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JBL Link Music / Link Portable

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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.

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

External score 65%
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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Specifications

MusicPortable

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Reviewer score 65% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
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.
Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Strong audio performance
  • Google Assistant voice control
Cons
  • Muddering highs
  • No built-in volume controls

techhive[2]

Reviewer score 64% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techhive have found:
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.
Pros
  • Easy-to-use Google Assistant interface
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • No speakerphone support
  • Balky setup process

References

  1. ^ JBL Link Music Review. [pcmag].
  2. ^ JBL Link Music smart speaker review: Pretty good things in a pretty small package . [techhive].

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