Choose the smart speaker for your home, to match the assistant
Take a pick from Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke among others that suit your needs
- A big gap between the sci-fi side of things and achieving reality: Sethu Vijayakumar
- Will Microsoft Kaizala really do more for the enterprise workforce and expand footprint?
- Solving enterprise problems with AI
- HP Envy x360 review: Your ultrabook doesn’t have to run on Intel’s processors
- Hitman 2: Stealth Redefined
$349 (around Rs22,700)
Runs Apple Siri
The HomePod is just 7 inches tall, with a cylindrical design. It runs a powerful Apple A8 chip. There are seven individual audio drivers and a 4-inch woofer. The positional awareness feature directs sound so that reflections are reduced.
Harman Kardon Invoke
Runs Microsoft Cortana
Microsoft’s Cortana on your Windows 10 PC may already be managing calendars, reminders, etc. Harman Kardon’s Invoke, a Cortana-powered speaker, has three 0.5-inch tweeters and a 1.75-inch subwoofer for music playback.
Runs Amazon Alexa
The tiny Echo Dot is an ideal bedside accessory. The mid-range Echo has a 0.6-inch tweeter and a 2.5-inch woofer, and sounds great for music too. The larger Echo Plus integrates a Zigbee standard hub built in to control smart home gadgets.
$49 onwards (around Rs3,100)
Runs Google Assistant
Google’s Home Mini is a 360-degree speaker. The Home, which controls smart home gadgets, has a 2-inch audio driver and dual 2-inch passive radiators. The Max has dual 4.5-inch dual-voice coil woofers and 0.7-inch tweeters.
Harman Kardon Allure
Runs Amazon Alexa
The Allure integrates Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. The Allure has a 360-degree design, three 1.5-inch audio tweeters and 3.5-inch subwoofer, for powerful music playback.
Editor's Picks »
- Does Reliance Jio see need to deleverage?
- Four years since Senvion sale, turnaround continues to elude Suzlon
- Falling fuel prices, new axle norms to help cement makers save freight cost
- Tailwinds of debt reduction and annuity sales drive DLF’s shares
- Expecting a quick recovery in rural consumption will be foolhardy