Google Assistant TicHome Mini Review
In concept, the TicHome Mini brings together of my favorite things — voice-controlled music and hot showers.
How so? It is a wise speaker however, excitingly adds a splashproof design and portability thanks to the rechargeable battery, into the mix.
This combination has only previously been matched by the pricier Ultimate Ears Blast, which plays for Team Alexa. And it got me dreaming about the wondrous possibilities a shower-based voice assistant: one which shoot reminders, would play podcasts, morning radio to with me and tell me about the day beforehand without pressing a button.
Actually? Though the TicHome Mini is a perfectly decent Google Assistant intelligent speaker, a few restrictive practicalities supposed it couldn’t quite match my unrealistic, bathroom revolutionising expectations…
DESIGN: PUCK IT UP
The TicHome Mini is somewhat like a milder Google Home Mini that is wearing a wetsuit — it’s taller and a little wider, and has a rocky, rubberised finish.
It certainly feels as though it may take a couple of tears and looks more suited in a household full of kids compared to Google elegant alternative.
Where it differs from the speaker is using its controls of Google — rather than rely upon touch-sensitivity, it’s four buttons for power, volume up or down, and creep.
These work nicely enough and I found that the leather strap a useful improvement , particularly for hanging it in the shower.
Calling the TicHome’splashproof’ is underselling it it has an evaluation, which means it could handle strikes if not complete submersion.
But a design niggles begin to surface as soon as you’ve used the TicHome for a few days. It will not have any kind of battery indicator, other than a light when juice levels are crucial. This meant that I found myself talking to a TicHome on a few occasions and having a shower.
Nevertheless, you can fling music to it via Bluetooth, which is.
FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE: NOT QUITE A FREE SPIRIT
It’s true that you can speak to Google’s Assistant on a Android cellphone but there’s something when it’s an superior speaker and splashproof armour about toting this megabrain liberating.
By way of example, I used mine to assist with cooking timers in the kitchen, then wrapped it up in the bathroom for shower audio. Home Mini and the Echo Dot are speakers that are smart, but it’s annoying to need to pick one place for them to reside.
Unfortunately, despite its portability, that’s increasingly what I found myself doing using the TicHome Mini. That is because it doesn’t possess a fantastic battery life or the capability to handle it.
It asserts to last half an hour in standby mode (so without switching it off), however I found that the battery warning light flashing after only a few hours. Leave it and it’ll definitely be dead by the following day.
It is pity the TicHome Mini can’t automatically shut down to conserve battery. And it’d really benefit from a charging rack like the UE Blast’s discretionary one.
It sounds spectacularly lazy to imply that plugging in a microUSB cable is in any way hard, but the truth is that this (or rather, switching the TicHome Mini off then waiting thirty seconds for it to begin again) simply creates too much friction for you to use this wise speaker from the free and easy manner it promises.
Still, if you do leave the TicHome Mini plugged in somewhere, it is a decent option to the Home Mini, with the extra option of taking it . It will pretty much exactly what a House Mini can do, such as controlling your house, playing audio and answering trivia questions. However, it does partially compensate for this by sounding a whole lot better…