JBL Flip

The Good The affordable JBL Flip is a compact portable Bluetooth speaker that is designed to be used horizontally or vertically. It sounds good and plays loudly for its size, has speakerphone capabilities, and ships with a neoprene carrying case.

The Bad The unit is powered by a generic, somewhat bulky AC adapter instead of USB, and the 5-hour battery life is only OK. It doesn't handle bass-heavy material incredibly well.

The Bottom Line The JBL Flip's decent performance and attractive design make it a worthy Bluetooth speaker contender at $100.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 8.0
  • Value 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Portable Bluetooth speaker stands tall

JBL has been making a push into the portable speaker space with several products, including the Micro Wireless and the Flip Bluetooth speaker. The larger Flip, which gets its name because you can set it up horizontally or vertically, retails for $99.99 and includes speakerphone capabilities.

At this price, it sits between the Jawbone Jambox, the Beats Pill, and several other contenders in the $150-$200 price range, and smaller speakers such as JBL's Micro and Philips' grenade-shaped SoundShooter SBT30ORG/37, which costs $50 and also has speakerphone functionality. The smaller Logitech UE Mobile Boombox, a direct competitor, retails for $99.95.

While the JBL has a couple of small drawbacks, all in all I thought it sounded decent for the money and was a solid value.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $99
  • Brand Harman
  • Color Black
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