Yesterday was a busy day for Google. Not only did they announce their new Pixel phones, they also unveiled a slew of new products. One of those products was the Google Home Max; a bigger and better smart speaker that amplifies the best of Google Home.
The Google Home Max looks like a modern speaker that packs some powerful sound. Stuffed with dual 4.5-inch woofers, Google promises deep and balanced bass and claims the Home Max is 20 times louder than the original Google Home. Combine this with Google Assistant and a friendly design, the Home Max might just be the smart speaker to beat.
Google also introduced a feature called Smart Sound. This feature, in simple terms, adapts to its surroundings and adjusts the sound accordingly. For example, if you're doing the dishes, the Google Home Max will tune up the volume so that you can hear it over the running water. Additionally, you can also pair two Home Max speakers together wirelessly, sync them with other Google Home devices, and connect them with Chromecast Audio.
The Home Max is also more versatile. It can be displayed both horizontally and vertically. In addition, users now have more options to play audio content. You can stream over Wi-Fi, connect via Bluetooth, or connect a wire via AUX. Lastly, the speaker has touch controls similar to the standard Google Home, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm jack.
This supersized Google Home comes in two colors: Chalk and Charcoal. The speaker retails at $399 and will be available in December. If you decide to purchase the Home Max, Google will toss you a free 12-month YouTube Red subscription. This is a savings of $120 and gives you YouTube, without the ads, for a whole year.