Google Home Max

8.2/10 AVG.
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  • Google Home Max
  • Google Home Max
  • Google Home Max
  • Google Home Max
  • Google Home Max
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  • Google Home Max

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


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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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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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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Business Insider

Too loud and too expensive and you should absolutely buy it

from Business Insider

After living with the Google Home Max for over two weeks, I never want to let it go. I'm hooked on the Google Assistant and I'm hooked on having high-quality sound. The Home Max is life-changing, and absolutely worth its eye-popping $400 price tag.

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After living with the Google Home Max for over two weeks, I never want to let it go. I'm hooked on the Google Assistant and I'm hooked on having high-quality sound. The Home Max is life-changing, and absolutely worth its eye-popping $400 price tag.

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Android Police

The best (and most expensive) smart speaker

from Android Police

The Google Home Max is the best-sounding smart speaker you can purchase right now. It has all the same Assistant capabilities as the smaller members of the Home family, but the audio quality is fantastic.

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The Google Home Max is the best-sounding smart speaker you can purchase right now. It has all the same Assistant capabilities as the smaller members of the Home family, but the audio quality is fantastic.

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Tom's Guide

One powerful smart speaker

from Tom's Guide

I was very impressed with the Google Home Max. It delivers booming audio, lets you connect it to your TV, and can control your smart home devices via Google Assistant.

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I was very impressed with the Google Home Max. It delivers booming audio, lets you connect it to your TV, and can control your smart home devices via Google Assistant.

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Venture Beat

An amazing smart speaker for larger spaces

from Venture Beat

People who feel like they’re missing something like the Max in their home will enjoy it. It’s well designed and performs admirably at what it was built to do.

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People who feel like they’re missing something like the Max in their home will enjoy it. It’s well designed and performs admirably at what it was built to do.

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TechCrunch

An audio-first device, but Assistant is where the system shines

from TechCrunch

it’s a solid offering. Google Assistant is tough to beat and the hardware mostly stands on its own. It’s not the most stellar piece of audio equipment at its price point, but Google’s engineered something that works right out of the box.

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it’s a solid offering. Google Assistant is tough to beat and the hardware mostly stands on its own. It’s not the most stellar piece of audio equipment at its price point, but Google’s engineered something that works right out of the box.

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The Verge

Smart gets loud

from The Verge

Overall, the Home Max is a great sounding, fully integrated smart speaker if volume and audio quality are your priority. It’s too expensive, too big, and too loud to fit in most rooms, so it’s best suited for a living room or larger space.

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Overall, the Home Max is a great sounding, fully integrated smart speaker if volume and audio quality are your priority. It’s too expensive, too big, and too loud to fit in most rooms, so it’s best suited for a living room or larger space.

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