablet, and you can enjoy your favorite music wirelessly.
GOOGLE HOME MINI
Another interesting mini-column of our list is the Google Home Mini. Naturally, for fans of Google Assistant, any device that makes it more accessible to the masses deserves close attention. As in the case of the previous option, if your budget is not limited in this matter, then ordinary Google Home will offer significantly better sound quality, but for most people, the budget, unfortunately, can play a decisive role in choosing the final option. Audiophiles will certainly not be impressed by the reproduction of a low and medium frequency speaker, but not all of us are.
Many users will be quite satisfied with the high frequencies, as for everyday communication with an intelligent assistant, 40 mm dynamics is quite enough. From the point of view of appearance, it is quite compact, but still the same attractive model, which will look as beneficial as possible in any modern interior. On the practical side, many will most certainly stop on this model, since the Google assistant is rightfully considered one of the most functional.
Of course, if we are talking about a certain variety of home helpers present in smart speakers, then it would be wrong to go past the Apple HomePod. Yes, it is not a secret for anyone that the Apple technology is distinguished not only by its exceptionally high quality but also by its proportional cost. And yet, if you do not dwell on it, many will also probably be most comfortable working with Siri as that assistant. Especially if in everyday life you periodically resort to using it on the iPhone, iPad or other multimedia devices of the company.
In terms of design, the column is a very stylish barrel, which looks favorably in almost any interior. Six microphones allow Siri to hear you as clearly as possible, and seven tweeters, paired with one subwoofer, are capable of delivering amazing sound quality. Naturally, most of all, this smart column is designed for owners of Apple technology, which can significantly narrow the list of options for many users.
JBL LINK 300
Well, the last smart column in our small list was JBL Link 300. It’s clear that she was here, is a powerful representative of this category with a sound profile, which undoubtedly puts the bass in the first place, but never allows it to dominate at the expense of what or else. It also includes built-in support for Google Assistant, with simple setup and full features of Google Home. So, in fact, you have a better gadget in terms of sound, which is similar in general functionality to a competitor already identified (and presented above).
Basically, this speaker is perfect for those who, in addition to all the charms of a smart home assistant, want to enjoy high-quality sound, like when listening to current news, and favorite music tracks. It is logical that a relatively significant cost is a compromise in such a decision.