Google confirmed earlier this month that it discontinued the large Home Max smart speaker. The company now recommends people buy two Nest Audio speakers and connect them in stereo mode for a similar experience, but if you still want the real deal, Google has now restocked the Home Max for possibly the last time.
The Home Max was released in 2017 as Google's top-tier speaker, combining the brains of a Google Home with the massive subwoofers and tweeters more commonly found in hi-fi setups. It has gone on sale for lower and lower prices over the past few months, and now we know why — the Home Max is no longer being manufactured.
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Google released a new $99 smart speaker this year, and it's really pretty great. But Google's biggest speaker, the Home Max, is still its best. It's also its priciest, at an MSRP of $299. But for Black Friday, the Max's price tag has been slashed in half at multiple retailers: you can pick one up for just $149 starting today.
Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.
The Google (Nest?) Home Max is Google's largest smart speaker, giving you the same functionality as any other Assistant speaker matched with fantastic sound quality. It was first priced at $400, but more recently has gone for $300, and now you can buy one for just $199.
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While smart speakers have rapidly become ubiquitous in many of our homes, there are practical things about them—like initiating a factory reset when you sell them—that just aren't intuitive without a bit of Googling. And since the Assistant (fortunately) won't abide your voice request to initiate one, that means this is one smart speaker and display feature that requires going hands-on. Fortunately, it's pretty easy in most cases for devices like Google Home, Nest Home, and Nest Hub.
If you thought the Cyber savings were over, think again. Walmart's Cyber Week is in full swing, and with it comes plenty of incredible deals. One of the best we've seen so far is this Google Home Max and Home Mini bundle that can be yours for only $188 ($260 off).
The Google Home Max is kind of a ridiculous thing: it's huge, and even one can get plenty loud enough to incite a noise complaint. Even more ridiculous (and more likely to rile up your neighbors) is that the speakers are designed to work in pairs. If that sounds like something you'd be into, you're in luck: for Black Friday, retailer Tink is selling a two-pack for just $339, a full $259 under retail.