Google Home Max

The other big name in the smart speaker space is search, software—and now, hardware—giant Google, and the Google Home Max displays all the company’s ingenuity across these spaces.

The large, rectangular speaker, which can be placed either vertically or horizontally, features dual 4.5-inch woofers that provide deep, balanced-based custom tweeters that can crisply hit all the highs.

And the Home Max is clever enough to automatically recognize where it has been placed in a room and adjust its sound output accordingly, altering equalizer settings to achieve the optimal acoustics for the space.

In addition to offering Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection and control, Max owners can stream directly from their favorite music services, control a range of smart home products and take advantage of Google’s superior search functions—all via voice command.

The Google Home Max is available for $299.