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Google Home gets Mini and MaxThe $399 Max is designed to deliver beefy bass, while the $49 Mini is a compact speaker with touch controls.
Google's adding a couple of new smart speakers to its lineup, including the Mini and the Max. First up is the $49 Mini. This has the Google assistant built in. It has a touch panel so you can do things like start and stop tracks. You can also use voice commands like you would on the regular Google Home. Comes in three colors and it's pretty small. It fits very neatly in your hand. There is no 3.5 millimeter jack, however. Let's move on to the Max. Now this is Google's big stereo for big listening so you have stereo sound. It's got a smart sound system that adjusts the audio to where it's positioned in the room. You can also mount it. Vertically or horizontally. There's a touch panel on the top to adjust volume and it has six microphones, two woofers, and two tweeters in there. It has USB-C, a 3.5 milimeter jack, and bluetooth, comes in two colors. I actually heard it play and it sounds really impressive. For a speaker that's that size the base is pretty heavy. Google played us a couple of different tracks, a little acoustic number. And I could hear all of the vocals and the guitar really well separated. You can also pair two Max's together and hear a really full stereo experience and also get a multi-room capability as well. It's gonna be $399. And Google says that you can actually turn up the microphone to listen to your voice more clearly if there is noise in the room like a fan.