The sound of the small portable bluetooth speaker, the JBL Clip, is nothing to write home about, but some clever design ideas makes this micro speaker stand out in the crowd.
The Clip is a pretty little thing. With dimensions of 4.2 x 3.4 x 1.6 inches it is made to be easily stowed into a bag. The design also allows another method of transportation. The name Clip comes from the small loop that sits at the top of the speaker. It looks at first glance like a closed design, but tap into its side and it reveals its function: the loop is in fact a carabiner, making sure that the Clip can be attached securely in anything from a bag strap to a handle on the kitchen door.
Unimpressive Battery Life
Clip is equipped with Bluetooth for wireless playback, and the connection is functioning correctly. It does also support voice calls, which sounded decent during our test.
However, you are not just limited to the wireless audio playback. Clip also has an integrated cable with a 3.5mm jack. It lets you plug the Clip in to the phone’s headphone jack, for example, and when not used you can wind it around a groove that runs along the speaker, then fasten the connector plug in a hole on the back. A practical and convenient solution.
Other than that, there´s two more connections: a Micro USB port for charging the battery and an input for linking multiple Clips to one another. Charging through a USB port on your computer takes a couple of hours and a fully charged battery will last for up to five hours of playback. It is not very impressive, but understandable since the small size and shape won´t hold a bigger battery.
On the sides you find buttons for Bluetooth, On/Off, calls and volume. More than that is not really needed of course, but we we´re slightly annoyed by the somewhat stiff buttons as they felt a bit unresponsive at times. Be prepared to use a bit more force than you´re used to to control the Clip.
Muddy At High Volumes
Sonically the Clip performs just as expected. The volume can certainly be turned up surprisingly loud, but it's hardly worth it at the highest volumes as the sound becomes muddy with a lot of added background noise.
It´s better to play music at low and medium levels. The bass is understandably weak, and the treble slightly harsh/edgy, but it is hardly surprising considering the conditions. By and large, the sound is quite inoffensive, which may be considered as fully acceptable for the size. The JBL Clip is hardly the first choice for a home party, but all the better for your desktop computer or for music lovers on the go.
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- Rated Power Input
- Battery Type
- Battery Charge Time
- 2 hrs @ 0.5A
- Bluetooth Version
- Bluetooth Support
- A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
- Bluetooth Transmitter Power
- Bluetooth Transmitter Frequency Range
- 2.402 – 2.480 GHz
- Bluetooth Transmitter Modulation
- GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
- 1 x 40mm
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- USA Warranty Length
- 1 Year Electronics