Rating top 10 smart speakers with Alice from Yandex 2021

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Last updated April 7, 2021

A smart speaker is a wireless-type smart device with a built-in microphone and speaker, controlled by a voice assistant. The key feature of the gadget is its own mini-computer, designed to recognize and execute given commands.

In addition to playing music, such devices are able to search for information, talk about the weather, turn on audio books, set alarms, and control some devices.

This article will talk about the best smart speakers that you can buy in 2021.

Yandex New Station Mini (with clock)

First place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

6990

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 10W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: audio output
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 97x54x97 mm
  • features: built-in screen, support for streaming audio services
  • weight: 0.26 kg

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pros

  • Sound quality
  • Versions with and without screen
  • AUX input is no longer under the power cable

Minuses

  • Lack of USB-C
  • Expensive
  • You have to shout for Alice to hear while playing music

voice assistant: Yandex Alice, Smart Home Ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home, connectors and interfaces: audio output, wireless connection: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, power type: mains, type: smart speaker, total power: 10 W, features: built-in screen, support for streaming audio services

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Outcome

Of course, not all smart speakers are included in this collection. It is simply impossible to write about everyone — such devices come out too often. Smart speaker is a trend with a capital letter. Even those who are far from such devices have already noted this. A smart speaker is not only a device for reproducing sound, but also a source of information that controls a smart home, an assistant in organizing leisure and work. When choosing such a device by a domestic buyer, the important points are the following:

  • the ability of the voice assistant to understand the Russian-speaking user and maintain communication with him;
  • functionality of the unit for solving everyday tasks, working moments and leisure activities;
  • support of certain services in Russia;
  • the sound quality of the speakers when playing music;
  • design features of the product, its ergonomics.

Yandex.Station Mini

Second place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

4990

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 3W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: audio output
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 90x45x90 mm
  • features: support for streaming audio services
  • weight: 0.2 kg

More

pros

  • Understands Russian well
  • Easy to learn to use
  • Can control smart home

Minuses

  • It is inconvenient to reconfigure to another Wi-Fi
  • Alice does not hear well if she plays music loudly

Yandex Station Mini is a compact smart speaker with Alice voice assistant. With her, in any corner of the apartment it will be the way you want — festive, cozy, noisy, calm. Tell Alice what to do, or even show her that the volume can be adjusted with gestures. Alice will help you start the day with a good song and fresh news, she will advise you on music and tell you the weather forecast, look for interesting recipes and light garlands. She knows a lot of fairy tales and is always ready to chat or play. Listen to what you like. You can choose the songs yourself or rely on Station Mini to find music just for you. Say what you want. If your hands are busy, ask the Mini Station for help: it will turn on the radio, find a good recipe and remind you about the oven. And you can just chat with the column.

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Top Producers

The rating of manufacturers producing high-quality smart speakers, according to buyers, includes the following companies:

  1. Sony. A well-known Japanese manufacturer of high-quality branded products, including audio equipment, sold worldwide.
  2. Amazon. American brand, which is one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers. It was Amazon that first launched the mass production of smart speakers.
  3. Marshall. An English company that guarantees the quality of its products.

  4. JBL. Another well-known American company with excellent recommendations in the portable acoustics market. The products of this company have the best reviews. The advantage is the ratio of price and quality of the goods sold.
  5. Apple. Despite the fact that the smart speakers of this American world-famous company have an insignificant market share, this does not affect the quality of products and the popularity of the models of this brand.
  6. Xiaomi. A young Chinese brand specializing in the production of electronics. Today it is a dynamically developing company whose products are popular.
  7. Google. It is not surprising, but the product of the «search engine» has its own niche of buyers who have appreciated the level of perception of voice commands by devices, although questions about the products of this manufacturer sometimes still arise.

Yandex.Station Light

Third place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

3500

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 5W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 90x55x90 mm
  • features: support for streaming audio services
  • weight: 0.23 kg

More

pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Sound

Minuses

  • No 3.5 jack
  • Sometimes he thinks for a long time

Yandex.Station Lite is a bright and compact smart speaker that is controlled by voice and touch buttons. It will greatly decorate the interior and be able to entertain the child: the matte body is pleasant to hold in your hands, and the colors will please the eye. Alice in Station Light has her own character — it depends on the color of the device. To use Station Light, you need a Wi-Fi internet connection and a Yandex account.

