CNET First Look
JBL's Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker is the best Flip yetJBL has redesigned its popular Flip speaker, making it fully waterproof and slightly larger, which leads to better sound.
[MUSIC] At first glance, JBL's Flip 4 bluetooth portable speaker looks very similar to the Flip 3 but it is actually a slightly bigger speaker weighing in it one point one four pounds or point one four pounds more than its predecessor and is covered in a more durable fabric with a tighter weave. As part of that external design change, the Flip 4 gets some changes on the inside, including new drivers. And presumably a bigger battery that delivers 12 hours of battery life, instead of the Flip 3's ten hours. The speakers also now fully water proof instead of just splash proof. Like the Flip 3, the Flip 4 can be set up vertically or laid down horizontally. And comes with a removable lanyard that allows you to hand the speaker from the shower head. Red or a branch outside available in six colors it cost a $100. So how much better is the Flip 4 and how does it stack up against the wireless mini Bluetooth speaker competition at its price point? Short answer to the first questions that it's actually a significant upgrade over the Flip 3. Not only does it play a little louder but it sounds better with improved base response and slightly better clarity. I compared this figure to Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, which also costs $100. The Wonderboom is shorter and squatter and delivers more bass. It comes off as a bigger speaker than the Flip 4. However, with some tracks, the Flip 4 sounded more natural, particularly in the mid-range. And I preferred its sound when listening to certain songs. Or rather one room does come out on top for sound quality. It's a close race and for it's size and price the Flip Four is a very good performer and adds such extras as a built in microphone so it works as a speakerphone. It's easily the best Flip Yet. I'm David Carma for cnet.com thanks for watching. [MUSIC]