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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Basically a Better-Sounding Google Home

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    I already owned a Google Home and recently acquired a Google Home Mini, so I knew going into using the JBL Link 300 I was going to be a fan of the built-in Google Assistant. It's a great-sounding speaker and will fill the role of a normal Google Home if you're looking for something that sounds better, but don't want to go all the way up to the Google Home Max. In the box you will get the speaker, manuals, and a power adapter. The photos on JBL's website make it look like this doesn't have to be plugged in, but it does need to be powered off of an outlet. Setup is extremely simple with the Google Home app - if you've setup a regular Google Home or Google Home Mini this is exactly the same process and doesn't take more than a few minutes. On the speaker itself you get an array of buttons across the top of it. They're decently large and well separated, but besides the plastic Google Assistant button in the middle, the other buttons are all underneath the same layer of rubber. They're actually pretty easy to press, but it's tough to know whether or not you've pressed them by feel. I'm kind of split on the design on this thing. I like the understated look; it's the kind of thing you can put up on a shelf and it won't stick out like a sore thumb. At the same time the oval shape seems a bit odd to me. There's also an always on LED on the front of it. Using the speaker is, again, just like using a Google Home. You can Chromecast to it with Spotify, Google Music, etc. You can also play music by voice and control other Chromecasts and speakers through it. The sound quality is a big improvement over the regular Google Home and easily fills our entire living room with sound. The built-in microphones seem to function just as well as the Google Home as well. The speaker also had Bluetooth as well, but no 3.5mm jack. If you're already in the Amazon Echo camp then this is probably a tougher sell, but if you already use a Chromecast or Google Home then this is a really nice home speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A great speaker with voice assistant

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    For the past year or so, I’ve been trying out different digital assistants. I love the voice activated speakers that you can install around the house that integrate the assistants as a feature. It’s wonderful to be able to ask Siri or Alexa to turn off lights around the house or asking Google about the weather, calendar, or to play a game. The voice-activated speakers with digital assistant have become a staple around our house and a very welcome addition. So, when I started looking at this new line of JBL speakers, I was very excited to see that Google was included. JBL is a quality name when it comes to speakers. It’s sometimes left behind other consumer brands because they focus a lot of professional users, but this speaker, the Link 300, is a really nice example of a classy, quality speaker. For starters, it’s a standard Bluetooth speaker with a traditional set-up. When you turn it on, it automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode and for me, it appears immediately in my Bluetooth device menu on my iPhone. I tapped on the device name and was connected. In subsequent uses, I’ve noticed a bit of a delay in connecting, but no more than I usually do with Bluetooth speakers. One nice feature of the Link 300 is that it will also connect via WiFi, which does have a stronger connection than Bluetooth. I found the sound to be of similar quality for either type of connection, but the delay was much less when connected to the WiFi than the Bluetooth. I love the look of this speaker. It’s a sleek black speaker and is about the size of a child-size football. It fits nicely on our coffee table and because it’s such a classic design, it blends in with the rest of our décor. Even though it's voice-activated, the speaker also has tactile controls on the top of it. You can play/pause music or increase/decrease the volume using the +/- buttons. One thing I want to point out is that within my collection of smart devices is a Google Home speaker. While the speaker works very well and the microphone is sensitive enough to pick up commands from our TV, it’s meant more for the Google Assistant than the speaker. JBL designed the speaker first and added in the assistant. This makes for a higher quality speaker. There are full bass sound and clear, crisp treble. Even without the Google Assistant built-in, this is a very nice speaker that would make a welcome addition to any home or office. Even though the price of this speaker is a bit higher than others in its class, I think you really get what you pay for. Set up is simple and you get a very capable digital assistant.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    JBL + Google Assistant FTW

