ASUS Lyra Voice Home Mesh WiFi System AC2200 Mini Review

9

Design

9.0/10

Build

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Mesh WiFi performance

Cons

  • Alexa capability has limitations as it's not a native Amazon device
ASUS Lyra Voice

The ASUS Lyra Voice is an inspired creation. It can work in different ways to improve the wireless connection in your home. On top of that, it also functions as an AI assistant and Bluetooth speaker.

So, does it perform well in all of those capacities, or does it lack in some ways? That’s what we’ll find out in this article.

Routing Capabilities

Though the ASUS Lyra Voice can also work as an AI assistant and Bluetooth speaker, it’s hard to imagine anyone getting it primarily for those functions. This ASUS creation is still a router at its core.

Let’s get to the positives first.

It’s a tri-band router that supports maximum speeds of up to 400Mbps on 2Ghz and 867Mbps on the two 5GHz bands. The advantage of tri-band routers is better support of multiple devices so it should be able to help keep everyone at home satisfied with the kind of connection they’re getting.

Depending on what you have at home, you can ask the Lyra Voice to work in different capacities. It can work as the router itself, as an extender for a separate router, or as a kind of node for your mesh Wi-Fi using ASUS AiMesh.

Our brief testing found that the Lyra Voice worked ok in all three capacities. The performance was on par with other wireless routers we’ve evaluated. It was neither ahead nor lagged behind competing products, which was a little disappointing. That said, other routers don’t include speakers and Alexa integration.

Sound Quality

While the performance of the ASUS Lyra Voice as a router leaves plenty of room for improvement, it works well as a Bluetooth speaker. Connect it to your phone easily and proceed to spend the next hour or so, enjoying your favourite songs.

The quality of the bass sticks with you and adds great depth to the songs you’re playing. You don’t necessarily have to set it up in the perfect environment to get the most out of it as a speaker too. The speakers produce full-bodied sounds no matter where you place them in your home.

It helps that you can also play your favourite songs easily with the help of Alexa.

An Attentive Alexa

The version of Alexa you’re getting in the ASUS Lyra Voice is not prone to messing up. State your command once, and the AI assistant will pick up on it right away.

There are instances where Alexa can be too sensitive, but they are few and far in between. For the most part, the version of Alexa in this device works as expected.

One thing to note, Amazon treat it as a 3rd party device, so some features of Alexa were not available such as using the Lyra Voice as a source for announcements.

Final Words

The ASUS Lyra Voice is intended to be a router, speaker, and AI assistant. Nailing two out of three is not bad at all, especially when it’s not terrible on that last front. For those wanting simplicity out of their tech, a 3-in-1 device such as the Lyra Voice isn’t a bad thing.


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