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.