Tong Zhang
(Senior Editor)
11/30/15 07:38 PM
JBL Clip+ Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

JBL's Clip+ is the ruggedized, splashproof version of the Clip; a carabiner equipped personal Bluetooth speaker. Once paired with your Bluetooth capable device, you can stream music and make hands-free telephone calls anywhere thanks to its 5-hour rechargeable battery. Just clip it to almost anything (belt loops, backpacks, purses, nose rings, etc.) and you're off and running. And, thanks to the splashproof construction of the Clip+, you can use it in moderately wet environments such as mist, fog, light rain, or poolside. Just don't charge submerge it try to charge it while it's wet because the Clip+ is splashproof, not waterproof.



For me, the Clip+ paired in seconds, and I was able to listen to music continuously while hanging Christmas lights, putting out decorations, and cooking a turkey; all on a single charge (the manual specifies approximately 5-hours). The output quality is quite good, especially for such a small and light speaker. I experienced no distortion at high volume, but remember: this is a personal speaker so don't expect its highest volume to fill a room the way a larger, heavier speaker would. Portability has its price, and in this case, JBL has struck an excellent balance. For those times when Bluetooth isn't a good option, the Clip+ includes a built-in mini plug. Simply remove it from its storage place on the back of the device and unwind it. When you're finished, it's easy to return to its storage place, thanks to some thoughtful engineering on the part of JBL. One nifty, yet often overlooked feature of many of JBL's portable speakers is the ability to daisy chain them together. To do this, simply unwind the mini plug of one speaker and plug it into the audio-in port on another. Your music will stream simultaneously from both speakers for twice the sound. Lastly, the Clip+ is available in 8 perky color options (black, blue, grey, orange, red, green, yellow, and purple).



Summary

The Clip+ is an excellent personal Bluetooth Speaker with a lot of neat features and a competitive price. It's signature feature, the carabiner clip is about as handy as you might think; and the rugged, splashproof construction means you can really take this thing almost anywhere. Highly recommended.



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Rugged, splashproof design. Great sound for size/weight. Integrated carabiner. Headphone jack stows neatly away when not in use. Built-in microphone for phone calls. Supports daisy chaining. 8 color options.
What's Not: Maximum output will be too soft for large rooms, groups.
Price: $44.95
Website: JBL

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton





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