JBL Link 10

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  • Dimensions: 6.7-inches x 3.4-inches (Height x Diameter)
  • Weight: 25.04 oz.
  • Product Line: JBL Link
  • Model: 10
  • Designed for: Portable Use
  • Type: Smart Speaker
  • Audio Formats: AAC-LC, FLAC, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV, OPUS, Vorbis
  • Colour: Black
  • Protection: Waterproof
  • Max Depth of Water-Resistant: 3.3 ft.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11
  • Internet Streaming Services: Chromecast, Pandora, Spotify and Google Play Music

Smart speakers, without a doubt, are all the rage nowadays, but what if you are looking for a single speaker that can be used on the go and at home? JBL covers its Link line of speakers that combines intelligent and Bluetooth speakers into a single item. When it comes to JBL's low-end Link line, JBL offers its entry-level JBL Link 10 Australia, a speaker that appears able to do it on paper, but has some problems in practice.

JBL Link 10 Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 6.7-inches x 3.4-inches (Height x Diameter)
  • Weight: 25.04 oz.
  • Product Line: JBL Link
  • Model: 10
  • Designed for: Portable Use
  • Type: Smart Speaker
  • Audio Formats: AAC-LC, FLAC, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV, OPUS, Vorbis
  • Colour: Black
  • Protection: Waterproof
  • Max Depth of Water-Resistant: 3.3 ft.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11
  • Internet Streaming Services: Chromecast, Pandora, Spotify and Google Play Music
  • Speaker Channel Type: Stereo
  • Battery: 4000mAh (Four Hours Runtime)
  • Platform: Google home

JBL Link 10 Design:

JBL Link 10 has the iconic cloth housing and cylindrical design of the company. The Link 10 is available in two colours only, i.e. black and white, which JBL probably limited to its speakers - so that it doesn't look out of place. The Link 10 fuses esthetically with its nearly generic design, which is good and bad, depending on your preference.

Although your voice can definitely be used to regulate the playback, you will discover physical controls for volume in the top, Bluetooth pairing, multimedia playback and dedicated Google Assistant button to activate if you're not going to say, "Hey, Google."   Mute and power buttons can be found on the back of the mic if you want privacy and access the micro USB port by the rubber door at the bottom to load the link 10 between sessions.

Four LED lights appear in front of the speaker when a command is being played by Google Assistant. There is also a LED wireless signal to inform you when the speaker is attached. When attached to your smartphone, the Bluetooth symbol on the top lights up.

JBL Link 10 Performance:

Since the JBL link 10 is mainly supported by its Google Assistant, let's start with how it is. The link 10 is decent with regard to voice recognition, but it will not be easy to hear your voice over loud music. The Apple HomePod does not provide you with any imaginative noise cancellation, but it should not come as a surprise in view of the cost and the form factor. When you listen to music in soft to moderate volumes, your voice commands are all right.

One thing that may irritate you is that the speaker takes quite a while to boot up. The speaker will fire up an average of 20 to 30 seconds, and we will begin to play your songs. Compare this with Bluetooth speakers that fire up instantly, and it is a frustrating experience.

The JBL Link 10 becomes impressively noisy in terms of sound quality, although the upper volume range has some distortions. The JBL Link 10 is characterized by a hot sound signature with a characteristic mid-bass bump. The Link 10 produces a good amount of bass for its size but cannot compare it to its larger siblings such as Link 20 and Pulse 3.

Battery life is estimated to be 4 hours which is quite disappointing. Unfortunately, it's undoubtedly a compromise to put Google Assistants in a mobile speaker as they use plenty of energy. It is a pity that JBL can't optimize Assistant to use lower power or allow it to disable it on the go for long Bluetooth hearing time compared with a purely mobile Bluetooth speaker such as the JBL Flip 4, which features 12 hours of listening.

JBL Link 10 Price:

The JBL Link 10 Price Australia ranges from AU$142-240 – varies from store to store. You get plenty of bang in this price tag, i.e. waterproofing, ability to use on the go and at home, Bluetooth and Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it cannot give a tough competition to its rivals in terms of battery – but its audio performance and convenience take it to the next level. Moreover, it’s a sturdy smart speaker that seems a better pick for many of us as compared to Google Home.