Branding is a funny thing. The name "Google Home" doesn't exactly scream "productivity," after all — but Google's smart speakers and their new Smart Display cousins can actually be quite useful in an office environment.

I've had a Google Home Mini on my own desk for months now and have been experimenting with using one of the new Smart Displays — basically the same thing, only with a screen attached — for the past several days. And I've gotta say: While Google may not be joining Amazon in making an explicit push for bringing its virtual assistant into the business world (yet), there's something to be said for having this sort of device at your disposal during the workday.

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