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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail or typical retail price as of January 2020
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 49 and 799
Ease of use score
Includes set-up, control, responsiveness to voice commands and media playback.
enter value/s in increments of i between 69 and 82
Sound quality score
Performance tests are based on our listening panel's appraisal of two pieces of music (rock/pop and electronic). The speaker is positioned about two metres away from the listeners who assess overall quality.
enter value/s in increments of i between 19 and 85
Annual running cost
Based on 19 hours sitting idle, 5 hours active. Calculated at 30 cents per kilowatt-hour; this is a minimum as the cost will vary depending on how often the speaker is used, and the type of task you've asked it to perform.
enter value/s in increments of i between 2 and 14
Can the speaker connect to other Bluetooth devices? This is generally used for entertainment (e.g. music and audio playback), rather than issuing commands to the assistant via a separate device.
Can the smart speaker run on rechargeable batteries so you can use it as a portable speaker?
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Sound quality score
- Power consumption score
- Annual running cost
- Overall Score
- Bad points
- Ease of use score
- Good points
- Music service support
- Calendar support
- Data that is stored
- Voice purchasing
- Other physical controls
- Where is data processed
- Set alarms
- News and weather briefings
- Audio playback devices supported
- Indicator light
- Video services supported
- Wifi band
- Cord length
- Smart LED integration
- Video playback devices supported
- Multi user support
- Smart switch integration
- Personal assistant
- Data delete
- Mute button