In, Molly Price dubbed the new smart speaker “an improvement in every way.” The Nest Audio falls between the and in the Google hierarchy. It’s usually priced at $100, which is what it’s selling for everywhere, including Walmart and the Google Store, but right now, you can save $20 and get the better looking, better sounding at Best Buy.
The new Nest Audio stands about 7 inches tall and, as is the fashion these days, comes fabric-wrapped in any of five colors (chalk, charcoal, sand, sky and sage). There’s a privacy button that mutes the microphone, and it can connect with other devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It sounds better than the Google Home it replaced not long ago, equipped with a 19mm tweeter and large 75mm mid-woofer.
Overall, it’s a noticeable improvement and a good value at $80.
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