The Google Assistant smart speaker space has been expanding rapidly over the past years having plentiful options from different manufacturers. Anything the budget would be, personal taste, or use case, a speaker that is powered by Google Assistant could still be found and that it should fit the wants and needs.
The latest smart speaker by Google Assistant, the Nest Audio, Google released has been shining within the spotlight of 2020. It has audio quality in premium and a price tag of $99. Although, there has only been one speaker within the market that presents a feature that only a few and selected devices hold. This feature has been known to be Water resistance.
The SRS-XB402G of Sony has been one of the selected smart devices that is slowly occupying the space of portable speakers which has been somewhat arid since Google Assistant has landed on products of third-party more than about 2 years ago.
However, Sony has brought much more to the party all thanks to some IP67 rating which makes the very portable speaker waterproof. The rating refers that the speaker could be submerged up to about a meter of water up to half an hour without having the device damaged.
Surely nobody has plans on submerging their smart speaker, but the nature of its portability of the little party-goer could very much allow itself to be dipped into the pool. Thanking the IP67 rating, nobody has to panic over accidentally dipping the device in the pool.
Its sound quality seems to be quite decent, possibly even better compared to other speakers within its price range, happening to be around $150. That’s a pretty good price for a durable and versatile speaker.
Coming from someone who has only experienced a water-resistant speaker known to be the Tic Mini from Mobvi, the portable smart speaker of Mobvoi even failed in doing anything well enough.
Sony even boasts more than only the durable build. The cylindrical frame features about two 53mm speakers along with two passive radiators. They help in amplifying the sounds with the “EXTRA BASS” feature done by Sony.
It would be interesting to see how the sound quality of Sony would compare to the Nest Audio. If this goes somewhere close to the tender sound of the Nest, the speaker would be a no brainer for an audiophile that will be on the go.
With the battery life which has been known to last for as long as 12 hours, the connectivity of Bluetooth, the waterproof, and dustproof rating, about $150 would make a very good price to pay for. Check out Sony as an alternative for the Nest Audio. Retail would not even have to be paid for.
As of now, Daily Steals has been selling the new Sony SRS-XB402G at a price lowered down to around $120. That makes it only around $20 higher than the new Nest Audio. The Sony SRS-XB402G could even be taken anywhere without a dangling cord.