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Reviewer discovers Sonos One also marks certain wood finishes like Apple's HomePod

Reviewer discovers Sonos One also marks certain wood finishes like Apple's HomePod

Both publications noticed that HomePod doesn't leave rings on every type of wooden surface. It seems the circular marks are a result of the HomePod's silicon base interacting with certain oils used as a finish on wood furniture.

Apple's HomePod has been getting excellent reviews for its audio performance, even if Siri's voice-control badly lag behind the competition.

This is not the first time issues like this have risen about Apple's products.

"And this from Twitter user Guy San Francisco, who tweeted Saturday: "#homepod left rings on my wood furniture in less than 20 minutes of use.

Apple's recently-launched HomePod smart speaker may be a hit with the critics, but several users have found the device leaves ugly white marks on their wooden furniture.

Many are viewing the advice to simply move the speaker to a different surface as a less-than-ideal solution to the flaw and say that the warning about wooden surfaces should have been issued prior to the speakers hitting the market.

The defect was spotted by Wirecutter, which noticed that a white ring appeared after the HomePod was placed on an "oiled butcher-block countertop" and a wooden side table.

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Apple also thinks that "wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth" may also remove the marks. OK.

Wirecutter, however, says that Cupertino suggested an alternative would be to "try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer's suggested oiling method".

Our own HomePod review is still ongoing and we'll have a score for you in the coming days.

The staining is believed to be from a reaction the HomePod's silicone surface has with some treated wood surfaces. Don't use ammonia, abrasives, window cleaners, etc.to clean the HomePod and don't place the power cord where it can be stepped on. For now, you can just make sure to keep your HomePods away from the furniture.

Interesting stuff, especially since Google Home Max is quite a bit cheaper than Apple's HomePod.

You might not want to hear this, but if you don't want to fuss around with moving the HomePod around, mounting it, finding something to put underneath it, etc, you could always just return it to Apple.


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