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Google Home Max: A Smart Speaker With Serious Audio Performance

PC MAGAZINE EDITORS’ CHOICE

Google Home Max

$399.00

4/5 Stars

PROS Great sound. Works as a mono speaker, a stereo pair, or part of a whole home audio system. Attractive design.

CONS Too much bass for audio purists. Could do with better lossless audio options.

Finally, there’s a smart speaker where the “speaker” part is as important as the “smart.” If you’re interested in big, room-filling sound with voice control, the Google Home Max is your best bet right now. Amazon’s Alexa is our favorite smart assistant ecosystem, but for those are focused on music and home control rather than Alexa’s huge grabbag of random third-party skills, the Max makes a terrific core of a smart home. That makes it our Editor’s Choice for high-end smart speakers.

DESIGN

The original, smaller Google Home speaker looks like an air freshener or scented candle, but the Home Max is simple and beautiful. Its smooth contour has rounded edges and a lovely cloth speaker grille that is so seamlessly installed that it seems to be one piece with the surrounding matte plastic. The cloth has a slight sheen to it, and white

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