Google Assistant-Enabled JBL Link Speakers Now Available

JBL announced a line of new speakers at IFA back in September, the JBL Link 10, 20 and 300. These are all powered by the Google Assistant, and now they are finally shipping from select retailers. The JBL Link series are now available from JBL.com, Verizon and B&H Photo, all three models are priced the same with the JBL Link 10 costing $149, Link 20 at $199 and the Link 300 at $249. These are more expensive than the Google Home, but also output a whole lot more sound than the Google Home does, particularly the Link 300 which is more on par with the Google Home Max, which is much more expensive at $400.

The JBL Link 10 and Link 20 are both waterproof, so you can take them poolside or to the beach and not worry about them getting damaged. These two are also portable, with the Link 10 lasting about 5 hours on a charge and the Link 20 getting about 10 hours. These numbers may seem low, especially compared to other JBL speakers, but it is important to remember here that these speakers are always listening, since there is Google Assistant included, which does affect the battery life. Now the JBL Link 300 is not a portable speaker, and it does not have a battery built-in. This one is quite a bit larger and is meant to sit on a table or a counter-top somewhere. And that is really where the differences end. You can expect the same sound quality from the Link 300, it'll just be a bit louder than the Link 10 and 20. All three support 96kHz/24-bit audio over both WiFi and Bluetooth, and it'll usually stream over WiFi instead, if you are streaming using the Google Assistant.

Since the Google Assistant is included here, you are able to do things like ask the JBL Link 10 to adjust the thermostat in your home to 70 degrees. Or you can ask it to turn off the lights when you get into bed. Of course, you can also ask it regular questions like how's the weather today, or will you need an umbrella tomorrow. The Google Assistant can already do thousands of things, and Google is continuing to make it better thanks to both artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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