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  • +1 vote

    Could be combined with this deal:

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/435715

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      Can only use one coupon unforunately

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        apologies for the confusion. Deal was initially posted with links to TGG website and crazynic suggested the ebay store. And I ahve got the mods to update the post with the ebay URL's.

        Ebay plus members get 10% off from listing price.

        Non ebay plus members get 5% off from listing price.

  • +6 votes

    Not sure why anyone would buy the Google Home Hub over say the Lenovo one that has more functionality?

    I like my Google products and I'm not some tin foil hat wearing nut job, but the Lenovo has the camera feature and surely will have just as much access to updates if necessary anyway. Purchased one for my mum who enjoys it.

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      Did you consider the JBL Link View as well? If so, curious to know what made you choose Lenovo over it

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        Believe that wasn't out at the time…. I did kick myself seeing it after given it probably has better audio quality given the JBL pedigree….

        Did like the look of the Lenovo at the time, and from memory I got it with a Mini and a notable discount.

        If I wanted one myself today I'd buy the JBL one. Hopefully I could convince the wife to get rid of the Home and her Bose portable speaker in the process… but that'll be pushing it. Bloody hoarder :(

        • +1 vote

          JBL isn't that much better audio quality over the Lenovo 10inch. I bought Lenovo and it kept rebooting and wouldn't connect to WiFi, so got a full refund and bought the JBL instead.

          Bear in mind that there are scores of users reporting the same issues over on the Lenovo forums for it. to me seems to be a 50/50 split of faulty and non-faulty ones. When ringing for the claim, they didn't even ask any questions and just send the receipt straight thru - so makes me think they know about the problems.

          other difference is that the Lenovo's screens are fully-laminated, so the blacks are deeper and the colours not so washed out as they are on the JBL

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            @adrianhughes1998: Have never had rebooting issues with the Lenovo. At least none that I have noticed. Have both a Home Hub and Lenovo 10". Initially thought there was an issue with the Lenovo connecting but checking the logs in my router it downloaded an update during the setup process which made it look like there were connection issues. Unfortunately there's no message in the Home app or on the Lenovo to indicate this.
            I find the smaller screen of the Home Hub ideal for in the bedroom but wanted something with a larger screen in the kitchen. Hence the Lenovo 10". The shutter is across the camera lens all the time as I don't intend to use it for calls. Personally I prefer the Lenovo styling over the JBL.
            The Home Hub has more settings in terms of screen and ambient settings, etc. Hopefully the Lenovo gets the same settings eventually. I find the screen on the Lenovo tends to go to sleep until you get close to it. Some may like this but I prefer the Home Hub which stays on (showing pics from my Google Photos) until the room darkens at night and then it shows the sleep screen.

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              @whatisk: Certainly got lucky with yours , others haven't been so fortunate with the Lenovo.

              I agree on the screen going to sleep, guess it makes sense from a sleep point of view but wish there was an option in the settings to either turn that ability on or off. Same with custom equaliser like the GH and GH mini has.

              The major features with the JBL/Lenovo match what Home Hub receives but hopefully they reach complete parity.

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                @adrianhughes1998: I have no problem with the screen going to sleep, but wish it was more like the Home Hub when it's darker in the room. The room can be quite bright and it still sleeps until I approach it and it wakes up. Would like it to be more of a digital photo frame when not displaying anything else like the Home Hub is.

                I'm definitely hoping that over time they will receive the same settings functionality that the Home Hub has.

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          I'm certainly happy with the JBL Link View. Wanted better sound than the Google one has, and I liked the speaker setup. I think i'll get a link 20 later as well.

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      They run on different software.

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      People would buy Google Home Hub over the Lenovo if they purely wanted to use it as an alarm clock in the bedroom.

    • +2 votes

      I'm not some tin foil hat wearing nut job

      Because that's what you are if you think data collection and advertising works? (I mean Google does keep getting caught working directly with the intelligence services - but losing money is the larger risk).

      Do you think the intelligence services are tinfoil hat wearing nutjobs for making up conspiracy theories like Iraq has WMDs, Russia controls the US election process and Venezuela is ruled over by an unpopular dictator? The mainstream news just repeats this garbage endlessly.

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      and surely will have just as much access to updates if necessary anyway.

      That seems like a big assumption.

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        It works, it says the weather, it plays YouTube… It's for my mum. Hard to be fussy.

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        it's not a big assumption, its reality.

        updates are on parity with Home Hub, 6.25 came out the other day on my JBL and reports say its arrived on the Lenovo's too. so they are matching the functionality rolled out to the Google Home Hub within a few weeks or so.

