JLab MiniBlaster review: JLab MiniBlaster

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The JLab MiniBlaster features an ultracompact, travel-friendly design optimized for the iPod Nano; can be powered via batteries or a wall adapter; includes auxiliary line in for other MP3 players; surprisingly loud for its size.

The Bad The MiniBlaster sounds tinny and offers little in the way of bass or stereo separation; doesn't charge the Nano.

The Bottom Line The JLab MiniBlaster may not sound stellar, but its tiny size makes up for its so-so sound quality. Travel-addicted Nano owners should take note.

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Editors' Note: The rating on this review has been lowered from 6.3 to 6.0 due to changes in the competitive marketplace.

JLab Audio entered the U.S. market at the beginning of this year, choosing to debut at CES. The company announced a limited array of products, including a USB speaker, a pair of earbuds, and a tiny speaker designed for the iPod Nano, the MiniBlaster. The unit, which is available in either black or white to match your iPod of choice, went on sale at the end of June with a tempting $49.95 price tag.

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JLab MiniBlaster (white)

Part Number: 854291001020
Low Price: $9.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color white
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 0.5 Watt
  • Speaker Type portable speaker
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers