JBL Link 20 at a glance
What is the JBL Link 20? The Link 20 is the slightly larger version of the Link 10, a portable smart speaker that's powered by the Google Assistant platform.
When did the JBL Link 20 come out? The Link 20 launched in late 2017.
How much does the JBL Link 20 cost? The Link 20 has a recommended retail price (RRP) of $299.95.
What is the JBL Link 20?
The Link 20 is the middle sibling of JBL's family of voice assistant speakers, which all use the Google digital assistant to offer voice-powered control and access to information.
Like the smaller Link 10, the Link 20 is battery powered, meaning you can take the speaker with you anywhere, though the Google Assistant will require access to Wi-Fi to work. The Link 20 doubles the battery life of the Link 10 at roughly 10 hours of playback on a charge, in addition to boasting a more powerful speaker for a premium audio experience.
The Link 20 combines that portability with the added benefit of an IPX7 water resistance rating, which makes it a convenient device to take outdoors for parties or sitting in the kitchen while cooking.
What can the JBL Link 20 smart speaker do?
Because the Link 20 uses the Google Assistant to power its voice functions, users can enjoy all the same functions as Google's own family of smart speakers. That includes the obvious functions of requesting music with a voice command to getting an update on the weather forecast, or getting commuting information on when the next train leaves for the city.
Google is constantly improving the Google Assistant's performance too, so you can now get snapshot information of your favourite Australian football team (across multiple codes), and get nutrition facts about specific types of food with a simple verbal request. If you have a Chromecast Ultra connected to your TV, you can even stream Netflix on the big screen with a request.
Google Assistant also offers pretty comprehensive smart home integration, so you can control smart lights, security cameras and doorbells, as well as any other Google Assistant-compatible hardware. And because Google Assistant can integrate with other platforms both directly or through IFTTT, you can easily create custom commands to help automate your life.
In addition to the smart functionality delivered by Google Assistant, the Link 20 is also a powerful portable speaker in its own right. While the Google Assistant requires a Wi-Fi connection to work properly, the Link 20 also supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you can take it with you for music playback wherever you go.
It also has integrated Chromecast compatibility, which allows easy multi-room audio from your favourite compatible streaming service.
When did the JBL Link 20 launch in Australia?
The Link 10 and Link 20 smart speakers from JBL arrived in Australia in late 2017 and are available now from a number of priority retail outlets.
How much does the JBL Link 20 cost?
The Link 20 has an RRP of $299.95 in Australia.Back to top
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|Name||JBL Link 20|
|Wireless Network||802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)|
|Speaker Information||2 x 50mm transducers|
|Min. Frequency Response (Hz)||65|
|Max. Frequency Response (Hz)||20,000|