    • -1 vote

      For people who specifically want to avoid said camera features, so they can't be spied on visually. The issue with two way camera is you can also be watched as well.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah someone is just paid to sit in an office to watch you…. It can be stopped anyway…. Gimme a break

        • +1 vote

          For something most likely placed in bedroom/living room you are rather laxed about your privacy.

          • -2 votes

            @Bigboomboom: Like I said turn the feature off.

            Who gives a shit anyway. You must be really paranoid to suggest someone actually is there watching you.

            Or you have something to hide.

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              @scuderiarmani: Ah, so if you don't have anything to hide you shouldn't need privacy is that what you're saying? Slippery road that one…

              No one is suggesting that people are sitting there watching you at all time.

              But security flaws are found every day, and it's a point which could be exploited… just have a google and you can find whole sites dedicated to spying on insecure cameras.

              https://www.insecam.org/ seems to have some morals now and is a bit more active in taking down private residence stuff, but suffice to say they're out there and people are watching them.

              Also, as with most things now the data the camera gathers doesn't need to be watched by a human for it to be valuable.

              It's not a bad thing that people value their privacy. No ones telling you you can't put as many internet connected cameras and microphones in your house as you like, but i just because someone doesn't want to do that does not make them paranoid or hiding secrets.

              • +1 vote

                @Charleston: My young stupid cousin had some people rock up to his door for saying something that must have raised a flag, presumably written as it was a couple years or so ago….

                If there are means to identify people who are a threat to national security I have zero issues.

                I can't see anything else being of that much value about my life that I'm worried about so I have zero concerns.

            • +1 vote

              @scuderiarmani: You’ve never worked in software development at a big company, have you?

              Despite corporate and government regulations, data management is so lax (so developers can get good data for testing) that user data is often just used for the amusement of staff.

              The golden rule is: “access whatever you need, just don’t let anyone outside the team know what you’re doing”.

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          may be not someone, but a AI can learn a lot from seeing you i guess, AI learn a lot from ur google photos atm.

      • +2 votes

        For people who specifically want to avoid said camera features, so they can't be spied on visually.

        The Lenovos have a plastic shutter that physically covers the camera.

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        you do realise its a physical shutter over the camera on the Lenovo and the JBL?

        • +1 vote

          This, and more so my mum can have a video conversation with my daughter or better yet with 3 interstate grandkids… that's functionality that can't be put a price on.

          And if she wants, she can turn it off.

          • +3 votes

            @scuderiarmani: exactly, people have their silly tinfoil hats on about this shit. unless you're running a drug den or walk around your house naked, then who cares.

            • +1 vote

              @adrianhughes1998: I turn on YouTube at home, it recommends videos for me based on stuff I watch, that's awesome.

              I get in the car, it says there's a delay on the way to work and suggest an alternative route… again, awesome.

              I'm at an airport, waiting to board, I get a notification 10 minutes before the airport broadcasted it, my flight was delayed, that's phenomenal, that was like 5 plus years ago from memory too….

              There are so many nice day to day features I experience because of it. Keep it up for all I care.

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                @scuderiarmani: awesome sauce, that's what I like most, the convenience of everything. similar in that I ask for directions at the JBL and it sends it to the car.

                also have routines set up so I just say "I'm back" and it turns on all the lights and the light strip on the TV, turns off the indoor security camera etc etc.

                I know folks that get right into programming via Home Assistant but I'm lazy so just currently looking at any portable heaters that support Google Home, upcoming for winter.

                • +1 vote

                  @adrianhughes1998: I just installed a Kenwood Android Auto compatible unit in my car, albeit lost some functionality and has some bugs but overall it's great, can talk to it, ask to play songs, get directions and call the business… Can even simulcast my phone (plex/youtube/Netflix), what a great time to be alive :)

                  I would love to add things like smart lights in the house, but my house has 56 newly installed downlights…. so uh yeah. I also like to have all or nothing…

                  Even browsing the Internet at work on Chrome, for it to match up things on my phone, even realise I may wanna go somewhere and advise it will take 15 minutes…

                  When I get home and watch Linus Tech Tips video or something, it won't follow up with a teletubbies video… not seeing any negatives in my life.

    • +2 votes

      Not sure why anyone would buy the Google Home Hub over say the Lenovo one that has more functionality?

      I have both. The Google's screen is much better if you want a device that blends in. The white point and brightness follows the room's lighting so the screen doesn't stand out glaringly. Photos on it really do look like they were printed photos in a photo frame. As a result the Google Home Hub can blend in to a room nicely.

      The Lenovo's screen has a fixed white point so even if the lights in the room are 3000K, it'll stay at 6000-7000K. Some people might not mind that, or prefer that - so it's really just a subjective thing. There's also the constantly-flashing dim red LED on the front (part of the presence sensor) which can be annoying to some. They should have used a far IR LED instead of near IR.

