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JBL Link Music / Link Portable Wireless Speakers

MSRP 99 EURNEX score 65%

Product Overview

JBL Link Music and Link Portable are wireless speakers with built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant supports. Both can connect to your smart devices via WiFi or Bluetooth. Their full-range speakers can deliver 360-degree sound coverage, thanks to dedicated passive radiators.
The Link Portable features IPX7 waterproofing and has an eight-hour battery life for on-the-go enjoyment of music.
JBL Link Music retails for €99, while the Link Protable costs €149.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful audio for its size and price
  • Google Assistant controls are easy to use
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Strong audio performance
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy-to-use Google Assistant interface
  • Google Assistant voice control
Cons
  • No speakerphone support
  • No built-in volume controls
  • Balky setup process
  • Muddering highs
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Music
Portable

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4800 mAh Lithium-ion 3.6V (Portable)
Colors
Ocean blue, black, grey, sienna brown, yellow green and straw
MusicDrivers
1x 64mm
PortableDrivers
1x 49mm

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
112 mm
Size | Height
134 mm
MusicWeight
730 g
PortableWeight
735 g

Function

Weather Resistance
IPX7 (Portable)

Performance

Battery Life
8h (Portable)
Frequency Response
60Hz - 20kHz (Music); 65Hz - 20kHz (Portable)
Power Output
20W
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>80dB

Production

Availability
2019-12
Debut
2019-09 IFA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The JBL Link Music is a $120 smart speaker with hands-free Google Assistant controls. The cylindrical speaker weighs in at 1.6 pounds and is available in light or dark gray models. It's compatible with Bluetooth 4.2, and works over 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless networks.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Strong audio performance
  • Google Assistant voice control
Cons
  • Muddering highs
  • No built-in volume controls

techhive[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
The Google Home app must be installed and an account set up on your smartphone or tablet to get the show going. You'll also be asked kindly to murmur a few phrases into the speaker's two top-mounted pinhole microphones. Despite its Bluetooth connectivity, the Link Music does not have speakerphone capabilities.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Easy-to-use Google Assistant interface
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • No speakerphone support
  • Balky setup process

User Reviews

References

1. ^ JBL Link Music Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/jbl-link-music. 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Link Music smart speaker review: Pretty good things in a pretty small package . [techhive]. https://www.techhive.com/article/3564534/jbl-link-music-review.html. 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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