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Price

New models are constantly appearing on the market, however, at the moment the range of choice is not too wide. If you choose from the official assortment for Russia, then it will become even narrower. When choosing from all offers, including the so-called gray sellers, the minimum cost will be 3-4 thousand. It will be more likely not a column, but just a smart speaker. Within ten thousand, you can buy something more advanced, the cost of the most functional ones starts from 15 thousand. A column costing 30$cannot be as technologically advanced as one that costs five times more.

Yandex.Station Max

Fourth place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

19600

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 65 W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: audio output, HDMI output, Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 141x231x141 mm
  • Features: remote control, support for video streaming services, built-in screen, support for audio streaming services
  • weight: 2.7 kg

More

pros

  • Great sound
  • Ease of setup

Minuses

  • No equalizer
  • Bad internet connection system

The new and most powerful smart speaker with Alice. With LED display, 3-way audio and 4K video. Get the most out of music, movies and communication with Alice. Bass, mids and highs play from five different speakers so you hear every instrument. Place an Alice speaker in every room and they will all play in multi-room mode — small ones, big ones, and Station Max. Alice will not only recommend a movie for the evening, but also show it on the big screen. You have access to films and TV series on the Plus Multi subscription with Amediateka, as well as the video that Alice finds on the Internet.

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What parameters to pay attention to when choosing?

It is worth noting! First, let’s briefly dwell on important points, without which it will not be possible to get the whole range of useful properties from the device:

  • Voice assistant. At the moment, the most advanced voice assistant in Russian is Alice. It is present on most of the best modern devices, but there are other options, for example, Google Assistant, Siri, Marusya, etc. English-language options from market leaders are a great choice, but for this you need to give all commands in English, which is not convenient for everyone.
  • Sound. The main purpose of smart devices is to play sound. Obviously, this parameter should be given maximum attention. The whole impression of using the device will depend on the number of speakers and the quality of the sound they reproduce.
  • Price. Most devices have a low or moderate price. The “leader” of high cost among the market is products from Apple. It has its advantages, but it does not always make sense to overpay for them. The acceptable cost range for a quality device is in the range of 50$.
  • Food. There are models for working only in an apartment, since they are powered exclusively from the network. The second part of the market is designed for use outside the home — in the country and nature.
  • Functional. If the device is purchased only for listening to music, then there is no point in overpaying for unnecessary options. However, you should explore all the possibilities of devices, since this is a relatively new segment in the development of technology. Therefore, many convenient functions have not yet entered the daily lives of most people.

Yandex.Station

Fifth place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

18000

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 50W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: HDMI output
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 141x231x141 mm
  • Features: support video streaming services, support audio streaming services
  • weight: 2.9 kg

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pros

  • Appearance
  • Easy and fast installation
  • Fast work with requests

Minuses

  • No radio
  • No external speaker output
  • Only the image is transmitted via HDMI

Yandex.Station is a smart speaker with Alice’s voice assistant. She can recommend a movie, turn it on or put on music, wake you up in the morning, remind you to call your mom or turn off the oven, turn on the radio, and answer millions of questions. Alice knows a lot of fairy tales, children’s songs and games, she is always ready to chat and easily finds a common language with children. The speaker is controlled by voice: Alice perfectly understands live speech and hears you even from another room.

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⇡#What IRBIS A and DEXP Smartbox can do

If we talk about the younger sisters of Yandex.Station — IRBIS A and DEXP Smartbox, then their main difference from the Station, in addition to the price, size and power of the speakers, is the lack of an HDMI output and, accordingly, the ability to connect them to a monitor or TV .

DEXP Smartbox

The difference between IRBIS A and DEXP Smartbox is mainly external — they almost do not differ in technical characteristics. In addition to the buttons — activating «Alice» and muting the microphone — there are volume keys, and the DEXP Smartbox also has pause / play. There is also a difference in power: the IRBIS A has a 2W speaker, while the DEXP Smartbox has a 3W speaker.

The sound quality of the IRBIS A and DEXP Smartbox is quite average, which was somewhat expected for this price range and device size. But voice recognition was an unpleasant surprise: these speakers respond to commands more slowly and worse than Yandex.Station, during the test I often had to repeat what was said.

