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The Google Home smart speaker is better than half price with this limited-time deal

Google Home with blue lighting behind it
Google Home with blue lighting behind it (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

It may have been out for a few years, but the original Google Home (opens in new tab) is still one of the best Google Assistant smart speakers out there thanks to its balance of design and sound quality. Plus, you can get one for only $46.55 today at Target (opens in new tab) making it even more affordable. That's thanks to a 50% price drop to $49 plus a further discount for Target RedCard holders (opens in new tab). Considering it usually sells for $99, you're saving over half with this limited-time deal and scoring it for the best price we've seen it hit in a long time.

The drop to $49 is retailer-wide, so you can pick up a Google Home at this price via Adorama (opens in new tab), B&H (opens in new tab), Best Buy (opens in new tab), Walmart (opens in new tab), as well as directly at Google (opens in new tab).

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Google's original Home smart speaker blends seamlessly with your decor and can control all manner of smart home devices, stream music, set timers, answer questions, and more. It's half off with an extra discount for Target RedCard holders.

Google Assistant is the brains within the cylinder and can accomplish all sorts of tasks for you. Just ask and Google will answer. Check the weather, stream music, get traffic information, hear the news, make phone calls, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

There are a bunch of devices that work with Google Assistant and there's so much that Google Assistant can do. If you're all-in on the Google and Android ecosystem, buying into the Google smart home system is a no-brainer and the Google Home makes for a great starter device for your living room or kitchen.

The Google Home is the original Assistant, and it's still a great smart speaker. With excellent sound quality and generous amounts of bass, plus intuitive touch controls, sensitive microphones and a minimalist look, this OG is still the one to get if music is your thing and you don't want to splash on the more expensive Google Home Max (opens in new tab). Be sure to check out our original Google Home review where we praised its physical design and tight integration with your Google account.

If you don't have a Target RedCard, you can sign up for one for free (opens in new tab). There are credit and debit card versions that offer basically the same benefits, though the debit version doesn't have any fees attached like the credit version as it links to your existing checking account for purchases. If you shop at Target even infrequently, it's worth having one.

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at [@adamoram](