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        Thanks, I'd expect the Google to be of higher quality atleast in some way or another, but the increased functionality of the Lenovo for me was a no brainer.

        The screen brightness isn't much of a concern given it's in a relatively well lit room.

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      I looked at both, but decided until one comes with a battery pack to be able to move my hub from bedside to kitchen bench etc easily, I'm not spending the money.

  • +2 votes

    I have the google home max and think it's brilliant. Very good sound quality. I'm tempted to get a other one.

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      Do you know how it compares to a Play:3 or Play:5?

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        Totally agree with the guy above, im so tempted to get another, or 4. I want a pair for my existing, but i want them in other rooms to replace the Home and Minis i have. At this price and sound is amazing, PLUS its a fantastic smart speaker…

        I dont know specifically how it compares, but it would be hard to be disappointed this the sound quality. If you are, you arent the kind of person who would by all in one things, you would spend $20k on your own setup.
        The main difference is the software. I would have bought a Play5 years ago if i could easily integrate my Google Play Music into it. It is its own ecosystem and im just not interested in getting into it.
        I use google, i have uTube Premium and therefore Google Play music and the ability to play music by just asking the speaker has changed the whole environment of my house. You do it in passing, you do it with your hands full, you do it while the kids are screaming and your on the other side of the room.
        I had a normal home hooked into a ChromeCast hooked into the top Logitech 2.1 setup and while the sound was good, it wasnt as small or integrated.
        Im really impressed with the sound, it has BT and 3.5mm as well.
        Its great for parties or BBQs to.

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          Sonos can play google music. I have a play:3 in kitchen and 2 play:1 units, they are great sounding, but am tempted by the max. Only nice thing at moment is alexa supports the sonos

          • +1 vote

            @asa79: I agree with the ecosystem comment - its probably best to stick to one ecosystem that fits your needs best.

            In our house we have grown our collection to now have a surround set up in the lounge (playbar sub two play 1's), a one in the study, beam in the gaming room, and play 1 in the master bedroom.

            We did this because we started off with the playbar and like to play music.

            So far there haven't been too many reasons for us to go headlong into the smart home route. But thats us.

            There are intensifying rumbles that google is close to being available on sonos - so you might see google on sonos within 12 months.

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      I too have one and concur completely. Will you be running yours in a stereo setup, or putting the second in another room?

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    Do eBay plus members actually exist tho?

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      For as long as their initial 12 month period lasts for…. watch that huge drop later on :)

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      I think mine is still active at moment until July

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      Mine is active for the moment.

      I have a reminder in my phone to pull the plug on the subscription 2 days before it auto renews.

      Unless some very good deals come up for plus members it'll have to be chalked up to a life lesson. At least with prime you get the streaming service..

      • +1 vote

        Just cancel it for now, it'll stay active. That way maybe you'll be entitled to a new member benefit at the time….

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          yeah fair call - thanks :)

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          Will be a renewal not new membership

          Also the old pricing will stay will you dont cancel if you renew you might get the new pricing

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            @asa79: fair call - but so far its not been brilliant for me and im probably unlikely to resubscribe unless things change dramatically.

    • +1 vote

      A $10 coupon every time they miss a “guaranteed” delivery means that it pays for itself in no time for those of us outside big cities.

  • +3 votes

    Thanks for posting OP!

    By the way, eBay coupon codes don't stack (so can't use PURCHASE5 and PLUSPICKUP at the same time). It only allows you to use one coupon code at a time.

  • +1 vote

    thanks, purchased with the 10% discount.

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    Thanks OP, been considering one for a while and this was enough of a discount for me to pull the trigger.

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    Still not sure what I'd use a Google home hub for… maybe I'm just not modern enough for it

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      I check my work commute before leaving home every day on google maps - this will at least show it to me without closing and reopening my phone.

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    Worth getting the google hub over the google home?

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    If anyone is interested, the company Vidpro has the JBL link View on special(online and not via ebay) for only $246 and free shipping to most areas.
    I personally think it is worth paying that little bit extra.

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    Am I doing something wrong?
    I'm not a eBay Plus member so using the PURCHASE5 code at checkout but getting the "This code can't be applied to your order" error and price remains at $178

  • +1 vote

    Great deal, thanks for posting :)

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    ok I've read all the comments, (I'm just getting into this smart home thing, have 4 smart globes, two google minis and an amazon echo dot 3 plus ordered two smart plugs ) Looking at the Lenovo for $220 or the JBL link View for $246. Prefer that they have a camera feature.

    So now to read up more and decide :)

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