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Love my Hub! Use it every day!
I got the Google Home Hub for my birthday in February and have not stopped raving about it!
I got it to have in my kitchen for a couple of primary reasons: to display photos, stream music (Spotify, radio, YouTube), and for recipes and cooking. I have to honesty say it has exceeded my expectations on all those fronts.
It was quick to set up and link my photos (I have a dedicated album for all the ones I want displayed) and it’s so nice to see those memories everyday!
The radio wasn’t something I realised I missed until I started listening to it...
Purchased in February 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $130.00.
I have sold this product to people in jbhifi while I was shopping
It is in my kitchen, I watch videos while I cook ask it for recipe measurements alarms cooking time etc. I have a "connect house" With other google products i can change my daughters tv turn on light if you have cameras you can look at them it is essential for a home in my opinion.
Purchased in October 2020 at JB Hi-Fi for $100.00.
Great idea, lasted a couple of months out of warranty and display is riddled with lines
I have 2 if these, one has developed both horizontal and vertical lines on the display which means it can’t be used as a photo frame. Googles answer - bad luck, out of warranty.
Seems they are a 12 month throw away item. Buy something more long lasting is my advice.
Purchased in December 2019.
Frustrating and time wasting
Highly problematic product that continuously fails to maintain a stable network connection, even on 5g. When it drops out you are required to go back through the setup again, which in itself is completely opaque and offers very little in the way of troubleshooting guides. I run both Google and Amazon products in different zones and the Hub is almost useless as its down all the time. It looks good, seems faster than the Amazon and has a nice voice interface but frankly, it is far too flakey for me to consider any expansion or upgrade.
Purchased in December 2020.
Google Home, the entire House linked - Would be Nice if it Works - But very temperamental.
Since about one year, I have the entire house linked up with the top of the range Google Max and other Google Home devices. My intention to be always on the forefront in technology was good and I purchased all my items from JB Hi-Fi. The service at JB Hi-Fi was as always very good.
Nevertheless, Google Home is at best considering my experiences to be described as "experimental". If it works, and it does at times, it is working fine, but many times it does not do anything and will not follow my embedded voice. Often I have to repeat myself seve...
Purchased in March 2020 at JB Hi-Fi for $389.00.
- Home Hub Chalk
Perfect addition to the kitchen.
If you can get over the privacy concerns over using this device, its a useful little thing - kind of like a swiss army knife but for the kitchen. Besides all the benefits of hooking it up to a smart home set up (controlling tv and lights and all your other gadgets) it has many, many benefits.
When we first bought it my wife was rolling her eyes telling me telling me off for wasting money on this toy. But after a few months of using it, we can't do without it.
The feature that gets used the most in our household is the timer. You can tell Goog...le to put on multiple timers simultaneously, so you can put a timer for your slow cooker, your boiled egg and whatever else. If you have toddlers roaming the kitchen - the next feature is a lifesaver - YouTube. When a toddler needs a distraction, all you need to do is to command it to play Cocomelon or Wiggles Nursery Rhymes on YouTube. Perfect distraction. Very essential when cooking and you need that instant distraction. It can entertain the kids - you can ask it certain facts, make animal noises, recite the ABC's, answer math questions, count to 100 and so on. It's like having a handy mini-tablet in the kitchen. When it's not being used and by linking it up to Google Photos you can use it as a digital photo frame. And the sound quality is decent enough to listen to radio or to songs on YouTube.
Purchased in December 2019 at Harvey Norman for $168.00.
What a game changer!!!!!
