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JBL Clip+ review: Top micro wireless speaker adds water resistance

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The Good The JBL Clip+ Bluetooth speaker is a compact, hockey-puck size speaker that has a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery, offers decent enough sound for its size, and is water-resistant. It also has an integrated line-in cable that stows away in the bottom of the device, as well as speakerphone capabilities.

The Bad It doesn't handle big bass well and distorts at higher volumes. It isn't fully waterproof.

The Bottom Line JBL's Clip+ takes an already well-designed, travel-friendly and affordable Bluetooth speaker and adds water resistance.

7.9 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Sound 7
  • Value 7

The JBL Clip+ looks almost identical to the company's earlier Clip micro Bluetooth speaker -- and sounds the same -- but has one small feature addition, as the plus sign in its name indicates.

It's splashproof.

That means you can take it out the rain or even rinse it off if it gets dirty. But you can't fully submerge it.

Like the original Clip, the 0.34-pound (154 gram) Clip+ delivers good sound for its small size and is available in multiple color options for $50, £45 or AU$80. This is a mono speaker and is designed to be laid flat or worn -- its signature design feature is a carabiner-style clip at the top that allows you to attach the speaker to a strap on your backpack, a belt loop or whatever else you want to clip it to.

What you get in the box. Sarah Tew/CNET

It's unclear how much people are using these small speakers as speakerphones, but this model does offer that functionality, with a built-in microphone and a call answer/end button on the side of the speaker. There are volume controls too, and a dedicated Bluetooth button for easy pairing. Speakerphone quality was decent enough but not exactly business-grade.

Also on board is an audio input as well an integrated cord that allows you to connect the speaker to non-Bluetooth-enabled devices or the audio output on a laptop computer. It's pretty nifty how the cord stows in the bottom of the speaker.

An auxiliary cord for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices is integrated into the bottom of the speaker. Sarah Tew/CNET

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