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Google Nest Mini review: new name old concept?

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At this year's Made by Google event, Google unveiled a new Nest Proproducts presented. Including the Google Nest Mini, the second generation of the Google Home Mini. That changed.

Google made four major upgrades. The Nest Mini is said to be more flexible, more environmentally friendly, faster and more bass-heavy. More flexible thanks to the option of wall mounting, more environmentally friendly thanks to a new cover and recycled materials. The Nest Mini is said to be faster thanks to a special chip that enables machine learning, and the bass is also said to be around 40 (at full volume). Procent be better. These are the biggest innovations that Google is promoting.

How do the features perform in everyday life and in comparison to the Home Mini?

Briefly on environmental friendliness, this is not really a "feature", but it definitely gives bonus points. I haven't been able to test the wall mounting yet. But all the more so for the rest.

The sound: You really notice the stronger bass. The sound in general seems stronger. Is he really 40 now? Procent is better, it is undecided, but you can definitely feel an upgrade. Google has also installed an ultrasonic sensor, which detects when you move your hand to the Nest Mini and then indicates where you can adjust the volume. Now that's nothing blatant, but it's definitely a very nice new feature. When it comes to the Google Assistant, which is probably the main reason for a Google speaker, I didn't notice any changes compared to the Home Mini. Although some questions are now answered on the device instead of in the cloud, this feature only works with English so far and should only learn over time.

The app

The Google Home app is really simple and clear. All important settings can be made and you can, for example, assign different speakers or Chromecast devices to a group. Equalizers can also be found in the app.

Is it worth buying?

Difficult to answer. Everyone has to answer that for themselves. Is one of the sound and the rest worth the surcharge of 39 euros to 59 euros? If so, wait and see! Because Google has repeatedly included the Google Home Mini in very good offers and the chances that they will do the same with the Nest Mini are very high. So if you can wait a little longer, you should z. B. keep your eyes open on Black Friday. The easiest way to do this is (no advertising) Mydealz or idealo. Simply set a "Deal Alarm" there with the code word Nest Mini. But if you want the better deal and can do without the new features: from time to time there is the Google Home Mini for 20 euros or less. Google has already given the Home Mini away to Google One or YouTube Premium customers.

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils has been with us since 2019 TechnikNews and very interested in smartphones, speakers, smartwatches and SmartHome. In addition to his 'Creative Business' studies, he enjoys pursuing his hobby of athletics and meeting up with friends.

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