The minute we arrived in Las Vegas for CES 2018 it was evident that Google Assistant was going to be a theme. The advertising was overwhelming and many products using Google Assistant were unveiled, including the JBL LINK View display speaker. The LINK View is much like a few other Google Assistant speakers being shown off at CES and all of them are an answer to Amazon’s Echo Show. Like other offerings, this device is designed to offer up entertainment, information, and act as a hub for your smart things.
“When we launched the LINK series last year it represented a major milestone for us, as the first voice-activated, multi-room speakers to use Google Assistant and deliver Grammy® award-winning JBL sound,” said Lou Schreurs, VP, Connected Home & Luxury Audio BU, General Management. “Research shows voice activated speakers are no mere novelty. Sixty percent of owners now consider them a necessity. By continuing to enhance their experience by adding HD display with a touchscreen and a front-facing camera, people will find even more ways to make these speakers an important part of their lives, routines, and enjoyment.”
The high-resolution touchscreen and camera is framed by two front-firing stereo speakers and a rear-facing passive radiator, delivering JBL Signature Sound with rich, deep bass. Made with premium materials that easily wipe clean, and designed to have a small footprint to take up minimal counter space, the JBL LINK View seamlessly integrates into any room in the house. Users can set it up in the kitchen, and with the Google Assistant, follow along with a recipe, video call with friends, scroll through vacation photos, cast YouTube videos or connect the device to other LINK speakers for a multi-room listening experience.
“With smart displays, we’re bringing the Google Assistant to a new class of device that delivers a fully interactive and visual experience. Smart displays can do everything the Google Assistant speakers can, with the additional benefit of a beautiful touchscreen. They make it easy to watch YouTube videos, enjoy personal photos, follow recipes, control smart home devices and more,” said Chris Turkstra, Director, Google Assistant. “We’re excited to bring the LINK View to market with JBL and are committed to delivering a helpful, visual Google Assistant experience.”
- Google Assistant
- Chromecast control
- 2 x 10W speakers
- Dedicated passive radiator
- HD audio streaming
- 8″ HD display
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- IPX4 splashproof
The JBL LINK View will be coming summer 2018 with pricing to be announced at a later date.