Sony LF-S50G review
Quick verdict: Sony's first smart speaker may not have a catchy name, but it does leverage the Google Assistant platform to deliver real-time information.
With its rich history in developing high-quality audio products for the masses, Sony’s first attempt at a smart speaker is a viable alternative to Google’s own Home speaker system, with some unique additions that help it stand apart from the crowd.
The LF-S50G’s inclusion of an LED clock, water resistance and gesture controls all help it claim a fairly unique position in the market, but it’s the impressive sound quality that will really sway you to this model over Google’s own speakers. Especially given that many of Sony’s unique integrations don’t seem to be thought through 100%.
- Simple and elegant design
- NFC support makes pairing quick and easy
- Solid audio quality that beats out Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speakers
- Adjusting volume is more difficult than it should be
- Touch and gesture controls are clunky
- A well-balanced speaker with a few too many unnecessary gimmicks
Should you buy it?
Sony’s first smart speaker is a mixed bag. At its core, it’s a finely balanced speaker that delivers the full Google Assistant experience to your home. Like the Google Home, the LF-S50G is a companion to your everyday life in a smart speaker format, with the ability to control your smart home and keep your kids entertained with fun audio-based games.
But Sony’s attempts to make the speaker unique with touch and gesture controls is a misfire that doesn’t add to the experience. And given you are paying for those features when you opt for this speaker, you may not feel it’s the best use of your dollars, especially in a rather price competitive market anyway.
Still, for the slight premium over the Google Home, you do get a better audio result, so if sound quality and Google Assistant are important to you, this could be the ideal speaker for you.
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