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Google Nest Audio Review

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Quick verdict: Google's Nest Audio delivers great sound output for a smart speaker in its price range.

  • Unobtrusive design
  • Good audio output
  • Great microphone pickup
  • Can't get every colour in Australia
  • Design is very plain
  • No audio input

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Finder score: 4
How we score our reviews

Google's latest smart speaker, the Google Nest Audio is a very effective replacement for the standard Google Home speaker, sitting well above the Google Nest Mini in audio terms, but still well below that of the Google Home Max or other high-end smart speakers. If you're already comfortably in the smart home space with the Google Assistant it's an easy recommendation, especially if you want something that won't obviously stand out in most home décor.


Design

Design

  • Choice of five colours – but only two in Australia
  • Unobtrusive rectangular shape
  • Touch inputs plus microphone switch
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Performance

Performance

  • Good audio output for its price range
  • Great microphone pickup
  • Google still struggles with some band names or music track choices
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Should you buy the Google Nest Audio?

  • Buy it if you want the best mid-range smart speaker right now.
  • Don't buy it if you want a more showy looking speaker, or need an input socket.
Finder score: 4
How we score our reviews

The reality for Google is that the classic Google Home speaker was showing its age, and by updating it with considerably better internals, Google's kept it very relevant in the competitive smart speaker space.

It's not quite going to be the smart speaker for everyone, however, even if you do want to use Google as your primary smart home assistant. If all you want is basic voice pickup, the Nest Mini 2nd Gen is still cheaper, but with worse music playback. If you want true room filling sound, the Google Home Max should be your go-to option, presuming you don't instead shift to a third party solution like a Sonos ONE for example.


Price

Starts at $149

Where to buy


Specifications

Specs

Audio Out
Yes
Bluetooth Support
Yes
Mic Array
3
Product Height
175mm
Product Weight
1.2
Product Width
124mm
Speaker Array
75 mm woofer + 19 mm tweeter
Water Rating
N/A
Wireless Network

802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Features

Image source:Alex Kidman

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