The capabilities of Alice, who lives in these columns, are also noticeably inferior to those of Yandex.Station. So, for example, to our favorite query about millet porridge, “Alisa” will simply say: “I can’t answer that,” because she doesn’t access YouTube and can’t show the recipe.

JBL Link Portable

Sixth place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

7760

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • power supply: battery (up to 8 hours)
  • total power: 20W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 88x170x88 mm
  • features: support for streaming audio services, waterproof housing
  • weight: 0.735 kg

More

pros

  • Good sound
  • Has a charging stand

Minuses

  • The stand doesn’t charge very well.
  • There are problems with teams

With a full-range speaker, the JBL Link Portable surrounds you with your favorite music, allowing you to enjoy clear highs, crisp mids and deep bass. Listen to tens of millions of tracks from the Yandex.Music collection or stream sound from another device via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Alice’s voice assistant can turn on music or tell a story — ask her anything and give instructions, play with her or just chat. The device works without recharging up to 8 hours. The column is protected from various incidents according to the IPX7 standard, so you can take it for a walk in the rain or to the beach.

JBL Link Portable can not be turned off while charging: just put the speaker on the docking station and continue listening to music or chatting with Alice. The device looks as good as it sounds, so it will fit into any interior. To set up the column, you will need the free Yandex mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices.

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LG Xboom AI ThinQ WK7Y

Seventh place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

11100

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • food: from a network
  • total power: 30W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 135x211x135 mm
  • features: support for streaming audio services
  • weight: 1.9 kg

More

pros

  • Great sound
  • Design

Minuses

  • No hdmi output
  • Doesn’t connect to TV

Alice inside the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y will turn on the light, turn down the TV, change the temperature on the air conditioner and put on the kettle. It works with smart devices from Yandex and other manufacturers.

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Harman Kardon Invoke Microsoft Cortana

The column is of high quality for playing any music, video or movie. It is equipped with three 13 mm tweeters and three 45 mm woofers, which allowed the speaker to transmit high-quality sound as realistically as possible. The device will help remind you of various important things, can make shopping and to-do lists, talk about the weather and the latest news. It is allowed to connect to a smart home, works well with Android and Ios smartphones, and also connects to a PC or laptop with an operating system from Microsoft. Through it, you can make calls using the Skype application.

Pros:

  1. High build quality;
  2. Powerful and decent sounding;
  3. Soft backlight;
  4. There is a choice of body color;
  5. Suitable for connection to «smart home»;
  6. You can make calls via Skype.

ELARI SmartBeat

Eighth place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

5990

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • power supply: mains, battery (up to 8 hours)
  • total power: 5W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: audio input
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 84x150x84 mm
  • features: support for streaming audio services
  • weight: 0.4 kg

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pros

  • Loud noise
  • There is AUX

Minuses

  • Takes a long time to charge
  • The quality wants better.

ELARI SmartBeat is a smart portable Bluetooth speaker with voice assistant Alice, which can work without recharging up to 5 hours in Wi-Fi mode and up to 8 hours in Bluetooth mode.

By connecting the speaker to the Internet through the Yandex application, you can ask Alice to put on a fire noise or any music (free for the first three months with a Yandex.Plus subscription), turn on the radio, set an alarm, or remind you of an important event or meeting in time, tell you about the weather or give advice on other matters. And if you want, you can just chat with Alice.

Children are delighted with communication with Alice, who can play with them in words, in cities, tell a fairy tale, put on their favorite soundtrack and much more. Alice is constantly developing and updating, new features and content become available automatically.

Thanks to the 5 W full-range speaker, the speaker sounds good and gives out good bass, and its portability, autonomy and beautiful design make the device «their» anywhere in the house — in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the living room and even in the bathroom. And not only at home: SmartBeat will delight you with your favorite tracks at a picnic, party or in the car if there is a WiFi signal nearby, including from your phone or router.

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Alice, Marusya, Alexa and all-all-all: 10 smart speakers for home and office


The popularity of smart speakers with voice control continues to be at a fairly high level. If in 2021 about 750 thousand such devices were sold in Russia, then forecast estimates for the current year speak of at least 1 million. Analysts note that the growth is associated both with an increase in the number of models and with the emergence of more and more new functions on already purchased columns. The M.Video-Eldorado team studied the smart devices on the market and prepared a list of the most interesting of them.

According to our experts, in 8 months of 2021, about 550,000 smart speakers were sold in Russia. This is 2.7 times more than last year. Only in August, sales showed an absolute record — about 90 thousand pieces, which is equivalent to 16% of the annual volume.

In many ways, this popularity is due to the release of new models and the expansion of the skills of existing assistants. In addition, do not write off the trend for voice communication, the arrangement of residential premises in a pandemic and the growing popularity of smart home ecosystems.

If you are thinking about purchasing a smart speaker, you should pay attention to a number of important points even before buying.

The first criterion is the voice assistant. On sale you can find options with assistants both in Russian (Alice from Yandex and Marusya from Mail.ru), and in English (Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri). According to statistics, most buyers choose the first option. But there are those who purchase equipment with English language support. First of all, these are active users of foreign services with linked accounts of various cloud services of Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc., including music, cinema and smart home ecosystems.

In the case of the Russian voice assistant, everything is not so simple either. You should evaluate which services you use. So, if you have (planned to issue) a subscription from Yandex or you are an active user of the ecosystem of this company, then you should choose gadgets with Alice. If you prefer VKontakte, Mail.ru products, then it is better to consider options with Marusya.

Another important criterion is the format. Most smart speakers are stationary, that is, they work only from the mains. Some of them are small and cheap. Their sound is not of high quality, and the main emphasis is on functionality and accessibility.

Larger and more voluminous, as a rule, provide better sound detail, more accurate recognition of voice commands due to more sensitive microphones. There are options for sale with a built-in battery. They can be used both indoors (home/work), outdoors or while traveling.

If you only need a voice assistant, you can save money and buy a smart mini speaker. In this case, you can listen to music in the background. If sound quality is important, then you should pay attention to more expensive devices with high-quality acoustics and high power.

After studying the experience of real users and expert reviews, we have prepared a selection of the best smart speakers in terms of price and quality of today.

Yandex.Station Mini/ Yandex.Station Lite/ Yandex.Station Max

Yandex currently has the largest line of smart speakers with support for voice control in Russian. All devices, and there are already six of them now, work with Alice’s proprietary assistant. The assistant can select music, tell a story to children, read out useful information at the user’s request, order food, taxis, etc. The most affordable device of the line — «Station Light» — has a speaker with a power of 5 watts.

The first generation «Station Mini» broadcasts sound with a power of 3 watts. The premium «Station Max» plays music through a speaker system with a total power of 65 watts. All Yandex smart speakers are connected to external devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Most recently, the best-selling Yandex smart column model received an update. The new «Station Mini» is equipped with a 10 W speaker, control buttons on the case, as well as a choice of version: with or without an LED indicator for displaying the clock. The LED screen is used to display time, date or air temperature. Its brightness can adjust to the ambient light. In a more accessible modification of the «Mini Station» there is no indicator.

The dimensions of the updated «Station Mini» are 55x97x97 mm. The column no longer has gesture controls. It was replaced with touch buttons located on the top of the device. The buttons support swipe control.

If you swipe from the “+” button to the center (that is, from right to left), then the previous track will turn on, and if from the “-” button to the center (from left to right), then the next track. The new speaker retained AUX for using external audio systems. The gadget can be combined with other speakers into a «stereo pair».

The Station Mini smart speaker of the 2021 model range will be sold in four colors: white, black, blue and red. «Station Max» is available in similar colors.

Capsule Mini/ Capsule

Mail.ru Group continues to develop an ecosystem of smart home devices based on the voice assistant Marusya. More than a year ago, the smart speaker Capsule was announced, and in June of this year, the more affordable Capsule Mini. Both speakers can make VKontakte calls, turn on music, control a smart home on compatible devices, develop and entertain children. In addition, the developer promises full integration with their services, whether it’s ordering food, taxis, etc. The speakers are connected and configured via Wi-Fi and the Marusya mobile application.

The design of the capsule includes a 76mm woofer, two 20mm tweeters with a total power of 30W and 6 digital microphones. The dimensions of the gadget are 222 × 153 × 110 mm, weight 1.46 kg. The device is quite massive. On one of the sides there is an LED-indicator in the form of a circle. Depending on the operating mode, the backlight can change color and display scheme.

