Sony’s smart speaker delivers good sound when compared to the competition. But, it could benefit from improvements to some of its music range components. The gesture control has some limitations, as does Google Assistant.
The Sony LF-S50G Smart Speaker fits comfortably on your countertop, desk, or nightstand. It compares favorably to the Google Home and is noticeably smaller than Sonos One.
The mesh speaker cover is removable and is easy to clean. This comes in handy if you keep it in the kitchen. The speaker has an IPX3 splash-proof rating. However, it is not submersible.
The Clock Is A Nice Touch
The clock on the front offers a nice touch. However, you can still ask for the time and verbally set up alarms.
Sets Up Easily...But
The Google Home App allows a smooth set-up (about 5 minutes). The smart speaker is designed to respond to touch-free gestures. However, it did not always work, necessitating repetitive tries. Actually, placing your finger on the top of the device before starting the circular motion may help.
Good Voice Control
Limitations for voice control seem to reflect the limitations of Google Assistant versus the device. However, this smart speaker accepted commands easily even when there was other background noises.
Sony ranks higher than Echo and the original Google Home regarding sound quality. The speaker works best at medium levels. At louder levels, the treble starts to take over. Some genres sound better than others.