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[Update: Back on sale] Grab a refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker for $40 (50% off)

Before I bought my Google Home Mini, I used a portable Bluetooth Jawbone Jambox to play music at home, but when I built my smart home infrastructure, I wanted to use Assistant to control my tunes while still being able to carry them around the house. Back then, Google Homes couldn't connect to external Bluetooth speakers, so I invested in a portable Sony one with Chromecast support so I could still enjoy some music while showering.

Nevertheless, a few truly portable and wireless smart speakers later came out on the market and let you interact with Assistant without worrying about cables.

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5 of our favorite tech deals this week: fitness trackers, smart speakers, and more

It's crazy to think that you can now upgrade your smartphone with an extra terabyte of storage just by popping in a tiny microSD card — we saw availability of the first 1TB card get underway just a few days ago. Of course, while that's an option, you'll pay dearly for being an early adopter, with the card going for around $450. Thankfully some much more budget-friendly alternatives exist, and we're checking one out among the rest of this week's best deals.

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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: TVs, speakers, and making it rain

It's a weird time to be a smartphone shopper. Should you be holding out until your next phone is 5G? Will 5G even impact your usage, for that matter? And assuming Samsung can resolve its manufacturing kinks, could a crazy folding-screen phone actually be in your future? As you try to work your way through those critical decisions, here are a couple of our favorite deals from the past week to distract you:

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Refurbished JBL Link 300 with Assistant and Cast support on sale for $80 ($45 off)

There are a lot of good portable speakers out there, but most come with just Bluetooth and AUX input options. The JBL Link 300 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has Google Assistant and Cast support, making it a Google Home of sorts. JBL is currently selling the certified refurbished Link 300 for $80 on its website — that's $45 less than a new speaker at Best Buy and $170 off the $250 MSRP.

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Get a JBL Boombox Bluetooth speaker for $343 ($107 off) from Amazon

JBL's huge and waterproof Bluetooth speaker, the Boombox, is currently on sale over on Amazon for $342.58. This beast is meant for those who want a powerful, portable way to listen to music, something that can withstand a lot of punishment. Even from just looking at it, the Boombox looks like it fits that bill.

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Refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker on sale for $50 ($30 off)

Most Assistant speakers are tied to a power outlet, but the JBL Link 10 can go where you go. It debuted at a rather hefty $150, but the price has since dropped to around $80. Now, you can get a Link 10 for even less cash, as long as you're cool with a refurb. The speaker is on eBay for $49.99.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win one of three JBL Everest Elite headphones with Google Assistant (US)

What's better than Google Assistant, you may ask? What about Google Assistant... on your headphones. We've partnered with JBL to give away three of the company's Everest Elite headphones, which have Google Assistant built-in.

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Google Assistant phone calls are spreading to more third-party speakers

Feature parity is a huge point of contention in Android, and now in Google Assistant speakers too. Whenever Google announces a new ability for its Home line-up, you can toss a coin and it's pretty much 50-50 whether this will work on Assistant speakers from other brands. For phone calls, the situation has been more dire. Even though Google Home users could make a voice call starting August 2017 (in the US first), those with third-party speakers didn't have that option. But things are getting better.

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JBL's Link Google Assistant speakers are 57% off at Newegg for today only

JBL makes some of the best smart Google Assistant speakers around, from the portable Link 10 to the premium Link 500. Right now, you can get the company's entire lineup of Assistant speakers for 57% off at Newegg, including the Link 10 for $79.95.

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The JBL Link Bar release has been pushed back to summer

The JBL Link bar looked like an interesting Google-infused product when it popped up in May 2018, but it has been chronically delayed ever since. JBL started taking pre-orders in August of last year, but it missed the fall ship date, Now, the spring 2019 ship date is being pushed back to summer.

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