Apple might not be relevant enough in the booming smart speaker market
to have its global shipment numbers measured by research firms like Canalys
, but the HomePod
can still be a decent buy... at the right price. After all, Amazon's incredibly popular Echo family lacks a comparable "premium" model, while the Google Home Max is typically just as expensive as a HomePod.
Fret not, bargain hunters, as the best deal yet on Apple's first (and only) smart speaker is back on for a limited time. Originally priced at $349, the Siri-controlled HomePod recently scored a permanent $50 markdown
, on top of which Best Buy is adding another $50 reduction until Monday, May 27, at 11:59 pm CT.
While waiting for a sequel that may or may not come by the end of 2019, iFans are unlikely to find a smart speaker on the market better integrated with their iPhones and iPads. The HomePod is specifically designed to "bring out the best in Apple Music", which unfortunately means it won't play nice with any other music streaming services.
Meanwhile, although Siri is arguably not as intelligent
or versatile as Alexa or Google Assistant
, it can still adequately perform plenty of convenient tasks, from smart home controls to making and receiving calls, delivering weather reports, news updates, and answering any question that might cross your mind.
Of course, the key selling point remains the state-of-the-art sound technology, powered by a whopping seven beamforming tweeters and a 4-inch high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier. That alone is probably worth your 250 bucks.
Check out the deal here