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Get a brand-new Google Home for just $29 (Update: Sold out)

Regularly $99, Google's signature smart-speaker won't last long at this price.

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If you're looking to extend your Google smart-speaker network, here's some good news: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Office Depot has the Google Home for just $29. That's right: $29, down from the usual price of $99. This deal first appeared at Target over the weekend and quickly sold out, so it's likely the same will happen here. And hopefully you can find it in-store, otherwise shipping adds $11.95. (Update: Sold out again, sorry to say.)

(Pro tip: Cash-back service Rakuten is currently offering a hefty 15% back on Office Depot purchases, which would bring your final price down to just $24.65.)

We live in a Coke-versus-Pepsi world, and while there are Dr. Peppers and Tabs out there in the AI assistant world (Siri and Bixby come to mind), it's really a two-horse race between Alexa and Google Assistant. Everyone has their favorite, but Google definitely does a few things better than Alexa. When it comes to generalized knowledge questions, for example, it's no contest: Google is much better at dropping knowledge than Alexa, who often behaves like that one person in the room who's always struggling to follow the conversation.  

At $29, the full-size Google Home is $10 less than the usual price of the hockey puck-sized Google Mini, which has a far less impressive speaker. Of course, the Home does all the things you'd expect from a smart speaker. It's compatible with an enormous ecosystem of smart home devices (though perhaps not as many as Amazon's Alexa), it's great for answering questions and performing tasks like running timers and it's always handy to play music or tell you the news. Want to know more? Check out CNET's review of the Google Home.

Read moreSorry, Alexa and Siri. Only Google Home can do these 5 things

Originally published earlier this month. Updated to reflect new availability.

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