Different from the previous Nest Mini, which remained the design of the Home Mini which it substituted, Google has refined with the entire new design for the later product Google Home.
This time, the entire unit is covered with a fabric grille, keeping in line with the other smart speakers of Google. This simple design works effectively for the smaller Nest Audio, yet it makes this bigger speaker look like something of a featureless device on your desk when it is not used. On the flip side, its design is discreet in order to blend beautifully with most decoration.
Another point to note is that the new Nest Audio is made of 70 percent of recycled materials and each unit is made from a half of 500-mm plastic bottles from the landfills, which is truly highly appreciated.
In spite of the fact that nothing from the design lets you know it, there are three distinct touch surfaces on the top of the device, and from left to right, you are able to lower the volume, stop and start playback as well as turn the volume up.
The only physical button on the speaker is the switch placed on the back by which you can mute your microphone, to make sure that your Nest audio is not listening to everything you are talking.
In addition to the above points, the four signature LEDs on the front which will light up when you communicate with the voice assistant,
Audio quality is the main focus for Google with the Nest Audio. From Google, its new speaker is 75 percent louder and comes with 50 percent more bass in comparison with the Google Home. To conclude, the Nest Audio sounds rather well when listening to uncomplicated pop music, with present bass and a solid foundation.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that if this device is compared with the small and portable JBL Flip 5, the latter would produce lower frequencies. Google has still not managed to bring more bottom end out of its new speaker, which is a minus.