The latest item to find its way to my desk at work is the Google Home Mini, a smart speaker equipped with a Google-powered digital assistant. One of my goals this year is to simplify and automate as many aspects of my life as I reasonably can. One of the means to that end has been adding the Google Home Mini to my office hardware tools. Google’s lineup of digital assistants includes the Google Home ($99), Google Home Mini ($39), and the Google Home Max ($399). As the names might suggests, Google appears to be appealing to users who appreciate minimalism and seek simplification.