The Google Home Max is a larger, more powerful smart home speaker that offers twenty times the power of a regular Google Home speaker – making it an audiophile's dream. But, with it only available in the US, will we ever see the big speaker in the UK?
Google Home Max: UK price and release date
At the Made by Google event that took place on 4 October 2017, the tech giant announced its latest addition to the smart home speaker lineup – the Google Home Max. The new speaker is now available in the US-only for $399 at Verizon, Walmart, Best Buy and the Google Store.
There's still no word on its UK price or release date. We'd expect it to come out in Q2 2018, though, with UK pricing to sit at around £399.
Google Home Max: Design and sound quality
The Home Max can be used in two orientations – vertically and horizontally. You'll also be able to use two simultaneously to replicate a stereo sound.
The speaker has four dots at the front that are illuminated. These respond to voice inputs and indicate the speaker's volume.
The front is covered by a fabric that's available in two colours: chalk and charcoal. Around the back, you'll find a 3.5mm jack and an in-built power connector.
Inside the polycarbonate housing, you'll find two 4.5in woofers and two custom-made 0.7in tweeters that deliver a much louder and clearer output over the regular Google Home – twenty times louder, according to the company.
Of course, like the other Google Home devices, you'll be able to use Google Assistant to help you throughout your everyday tasks. But, with the Home Max, Google includes Smart Sound, a dynamic way of analysing your room and ambient sound, to adjust the volume and sound quality to match your environment.
With streaming taking a greater emphasis nowadays, the Home Max comes with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Music, an ad-free way of streaming music that's on YouTube. The speaker also works with Spotify (paid and free), Google Play Music, Pandora, iHeart and TuneIn radio.
Google Home Max: First look
At first glance, the Home Max looks like a relatively expensive offering. But given the price of rival smart home speakers, it's actually competitively priced. With Google Assistant also built-in and streaming services a voice command away, it'll be one to look out for if you're serious about sound – but you'll need to be in the US to get it, which means we'll have to wait for it to hit UK shores.