Take a Shower with JBL’s LINK Speakers and Google Assistant

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.

From left to right – JBL LINK 10, LINK 300 and LINK 20

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”.

The LINK 10 retails for $149.95, the LINK 20 for $199.95 and the LINK 300 for $249.95.

JBL LINK 30


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Helena Stone
Noticing that there was a void of female influence in the technology blogosphere, Helena started Chip Chick in 2004. The site grew to become the no 1. tech site for women, which she ran as Editor-in-Chief until 2017. A native New Yorker, Helena holds a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU. Helena has been featured on MSNBC, Wired, ABC News, People Style & Watch, Time Magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, and other major news outlets. And when she is not busy testing out new gear, she can be found trotting the globe, looking for the next hot gadget.