JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker Review 2019
When JBL Flip 2 was released, it took people by surprise. Not because of its compact design, but it was one of the first portable wireless speakers that sounded good. Now JBL has released a new version, the JBL Flip 2 that looks very much similar to the previous version, but promises to be an improved take on the JBL Flip.
Build & Design
The JBL Flip 2 that we have is jet black, it is available in a wide range of colors including white, blue, yellow and red. There aren’t quite many colors as the original Flip has, but still, it’s a nice range. Unlike a lot of compact wireless speakers, it isn’t just small, it’s very conveniently easy to carry around anywhere you go. The beautiful cylindrical shape and weight of less than one pound add more convenience.
The best thing about this speaker is that it can be oriented either horizontally or vertically. The way it is designed, the speakers are slightly tilted upward, no matter which direction you prefer.
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Bluetooth connectivity works great with the JBL Flip 2. When you turn on the speaker for the first time, all you have to do is select it and pair from the device of your choice. A spare jack on the back of the Flip 2 speaker allows you to use devices that don’t support Bluetooth at all, though you’ll need your own cable.
This speaker has dedicated volume buttons. It also has a call answer button for speakerphone functionality. Bluetooth range surpasses 30 feet, you must remain within this range for better connectivity. The sound quality is very good. The JBL Flip 2 speaker uses SoundClear echo and noise cancellation that leads to overall good call quality.
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Every product has a downside and for this speaker, its battery life. At a little over 5 hours, the battery doesn’t hold up as many other wireless speakers. And if played at the higher volume it can be pushed down to under 5 hours. One best thing about it is that the speaker can be charged through USB. The A.C adapter that comes with it is a USB wall plug and cable, so you can easily plug the JBL Flip 2 into your computer while doing your work to charge up throughout the day.
At first glance of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker, one might not be expecting it to sound very good. There is a very slight stereo separation, but it’s noticeable when you’re too close to the speaker. At this compact size, this is expected. What was not expected is how loud the JBL Flip 2 speaker can get. As you push highest volumes, it begins to sound harsh, probably the volume between 70–80% cannot adversely affect the sound.
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