JBL's Clip speakers have been among our favorite micro Bluetooth speakers, and the new Clip 2, which comes in five color options and costs $60 (£50, AU$80), is also a winner.
The Clip 2 has couple of notable changes from its predecessor. For starters, it's fully waterproof. It also comes equipped with a real metal carabiner instead the plastic "clip" mechanism found on the Clip and Clip+. And finally, battery life has been improved to eight hours from five.
Like those earlier models, this one has a nifty integrated audio cable for devices that don't support Bluetooth, and there's a built-in speakerphone that works reasonably well.
As you can see from our video, the speaker initially floats when you put in water. But eventually it will sink. I gently put it in a pool and it played for about 10 seconds and then cut out as it dipped a little below the surface. It's rated to be submerged in four feet of water for 30 minutes. But drop it in a deep lake or ocean and you'll want to rescue it pretty quickly or you won't see it again.
On the sound front, I didn't notice a significant improvement, but the speaker still sounds relatively impressive for its tiny size. There's some bass, just not a lot of it, and the speaker will distort at higher volumes with certain bass-heavy tracks, such as the American Authors' "Best Day of My Life" (I tested this speaker with some of the same music as the Clip+). It's strongest in the midrange, and it does best with acoustic music and speech.