The British design bureau Layer worked on the appearance of the Mini Capsule. As a result, the device received a pleasant appearance and rounded shapes. It looks very original. Gadget dimensions — 100 × 100 × 45 mm, weight 215 grams (305 grams with power supply). The device is extremely compact and fits easily in the hand. You can place the gadget both in the home interior and in the office. A small 5W omnidirectional speaker and four sensitive speakers are responsible for sound quality.

Under the area with the buttons is an RGB LED backlight. It has the shape of a circle. There is an LED screen on the side of the Mini Capsule. It can display time, temperature, volume level and a variety of funny faces.

For example, if you ask Marusya to purr, the column will purr and make eyes. In order to see all the reactions and faces, you need to touch the control panel in the center. After that, the column will sequentially show all emotions. It looks very funny and cute.

In general, if you are an active user of VKontakte and Mail.ru Group services, then you will definitely like the Capsule. As a more affordable alternative, you can look at the Mini Capsule. She can do the same, but the sound, of course, is somewhat worse because of the size, but the device itself is more compact and cheaper.

JBL Link Music

Many people know JBL acoustics. The brand also includes smart speakers. One of them is JBL Link Music. The model belongs to the stationary type and is powered by the mains. Moreover, there is both a Russian version with Alice, and an international one with Google Assistant. To JBL Link Music audio sources using Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

The first is needed to connect to the Internet through a home router or smartphone. It is used by the Yandex voice assistant. Alice launches musical compositions from a corporate streaming service, controls smart home devices, tells fairy tales, reports weather forecasts, reads news, etc. Bluetooth is used for the normal transmission of sound from a smartphone or laptop to a speaker. In this mode, the device works like a normal wireless speaker. Supported audio formats are HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus.

The column is relatively compact. Its dimensions are 112 × 112 × 134 mm, and its weight is 730 grams. The gadget can easily fit even on the smallest table. On the top edge of JBL Link Music there are barely visible holes for two built-in microphones, as well as three mechanical buttons for manual volume control and calling Alice. On the back, next to the power cable connector, there are two more buttons. They are used to turn on the search mode for Bluetooth devices and mute the microphone.

Inside the device is a single speaker with a diameter of 64 mm. It delivers 20W of sound. Frequency response range 60–20,000 Hz. The body is covered with a mesh fabric with a small cell. In the upper part, under the grid, there are three LED indicators that are activated while the voice assistant is running. In general, the JBL smart speaker has a high level of maximum volume, clear and surround sound.

JBL Link Portable

The JBL Link Music model has a portable sister — JBL Link Portable. It works from the built-in battery for about 8 hours. In addition, the case received protection against moisture according to the IPX7 class. At its core, the mobile option is suitable for those who travel frequently and spend time outdoors. The device can be used in the rain or by the pool. The portable version of the smart speaker costs 30$ more than the stationary one.

On sale you can find variants of JBL Link Portable in black, dark blue, gray, brown, green and beige. There are four indicators on the front of the device, they show the volume level. In addition, there is a separate diode for displaying notifications. On the back side there is a charging connector, a Bluetooth enable key and a forced microphone mute. It also has a charging indicator. It takes 2.5 hours to fully charge from the docking station of the speaker.

The device is equipped with a universal speaker with a power of 20 W and a reproducible frequency range of 65–20,000 Hz. The form factor of the column assumes the use in a vertical position, although no one bothers to install it in a horizontal position. The controls are similar to JBL Link Music. Alice also provides voice control. The sound and volume are also at a decent level.

LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y

The best option in terms of price and quality is the LG X BOOM AI ThinQ WK7Y smart speaker. It produces a very voluminous sound with a maximum power of 30 watts. This is enough for a room of 25-30 square meters. m. Behind the stylish black case hides an audio system from a 0.8-inch high-frequency and 3.5-inch midrange speaker. There is an LED indication. The dimensions of the device are 135 × 211 × 135 mm, and the weight is 1.9 kg.

The speaker can reproduce lossless stereo sound with a sampling frequency of up to 96 kHz and a depth of 24 bits. The work of the gadget is carried out from the electrical network. Power consumption in operating mode — 11 watts. Connection is provided using Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 4. On the body there are touch buttons for controlling volume, playback, turning the microphones on and off. Similar functionality is available in the mobile application.

Alice from Yandex is used here as a voice assistant. Thanks to sensitive microphones, the speaker recognizes a voice from several meters away. The assistant allows you to manage music, remembers a person’s preferences, advises what to listen to, and includes songs from the Yandex.Music music library. You can also ask “Alice” to tell you the latest news, wake you up for work, remind you to turn off the oven, put on a fairy tale for children, or play something.