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    The market for smart speakers that control home automation or do other tricks is growing and becoming more saturated. While the Home is a competent device, I never warmed to it from a sound perspective. I loved the power of Google Assistant, but in the Home, it was hampered by a speaker setup that wasn't as good as competitors. Enter the JBL LINK 300... this bad boy is designed more like the new Home Max. It supports Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, but don't go thinking you can Aux in - the LINK 300 only supports Wifi for streaming / Assistant requests and Bluetooth for streaming / casting. Compared to the Home, Echo, etc - this thing is a beast. It's big. There's other smaller speakers in the LINK family that I'm sure offer battery life - but the LINK 300 requires a plug in all the time, just like a Home or Echo. I've found the responsiveness of the voice recognition to be very good. I've been at the other end of the room and simply saying, "OK Google" and this thing hears me. Set up is handled just like other Google smart devices, using the Google Home App. It was pretty easy to add it to my existing Google device setup. If you're an avid user of Google's products, then the JBL LINK 300 is a great speaker. If you're an iPhone user, be prepared to be using the Bluetooth functionality a lot. Compared to the other Google products, the reason I like the LINK 300 better is that it's JBL - a company that has been in the business of making speakers for years. The reason for the 4-star rating is the lack of Aux input, battery option and the overall clunky setup of adding smart home devices to my Google setup - I know this is more of a ding on Google, but since JBL is partnering with Google, they take the hit too.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Sounding Google-enabled Speaker

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    The JBL Link 300 Speaker sounds great and because it has the Google voice assistant built-in, is easy to use. It really packs a punch with clear highs and deep lows for its size. Like most Google-enabled home speakers, it can also connect to phones and tablets as a bluetooth speaker. There are six (6) access buttons on top of the speaker to supplement the voice-enabled commands. Here is where my first small complaint about this speaker comes in: the button that initiates the Google Voice Commands has a nice indent and is easy to find by touch alone. This is great at night or in low-light conditions when you want push a button but are not looking at the top of the speaker. All other buttons are flush to the top surface of the speaker and have no tactile indication of where they are or what they do. In other words, these other buttons (volume up/down, play/pause, mute, etc.) are really only usable in normal room lighting and when looking directly at the top of the speaker; you can’t really feel for them. My preference would be to at least have a raised dot on each so you can feel for the Voice button’s indent and then count the dots to either side to determine where the buttons are and what they do; first dot to the right of the Voice button is volume down, next over is volume up, etc… My next small complaint is that there is a white WiFi icon on the front that stays on 100% of the time when the speaker is plugged in and connected to WiFi. While this is nice to know when the speaker is disconnected (by the color change of the icon, etc.), it also is a bright glowing LED at night - not great when you’re trying to sleep. It would be nice if that LED would turn on when the speaker first connects to WiFi and again when commands are initiated but then turn off until there is a status change. Aside from these two small nits, the speaker sounds great, is compact and attractive. It does exactly what you’d expect it to do; be a (mostly) unobtrusive access point for the Google Assistant and a nice speaker for music playback.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Two Thumbs Up!

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    The box gave me the impression that the Link 300 would be too big to be discreet on my tv stand but it is much smaller in a good way. This is very easy to setup and I was using the built in Google Assistant in a few minutes. Having the Link 300 voice activated speaker allows me to now have Google upstairs and downstairs. I love playing music and have the song playing in sync with my Google Home. The Link 300 is very loud for its size. I know for small gatherings it will make a great companion and provide entertainment for my guests. Guests can connect via Bluetooth and play music on their playlists or just say “Hey Google” and have fun asking the Google Assistant things. The Link 300 does everything it describes and very easy to use with big buttons on top for basic controls. If you want great sound and also want voice control for your smart home this is it. From adjusting your thermostat to turning on and off your lights without getting up. This will continue to get better with updates and the way of the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Complete audio device

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    This JBL Link 300 is incredible classy device that delivers clear and signature sound with crispy bass.Design is sleek and you are free to stream music drom your own library vis BT or wifi, Google assistant is a huge addition and handy assistant that can control your music and any smart devices such Philips Hue lights.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Sound, Great Assistant

