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HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring

15 February 2018, 04:40 | Marlene Myers

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Those purchasing Apple's HomePod, the smart speaker taking on the Amazon Echo and Google Home, best ensure they wrap it in cotton wool.

Pocket-Lint reports that while reviewing the device, it noticed discolored rings starting to form on a "solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil".

Still, it's far from ideal for the HomePod to literally leave its mark on the table or entertainment center that a person decides to place it on. The Wirecutter found a similar issue; the reviewers placed the device on an oiled butcher block and found the same white ring.

Even as the Apple HomePod power cable can be disconnected manually by the owner, there are still risks of getting the internal components of the speaker damaged. For now, we would obviously recommend not placing your HomePod on a surface with an oil or wax finish if possible.

We'll update this article with additional details shortly. The $499 gadget's silicon base can damage wooden surfaces, leaving behind an ugly stain.

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Setup is almost instant and effortless: The procedure is unlike that of any non-Apple smart speaker I've used, and it's essentially the same process as for pairing AirPods. If necessary, you can clean HomePod with a damp cloth.

Users of the HomePod have confirmed that the device leaves an unusual white stain on the wood on which it is placed.

It must be noted that HomePods are not meant to be put on a soft surface because of its down firing tweeters.

Given the HomePod's $349 price, that $216 cost suggests Apple is generating margins of about 38%, according to the product analysis firm. Add on the £13 shipping fee for those who don't live near an Apple Store, and you get a fix bill that's nearly as much as the £319 price for a brand-new HomePod.

Apple has responded to this controversy by publishing a support page with some suggested tips. Hence the problem can't be solved by just putting a cloth underneath it. Obviously, to remain competitive in a market it is entering late, Apple made a decision to keep the price of the HomePod lower than it might have been by accepting a lower gross margin.

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