How does it stack up?

It is great as an easy-listening speaker provided you keep volume in check. As it is 1.0 mono, it is suited to radio and MP3 streaming.

I guess it depends on whether the Sony fits your décor as well.

Yes, I would buy it over the Google Home any day although to be fair that sound is fit for purpose.

Pros

  • Attractive
  • The clock is handy
  • Decent volume but distorts after 70%
  • Sony’s ‘warm and sweet’ sound signature for easy, fatigue-free listening
  • Thoughtful design allows the woven cover to be removed and washed

Cons

  • Gesture controls are erratic

Best use

  • Kitchen
  • Bedside clock
  • Personal listening – it is not quite a room-filling stereo system!

Ratings

  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5
  • Features: 4 out of 5 – Needs to act as a handsfree phone although can do this with Bluetooth connection
  • Value for money: 4 out of 5 – bag an online bargain to take this up a point
  • Performance: 4 out of 5 – in all tests it met specifications
  • Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – but forget gesture control
  • Design: 5 out of 5 – Woven light grey/white – looks elegant

Price

RRP is $249 but if you shop around you will find it at just under $200.

Sony LF-S50G OK Google speaker (updated review)
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