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    We’ve moved past the era of the shelf system - into a sea of bluetooth connected speakers. The JBL Link 300 is one of those speakers, but what separates it from the rest of the fishes in the sea is it’s stunning sound and connected nature. The JBL Link 300 is not a portable speaker, but rather it fills that more traditional shelf system role, but in a fraction of the space. It comes with a power brick, which is somewhat of a negative in my book. Wall warts are bad enough, but if you install this on a kitchen counter or other location you have to deal with managing the cable and brick. It would have been nice to see an integrated power supply, and increasing the enclosure’s size would have been a valid trade off. The enclosure itself is solid and well made, with a decent amount of weight. The fabric covering the speaker seems high quality, and the shape is broken up by the passive radiator on the back. There are volume buttons, a bluetooth button, and Google Assistant button found on top, with a WiFi LED near the bottom. When you active Google Assistant, either via the button or saying “Ok, Google” 4 LED lights on the front will light up to show status and activation. Sound wise, you get a bass heavy relatively omnidirectional dispersion. While bass heavy, it’s important to note that the sound isn’t muddy. Unlike some smaller speakers that either rely on acoustic suspension, or bass reflex ports, the JBL relies on a passive radiator that puts on quite a show. The advantage of this speaker configuration is great bass performance. The radiator isn’t driven, but rather reverberates in a resonance with the enclosure and active drivers. It makes the bass very defined and punchy verses many other brands. Go listen to any JBL speaker, as they seem to have perfected this approach. Almost every JBL I’ve seen recently uses this design to great effect, and the JBL Link 300 is no exception. Highs are clear and crisp and mids seem to keep a decent definition without getting lost. Unless you’re standards are way above the budget of this speaker you’ll be impressed with the audio quality. Functionality wise, the Link is amazing. The integration of Google Assistant makes this speaker extremely useful. My house is filled with Alexa devices, so the Google Assistant is fighting an uphill battle in my household. Where Google excels is answering questions. Where I can trip up Alexa with most questions, Google does a great job of finding, and reading an answer. It seems more natural in how it approaches answers, and interactions with a human. Google can also recognize your voice, which is somewhat freaky. Some integrations want to identify you to avoid privacy issues. Furthermore Speaking of integrations, this is one place where the Google Assistant falls a bit short. It can integrate with many different devices, but some of them setup through the app, while others require asking the assistant to pair. Logitech Harmony integrates this way, while many other hubs can be paired through the app directly. I found this process a bit more frustrating than establishing skills on Alexa. Another downside for me was the lack (as of this writing) of integration with Insteon, which powers much of my home lighting (however I was able to setup some helpful groups using Harmony and activate them). These are some growing pains that I think will get worked out over time. Google assistant makes it easy to use YouTube music, Google Play music, Pandora, or Spotify. You can choose which service is your default, and asking to play songs is extremely easy. I’ve found that if you don’t specify the exact song title, Google is quite good an understanding the song you meant. Another advantage is the integration with other Chromecast devices. You can ask the speaker to play YouTube videos on your TV, assuming you have either a Chromecast or built-in casting in your TV. This is pretty cool, and quite useful. All in all the JBL Link 300 is an amazing speaker, with great functionality and sound. It outshines all but the most expensive speakers in its class, and offers tons more functionality with the integrated Google Assistant. Despite some teething issues with Google Assistant, there is more value here. Despite being an almost exclusive Alexa household, this speaker has taken over music duties in our living space, and is setup quite well to take over many of the automation tasks as it’s integrations grow. If you’re in the market for a Google Assistant - then look no further than the JBL!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Sounding Bluetooth Speaker With One Issue

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    Pros: Rich Sound Google Home Built in Wifi and Bluetooth Capabilities Has a good sized woofer for some bass Attractive design Cons: Audio delay on bluetooth makes watching movies impossible This is a really rich sounding speaker and Google Home makes it do some tricks that other bluetooth speakers can not. With Google Home you do not need to have a Bluetooth device paired at all. The speaker can stream music directly from your wifi using services such as Google Play Music, Pandora, or Spotify. However, the 1-2 second audio delay over bluetooth is a bit disappointing. I feel it was engineered first for the Google Home assistant and bluetooth was less of a priority. I have other wireless bluetooth devices (including those from JBL) that do not have an audio delay at all. I realize most people will only use this device for music however it is a bit frustrating that at this price I couldn't use it with the audio from a movie or game as well. Hopefully, this can be fixed with a firmware update in the future. Overall, would be five stars if not for this one issue. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great sounding wireless speaker to play some music.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome sound like always from JBl!!

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    High quality like always from JBl. This speaker really has a lot of bass. Not as much as the homepod but it's neck and neck. This JBL speaker need like 10% more bass then it would exactly if not better then homepod. Otherwise it does sound better then an echo and an echo studio. My 2 only complaints would be when you turn the volume up, the bass seems like it gets turned down. Meaning the louder you go (Only on high volume), the less bass you will have. My other complaint was that this speaker really doesn't get that loud. I mean it's definitely capable of getting loud but I think it's the Google assistant software that's preventing it from getting loud. Otherwise though, this definitely is a great sounding speaker.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Need Starting Smart Speaker + Sale = Perfect

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    This speaker, although not what I was looking for exactly, could be perfect for someone who is looking for an affordable base of a smart home and/or IoT etc. The item is very nice looking and has a lot of features (bells and whistles). All are listed in the description. One thing that I found to be a problem was the size. It is a corded item in its true nature, therefore, not designed to be used for "on the go" type of activities. Due to the above mentioned mobility, the speaker is in the middle of an identity crisis, for lack of a better expression. That is to say, in my opinion, it is too small to be a stationary item, but too large to be mobile and portable. That would be my main problem or issue with it. It does have a good sound, decently loud and above average crispness, but being in the middle of the stationary vs portable range, it should be bigger and have more emphasis on sound. Overall, not a bad item. Actually, a very good value, especially when on sale. Just wish it was not in the very specifically unusual size (in my opinion) that renders it not ideal for either of the two ends of those classes. Still would recommend for someone who wants to utilize Google Assistant and all of those features. Hope this helps somehow or someway!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love it, Love it, Love it!

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    JBL Link 300 is an amazing product! It was such a fantastic item to use for the holidays and a joy to use with the family. The kids loved asking and using Google Assistant for Chrismas music. I'm just going to say right up front that I love this product and would recommend anyone who just wants a decent all in one smart speaker this is it! The Link 300 is beautifully designed, its one of the sleekest looking speakers I ever used on. I enjoy this speaker design much more than Google's home and it just fits in with the rest of my entertainment devices. JBL always craft such wonderful design in their speakers. Sound wise its a beast it not only gets loud but it maintains the bass throughout the room something I was shocked about when using. used both Android and iOS on the speaker and they both work just fine. The instructions are easy to connect so people who have a hard time with tech will be fine. The star of the show is Google's assistant on the speaker itself. You can press the Google button at the top and ask it any amount of questions. It is more human-like with the updates from last year speakers due to updates they been given. You don't have to be super spot on with asking it questions and the mic seems to pick up voices from a distance. This is the very reason to own a Link 300 outside of just having a Bluetooth speaker. Google Assistant worked flawlessly and this is the best Voice-activated speaker I've used. Link 300 has support for both 2.4/5GHz but all the time I had a better experience with 5GHz Wifi for some reason. 2.4 cuts out for me with this speaker and I can't put my finger on what the deal is but I'm going to blame my Wifi rather than the speaker itself. Chromecast Support is also here and works with all the music apps that support it, this way you don't even have to bother with a Bluetooth connection and its easy with a touch of a button. Youtube music and Spotify playback were awesome and no issues at all. You can also do Muti-Room support with other Chromecast Audio devices built in so you are not restricted to just buying a bunch of Link 300 speakers. I love the thing and its totally worth the money, There are a million speakers out there that don't do anything different, this one does and it proudly showcases that. JBL makes top-notch audio already and adding Google Assistant to their products makes them stand out. This is one speaker I truly love!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    great sound, bluetooth delay

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    the good -sound quality - one of the better sounding speakers of its kind that i've heard. keep in mind though, it’s not portable in the sense that you can unplug it and take it outside - there is no battery, so if it’s not plugged in it doesn’t play. that being said, if you’re playing music from Google Play, it actually plays the stream directly via wifi, and sounds fantastic. bluetooth streaming sounds great as well in my testing. -design - attractive oval design, with a relatively large open sub port in the back (the giant JBL logo - i originally thought it was just a big plastic logo, but it’s the actual sub). -google assistant - depending on what your needs are, google home may or may not be a feature you’ll use. if you do, it is pretty handy and works great here. the bad -not portable - as i mentioned earlier, this is really just a speaker that is easy to relocate, as long as you have power…it’s not “portable” in that you can unplug it and move it around temporarily with ease. -bluetooth delay - i tried several different sources, and one was my Apple TV 4. there was a substantial delay, about a second or so, between onscreen and sound. from what i read, this can be fixed with a firmware update, but for now it’s all but unusable in that regard. -priced a bit high - at a msrp of $250, it’s priced maybe $50 too high, with respect to others in this category. on sale (as it currently is now) for $200 it’s priced a little more appropriately. overall great sound, nice design, google assistant, but the lagging bluetooth is frustrating if using with a video source.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Surprisingly Great

