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Apple Advises Users Not To Put The HomePod On Wooden Furniture

16 February 2018, 06:18 | Hattie Nash

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Since being officially released last week, Apple's $349 HomePod has earned rave reviews for packing excellent sound quality into such a small speaker. The reviewer wrote, "This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod-especially if you were thinking of displaying it on some prized piece of furniture-and it will surely be a sore point for many potential buyers".

On the page, the company claims that it is not "unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces".

Apple HomePod owners, beware: don't place the Siri-powered smart speakers on top of wooden furniture, as the device may possibly cause permanent damage.

You see, Wirecutter observed that the HomePod caused white rings to appear on both an oiled butcher-block countertop and on a wooden side table. The Wirecutter also tested it on glass, granite, polyurethane-sealed wood, IKEA bookshelves, etc, and lo and behold, it saw no visible damage to those surfaces. If you plan to keep your HomePod on furniture then be prepared for white rings. In case the stain doesn't go away, the company recommends "cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method". Speakers traditionally use rubber or plastic feet to prevent marring on furniture. Another review site Pocket-lint reported the same problem as well. Unfortunately, users of the smart speaker have noticed that it leaves distinct white rings behind when sat on wooden surfaces for a period of time.

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Update February 14, 12:15pm: Added additional information about placing the HomePod on soft surfaces.

Two wrongs (or defects) don't make a right (or feature), however, and it's perfectly reasonable to expect to use smart speakers on common surfaces like desks and tables.

For comparison's sake, Google sells its Google Home smart speaker at a 66 percent margin, while the Amazon Echo is sold at a 56 percent margin.

Initial reviews generally praise the speaker's audio quality, but the HomePod is also an AI-driven device that's created to work with Apple's Siri voice assistant.

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