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JBL Go 3 Review – Portable Speaker with Bluetooth

JBL Go 3 review

One of the smallest JBL Bluetooth speakers family members has received one of the most significant improvements for 2021. The new design makes all the difference.

Say hello to JBL Go 3, and it’s an entirely new look. Instead of the previous models’ plastic design, it has a durable fabric instead. Despite the small size, this micro Bluetooth speaker has an imposing sound.

Just as its more expensive brother JBL Clip 4 comes in various colors. You can buy it in black, blue, gray or teal.

This speaker can play in a horizontal or vertical position without the risk of sliding on smoother surfaces when playing loud because of the rubberized bottom and sides. JBL Go 3 has an excellent boxy design, making it easier to stand up and play music in the direction you prefer, rather than just facing the ceiling.


  • Pocket-size speaker with great sound for its size
  • Nice design
  • Charges via USB-C
  • IPX 67 water resistance and dustproof
  • Integrated loop
  • Affordable


  • Only 5 hours battery life
  • No speakerphone
  • Limited controls

Both JBL Go 3 and JBL Clip 4 are excellent pocket Bluetooth speakers, but for many people, JBL Go3 might be a better choice.

The JBL Clip 4 is louder and has a better bass (because it has a 5-watt speaker compared with the 3 watts of the JBL Go 3), but it is also more expensive and with a less attractive design. JBL Go 3 is about 0.21kg, making it slightly lighter than the JBL Clip 4 with its 0.24 kilograms.

Despite the size of the Go 3, this little guy will surprise you with the sound output.

The speaker sounds quite well with less demanding tracks, the bass is nice, but the midrange is where it truly excels. So it is perfect for acoustic music, for example. It will surely give better sound to the movies you like to watch than your smartphone or tablet.

We all know JBL has many powerful Bluetooth speakers to offer, but don’t expect a strong bass from this little fellow. It can’t make a dance party come to life unless the party is in a phone booth. In a way, JBL Go 3 has the purpose of playing background music with the best settings of 50% – 70% levels of its volume. If you have a more demanding track with more instruments playing simultaneously and the speaker is up to the max, it might sound harsh for the ear.

From the competitors of JBL Go 3, we can mention the following:

– Bose SoundLink Micro (this speaker has more bass but is also more expensive, and it is an older model that needs an upgrade),

– The Tribit StormBox Micro,

– The previously mentioned bigger brother, JBL Clip 4.

Performance of JBL GO 3

Of all these micro Bluetooth speakers, the Tribit StormBox Micro is a value pick because you get 9W power for that price; it has slightly better sound than Go 3 and worth mentioning the ability to pair with another speaker. Also, there is better battery life. Tribit StormBox Micro has up to 8 hours of battery, compared to the 5 hours of Go 3. On the other hand, it has a better design and overall look.

JBL Clip 4 also has better sound quality and better battery life (up to 10 hours).

JBL Go 3 doesn’t pair, and you can’t connect several speakers in a Partyboost mode like it is possible with other Bluetooth models from JBL, like Flip 5, Charge 4, and Charge 5. Also, there is no audio input, so you can’t plug in a non-Bluetooth device like it was possible with the previous model, Go 2.

The Go 3 has upgraded Bluetooth 5.1 and IPX 67 water resistance, but not IPX 7. It means the speaker can be in shallow water for a short period. It is also dustproof.

Overall decision

Despite its limitations, this JBL Go 3 speaker sounds much better than you can imagine from just the sight of it. As far as the design is concerned, it looks much better than all the previous models and feels more durable and resistant to drops or falls. There is nothing not to like about this small speaker, and if there are any discounts and sales in the year, it will make it an even better chance to purchase it or give it as a present for holidays.

JBL Go 3 Review – Portable Speaker with Bluetooth
JBL Go 3 Review – Portable Speaker with Bluetooth


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