Google Home Max

8.2/10 AVG.
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  • Google Home Max
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Delivering powerful, booming audio, Google’s newest smart speaker is large and in charge.

- Mike Prospero, Tom's Guide 


No other smart speaker sounds this good.

- Nathan Ingraham, Engadget 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Google
Warranty 12 months
Release date 11-December-2017
Size 33.5 x 18.8 x 15.2 cm (13.2 x 7.4 x 6 in)
Weight 5300 grams
(187.09 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Excellent sound quality even at higher volumes
  • Great voice recognition
  • Contextual searches provide for better smart assistant
  • Can pair with multiple devices

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • Heavy and large
  • Slides off surfaces that aren’t 100% flat

Looking to compete with the larger sound of Amazon's full-sized echo, Google has released the Google Home Max.

But are there enough improvements over the standard Google Home to justify the higher price tag? Find out below!


Google takes the term max seriously. The Home Max, when compared to the Home and Home Mini, is a behemoth—weighing in at almost 12 pounds and measuring 13-by-7.5-by-6 inches. Reviewers don’t consider it portable as it requires a wired connection to work.

Design-wise, Google kept with a subdued appearance. The speaker features a boxy design, fabric front, and minimalistic touch panel. The subtle aesthetic is to help it blend into its surroundings, but many found it stood out due to its sheer size.

Speaking of size, they also note you need to secure it properly. It has a tendency to slide off surfaces that aren’t perfectly flat.

Google hopes the included "Smart Sound" feature will help the Max stand out from its competitors. It adjusts audio equalization based on its proximity to walls. The internal mics will listen to the bass as it bounces off walls and adjust the sound settings. The changes are very subtle. In fact, almost too subtle for many critics, making it difficult for them to discern whether it works.

So how does it sound? Critics were pleased with the audio quality. They described it as loud and clear with excellent bass—thanks to a pair of 4.5-inch woofers. Reviewers enjoyed a wide range of music genres from classical to hip-hop.

It got loud enough for most to fill the entire room without distortion—even at top volume. While impressive, some reviewers question the value, especially when comparing to similarly priced speakers.

The speaker supports multiple audio formats including MP3, WAV, and FLAC. It can also stream via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. If you don’t have a strong signal, there’s an auxiliary port in the back to connect to an MP3 player and a USB-C port that allows you to connect an Ethernet dongle.

The smart portion of the speaker comes in the form of Google Assistant. Its AI and machine learning offer what reviewers consider better contextual search than the Echo. They add that voice recognition is solid as it heard commands even over music at loud volumes. Aside from controlling music, it can also control smart home gadgets, make voice calls, help keep track of lists, and pull reminders and calendar items.

Overall, reviewers consider the Home Max one of the best sounding smart speakers on the market. Engadget notes, “It’s simply the best-sounding smart speaker available right now... music fans should definitely take note.” CNET adds, “[It's] now the leading speaker we’d recommend at this price.”

Critic Reviews


PC & Tech Authority

Ok Google, let’s rock

from PC & Tech Authority

Google’s punched out a most impressive bit of audio kit, and one that’s going to transform your life it it’s your first entry into the world of Google Home. Even if you currently run a smaller Home speaker, the imposing size and room filling audio of the Max make the experience feel more tangibly satisfying.

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Google’s punched out a most impressive bit of audio kit, and one that’s going to transform your life it it’s your first entry into the world of Google Home. Even if you currently run a smaller Home speaker, the imposing size and room filling audio of the Max make the experience feel more tangibly satisfying.

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Canadian Reviewer

Powerful and smart Google Home speaker

from Canadian Reviewer

The Google Home Max is the best bet for anyone seeking a powerful yet refined smart speaker that's also a smart home hub and digital assistant. This is a super powerful, fastidiously designed and eloquent smart speaker that sits on top of the throne.

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The Google Home Max is the best bet for anyone seeking a powerful yet refined smart speaker that's also a smart home hub and digital assistant. This is a super powerful, fastidiously designed and eloquent smart speaker that sits on top of the throne.

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Mobile Syrup

Impressive but pricey

from Mobile Syrup

The Google Home Max is impressive, but given its price tag, as well as the fact that two Sonos One speakers offer similar functionality and slightly better audio quality for roughly the same cost, the high-end smart speaker is a tough sell in the increasingly competitive smart home speaker landscape.

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The Google Home Max is impressive, but given its price tag, as well as the fact that two Sonos One speakers offer similar functionality and slightly better audio quality for roughly the same cost, the high-end smart speaker is a tough sell in the increasingly competitive smart home speaker landscape.

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Make Use Of

The smart speaker that brings the power

from Make Use Of

While the Google Home Max is probably too expensive for most, it's the most powerful smart speaker out there and it's definitely worth getting if you want Google Assistant in a speaker with some serious bump.

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While the Google Home Max is probably too expensive for most, it's the most powerful smart speaker out there and it's definitely worth getting if you want Google Assistant in a speaker with some serious bump.

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Android Authority

Smart Sound makes the world go 'round

from Android Authority

Whether it's just for background music while I work or listening to podcasts, the Home Max has woven itself into my life in a way no other Home products have.

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Whether it's just for background music while I work or listening to podcasts, the Home Max has woven itself into my life in a way no other Home products have.

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The Next Web

The best smart speaker for the money

from The Next Web

For the money, Home Max is easily best in class. It doesn’t sound quite as good as the Sonos One (but it’s close, real close); and it’s not as small as Apple’s HomePod; but when measuring features against price it’s still the superior option.

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For the money, Home Max is easily best in class. It doesn’t sound quite as good as the Sonos One (but it’s close, real close); and it’s not as small as Apple’s HomePod; but when measuring features against price it’s still the superior option.

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ZDNet

Sound this good comes at a price

from ZDNet

The Home Max is easy to recommend to someone who wants a stellar speaker that works with Google's ecosystem and is integrated into a myriad of home automation systems compatible with Google Assistant.

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The Home Max is easy to recommend to someone who wants a stellar speaker that works with Google's ecosystem and is integrated into a myriad of home automation systems compatible with Google Assistant.

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TechRadar

A big speaker that nails the small touches

from TechRadar

If your space is in need of some more sound, there are plenty of speakers that could fit the bill. But Google’s latest creation is among the smartest around for the price and its clever design sets it above the competitors.

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If your space is in need of some more sound, there are plenty of speakers that could fit the bill. But Google’s latest creation is among the smartest around for the price and its clever design sets it above the competitors.

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Pocket-lint

Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11

from Pocket-lint

Google Home Max offers maximum sound, but it also has a maxed-out size and price tag. If you're tied to Google's ecosystem - not Amazon Alexa - and want premium sound, however, then it's a potentially perfect fit.

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Google Home Max offers maximum sound, but it also has a maxed-out size and price tag. If you're tied to Google's ecosystem - not Amazon Alexa - and want premium sound, however, then it's a potentially perfect fit.

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TechnoBuffalo

Great sound meets impressive intelligence

from TechnoBuffalo

At $400 the Home Max is a pricey proposition, but one that will fill your home with loud, deep audio. It’s not without its faults, like the imprecise volume control, but that’s relatively minor when you’re enjoying tunes during a joyful family gathering.

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At $400 the Home Max is a pricey proposition, but one that will fill your home with loud, deep audio. It’s not without its faults, like the imprecise volume control, but that’s relatively minor when you’re enjoying tunes during a joyful family gathering.

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