JBL Clip Review
JBL Clip is a small speaker with a low price and easy to carry around. The clip-on carabiner is a pretty intelligent design feature that sets the Clip apart from many competitors. You will not even notice the speaker when holding it in your bag. Just make sure you don’t have sharp objects inside as well, not to chip off the paint from the speaker’s grille. Also, remember that Clip is not waterproof, so avoid being close to the pool.
- You can clip the speaker anywhere
- Good sound for its size
- Built-in speakerphone
- Short battery life
JBL Clip dimensions are 4.2 x 3.4 x 1.6 inches, so a small speaker can easily fit in a bag. The weight is 5 ounces, and it comes in a few different colors such as blue, red, purple, and gray. A metal grille hides a 40 mm driver responsible for the sound. The rated power input is 3.2 watts.
The speaker got the name Clip because of the small loop on its top, a carabiner that helps the speaker attach securely anywhere.
There is speakerphone functionality with a call answer/end button on the speaker’s side, next to the volume controls, and the Bluetooth button for easy pairing. The buttons are a bit stiff and come across as unresponsive at times, so you need to use a little force to control the speaker.
An integrated cord with a 3.5 mm jack is a nice touch, allowing you to connect the speaker to another device without Bluetooth. The 11.5-inch cable can wind around the speaker and fasten the connector plug on the back. It is a fabulous solution.
There are two other connections, such as Micro USB for charging the battery and input for linking other Clips together.
If you charge the speaker through a USB port on your PC, it will take several hours to charge fully. The battery life is about five hours, which is not much, but it is expected for a small-sized speaker with a Li-ion battery of 600 mAh. The blue light on JBL Clip front turns red when the battery gets low. That means you have around 20 minutes of playing before the power runs out.
Pairing is simple and easy. Once you power the speaker on, it immediately enters pairing mode, and you can pair it with a device of your choice. There is a blue indicator light o the speaker’s front that blinks until pairing is done. The Bluetooth range is about 30 feet, which is relatively standard, and the connection is steady without breakups. The Bluetooth is 3.0.
Our expectations depend on what we are looking for, so when you see a small speaker, the bar is not very high.
Regarding the lows, you can’t expect enormous bass from such a tiny speaker as JBL Clip. But it is interesting that even if you crank the volume, there won’t be much distortion. Another thing is that the bass doesn’t depend on the speaker’s placement. It sounds the same on a table, floor, or hanging in the air. Just do not expect booming bass.
The Clip is most substantial in the mid-range and has a full sound, considering its size. The highs have detail and do not sound harsh. There is no annoying hint of FM radio-like sound that usually follows the higher notes in smaller speakers.
With one speaker, there is no stereo, and the volume is not very loud, but in general, it is a decent sound, with a strong balance of treble and midrange tones.
It is best to play music at low and medium levels because the JBL Clip is not for parties but more for listening to music on your desktop, watching movies, TV shows, etc. Compared to the tiny speakers included in mobile phones and laptops, the Clip blows them away by a mile. It is also better than many other ultraportable Bluetooth speakers.
It performs well as a speakerphone, although it is best if you are not too far away from the speaker.
The JBL Clip is an inexpensive speaker that checks all the boxes needed from an ultraportable Bluetooth speaker. It is cheap, small and sounds good. It is a big step further, compared to the sound of the built-in speakers in mobiles and laptops. It is a lightweight speaker that you won’t even notice when carrying it around. The battery life is somewhat limited, but that is nothing compared to all the positive things you get in return.