Google has their sights set on taking on Alexa this holiday season, and they have teamed up with JBL to produce three Google Assistant enabled speakers in the form of the JBL LINK 10, 20 and 300.
All three of these speakers lets you interact with Google Assistant, so you can tell the speakers do things like play tracks on Spotify, set reminders, ask about the weather, or what’s on your calendar schedule that day.
Of the three speakers, the JBL LINK 10 is the smallest and the most portable with a 5 hour battery life. The JBL 20 is about double in size and offers 10 hours of battery life. Both the LINK 10 and LINK 20 are IPX7 certified which means that they are waterproof. Heck, you can even take a shower with them. The JBL LINK 300 is the most powerful of the threesome and packs the most punch thanks to a 50 watt output and a dedicated woofer and tweeter. All three systems also support HD audio streaming. We briefly listened to Spotify on all three of the speakers, and all three sound fantastic, especially for their size.
In addition to Google Assistant integration, the JBL LINK speakers have a really neat ability to work in a multi-room set up. So for example, you can group a bunch of them into a group called “downstairs” and then say, “Ok Google, play Haim downstairs.” This lets you easily replicate the experience of a multi-room system akin to Sonos.
All three speakers also have Chromecast built-in. So if you have Chromecast connected to a TV, you can tell the JBL LINK to play back music and videos on that connected TV – i.e. “OK Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix”.