The JBL Link View could be another one of Google’s answers to the Echo Show

jbl-link-view

Google Assistant is coming to a number of screens, but not in the way that many of us may have thought. While we long anticipated Google to answer the challenge presented by Amazon’s Echo Show and its touchscreen smart speaker and home hub, we didn’t think the company would rely on hardware from third parties. But that’s precisely what Google did at CES 2018 with devices like the new JBL Link View, an 8-inch touchscreen that has Google Assistant built-in to answer all your pressing questions and control all your household appliances. As of this week, the JBL Link View has been made available for pre-order — now, you’ll have the opportunity to shell out $250 in order to receive a new Google Assistant-powered smart screen on Monday, September 3.

The JBL Link View also features a 5-megapixel camera and two front-firing 10W stereo speakers, as well as a rear-facing passive radiator that promises “rich, deep bass.” The oval face certainly looks different from the Echo Show’s more angular aesthetic, and JBL says that it’s used premium materials throughout the smart display to make cleaning easier. The smart display also includes Google Cast support for multiroom audio, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and IPX4 splash-proof protection so you can take the display to the pool.

Like all other Assistant-enabled smart speakers, the JBL Link can receive and respond to Assistant commands in order to control connected devices, add events to calendars, search the web, stream music, or anything else that Google’s smart helper can now do. And of course, with the added benefit of a screen, you’ll also be able to use the Link to make video calls, watch videos, or visualize information like a map.

All in all, the JBL smart display seems quite similar to the Lenovo Smart Display, which also debuted at CES 2018. Both are intended to be competitors to the Amazon Echo Show, which currently retails for $230 on Amazon, while the Google Home goes for $129 at Walmart. The JBL Link View, however, will likely try to differentiate itself based on its sound quality, which could be a major sell for customers looking not only for a smart home hub, but a good speaker too. We’ll just have to see how interested the general populace is in this newest smart speaker over the course of the next couple days.

Updated on August 2: The JBL Link View has been made available for pre-order this week. 

Smart Home

Google Assistant’s reminders will soon nag your significant other for you

Let Google take the heat for all that nagging: Google Assistant will soon allow you to assign reminders to others. The feature will roll out to Google Assistant-enabled phones, speakers, and displays over the next few weeks.
Smart Home

Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot: Which smart speaker is best for you?

Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get, Amazon's Echo or Echo Dot? We break down the differences between the two Amazon smart speakers.
Smart Home

Walmart cuts prices for Google Home smart speakers and displays for Labor Day

Walmart dropped a round of serious price cuts on Google Home smart home devices for its Labor Day sales event. We've found the best discounts on Google Home smart speakers, a smart display, and two Google Home starter kits,
Smart Home

Amazon and Walmart match lower prices on Echo Dot and Google Home Mini

Amazon and Walmart resumed their price competition on the entry-level smart speakers for the Amazon Echo and Google Nest Home smart home ecosystems. The price cuts have started with 40% discounts on the Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini.
Smart Home

Best smart plugs for inside your home

Smart plugs can make your dumb outlets smart. To help you choose the right one, we've rounded up the best smart plugs for your consideration. This selection covers smart plugs rated for indoor use.
Smart Home

Best smart padlocks of 2019

It's time you upgrade your padlock! The best smart padlocks can be controlled with an app and include many useful abilities, like tracking when the lock has been used or adding new fingerprint users. Check out our picks.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Racing drones and robotic ping pong trainers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Expect to see a lot more from Ikea in the smart home sector

Ikea is doubling down on its smart home efforts with the formation of a new business unit dedicated to the sector. The Swedish company said the move marks its biggest commitment to a single product line in more than 20 years.
Deals

Amazon drops Echo smart home device prices for Labor Day Sale

Amazon began dropping prices for Amazon Echo smart home devices for the upcoming Labor Day sales event. Alexa-compatible device price cuts by Amazon and Google Assistant device discounts at Walmart mean a big sale is on the way.
Deals

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
News

Fridge Eye camera adds smart features to your fridge or cabinets at a low price

If you've ever wanted to see the inside of your refrigerator while at the grocery store, the Fridge Eye offers that functionality without the hefty price tag of actual smart refrigerators.
Smart Home

Here are 5 intelligent uses for smart plugs

Smart plugs can make even the dumbest appliance controllable through an app on your phone or through voice commands using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Homekit. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate smart plugs into your…
Smart Home

Simplisafe adds to its security repertoire with much-anticipated smart home lock

Simplisafe has been killing it in the home security market for over a decade and now it's adding a new smart home lock to its repertoire that works in tandem with its popular video doorbell and security camera.
Smart Home

See the bad guys much more clearly with Defender’s 4K security system

The North American company Defender announced the launch of its new 4K resolution security system called the Defender 4K. Defender hopes to set itself apart from its competitors with ease of installation and lower price points.