How many “Assistants” are too many?
Do you need more than one Google Home or Alexa speaker?
When I found out Google Home Mini had dropped to $29 for a limited time I jumped at the opportunity as I’m sure many of you did. I scooped up a coral and black Mini and anxiously awaited their arrival. My plan was to have one in my bathroom, one in my bedroom and my main unit in the living room. My bedroom and bathroom are on the top floor of my house with the minis being about 15 feet away from each other each behind their own closed door and my living room is one floor down. I thought with closed doors and enough space this shouldn’t be an issue. I assure you, there were too many cooks in my kitchen.
I use my bedroom mini as a speaker and an alarm clock, my bathroom home as a speaker and a way to take calls and the home in my living room to take calls and listen to music as well as cast to my TV. I began noticing alarms going off in my bathroom, voices from upstairs answering my questions, and just overall chaos. This is when I began to realize just how sensitive the mics are in the Google Home systems. I began to whisper to my devices like I was telling them a dirty secret that I didn’t want the others to hear. It is funny but annoying.
I realized that the one big problem is you cannot turn down the sensitivity of the Home units. I only recommend you get this many if and when Google creates that feature or if you have a large house. Having this many smart speakers is not a bad thing you just have to make sure you have a good use for the speakers. I will not be returning them, however I wanted to post this as a PSA for those of you who may take advantage of this deal.