Tried & Tested | Google Home

Tried & Tested | Google Home

As part of our partnership with Hughes, each month we will be reviewing an exciting and innovative product for your home. This month, we test the Google Home – Smart Speaker Unit.

As a Dancer and active person, the Google Home is a highly recommended product.

Having reviewed the Google Home device it was clear to see what all the hype is about; having the ability to connect to so many of your devices in your home from TVs to lights, it creates its own ecosystem. Many people wonder if the device is as good as it sounds, and in my opinion yes. It offers a hands-free alternative to anything you could need your phone for, say you are cooking and you would like to play some music;  just say “Hey Google” and then ask away. 

The price for the full unit currently sits on the market at around £100+ with the mini option sitting around £40, but why put a price on something that can make life as a student a lot easier?

As I previously mentioned I’m a dancer,  having a smart unit in my house makes my life so much easier. Playing music is a breeze, all I have to do is ask and it can play, rewind, repeat, skip. You ask. It can do. 

So how can it benefit us as young busy people? Do you easily forget things? Set a reminder. In a conversation with a friend about if a fact is right or wrong? The Google Home can check for you. Or if you just want to plan a day out so you need to know the weather. It will tell you the current weather. In any location you wish. All you have to do again…..ask. 

Voice controlled devices are getting more and more common. If it wasn’t worth the investment people wouldn’t be so interested in it all. All the celebs have voice controlling software. Why Bill Gates’ entire home is voice controlled. Why not feel like the world’s richest person?

Now let’s talk a bit about security. When reviewing this device, I found one particular fact very interesting……the voice recognition software. This device has the ability to distinguish different voices. If you have a playlist that you love in particular and don’t want anyone messing with, it will remember your voice and match your playlist to it. You can set-up so only your voice can use the online shopping element, keeping your bank balance free from anyone trying to order a sneaky pizza. Guess that means you can spend it more on instant noodles and happy hour meals. 

Everyone is going for smart units. Don’t be the only one not using them. If you are unsure, go to your local store and ask for a demo. You won’t be disappointed.


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The Sony LF-S50G Wireless Smart Sound Speaker works with Google Assistant to give you a range of voice activated features. Play music, ask for a recipe, or control other smart home products including lighting and heating. All you have to do is say “OK Google” and your assistant will be ready to handle your request. 

Stream playlists, podcasts, radio and more from your Bluetooth-enabled devices in high quality audio. The Sony LF-S50G’s 360 speaker system ensures the sound fills the room - so whatever you’re listening to will sound great no matter where you’re sitting. The two-way facing speaker, two-stage diffuser, and bass reflex duct ensure you get a rich, immersive audio experience. You can even connect via NFC - just tap your compatible device against the speaker and start streaming. 

If you have more than one Chromecast speaker in your home, you can sync them together to play the same music in multiple rooms - great for parties and gatherings. 

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