Technical details aside, the speaker does sound better than Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot. It is loud and clear and manages the high and low frequencies well. The output is slightly overpowering, which works great for acoustics but not so well for vocals. It is a front-firing speaker, so the audio is directional, not omnidirectional. That said, the Mi Smart Speaker delivers a better experience if kept in a room corner rather than somewhere in the centre.
Speaking of smart capabilities, the Mi Smart Speaker is a voice-enabled speaker with Google Assistant. Once set up through the Google Home app, you can simply wake it through ‘Hey Google’ command. The speaker has two far-field speech and voice recognition microphones which work well and pick up voice commands in most cases.
The Google Home app also lets you pair and manage the Mi Smart Speaker other smart home products like smart fan, smart lamp, smart TV, etc, and other smart speakers like Google Nest, Google Home Mini, etc. Additionally, there is Bluetooth for conventional connectivity. However, you need to set up the speaker first through the Google Home app to enable the Bluetooth function. Besides, the speaker has built-in Chromecast that lets you stream music files, podcasts and much more on the speaker or a connected television.
Overall, the Mi Smart Speaker makes a better proposition in the entry-level smart speakers’ segment simply because it has better audio output than peers from Google and Amazon. Moreover, its smart capabilities are similar to what you get from other Google Assistant and Chromecast -integrated smart speakers. The addition of Bluetooth connectivity makes the package wholesome. Currently available at an introductory discounted price of Rs 3,499, the Mi Smart Speaker is simply great for experiencing and exploring the smart world.