[Final Update] After running out of stock, Google Home Max was officially discontinued.
Google Home Max

The Google Home Max and Mini smart speakers were released in 2017 as the first additions to Google's smart speaker range. The Google Home Max has been formally withdrawn after three years due to a shortage of stock.

Update 1/26/21: The Google Store seems to have ceased selling the Home Max after momentarily resuming sales at the end of December. Today, the page was completely withdrawn, and the item was no longer for sale, except at the full $299 premium.

Original 12/14/20: The Chalk and Charcoal Home Max are all sold out on the Google Store in the United States. According to Engadget, Google announced the retirement while stressing that it will continue to receive app updates:

Existing Google Home Max customers need not be concerned because their service would not be affected. Google Home Max computers will continue to get app upgrades and security patches. All of our Assistant-enabled devices are dedicated to providing excellent sound and whole-home audio capabilities.

The speaker was released in October but did not go on sale until December 2017. It's a big speaker, weighing 11.7 pounds and measuring 13.2 x 7.4 x 6.0 inches, with dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and two.7-inch custom tweeters housed in a "sealed solid housing" to "keep the music composed." The equalizer is adjusted to the current environment using an ML-powered Smart Sound feature.

It can be mounted vertically or horizontally, and if you have a pair, it can be used in stereo mode. There's an AUX jack for connecting other computers, as well as six far-field microphones for detecting hotwords.

The $399 launch price was a little high, but Google threw in a year of YouTube Music for free. It then fell to $299 before being reduced to $149 for Black Friday 2020. Before it was discontinued, the Google Home Max was valued at $179.

Google unveiled the Nest Audio this year to replace the unit. It's much less expensive at $99 each, and having two for stereo is more appealing.

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