The Home includes two built-in far-field microphones that are always listening in on your conversations, ready to leap into action when it hears the right trigger words.
The Home will respond when you address it with either “Hey Google” or “OK Google” but not just plain “Google,” so you won’t accidentally trigger the device when you’re casually discussing your favorite Google searches over breakfast.
If you are already invested in the Google ecosystem and want a voice-controlled speaker for listening to music or controlling smart-home devices, the Google Home is an easy recommendation.
Despite being new to the game compared with Amazon’s Echo, the Home feels surprisingly polished and complete, both in design and abilities.
In addition to its curvy shape, another attractive feature is its replaceable base (actually the speaker grill cover), for which you have seven color options to suit your taste.