Is the HomePod Mini worth it? Opinion after spending 100 euros on it

We have tested the HomePod Mini, is it worth paying 99 euros for it?

You either love them or you hate them. This is how we could describe the relationship of most users with smart speakers. While some see them as essential devices in their homes or offices, others see them as a really unnecessary product. I am from the first ones.

Since I was able to get hold of a Google Home Mini at a demolition price, I was able to see the potential that these types of devices could have and now they are something fixed both in my house and in my office. My latest acquisition has been the new Apple HomePod Mini And after having been able to try it for a few days, the question is, is it worth paying almost 100 euros for it?

Home Pod Mini review: is it worth it?

HomePod Mini

The design of the HomePod Mini is quite elegant and minimalist

When Apple launched its first smart speaker, the so-called HomePod, the truth is that a much better reception was expected. The HomePod is a smart speaker with outstanding audio quality but with two big buts: Siri isn't the smartest assistant in the Spanish language and its price is really high, 329 euros.

That is why Apple announced a HomePod Mini a few weeks ago filled all fans of the bitten apple with joy. However, The question to be asked is whether it is worth spending the 99 euros that this small device costs, there are other alternatives in the market of the same or lower price.

The first thing that catches the attention of the small Apple speaker is its design. Manufactured in two different colors, white and space gray, it is a very minimalist product with outstanding quality. It is ideal to place it in any corner of the house as it gives a unique and quite elegant touch.

HomePod Mini

The HomePod Mini is available in two colors: white and space gray

As for the sound, Apple tells us that thanks to its revolutionary computer audio technology, the HomePod Mini is capable of producing a whole range of nuances typical of a much larger speaker, and even if we turn the volume up to the maximum, it continues to hear our voice commands. The theory very well but, in practice?

The HomePod Mini surprises and for good given its size. The quality of the sound and the music is spectacular and even if we turn the sound up, it still sounds very loud and clear. Apple has done a spectacular job here and it is that it is not normal to find speakers so compact and with such spectacular sound quality.

To give an example is what happens with the Google Home Mini. The small Google speaker as soon as the volume of the music is raised it is distorted. Indeed the Google Home Mini is not designed to listen to music in high quality, but that's why we highlight the magnificent work of Apple with its speaker. Of course, we will also recognize that the HomePod Mini costs almost twice as much as the Google Home Mini.

HomePod MIni

The HomePod Mini is a great choice if you love Apple and its ecosystem.

What if we compare it to the Amazon Echo (3rd gen)? Both products cost the same, and the Echo is somewhat larger than Apple's speaker. Well, the HomePod Mini lives up to the mark, reaching Amazon's speaker quality and honestly, overcoming it in some moments.

It has become clear to us that the HomePod Mini is worth listening to music. It is small, beautiful and with an amazing sound quality but ... How about as smart speaker?

Well to say that the HomePod Mini is designed for those who have Apple products. Firstly because Siri is the personal assistant (with its virtues and numerous flaws) and secondly because it is compatible with Apple Music, which is not the case with the Google Home Mini or the Echo. This means that if we have an account on Spotify or Amazon Music, we will not be able to use it on this speaker.

In short, is it worth it? If you are an only Apple user, you have Apple Music contracted and you want a nice speaker that sounds really good, the 99 euros are perfectly invested. If you have an Android phone, an Apple device such as an iPad or a MacBook and you listen to music from Spotify, you have better alternatives such as the Echo from Amazon.

The HomePod Mini is not a device for everyone but one thing is more than clear. It is worth every penny of its price and is going to be a super sales, especially now that the Christmas period is approaching.