Google Home Hub review: Google Assistant helps this tiny screen feel powerful


The Good The Google Home Hub"s touchscreen is responsive and works well in combination with Google Assistant, whether you ask for help on a recipe or to check what"s on your calendar. Pictures and videos look particularly crisp thanks to an ambient light sensor that adapts the screen brightness and warmth to match the room. A control panel screen makes it easy to organize and control your smart home devices.

The Bad The sound quality is fine for background music, but nowhere near the level of other smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show or the JBL Link View. It"s more on par with the diminutive Google Home Mini. The integration with the Nest Hello Video Doorbell needs work.

The Bottom Line The cameraless, petite Google Home Hub will blend into any room in your home. It"s affordable, and quite useful as a digital assistant (especially in the kitchen), a photo frame and a smart home control panel.

8.6 Overall
  • Features 9
  • Usability 10
  • Design 9
  • Performance 6