I’d never seen the original HomePod except in online posts, it’s cost was quite a turn off to my considering its purchase frankly. So, when Apple announced its baby brother, the HomePod Mini, I was more interested as the price was much better.
Given the difficulty at present trying to secure one of these devices it would appear Apple made the right decision in going small in form factor and price. Originally I had pre-ordered and was due to receive in five weeks time near Christmas, I canceled my order and instead decided to try secure in-store, a wise decision as yesterday I picked up a space grey at the Apple Store here in Perth.
First of all I have to say this thing is really small, smaller than even I had expected, but that doesn’t equate to poor sound quality. In fact, the sound practically booms from the mini, filling the room easily. I was surprised how it could be playing my music so loudly yet managed to hear my “Hey Siri…” commands so easily, that amazes me.
I’m getting used to how to tell mini to play what I want. I find when I tell it to play “vocal trance” it’s just the same tracks each time, I need to find a way to get some randomisation in there as well as I different list. Hints? Early days I guess.
One minor negative is not being able to have the mini act as a Bluetooth speaker with my TV, that would have been a cool feature. Apparently can hook up with Apple TV though, so not all lost.