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JBL Link Portable - WiFi/Bluetooth Portable Smart Speaker

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Main Features
Loudspeakers can communicate over several rooms and be controlled centrally (e.g. via smartphone).
Multi-room
Controller app for Apple iOS devices.
iOS App
Controller app for Android devices.
Android App
This product has a built-in rechargeable battery.
Built-in Battery
Compatible with the Google Assistant.
Google Assistant
This product has a hands-free communication function.
Hands-free Communication
IFTTT stands for "If This Then That" and is a service that allows you to link simple statements. Example: When I enter my house in the evening, all the lights should turn on.
IFTTT
This product is compatible with at least one music streaming service.
Music streaming
This product can communicate with other Bluetooth devices wirelessly.
Bluetooth
This product can communicate wirelessly with other devices over an existing WiFi network.
WiFi
You can set schedules for this product to operate and carry out actions and certain times.
Schedule
Easy Installation

Take your JBL Link Portable around the house and have Google assist you where ever you go! Installation is as easy as connecting the smart speaker to the Google Home app on your smartphone. Listen to music through Airplay 2 or Google Chromecast. Have hands-free control of your smart security cameras, blinds and garage-door with the Google Assistant.


All advantages at a glance:

  • 360 degree sound
  • Elegant color schemes
  • 8-hour battery life
  • Google Assistant and Chromecast
  • Waterproof

Expert Reviews
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Richard

The JBL Link Portable allows you to take your favorite music with you wherever you go! WiFi connectivity is perfect for when you're at home, whilst Bluetooth connectivity allows you to keep the tunes going when you're on the go. With an IPX7 protection rating, you'll never have to worry about splashes of water causing damage when you're out and about. This smart speaker can do so much more than just playing music though. Use the built-in Google Assistant to control any other compatible smart home product. Switch your lights on and lock the front door, hands-free! Ask the Google Assistant to pause the music whilst you answer the front door. Smarter control of your home entertainment.

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Product Information

  • A classic JBL sound: JBL’s signature feature is its 360° sound performance. The Link Portable comes with dedicated passive radiators. Trust the smart speaker to deliver on clear trebles, sufficient bass levels and sharp mids. For a portable speaker, this is a trustworthy option.
  • WiFi or Bluetooth: The Link Portable has both WiFi and Bluetooth streaming capability. Use WiFi when at home to keep the music flowing without interruptions. And with Bluetooth connectivity, the music doesn't have to stop when you're on the go either!
  • Long battery life: The JBL Link Portable has an 8-hour battery life, making it perfect to take it out for a hike or a Sunday BBQ in your backyard. If the battery drops too low, set it down on the charging cradle. If you’re out and don't have the dock nearby, you can always use the USB port to plug into a power bank and keep on playing! Full charge is reached in just 2.5 hours!
  • Almost infinite audio streaming options: You can ask the Google Assistant to play a song through any compatible streaming services. Alternatively, stream directly from your smartphone, through Apple Airplay 2 or Google Chromecast.
  • Take it into the shower: The JBL Link Portable is waterproof with an IPX7 certified rating. This means you can use it anywhere without having to worry about splashes of water damaging it. It's time to indulge in some epic karaoke sessions in the shower!

The JBL Link Portable in action

After turning on the JBL Link Portable for the first time, you’ll find see it appear on your Google Home app as a ‘new device’. Select it to begin integration and the Google Assistant will take care of the rest. After set up is complete, stream music via WiFi by asking your Google Assistant to play your favorite playlist or by going directly through Chromecast or Airplay 2.

WiFi-enabled portable smart speakers!

A portable speaker with multiple options for wireless connectivity! The JBL Link Portable can play music via WiFi or Bluetooth connection. It also supports Apple Airplay 2 and Google Chromecast. Listen to just about anything through a multitude of music streaming services. Never miss out on a chance to share a tune! Additionally, the Link Portable can be paired to other Chromecast supported speakers so you can have a multi-room sound set up - wirelessly!

With Google Assistant compatibility, you’ll have control over all your other smart devices, hands-free. Just ask Google Assistant via the Link Portable and you can set off a routine! A simple “Ok Google I am going out” can turn off all the lights, reduce the thermostat, lock your backdoor and more. All you have to do is customize the routines using the Google Home app.

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Expert Reviews
8.8
Tested by tink expert
Richard
Installation 9

Like all of the JBL Link speakers, once the Link Portable is powered up, your Google Home app will light up with a “new device” notification. Configuration only takes a few minutes.

Product Quality 9

Speaker hardware from JBL with Google Assistant compatibility makes for a seriously competitive smart speaker.

App/Software 9

The speakers in the JBL Link series can be fully controlled and managed using the intuitive Google Home app. This app is user-friendly and opens up a number of smart features and functionalities.

Functionality 9

A portable speaker with Google Assistant, Apple Airplay 2, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth and WiFi. You'll be able to find and play the rarest of audio entertainment.

Reliability 9

You can choose to connect the speaker via WiFi or Bluetooth. With a decent WiFi speed, you can stream music uninterrupted, with swift responses from the Google Assistant.

Design 9

The Link Portable is cylindrically shaped with a protective fabric that is both waterproof and dust resistant.

Data Protection 8

Ensure that your home WiFi network is encrypted with a strong password. Bluetooth is a reliable transmission platform which works to standard regulations to ensure that your data is always kept safe.

Value for Money 9

The Link Portable is a similar price to other portable speakers in the market. However, it comes with WiFi and voice assistant compatibility, making it worth the money.

Like all of the JBL Link speakers, once the Link Portable is powered up, your Google Home app will light up with a “new device” notification. Configuration only takes a few minutes.

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Technical Details

Product dimensions3.5 x 6.7 in
Article weight25.92 oz
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2 & WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, built-in Google Chromecast
Power sourceUSB, battery
Battery LifeUp to 8 hours run time with 2.5 recharge time
Frequency Range [Hz]65 - 20000 Hz
Power [W]20 Watt
Input(s)USB charging port
DriversFull-range driver ¦ Passive radiator with 360° sound
Weather Protection [IPXX]IPX7
In the boxJBL Link Portable, Charging cradle, USB-C cable
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FAQs
Does the JBL Link Portable have an auxiliary input port?

No. The JBL Link Portable does not come with an auxiliary input option. You can play music wirelessly via your home WiFi network or Bluetooth connection.

Can you pair other speakers with the JBL Link Portable?

If you have other Chromecast-enabled speakers or other speakers from the JBL Link, you can pair them with the JBL Link Portable. Listen to the same song over multiple speakers.

How long is the battery life on the JBL Link Portable?

The JBL Link Portable can go 8 hours without recharging. You can either use the included charging dock or a USB cable to charge it.

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