JBL Link 10: The ultimate “Smart home” speaker?

For around $50 more than an actual Google Home, this thing blows it out of the water

The future of your home is voice control – there’s almost no doubt about that – it’s just a matter of when and with which technology. Google’s first attempt at this is “Google Home” an amazing voice assistant that unfortunately isn’t a great speaker. Problem solved – there’s new speakers coming with Google Home smarts built in!

At IFA in Berlin Sony was first to announce a Google Home compatible speaker but that’s been followed fast by more and there will be more to come.

Sony & JBL’s Google Assistant enabled Speakers – side by side

JBL has what we think is the best option overall right now though, the Link 10 – coming to Australia later this year for around $249 this little speaker is Google Home made portable.

With 5 hours of Battery playback time, you’ve got Chromecast built-in, Google Assistant Built in, and HD audio streaming – hard to ask for more really.

There’s a big brother product coming too, the Link 20 which is larger again and will be $349.

From our look at this, it seems we’re going to have the “lounge room” speakers, like the Sony and Apple’s upcoming HomePod, and the portable like JBLs and others to tempt those looking for the smart home solution.

Keep your eyes on Harman though, the Samsung company which makes JBL, Harman/Kardon and more – they have plans for Alexa spakers, this Google Assistant speaker and even a Cortana speaker – I’ve seen them all, and there’s some great stuff coming.

For now though, the Link 10 in my mind is the best value Google Assistant speaker – you’ll find it in leading Aussie retailers later this year.

 

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One Comment
  • Jack Smith
    8 September 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    This looks pretty nice. Key is having the Google Assistant. We had the Echo since late 2014 and now several Google Homes. They are often compared but NOT alike. The Echo you memorize commands and use them and the Google Home you just talk naturally.

    But the bigger thing is the Google Home knows people apart from the sound of their voice. So I say call mom and it calls my mom, wife asks and it calls hers and my kids it calls my wife.

    But music recommendations is the bigger deal. My kids with our GH no longer mess up my music recommendations like how it gets messed up on the Echo.

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