JBL Flip series is probably one of the best Bluetooth speaker for under 100 dollars. The series has consistently giving really great performance not only for the build quality, but also the sound. The design is pretty good and you probably will love its performance. If you are not familiar with product from JBL, then you should know that they are really famous their line up products on portable audio gadget. They have many series model including Flip and charge series. The Flip is the cheaper version all of it. Cheap price doesn’t mean its bad and this company really prove it wrong. Now we are in 2017 and they really need a refreshment and improvement. The company recently announced the JBL Flip 3 and i really want to know if its still worth or not. To make it easier for you to decide, here the full review about this audio gadget. So we hope you enjoy it.
What You Should Expect From It’s Cheap Price
From the box, there is much anything that you could find beside than the speaker, USB cable, and some manuals. Talk about the design, they keeps maintaining their original design and probably makes few improvement on it. It still has cylindrical design with materials are covered from plastic. I found so many similarities between this and the previous model in term of design. What I love from the design is wrap, they don’t fully wrap it with plastic, but they replace with splashproof fabric material that not only giving a better look, but also it gives more protection to the device. You need to know that its splashproof and not waterproof. It would be survive with any one or two splash, but it is not designed to be brought under water. The splashproof is more than enough unless if you love bringing it swim with you.
The connectivity is very improved here. Now they put the newer version with Bluetooth 4.1. The 4.0 version brings many improvements in term of connectivity and also gives more efficiency. Forget about the 3.0 version because that’s an old series. The range that they are provided are more than 50 feet so you would never hear any audio cut out in this range. The onboard controls are working flawlessly for me, but it is really bad that they don’t give too many playback controls. I cannot find pause and play button and even the skipping track. The overall playback control is good and that’s the only thing that I miss from it.
The next one is battery life. Many people complain the Flip 2 because they decided to put 3000 mah battery and it doesn’t last long. Well, on my test I got few improvements in term of battery life. The result is too significant, but its more than enough. I got mostly more than 9 hours with a serious usage. The charging time is also reduced and you probably fully charge it in 3.5 hours. That is so great they make improvement here.
|JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker Main Specifications|
|Item Weight: 1.5 pounds|
|Product Dimension: 4.8 x 3.9 x 7.5 inches|
I really want to know the improvement that they made on the sound especially on the bass power. I have do the test and found that it still has problem on the power. Well, it is actually really normal for small speaker. What they do here is making improvement on the lows. mids, and highs. The lows is most fully improved here. It produced a very nice and full sound for speaker in this size. If you place it on the table, you will know that it’s coming from Flip 3.
The mids for me is bit forward, but the vocals are clear and they still keeping the original quality without making any improvement. Both of them are great, but it doesn’t happen on the highs. It feels too harsh when you put it on the highest volume. It will be perfect if you adjust little and everything is great. If you love its mids and lows, you probably don’t have any problem with the highs.
|Splashproof protection.||Limited playback control.|
|Great sound with smooth and warm quality.||The battery life is average like the similar product.|
|The price is affordable.||-|
I don’t think that I have many reasons to not recommend it as one of the best portable speaker for under 100 dollars. They still keep their performance while giving few enhancements on it. You will find so many of them with portability and great design, but not all of them are coming with splashproof protection. That’s the plus that you would get if you try it. You still don’t know its quality unless you try it alone. At last, please make any comment if you have any question.