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Apple HomePod mini Review Rundown

Apple | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Apple HomePod mini
  • Computational audio
  • Works with Apple HomeKit devices
  • Supports Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Radio.com, and TuneIn
  • Doesn't play music from non-Apple devices

Summary

Apple HomePod mini is a $99 alternative to the larger, more powerful $299 HomePod. Powered by Siri, Apple's nine-year-old voice assistant, the HomePod Mini can respond to a wide variety of queries and commands. Apple also unveiled the Intercom feature that lets you broadcast announcements to other HomePods, Apple Watches, and AirPods.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The HomePod mini doesn't disappoint for its size, producing ample mids and highs that don't get drowned out by the lows. It's actually the combination of Apple's S5 chip and computational audio that delivers a tantalizing and convincing audio experience. For the same cost, the Google Nest Audio has a commanding presence in the audio department.
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Pros[**]
  • Decent audio performance
  • Computational audio tuning
  • Supports Apple HomeKit devices
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The HomePod mini is a low-cost smart speaker that can be controlled using just your voice. It can be used to play music, radio and podcasts, control smart home tech such as lightbulbs or smart plugs; plus you can ask it questions about stuff like the weather, news, or the traffic. You'll need an iPhone or iPad to set up the speaker and make the most of it thereafter. Despite its small size, you're likely to be impressed with the speaker's sound.
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Pros[**]
  • Simple to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Supports Apple AirPlay 2
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Apple's new HomePod mini is a $99 alternative to the larger, more powerful $299 HomePod. It competes primarily against the $99 orb-like Amazon Echo (4th Generation) and the non-spherical $99 Google Nest Audio. The speaker also works with Apple AirPlay 2, so you can stream directly from Apple devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid mono audio
  • Works with Apple AirPlay 2
  • Supports Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Radio.com, and TuneIn
Cons[**]
  • Lacks store-bought iTunes files

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 55%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Apple HomePod mini is a smaller, more lightweight version of the HomePod. It's compatible with the Apple Home app, which makes it easy to pair this speaker with other HomePod minis. Like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass and it doesn't get very loud. The HomePod has a more neutral sound profile and a better soundstage as it supports stereo content.
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Pros[**]
  • Compatible with Apple Home app
  • Easy to pair with other HomePods
  • Supports stereo audio
Cons[**]
  • Middling dynamics performance
  • Lacks built-in Siri

techhive[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
The $99 HomePod Mini is Apple's entry-level smart speaker. It's powered by Siri, the company's nine-year-old voice assistant. Like the full-size HomePod, the Mini works as a HomeKit “home hub” The Mini also supports Thread, a low-power, low-latency IoT protocol.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Solid audio quality
  • Supports Thread, a low-power, low-latency IoT protocol
  • Works as a smart home hub
Cons[**]
  • Lacks 3.5mm audio jack

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Apple HomePod mini is one of the cheapest smart speakers Apple has ever put out. At $99 / £99 / AU$149, it's almost affordable for most. The sound quality is exceptional for the size, and the interconnection with Apple's smart home is largely strong. It works best if your family is set up with multiple Apple devices, but controlling your smart home devices with your voice is still hit and miss.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Apple HomePod mini is about the size of, well, a large apple. It can act as a smart home hub for Apple's HomeKit, letting you control all sorts of devices. While Siri has made improvements, it still lags behind Alexa and Google Assistant. The listening experience from the HomePodmini was very good, but fell short of the Sonos One.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Works with Apple HomeKit
  • Supports Apple TV 4K
Cons[**]
  • Lags behind Alexa and Google Assistant

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The HomePod Mini is a smaller version of the original Apple HomePod. It has built-in support for the Thread smart home networking protocol. Music is going to be one of the main uses of the HomePod, and you can control it directly from the Apple Music app. Siri can now give better directions and local business search results than Alexa.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great audio quality
  • Built-in Thread smart home networking protocol
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Apple HomePod Mini is the first in a large family of smart speakers. The brain of the HomePod is Apple's own S5 chip, also found in the new Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE. From the moment we start playing music, it's clear that the Home Pod Mini comfortably outperforms its size and price.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Sleek design
  • Easy-to-use controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple HomePod mini review: Finally, the smart speaker Apple needs. Digitaltrends. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Apple HomePod mini review: Good things come in small packages. Expertreviews. 04 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Apple HomePod mini Review. Pcmag. 16 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Apple HomePod mini Speaker Review. Rtings. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper. Techhive. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Apple HomePod mini review. Techradar. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Apple HomePod mini review. Tomsguide. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Apple HomePod Mini Review. Trustedreviews. 08 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Apple HomePod Mini review. Whathifi. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  11. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  12. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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