Smart speaker LG WK7Y can perform tasks within the smart home system, for example, turn on or off the lights, control smart sockets, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, refrigerator and other home devices. The gadget can control the operation of LG home appliances in automatic mode.

Each column buyer receives a free three-month Plus subscription, which includes full access to Music, as well as discounts and additional features in other Yandex services.

Prestigio Smartmate

If you plan to use the speaker in mobile mode, then you should pay attention to the Prestigio Smartmate Lighthouse Edition model. It has a built-in battery (2 cells of 2200 mAh) and can be used without an electrical network. You can take the gadget with you on a picnic or on a trip. Its weight is 400 grams. The built-in energy reserve indicator will tell you when it’s time to recharge the column. The battery life is about 9 hours.

The device comes with a voice assistant Alice, can play music from the Yandex service of the same name, set alarms, and take notes. With Prestigio Smartmate, you can chat and get answers to your questions. The column knows a lot of children’s fairy tales and is always ready to read the latest news.

With the help of the device, users can control smart appliances in the house. It is enough to say: «Alice, switch the TV to the next channel» or «Alice, start cleaning.» In order to turn off the lights in the whole house, it is enough to say: “Alice, good night,” and she will turn on the lights, turn down the temperature and turn off household appliances.

On sale you can find options in red and black. The design involves four sensitive microphones, two speakers with a total power of 6 watts. The reproducible frequency range is from 180 Hz to 16 kHz. Prestigio Smartmate can be connected to a tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. And the AUX connector allows you to connect the speaker to other speaker systems and work with them in tandem. The features of the model include a built-in FM tuner.

Prestigio SmartVoice

If you are an active user of the Mail.ru Group and VKontakte services, you should take a closer look at the inexpensive smart speaker Prestigio SmartVoice with the voice assistant Marusya. This is a fairly tiny device weighing 170 grams with a 3W universal speaker and four built-in microphones. The range of reproducible frequencies is from 180 to 18000 Hz.

In addition to playing music, you can use the speaker to set an alarm, turn on a timer for cooking and training, make a shopping list, find out the latest news and match results, convert currencies, perform mathematical calculations, etc.

Another interesting feature of the device is the ability to make online calls to any user from your friends list on the VKontakte social network. Together with the column, you will receive a three-month VK Combo subscription as a gift, which includes discounts on taxis, food delivery and shopping, as well as unlimited access to VKontakte and BOOM music.

Smart speaker Prestigio Smart Voice is available in light gray, dark gray, blue and red colors. Bluetooth 4.2 connection is supported, as well as Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device has a 3.5mm mini jack.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot 4th Gen

If you are ready to buy a device with voice control in English, then you should pay attention to the fourth generation of smart speakers Echo from Amazon, as well as their more compact version of the Echo Dot, including the version with an LED clock. Gadgets are made in a stylish spherical case.

All devices support the Alexa voice assistant, with which you can control various home appliances. Among the declared functions are turning the lights on and off, starting music, controlling doors, and so on. The Russian language is not supported.

The most important feature of the full-sized Amazon Echo smart speaker is the new built-in AZ1 Neural Edge voice recognition module. It was developed in collaboration with MediaTek and uses machine learning algorithms. As a result, the neural network module speeds up the work of the Alexa voice assistant.

Inside the Amazon Echo case are two 20mm tweeters with a 76mm woofer. The Echo Dot and Echo Dot use a single 41mm driver facing forward. Both columns have four control buttons on top. In addition to two volume buttons, there is a separate button for turning the microphone on / off and an action key.

The column also defines a touch. With touch, for example, you can stop the alarm. The scope of delivery includes only the power supply. In the case of the Echo, the power of the adapter is 30W, for the Echo Dot it is 15W.

The fourth generation of Echo speakers has support for Zigbee protocols (with support for Bluetooth Low Energy, BLE) and the Amazon Sidewalk network. The first allows you to connect a variety of sensors and smart home devices, and the second expands the range of home Wi-Fi networks for wearable electronics. The Amazon Echo speaker is available in three colors: jet black, white and steel blue. The price is $99. A more compact Echo Dot without an LED screen is priced at $50. A complete set with LED-indication will cost $60.

