When it comes to smart assistants, we like Google Assistant over Amazon’s Alexa here at WIRED. It’s easier to set up and is just better at answering voice questions, hands-free. A growing number of smart speakers and smart displays support it too.
Klipsch’s “Three II” speaker costs $250 at Amazon right now. It was $574 and dropped to $300 around March. Now it’s the lowest we’ve seen, and the Amazon price is about $150 cheaper than other major retailers like B&H. It’s now at a much more reasonable price for its size and hands-free Google Assistant capabilities.
The Three speaker is one of the most expensive smart speakers we’ve seen, but it has a great retro style. If you have the space for its boxy design—it’s about 13.7 inches wide by 7 inches tall by 8 inches deep—it will look nice in any room of your house. It’s made of real wood veneer (unless you get the black version), with a sleek metal knob and switches that give it a vintage feel and are satisfyingly tactile—something I miss on buttonless speakers like the Google Home or Mini. Its sound isn’t vintage, with two drivers, a woofer, and a 60-watt amplifier. There’s dual microphones on top for when you need to talk to it, but you can turn them off when you don’t want it listening.
If even a discounted Klipsch is a little spendy for you, check out our review of other Google Assistant-connected speakers.
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