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Google Home Mini - Black Friday Sale $35 starting Nov. 23

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flopticalcube wrote: I'm waiting to see them show up in thrift stores like so many Wii Balance boards. Peak AI assistant.
I spent a ton on a used one when they first came out and were all the rage for a gift for my sister, she litterally used it twice and thats it... what a waste of money....
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bach2266 wrote: I have both and I don't see a big difference in sound quality. The best is to use the Google mini and tell it to send the audio signal to a sound system with a Chromecast Audio connected to it. The Chromecast Audio will probably be around $35 this BF and it is much better than any stand alone speaker, let alone the standard Google home.
Wouldn't it be better to just change the speaker of the Google home mini to the sound system (through Bluetooth) vs. buying a Chromecast audio?
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It is available right now at The Source. $35 so free shipping. Consider the Google Home for $90 if you are going to the States soon (where it is C$103).
https://www.thesource.ca/en-ca/smart-ho ... /108076841

The source also has the Echo Dot $35 (3rd gen) or $25 (2nd gen).
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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tunda11 wrote:
just messing with the staples.ca site (tunda11's image didn't quote of the staples flyer) with a couple of these minis in my cart (yes, I know it starts tomorrow). I have a free dymo labeller with purch over $75 coupon to use .. added it to card and tried the coupon and it says that I don't have the $75 to use the coupon. implying that the google mini's are excluded. yet, on the back of the coupon the only hardware type products that are listed as excluded says Bose. ah stooples.
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MonctonMan wrote: Consider the Google Home for $90 if you are going to the States soon (where it is C$103).
or the home @ newegg.ca for $89 (free shipping)
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product
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Lowes has this for $35 too but if you sign up for their newsletter you get a $10 off coupon (which just worked for me). I bought 2 so I could get free shipping ($50 to qualify).
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russbarden wrote: I spent a ton on a used one when they first came out and were all the rage for a gift for my sister, she litterally used it twice and thats it... what a waste of money....
Lol I bought one last blackfriday + i got a free one with my Pixel 2 XL purchase. I thought when I took possession of my new home this Spring that I would go crazy with making it a smart home and boy have I been wrong for the past 5 months. The 2 google homes are still in storage and I have no plans of using them. I barely even use google assistant as it is on my phone but it wasn't really for a lack of trying but Google doesn't play nice with Philips Hue at all. For those who already don't use their Google Assistant on their phones having this won't make you use it more so even though it's low cost, think twice.
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tjindersingh wrote: If you're really invested in Google's Assistant/ecosystem you may want this, but if the main thing you're going to be using one for is music/podcasts etc., the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen sounds way better.
"Way better" is not accurate, IMO. I'd say they're on par with each other now, from a "sound quality" point of view, depending on your preference. The Mini's voice is undoubtedly clearer, whereas the Dot is more bass-centric, which muffles Alexa's voice. When playing music, the difference is similar to turning up the bass knob on a stereo, and you can adjust the EQ on the Mini to make them sound basically the same.

As well, the actual assistant on the Dot is brutal compared with the Mini; there is really no comparison. The only thing the Dot is the clear winner in is shopping.
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gbill2004 wrote: Why on earth would someone buy one of these? All it does is help Google spy on you.
As if your phone isn't already...
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winson82 wrote: Lol I bought one last blackfriday + i got a free one with my Pixel 2 XL purchase. I thought when I took possession of my new home this Spring that I would go crazy with making it a smart home and boy have I been wrong for the past 5 months. The 2 google homes are still in storage and I have no plans of using them. I barely even use google assistant as it is on my phone but it wasn't really for a lack of trying but Google doesn't play nice with Philips Hue at all. For those who already don't use their Google Assistant on their phones having this won't make you use it more so even though it's low cost, think twice.
In my personal experience Philips Hue works great with my google home/assistant. I currently have 3 mini's and 1 full size unit and use them everyday. I could certainly get by without them but they provide a bit of convenience that I consider worthwhile.
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$30 for BNIB picked up today at queen / Broadview ... ;-)
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$34.95 @ Indigo + 5X Aeroplan Miles and available now. $89.95 for the full version.
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dizzhizz wrote: In my personal experience Philips Hue works great with my google home/assistant. I currently have 3 mini's and 1 full size unit and use them everyday. I could certainly get by without them but they provide a bit of convenience that I consider worthwhile.
I think you got lucky. I've had really bad experience so far and as I was doing research online and troubleshooting it was only then I discovered that it was the norm.

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