Google Nest Audio

Google has its own version of a relatively inexpensive smart speaker — this is Nest Audio with a proprietary voice assistant Google Assistant and work with third-party audio services. The device has a fabric finish on all sides. Of the design features, it is worth noting four notification diodes located on the front side. There is a physical button on the back to mute the microphones, on the left there is a touch face for adjusting the volume. The dimensions of the gadget are rather big — 175 x 124 x 78 mm, weight — 1.2 kg.

The speaker design includes a 75mm woofer and a 19mm tweeter. In addition, there are three microphones for analyzing voice commands. There is support for Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and many other services. The sound quality is very good. However, the speaker loses in terms of sound to professional solutions. The connection uses Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and Chromecast. There is a function for pairing two speakers to create stereo sound. The hardware part is represented by a 4-core Cortex A53 processor.

The cost of Nest Audio is $99. On sale you can find five colors of the case: black, gray, pink, green and blue.

Apple HomePod mini

The top 10 best smart home speakers also include Apple’s HomePod mini. For interaction, the voice assistant Siri is used. The speaker not only provides a fairly bright sound, but can also be used as a base node for connecting and controlling HomeKit smart home devices. The gadget itself is quite miniature: spherical in shape, 8 cm high, 9.8 mm in diameter and weighing 300 grams. The body is lined with mesh fabric.

Available in black and white color options. The column has a small display on top that displays the Siri call icon and volume controls. Multiple HomePod mini speakers can also play music in sync and create stereo pairs on their own when placed in the same room. The assistant is activated by the command “Hi, Siri!”.

Inside the case is a universal speaker with two passive radiators. In addition, a system of four built-in microphones is used, a special Apple S5 processor, with which the environment is analyzed (more than 100 times per minute) and the best sound option is selected. HomePod mini is equipped with a U1 chip that supports UWB (Ultra Wideband) communication, which provides instant sound transmission from your smartphone to the speaker.

To work, you need to bring the phone to the gadget. A smart speaker can distinguish people’s voices. For this reason, another person will not be able to access the iPhone associated with a particular column. Network connectivity is provided via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. Power comes from the electrical network.

HomePod mini supports Apple Music, podcasts, Amazon Music, and Internet radio. At the same time, you will not be able to listen to Spotify or Yandex.Music using it. Also, through the gadget, you can access applications on your smartphone. The user, for example, using the column can send a message in the messenger. Another feature of the device is the intercom function.

It allows you to communicate with different users through different HomePod mini in walkie-talkie mode. Intercom is supported on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay.

PS In fact, a discussion broke out inside us: is this a necessary device in the house or is it not yet clear? Someone says that he no longer remembers how he lived before and every morning he torments the assistant with questions about the news, the weather and gives out valuable instructions. Someone did not appreciate the benefits of virtual assistants, leaving them aimlessly gathering dust in the corner. Maybe turn on your grandmother’s tape recorder in the old fashioned way? (by the way, our recent article about this is at the link).

Tell us what experience do you have? Do you have a gadget in the household? Share your impressions and life hacks on using smart speakers. For example, our young parents from among the employees of M.Video-Eldorado actively use the speech therapy capabilities of Yandex.Station. It turns out that the kids there really like the Easy To Say feature. And you?

Prestigio Smartmate Lighthouse Edition

ninth place

Rating of smart speakers with Alice from Yandex

5940

Briefly about the product

  • voice assistant: Alice
  • voice assistant language: Russian
  • ecosystem: Yandex Smart Home
  • power supply: mains, battery (up to 9 hours)
  • total power: 6W
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • connectors: audio out, audio in
  • dimensions (WxHxD): 93x113x93 mm
  • weight: 0.4 kg

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pros

  • Charges quickly and holds a charge for a long time
  • Sound, design

Minuses

  • Without charging the battery is not enough for the night
  • The sensitivity of the wifi module is below average

Smartmate is a smart speaker with Alice, Yandex’s voice assistant. It will help you get things done faster, learn new things and have a good time. Alice will select and turn on music especially for you, wake you up for work, remind you of the important and answer millions of questions, even children’s. She knows a lot of fairy tales, is always ready to chat or play — and easily finds a common language with different family members. Alice also controls the smart home: she will hear you and turn on the light, start the vacuum cleaner or change the temperature on the air conditioner.

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