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I got this during the Christmas sale and, although a good speaker, the microphone was horrible. One had to shout and shout multiple times 'hey Google' to get it to listen. And then it would maybe understand what you are trying to do. Once it's playing music it was kinda impossible to get it to understand above the voice of the music. I would even stand near it and even that was a hit or miss. I was giving a demo to some of my guests and fell flat on the face. This became a joke and to this day they ridicule the thing. I guess the microphones on this are pretty weak. It is a good device though.
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I brought the one with the battery for the back yard. If your a Chromecast audio user this will work as an additional speaker to add to your group.
This statement is a bit misleading. This device can be added to Google Home for whole home audio. Chromecast Audio let's you add most any speaker to your Google Home setup via aux.
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I got this during the Christmas sale and, although a good speaker, the microphone was horrible. One had to shout and shout multiple times 'hey Google' to get it to listen. And then it would maybe understand what you are trying to do. Once it's playing music it was kinda impossible to get it to understand above the voice of the music. I would even stand near it and even that was a hit or miss. I was giving a demo to some of my guests and fell flat on the face. This became a joke and to this day they ridicule the thing. I guess the microphones on this are pretty weak. It is a good device though.
Thank you for giving me a reason to skip.
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it shows $49.99 for me Frown
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I have 8 of these in my house/garage/covered patio. I have 3 small (this one) and 5 large (on sale for $15 more). If space is your concern and you just want the Google Assistant then buy the small one for $25 but if whole home audio is a concern and you don't mind a bigger device, spend $15 more on the larger one which is also on sale. If I had to quantify, I'd say the larger one sounds twice as big as a smaller one. The larger one can also run on battery but I keep mine plugged in all the time.

Two things I'd like to point out as a Google home user:

1) While the sound on both the small and large Insignia speaker is better than the Google Home mini, the Insignia product does not make voice calls 2) nor does it allow you to send its audio to a secondary speaker like the Google mini does. I've supplemented my home with a handful of Minis so that I could make hands-free phone calls in my house and also to cast audio to some larger speakers in the home that have Bluetooth. In my case this was a larger device with a subwoofer so that I had some bass in the home. Another way to work around this is to add a Chromecast audio to a larger speaker and that will add to your whole home audio experience. While I've had good luck with the Google home minis ability to cast audio via Bluetooth to additional speakers, I found that to be cumbersome if you plan on switching between that input and another input (for example a soundbar that may have an HDMI ARC input from your TV and then you attempt to cast to it from Bluetooth from the Google home mini you have to manually switch the input). So in that case I don't use the cast to Bluetooth speaker functionality from the Google home mini rather I use Chromecast audio on dedicated secondary devices.
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I am still waiting for Google's smart screens to replace the two of these I own now. They
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Wish the amazon spots would get to this price point lol... wishful thinking.
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My 2 daughters (11 & 13) have the non-portable one. I also have the Google music/YouTube family share plan ($15/month). They can play whatever music they like.

A big bonus is that it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker so it can play whatever the kids like from their phone (whether it's music from any source, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime videos, etc. it's much easier to pick what music, playlist, or whatever to play via Bluetooth than asking Google to do it (huge bonus over Echo devices). Makes this way more versatile than Echo devices.

The Google Assistant works great. I find it "smarter" than Alexa (I have Echo devices) and Siri. But that's me.

Soundwise... meh... it's not great... it's not terrible... it's... meh. The Echo sounds better (personal opinion). But these are in my daughters' rooms. They love theirs and don't care whether an Echo sounds better or not. My one daughter has an Echo in her room. Never gets used. She uses Google assistant. The big winner for both is that it's a Bluetooth speaker.

As as far as I'm aware Google assistant still does not support the Sonos system (and vice versa). If they ever get that support, I'll definitely get one for my bedroom or living room.

Pros:

Google Assistant "smarter" than Alexa or Siri
It's a Bluetooth speaker
Alarm clock
Dirt cheap for a Google Assistant AND a Bluetooth speaker, combined.

Cons:

Meh sound (daughters didn't think so mind you)
Not that pretty to look at (Echo definitely "sexier"), surprisingly my girls didn't care too much
Difficult setup at first (took a few attempts to connect to the network and to my daughters iPhone). Had to power off and power on a few times and reconnect to the network and to an iPhone then finally got both working. Frustrating at first but not a dealbreaker.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the insignia non-portable version. Definitely for the price. Got a big thumbs up from my girls! Awaiting for that elusive Sonos support (definitely NOT a dealbreaker. I have other devices/apps for my Sonos to work)

Great deal!!
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FYI, the difference between portable and reg versions is that portable has a rechargable battery and reg is corded. Not seeing other differences listed in specs.
Portable is huge compared to this regular one.
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I got this during the Christmas sale and, although a good speaker, the microphone was horrible. One had to shout and shout multiple times 'hey Google' to get it to listen. And then it would maybe understand what you are trying to do. Once it's playing music it was kinda impossible to get it to understand above the voice of the music. I would even stand near it and even that was a hit or miss. I was giving a demo to some of my guests and fell flat on the face. This became a joke and to this day they ridicule the thing. I guess the microphones on this are pretty weak. It is a good device though.
my experience wasn't as bad as yours. I've had similar experiences with Echo devices including a Fire tablet with the Show Mode enabled. Both Google Assistant and Alexa enabled devices have difficulty hearing my voice when the music is turned up. Having the music cranked up I expected I had to to speak/yell at least at the level or louder than the music.
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Don't forget to sign up or sign in to a My BestBuy account first.
Thank you, also it may help (me) to read carefully the initial post... Frown
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I bought a couple of these last time. Overall I think the sound quality is surprisingly good for the price. I use them in the bedrooms since they're almost as cheap as a decent alarm clock and they automatically sync the time. Can cast to them directly from Spotify which is nice.

A couple of negatives though:
* must have internet connection to do anything, including display time. Internet goes out for a minute and you get - -: - - on the display.
* firmware gets rolled out by insignia and not google. They are quite a few versions behind with no solid timetable of when (or if) they will update it.
* makes a loud chime and also announces the microphone is off (if you have it turned off) every freaking time it gets back online due to power or internet failure. Awesome at 3 in the morning when the power flickers that you wouldn't have otherwise known.
* I have 2 and neither display the temperature even for a second.
* they don't have the ability to know the closest one you're talking to. So if you have multiple ones, any that can hear your commands will fire. I think I saw someone say that actual google homes are smart enough not to do this.
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I got this during the Christmas sale and, although a good speaker, the microphone was horrible. One had to shout and shout multiple times 'hey Google' to get it to listen. And then it would maybe understand what you are trying to do. Once it's playing music it was kinda impossible to get it to understand above the voice of the music. I would even stand near it and even that was a hit or miss. I was giving a demo to some of my guests and fell flat on the face. This became a joke and to this day they ridicule the thing. I guess the microphones on this are pretty weak. It is a good device though.

Sounds like you had a defective one.It always understand what I ask. Also I never had to shout to get it to hear. Of course playing loud music is another story. But that could be said with any smart device ie echoes, cellphones etc. They just won't hear you over loud music.
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This deals been on and off anyone who's been using slickdeals consistently for more than 3 months knows that lol. It's a good deal I picked one up works well Smilie
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