Until last year, one had to pay few bucks for a portable Bluetooth speaker which is worth your ears time, but this latest generation the JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speakers is pocket-friendly, which is a good deal if you are getting such good quality speakers. Here we will give you the JBL flip three review.
JBL Flip 3 – Design
First, we will give JBL flip three reviews of its design. There are tons of tube-shaped and portable Bluetooth speakers in the stores out there. But JBL flip 3 design is sleek, simple and safe to hold. It has rubber seal making it splash proof, covered by a smooth black trim and a speaker mesh. As compared to the previous versions of JBL flip 3 speakers, this one has got a major design upgrade, and it looks great. The Flip 3 is 6.7 x 2.5-inch cylinder with angled finishes, surrounded by a net fabric. Inside the JBL Flip speakers are two 1.5-inch drivers that produce the sound. The bass radiator covers the ends, which is a very good idea borrowed from JBL’s larger Charge 2+.
The JBL Bass radiators add a significant visual element as in comparison to other speakers in the market. We tested the speakers with music genres of the full range, and it was pretty cool the wayside radiators were pumping as the music was flowing through them.
The Flip 3 comes in a bunch of colors: red, pink, yellow, orange, teal, grey, black and blue. The speakers are full in one color, except for the end-caps. The Flip 3 has controls for speakerphone, volume, and Bluetooth-pairing on the speaker, but it’s a big hassle to access them because they are at the back of the unit. The controls color is also like the fabric, causing them to blend in. There is also a power button and battery indicator. The speaker has a latch keeping the water out. It also protects the micro USB connector and 3.5-mm input for the wired connections.
JBL Flip3 – Speakerphone
In JBL Flip 3 review, JBL produced a better sound via the speakerphone as compared to the other portable Bluetooth speakers. The voices of the people we talked to sounded pretty full and they couldn’t tell that we were talking through the microphone built in the Bluetooth speaker. They also said that we sounded better than iPhone’s speakerphone. The call quality of JBL Flip is great.
JBL Flip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Connectivity
The most important feature of the portable speakers is the connectivity. With Bluetooth, you are usually a bit limited, but Flip 3 uses Bluetooth 4.1 which has a 30 meters standard range. Along with Bluetooth, JBL Flip 3 also has a connect feature. This feature allows two speakers to connect together or with any other compatible JBL predecessor for higher sound. Although this app is not much required yet, it adds cool features to JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker.
JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker – Battery Life
One of the biggest issues that plague portable devices is the lack of battery. Here we will give JBL flip 3 reviews of its battery life. JBL Flip 3 claims an improved battery life up to 10 hours on full charge. However listening music for about 10 hours at a moderate volume, we still had more than half battery left. Flip 3 takes about three and a half hours to get recharged completely. Though we found that leaving it on the charger for only 10 minutes gave us enough juice to use it for one more hour, which is good if you don’t have enough time to charge. UE Boom 2 claims a much better battery life of about 15 hours. While testing, we found it to work until 12 hours only. Still, it is better than 10 hours of Flip 3.
Both speakers tell you about how much battery life is there. The JBL Flip 3 has five indicator lights on the back which is a good feature in comparison with other speakers, but UE Boom 2 wins the game here. UE Boom 2 has an audible readout of the battery level. All you have to do is hold the + and –buttons, and the voice will tell you how much battery is left.
JBL Flip 3 Splash Proof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Sound quality
The JBL Flip 2 was among our favorite speakers since a long time because of its excellent sound quality and also its low price. We were curious to check out the flip three sound quality and write a JBL flip three review also. It holds up to its ancestors, and we weren’t surprised about that this one looks very good too.
The JBL Flip 3 has significantly improved regarding sound quality as compared to its previous generations like JBL clip speaker and is a perfect competitor of $100 Bluetooth speakers. You can read about the JBL clip speaker here: JBL clip Bluetooth Speaker review. Each driver is 8 watts. This JBL flip 3 has decent power for a small speaker. We measured around 90 decibels at maximum volume, but at that level, it distorted very badly. The speaker sounded pretty good at 85 decibels, which is good enough sound to fill a room.
At low volume, the sound is full for JBL flip 3 splash-proof wireless Bluetooth speaker of this size. It can be felt if you put it on a table and allow the external bass radiators to work. The mids were a little forward and good enough to hear the guitars and vocals of the singers which is a good experience indeed. The background synths were a little muddy but weren’t a big issue or annoying. When sound is turned up high at maximum, it gets a little harsh. It is perfect if you keep it slightly under the maximum volume.
The JBL Flip 3 is the new hyped portable Bluetooth speaker which is splash proof and is designed to be used both vertically and horizontally. JBL has outdone themselves with both the built and design by introducing the new Flip 3 JBL. The speaker can be easily paired with Android and iOS devices. You will also get JBL flip 3 manual with the Bluetooth speakers.