Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

The Amazon Echo kicked off the smart speaker trend a few years ago, but it’s no longer alone. There are dozens of smart speakers already on the market in 2018 and more are coming. Picking the best smart speaker for your needs isn’t always simple, though.

You need to decide which voice assistant you prefer (there are now four—Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana) and what features are most important to you. Is music quality highest? Does it need to play Spotify? Do you want a screen with your voice control? Does it need to connect to your other speakers and smarthome gadgets? Below, we’ll try to help you answer them by highlighting our favorite smart speakers for a number of special use cases no matter whether you prefer Amazon, Google, or if you want to know how Siri and Cortana stack up to the rest.

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This List of the Best Bluetooth Speakers Goes to 11

This List of the Best Bluetooth Speakers Goes to 11

There are bigger and badder Bluetooth speakers, but none match the fun and convenience of the Ultimate Ears Boom 2, WIRED’s
top Bluetooth speaker for several years running. It comes in every color of the rainbow, has a 2-year warranty, is waterproof for up to 30 minutes, has 15 hours of battery life, and you can use it up to 100 feet away, so you can wander away without losing your jams. On top of all that, it just sounds fantastic, with a pleasant, balanced music signature. The Boom 2 is great for almost any situation.

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