Google Home Max Unboxing and Hands-On

We’ve been to a few events in the past few months. Between Google’s October 4th Hardware Event and CES, we had ample time to see, touch and test out the Google Home Max. As these things tend to go, however, we never took advantage of that opportunity. I wanted to. I really did. I just didn’t.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve now spent a few hours enjoying the earnest pleasure of the Google Home Max. We’ll be doing a full review after we put it through some real use, but we wanted to share our literal first impressions with you in a video. We unbox it, get it set up, and offer up a very good sound sample. As a matter of fact, I’m almost as impressed with the audio capture we managed to get as I am with the speaker itself. If you have a good speaker or set of headphones nearby, definitely listen through those to get an idea of this thing’s output.

Before you watch the video, let’s refresh what is on offer from the Google Home Max:

  • 2-4.5 inch woofers with 22mm of excursion (very high for their size)
  • 20x louder than the standard Google Home
  • Smart Sound (auto tuning based on the room)
  • Google Assistant on board
  • Touch controls for volume and play/pause
  • Integrated magnetic silicone base to reduce vibration
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz Wifi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB-C (for ethernet and device charging)
  • 3.5mm jack for analog audio input
  • 6 far-field microphones
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Orientation sensor

For a speaker, that’s a loaded spec sheet, but the proof is in the listening and this thing simply delivers. I’m sure there are a few speakers out there that sound better, but I’d bet you’d have a hard time finding a $399 speaker/amp combo that gets close to this. I need to test quite a bit more, but I am very impressed so far. More to come, for sure!

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Robby Payne

Tech junkie. Musician. Web Developer. Coffee Snob. Huge fan of the Google things. Founded Chrome Unboxed because so many of my passions collide in this space. I like that. I want to share that. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Predictably, with the release of the new Apple HomePod, there are already lots of comparison reviews. The consensus seems to be that acoustically the HomePod kicks the GH Max ass, but in terms of overall functionality, the GH Max wins.

    Doesn't matter to me, as I'm not really a part of Apple's ecosystem, and a plain old GH 6" above and behind my ears on the headboard of my bed sounds just great.

    Interesting times.

    • Well, if you want better speakers for a chromebook, then the logitech Z200 sound really good for merely 2.0 speakers--and they're only around $20; plus, they have an AUX port. I use them with several systems.

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