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Solving problems that are not there – review Geek



Rating:
  • 4/10
    ?

    • 1 – Absolutely Hot Garbage
    • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
    • 3 – Strong Flawed Design
    • 4 – Some Benefits, Lots of Cons
    • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
    • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
    • 7 – Good but not the best in class
    • 8 – Fantastic with some footnotes
    • 9 – Close and take my money
    • ] 10 – Absolut Design Nirvana

  • Price: $ 1

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    Kiwi Design

    Miniature speaker types like the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot are so small and practical that they ask to be conveniently located.

    Here's what we like

    • Cheap
    • Color matched to Home Mini
    • Silicone construction

    And what is more suitable than sticking them next to the outlet they are connected to? We do not

    • Unnecessary complex design
    • Used too much vertical and horizontal space
    • Removable tray does not add any functionality

    It is the idea behind the Kiwi Design G2 wall mount for the Google Home Mini. It's not the only Home Mini mount that's designed to connect directly to a power outlet, and unfortunately it's not the best either. When you try to provide a rigid wall mounting extra flexibility, Kiwi has removed some of its tools, making it harder to work in the limited space of a wall socket.

    It is a shame because in aesthetics and material this base is a winner. It is also very reasonably priced at just twelve dollars. But the simple fact is that there are better alternatives if you want a semi-permanent wall-mounted home for your Home Mini.

    Keep it simple (or not)

    Kiwi G2 consists of two pieces that are almost entirely made of silicone: a mounting and coil that nestles the Home Mini standard plug and a tray for the Home Mini unit itself.

      The G2 wall mount consists of two parts: a cover plug and a tray for the Home Mini.
    G2 wall bracket consists of two pieces: a wrap for the plug and a tray for the Home Mini. Michael Crider

    The plug releases so that you can flush the long excess of the charger cable around it and fold it down to hide it. At the top of the plug piece and the bottom of the tray part there are strong magnets to hold the two together.

      The plug contains a surge line coil, with a silicone cap that folds over it.
    The plug includes an excess cord coil, with a silicone cover that folds over it. Michael Crider

    Assembly is quite straightforward. Pull the cable through a hole in the bracket and then leave the plug in the selected location. Fold out the bracket, wrap up the cable, push a little through the other hole and fold it down again. Insert the Home Mini into the compartment, hold it in the socket and then connect the cable to the Home Mini and the charger in the wall. Stick the tile to the rock and you are good to walk.

    Why several pieces, when other patterns use a single piece of plastic to achieve the same thing? Why actually. The point seems to be that with an easily removable compartment you can move the Home Mini around the house for your spare time. You may be able to release the Home Mini in Kiwi's own battery base. But it doesn't make much sense: the battery base is designed to be used more or less continuously and it cannot be stuck to the charging base. You must remove the Home Mini from the mounting bay to use the battery with its flushing cup.

    I guess most users want to mount their Home Mini near a wall socket wanting it to stay there essentially all the time. Here's how this product seems to have developed a solution to a problem that doesn't exist … and created another at the same time.

    Make the room! Make room!

    The magnetic mounting design means that the entire G2 protrudes horizontally from the electrical socket in rough conical shape. It is unfortunate because it limits access to the remaining outlets (or outlets). Anything larger than a standard plug will not fit.

      When placed together, the dock and Home Mini stick out of the wall by more than three inches.
    When placed together, the dock and Home Mini stick out of the wall by more than three inches. Michael Crider

    Other designs for mini smart speakers handle space more efficiently by moving the speaker up or down the wall (depending on how you orient it). This functionality does not exist with the G2 mount, which has been sacrificed for the aforementioned magnetic attachment system.

    The design also means that the entire getup point out of the wall at 3.3 inches, about twice as much as it would need with a design dedicated to more economical use of space. You can use a supplied magnet to mount the Home Mini elsewhere on the wall, but the appeal of these bridges is that they are semi-permanent and will not damage anything. This design is cumbersome, and it doesn't have to be.

    Better options are out there

    Despite the low price, the fine silicone feel and the color-matched alternatives to the G2, it's simply a bad choice compared to competing Google Home Mini mounts. It is an unfortunate example of over-design, perhaps in the hope of differentiation: I get the impression that kiwi wanted their jetty to stand out from a lot of very similar.

    And it does, but not to its advantage. There are better choices if you are looking for a way to get your Google Home Mini on the wall.

    Here is what we like

    • Cheap
    • Color matched to Home Mini
    • Silicone construction

    ] And what we do

    • Unnecessary complex design
    • Used for much vertical and horizontal space [19659002] Removable tray does not add any function