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Google Home Hub

Bought the Google Home Hub [1] during Black Friday as Google is having US$50 off the retail price of US$149.

I did not get the Google Home Hub from Google US Store as the chances of my order going through is close to zero. Similar to the Google Home Mini [2] that I got for Black Friday last year, I got it directly from B&H Photo Video [3]. They have the same promotion as Google US Store.

There are four colors available for the Google Home Hub, Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, and Sand. I chose Chalk because I find the color to be more uniform. If you get other colors, the bezels of the screen are still in white.

I paid US$99 (S$136) for the Google Home Hub. Shipping from my freight forwarder, HopShopGo, to Singapore is an additional US$25.68 (S$36). The chargeable weight is 2 kg.

Google Home Hub features a 7″ LCD touch screen and comes with a full range speaker (80 dB SPL @ 1KHz, @ 1m) with two far-field microphones.

Google Assistant is built-in.

It measures 68 x 179 x 118 (mm) and weighs 480 g.

Regarding connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 5.0 as well as 802.11b/g/n/ac wi-fi on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band.

There is no camera on the Google Home Hub, the small cutout on the top bezel is the ambient EQ light sensor.

Google Home Hub - Box Front [4]
Google Home Hub – Box Front
Google Home Hub - Box Back [5]
Google Home Hub – Box Back
Google Home Hub - Box [6]
Google Home Hub – Box
Google Home Hub - Box Open [7]
Google Home Hub – Box Open
Google Home Hub - Box Contents [8]
Google Home Hub – Box Contents
Google Home Hub - Front [9]
Google Home Hub – Front
Google Home Hub - Back [10]
Google Home Hub – Back
Google Home Hub - Bottom [11]
Google Home Hub – Bottom
Google Home Hub - Side [12]
Google Home Hub – Side
Google Home Hub - Power [13]
Google Home Hub – Power
Google Home Hub - Switched On [14]
Google Home Hub – Switched On

Google Home Hub is much smaller than I expected. It is almost half the size of the Amazon Echo Show (1st Generation) [15].

It is an ideal alternative to the Amazon Echo Spot [16] rather than the Echo Show due to its size.

Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show (1st Generation) [17]
Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show (1st Generation)

My smart home integration works fine with Google Home since Google Home supports SmartThings. I am using Homey API [18] with HA Bridge [19] and linked it to SmartThings V2 [20].

Google Home Hub - In Guest Room [21]
Google Home Hub – In Guest Room

I find the sound a little flat, and the bass is weak. Amazon Echo Show sounded better. So I don’t think it is suitable to be used as an audio device.

Overall, I would say it is a good purchase. Between the three devices, Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Hub, I would say go for the Google Home Hub straight away.