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Welcome to the smart speaker power war

A review of Google Home Max, the flagship Google Home speaker.

Google Home Max

The $399 Google Home Max is about as big as a toaster, but its very low-key design helps it blend in with its surroundings.

Stan Horaczek

By now, we’ve become accustomed to smart speakers shaped vaguely like cans. The original Google Home, the upcoming Apple HomePod, the Amazon Echo and Echo Plus, the UE Blast, the Harmon Kardon Invoke, and a whole pile of others all opt for life as a cylinder. The Google Home Max, however, looks like a traditional speaker, and that leaves lots of room inside for sonic power.

What is it?

The $400 Google Home Max does everything you’d expect a typical Google Home device

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