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First Look: JBL Clip: Tiny, travel-friendly Bluetooth speaker adds a key feature

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First Look: JBL Clip: Tiny, travel-friendly Bluetooth speaker adds a key feature

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JBL's $50 micro wireless speaker now has speakerphone capabilities (and a clip on top)

[MUSIC] This is the JBL Clip, a $50 mini bluetooth speaker that's the successor to JBL's popular micro wireless speaker. It's very similar to that micro, but has a couple of small changes, including a carabiner style clip at the top instead of a closed loop. I'm David Carnoy, and welcome to another CNET first look video. Like it's predecessor, the clip delivers good sound for it's small size. This is a mono speaker. It's designed to be laid flat or worn. Yes, JBL calls this a ready to wear speaker. Aside from the clip, the other big change here is the addition of speaker phone functionality. There's a call, answer, end button on the side of the speaker, along with volume controls and a dedicated bluetooth button for easy pairing. Other extras include an audio input as well as integrated cord that allows you to connect the speaker to a non bluetooth enabled device. Or the audio output on a laptop computer. It's pretty nifty how the cord stows in the bottom of the speakers. As I said sound quality's pretty good for what this speaker is. There's some bass, just not a lot of it, and the speaker will distort with certain tracks at higher volumes. It's strongest in the mid range, and does well with acoustical material, and with speech, and it makes a good light weight companion for a tablet or smart phone for watching movie, television shows, and sporting events. It's rated as having five hours of battery life, which isn't that long, but about average to this size speaker. There are other speakers out there like this one, and it's not ruggedized like Divoom's Voombox Travel, which also costs $50. Since it doesn't come with any sort of carrying case, it's also probably a good idea to cover it with something, especially if you have sharp objects in your bag because the paint on the grill can chip off. But all in all this retains the same likeable qualities as the earlier micro wireless. While adding speaker phone capabilities, and it's recommended for someone looking for a very compact speaker. It can produce decent enough sound for its tiny size. I'm David Carnoy, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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