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    I am going to be very honest. When I received this JBL I was excited only because I can’t live without Google Assistant or Alexa and this had the former but I thought it was just one more speaker with an AI assistant built in but it is so much more. Sure, JBL is not exactly synonym for bad quality but sometimes good companies jump into trend bandwagons without much care. It is not the case for the Link 300. Although it has Bluetooth and I did notice a bit of a delay from my iPhone, I did not care much about that because it also connects and streams via Wi-Fi, which is tens of times better than Bluetooth. There is no comparison because the sound is not compressed and due to the quality of the speaker and good size of the woofer, I experienced rich acoustics. Of course my love for this speaker is further strengthened because I can command it with my voice and get any information available on Google, have it tell me about the weather as well as a few jokes, and control my Phillips hue lights and my Bose sound system. My only complaint is one that I have about other AI assistants such as Alexa. It cannot control iTunes or Amazon music natively due to competition with Google’s similar service. However, it can control Pandora, Spotify and other services without any hacking. It is the best Bluetooth speaker I own and ironically Bluetooth is not what I care most about it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect for me

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    Owned for 6 months when reviewed.

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    I have a bunch of links. I've got the 80, 250, 2-300's and the 500. The 300 is a great value and the sound that comes out is very robust. With the right placement the bass kicks and it has no problem filling out a big room. The 500 has more bass, obviously and is an amazing speaker in its own right. It's just that for the money and the sound that comes from it, the 300 just can't be beat. I listen to rock/alternative/hip-hop/classical/80's pop and plenty of the rock I listen to spans the ages. Sono's is just a hair clearer to me but they can't compete with the bass. I need to feel my music and No one would ever say that these speakers aren't clear. You'll never know Sonos is clearer without a side by side comparison and it's really being nit-picky, IMHO.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Blue Tooth Speaker!!

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    JBL has done a wonderful job with this intuitive Bluetooth speaker! The unit arrived packaged exceptionally well within a nice enclosure with a carrier handle. Setup was very user friendly and easy to employ! Wow, I must say that “Google Assistant” is far superior to “Alexa” in my humble opinion. As an owner of both, Google Assistant responds so much easier, informative and reliable. There are times I can ask “Alexa” questions and I either get, “I don’t know” or anything! JBL has certainly lived up to its name with great bass, clear audio and reliable communications. I immediately requested “Google Assistant” to play my Pandora list and this task was quickly and efficiently done. Overall, AWESOME JOB JBL!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    An amazing speaker, with Google Assistant built in

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    JBL is no slacker when it comes to speakers, and this is by far their best I've ever heard. The packaging is great, it feels like a much more expensive speaker. And the speaker itself is so nice, you get a feel that this is something very "top shelf", very high end. Turn on the speaker, and you'll likely be as amazed as I was/am. I was floored when I heard the amazing sound coming out of this speaker. It feels solid and decent, it sounds even better. Great bass, great treble, both of which I use on high. And this gives you a sense of surround sound, which is really amazing given the price point of this device. The thing I like about this is that it is a high end speaker first, but the level of Google Assistant quality was something I could never have imagined. The speaker has a WIFI indicator, so you know if you are connected or not. Plus, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button you can press to get Google to come on. I was able to call it from across the room without any hesitation - and consistently. I was surprised that this system had Chromecast built in - that was just a bonus on top of an already great speaker system. Of the Google Assistant products that I have tried, they are a good thought, but they don't deliver on performance. This does both very well. This would be good for anyone who wants the sound quality of an amazing speaker from JBL, but also wants the convience of Google Assistant. This is a good tabletop speaker, a good speaker for a desk at the office, or even for a kitchen. I love a good speaker, and this is not a disappointment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    superb sound

