Portable JBL Link 20 speaker with Google Assistant scores $152 discount to drop to $48 (refurbished)

Portable JBL Link 20 speaker with Google Assistant scores $152 discount to drop to $48 (refurbished)
Amazon and Google don't just sell the world's most popular smart speakers, also maintaining very expansive product portfolios that offer customers plenty of diversity and choice in terms of size, power, and price points. But for some reason, if you want to buy a portable speaker with a built-in voice assistant, you need to settle for a third-party option from an audio-specialized brand like Harman Kardon or JBL.

That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course, especially when you can get devices like the Harman Kardon Allure (with Alexa) or JBL Link 20 (with Google Assistant) at a massive discount. The latter model is on sale right now both on JBL and Harman's official websites at a measly $47.99 after a mind-blowing $152 price cut.

Granted, you are looking at refurbished units here rather than brand-new, unused, and unopened devices, but it doesn't seem like you have anything to worry about as far as the working and cosmetic condition of the deeply discounted Link 20 is concerned. The voice-activated portable speaker even comes with a full 1-year warranty in addition to a robust list of features including "rich stereo sound" and 10 hours of (theoretical) autonomy between charges in continuous playtime.

Naturally, this is not the world's most powerful wireless Bluetooth speaker, supporting 20-watt audio output, but at under 50 bucks, it has a lot of cool things going for it, from a waterproof design covered in a sleek fabric material combined with a rubber housing for an extra touch of durability to built-in Chromecast technology. Undoubtedly, the versatility of the built-in Google Assistant is the key selling point of the JBL Link 20, which is capable of answering your questions from across the room, as well as on the move. All for the low, low price of $47.99... if you hurry.

Check out the deal at JBL and Harman



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7 Comments

2. badgerred79

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 19, 2019

Don't. These things could be $10, and they'd still be a waste of money. I bought my Link 20 in February 2018. About six months later, it started popping and clicking. Sent it in for a warranty exchange. Same problem with the new speaker. Used it as a dumb speaker (didn't connect it to WiFi), which fixed the problem. And then earlier this week the charging port stopped working. Worst tech purchase I've ever made.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How the hell is this a waste of money at that price? Then Apples HomePod is worth no more than $20. Also I don't believe you for one second about the clicking and popping. I have this speaker and it sounds great outside with its stereo sound. It's even waterproof, and has Chromecast, multi-room support, and it has the best Assistant around. These normally list at $200 USD.

4. matistight

Posts: 1008; Member since: May 13, 2009

HomePod is a large speaker, these JBL's are small portable speakers. They are not in the same tier, so they should be not as good as the HomePod.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The HomePod is not that large of a speaker, it's 6.8 inches in height, and 5.6 inches wide. More like an overstuffed fat toilet role. This Link 20 is 8.3 inches in height, and 3.7 inches wide. The HomePod is not stereo, and they cost a lot more money ($300 USD), and they do a lot less. You need to buy two HomePods in order to listen to stereo music. That would put the price past $600 USD. The Link 20 is stereo sound, portable, waterproof, has Bluetooth, wifi, and Chromecast support. All of which is missing from Apples HomePod. The only connectivity to the HomePod is Airplay. The best part is this inexpensive speaker right now has a superior voice assistant called Google Assistant. It can play more music and do more things by just using your voice. You can even run 3rd party developers apps. iOS developers still cannot make any standalone Siri apps for Apples one and only HomePod. If you want to play anything else other than Apple music. Then you have to use an iPhone to play it, and then airplay it over to the HomePod. Anyone with half a brain would stay away from the HomePod. Overpriced, and it sucks at being a smart speaker. No wonder why Apples HomePod sales are pitiful, and down.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 488; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

this Link20 is a junk. trust me.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone that just writes "this Link20 is a junk. trust me.". Clearly has to be trolling.

6. SyCo87

Posts: 325; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

This JBL is solid from my experience, well worth the $54. My only issue is that it takes forever to turn on.

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