Last year I was stuck for ideas for the wife for her birthday, I looked at a few things and ended up buying the Google Home Nest and a chromecast as I thought it would be something interesting. She opened it and it was lukewarm, it got hooked up and it was just something to toy around with in the kitchen for a while. It played YouTube, music, answered some questions, told jokes etc so I thought I would add a light to it, well we haven't really stopped since then. Let's say that our house now is pretty much controlled or able to be controlled by...this. We have lights in around 90% of the areas, mini speakers in all the rooms, security cameras, motion sensors, tv's, stereos and more all linked up to this one little device (with a bit of help from the app too). Now I can hear some saying, that it is just lazy but at times it is a real luxury but it is also a necessity. I come home very late and instead of leaving lights on, I can turn them on via the app when I get home, I can also see via the cameras if the kids have done their jobs and also see what they are playing on the tv or speakers. A great option is that the kids can ask google to turn their bedroom lights on or off without using the switch which is awesome when their beds are not within arms length of the light switch and by saying goodnight to Google they can also read them bedtime stories or play relaxing music to help them sleep and for those of us who do night shifts and can't be there all the time that is a great help. The Nest itself is pretty much a 7 inch tablet that is voice activated to do pretty much anything you ask, it can be a stereo, it can be a mini tv and it can also help the kids with assignments, homework etc by being instant access to the internet. If you have ever considered having a central control hub for everything then this is a great starting point and you're not limited to where you can go from there.
Purchased in July 2019 at Officeworks for $150.00.
- Home Hub Chalk
Excellent device for use in the kitchen
I bought this to sit on top of a coffee machine in my kitchen and what a useful addition it has been. Everything from displaying the time, watching/listening to youtube music videos and food recipes, to displaying my photos functions very well, especially for the bargain basement price! Love it!
Purchased in April 2020 at JB Hi-Fi for $129.00.
- Home Hub Chalk
Great Digital Photo Frame
I have hundreds of photos on Google Photos and it's great to have them displayed on the Home Hub. It has a good quality speaker which is plenty loud to fill a living room. It functions OK as a smart assistant.
Purchased in November 2019 at The Good Guys for $307.00.
- Home Hub Chalk
Does exactly what it says it will do on the box
This is not the loudest smart speaker, nor does it have the largest screen, but at its price point it is just right. You can pay more if you want louder or larger, but for me it is not too large to be obnoxious whilst still being large enough to read without glasses. As for audio volume, well I have an audio system for that - this is just for issuing instructions / asking questions to.
Some reviews have indicated that the WiFi capability of this device is lacking, but I have never experienced that.
One problem that I do agree with is that the...wall plug for 240v to 5v micro USB cable is too large to fit in between other plugs. I solved the problem by using a different adapter / cable - it works, but would be better if the consumer didn't have to solve these sort of simple problems that the manufacturer imposed upon us. The display is clear, 1024 x 600, bright enough for reading / watching in the middle of the day, can easily watch YouTube / surveillance camera / calendar / shopping list / timer / alarm / smart lights ect. The microphone can easily pick up everybody's voice, from anywhere in the Kitchen / Family Room area. I have had this for a little over a year now (Christmas 2018), and there have been 0 issues with it. No mechanical / electrical / electronic problems at all.
Purchased in December 2018 at Harvey Norman for $199.00.
Does what it says on the box. Nice photo frame and clock face. Entertains the kids when needed. Speaker could be better but that’s what the Max model is for.
Purchased in November 2019.
tried to install hub, no instructions given except on phone which are no existent. no help information. would not ever purchase again will be looking for a refund from supplier
Purchased in January 2020 at JB Hi-Fi for $199.00.
Works great...shame plug doesnt fit AU wall socket
Responds quickly to voice commands.
Excellent photo frame and Google photo integration.
Pairs with bluetooth speakers.
Would give 5 stars if the wall plug fitted properly in a twin wall socket. Whoever designed the plug didnt do proper research. Epic fail.
Purchased in December 2019 at Officeworks Physical store for $200.00.
Does what it says
The speaker is alright and the screen size isn't too big or small. I like that the clock dims at night and it doesn't light up the room. My only issue with this is that I can't select the music I wish to listen to unless I ask Google to do it
Purchased in December 2019 at The Good Guys for $124.00.
We have used our google home hub for 12 months now and love it.
Pay for a google music subsricption and get any music at your feet.
We use it daily to set timers, alarms, ask the weather, watch you tube.... Everything. We love it. We don't have any of the other start devices, but will get some lights soon.
Purchased in December 2018 at JB Hi-Fi for $199.00.
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