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    i bought two of these as i was setting up a multi speaker in my new apartment. google assistant is responsive, and the sound is so great! i love the balance and the base. highly recommended. easy pairing and setup as well with other Bluetooth devices.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Little Speaker

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    When I got this speaker, I was surprised by how small the box was. It was then my hopes for full, rich sound slumped. I opened up the box to find a tightly packaged, well-protected speaker, which is a plus in the days of online shopping and subsequent shipping. I plugged it in and was thoroughly impressed by the sound I was getting over just Bluetooth (I was eager to get it going). After listening to a song or two, I decided to connect it to the wifi for the full experience: casted music and voice commands. This is where the speaker shines. Casted music isn't compressed like Bluetooth and because of this, all your songs sound much fuller and richer. Deeper bass and sharper highs come out when casting. Also, by setting it up, you get access to speech commands and that is a huge help. Make no mistake, this is still a small, all-in-one speaker, so don't expect home theater sound, but for its size, it's quite impressive. The Google assistant is great and can be very helpful. From telling jokes, flipping a coin, playing music and radio stations, to providing estimated commute times, I'm impressed. A couple cons to note: I do think it's a tad expensive at $250, but seems to have been on sale since release at $200, which is a bit better. Another is the Google Home app that sets it up. It's not the quickest and doesn't always work the best. I can't really ding JBL for it, but it's worth noting. For example, today it kind of randomly forgot my account was linked, so it couldn't tell me about my commute. Not sure what was going on. Worked just a bit later though. Just kind of odd. At least the mics seem to pick you up well and consistently from considerable distance. Lastly, when I first played it, it was sitting on a granite countertop, which degraded the sound quality a bit. Holding it up in the air on my hand actually helped the sound, which makes sense; most speakers are elevated. Maybe JBL could include/sell a small pedestal to get it off the surface it's on? Just a thought. All in all, a great speaker that I am happy with

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    sound is great!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    I thought this was just a bluetooth speaker that worked with Google but it turns out it doubles as an assistant. It's in my office, which is my 900sqft finished basement space, and it easily fills the space with rich bass and nice tenor. Would highly recommend. I haven't found a problem with it yet that wasn't actually the fault of Google Assistant.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It’s The Little Things

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    Like anyone, I was a little skeptical as to how well the JBL Link 300 would work. I figured that at the very least I’d be getting a decent Blue Tooth speaker. Taking the 300 out of the box revealed that the device is a decent size and means to remind you that you have a personal assistant that’s ready to help you. Setting up and linking the 300 to Google Home is easy. There isn’t any hand-holding for you to endure. I immediately started playing music through the 300 and I was impressed by the sound that came out of it. I listen to a lot of EDM (electric dance music) and various rock like Nine Inch Nails and the deep beats that came pouring out were exciting. It also serves as an immersive speaker if you’re streaming videos on your phone. It’s amazing and fun. But let me talk about the personal assistant. The 300 responded to my voice efficiently without having to repeat myself or it giving me an answer to a question that I didn’t ask. I asked about the weather, what the top news was etc. These are the kind of things that I found myself asking while playing on my phone, reading other articles that would lead me to inquire about a topic mentioned but this time I didn’t have to create a new browser page and type in the subject matter which in turn can lead to a rabbit hole of browsing to a point where I forgot what I was initially looking up. I think we’ve all been in that situation at one point or another. The JBL also came in handy for setting the timer for baking a pizza or a pie. I was making garlic chicken on the stove top and because I left my phone in the other room, I wasn’t able to physically set a timer but I asked the 300 to set a timer for several minutes and I didn’t have to second guess anything. What’s better was that the JBL 300 was in the other room and it still heard my timer request and I was able to hear the confirmation of it. I have a cat that loves to knock things over while I’m asleep at night and I was feared that she might have the 300 in her sights. The rubberized bottom of the 300 prevents any kind of sliding due to bumps against the table or the whim of a feline that feels the need to redecorate. I can’t wait to discover other reasons to engage Google Home via the JBL Link 300. The 300 simply makes things easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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