The new JBL Clip+ comes with an identical design as the company’s earlier Clip micro Bluetooth speaker. This new speaker also sounds the same as the predecessor, so what is new about it?
Well, the plus sign in its name indicates that it comes with one small feature addition and that is the splashproof feature. This means that users can take the speaker out in the rain or clean it with water when it gets dirty. However, it is important to know that users can’t fully submerge it.
Like its predecessor model, JBL Clip+ has 0.34 pounds and delivers good and accurate sound for its small size. The new speaker is available in multiple color options and has the price of 50 dollars. To be mentioned that this is a mono speaker and is designed to be worn or laid flat. It has a carabiner-style, with a clip at the top, meaning that it can be attached to a strap on the users’ backpack or even on a belt or anywhere else.
This speaker can also be used as a speakerphone, because it comes with a built-in microphone and a call answer/end button that is positioned on the side of the speaker. However, there are also volume controls and a dedicated Bluetooth button for easy pairing. It’s unknown if users really use this functionality, but the speakerphone quality is decent, but not exactly business-grade.
JBL Clip+ also comes with an integrated cord that allows users to connect the speaker to non-Bluetooth-enabled device or the audio output on a laptop computer. Despite its size, this speaker sounds pretty good and plays with enough volume to fill an entire room. This speaker also delivers some bass, not a lot, but decent. To be mentioned that the sound will distort with certain tracks at higher volumes.
Compared with other Bluetooth speakers on the market, there is the Logitech X100 that probably delivers a slightly better sound and costs 40 dollars. However, it isn’t as compact as the JBL Clip+ and it doesn’t feature an integrated carabiner. The JBL speaker comes with a battery life rating of 5 hours, which is not very great.