JBL Flip 4 review
Cutting edge Flip smaller than expected Bluetooth speaker is somewhat greater and somewhat better
The Good / The JBL Flip 4 offers critical changes over the Flip 3, including better stable and battery life, and also full waterproofing. It has speakerphone capacities and a more solid texture covering.
The Bad / Its bass is enhanced however despite everything it does not have some genuine bass punch.
The Bottom Line / A decent update over its antecedent, the Flip 4 is extraordinary compared to other speakers in its size and value class.
At first look, JBL’s Flip 4 Bluetooth versatile speaker looks fundamentally the same as 2016’s Flip 3. In any case, looks can be misleading: it’s really a somewhat greater speaker, weighing 1.14 lbs (517 g) – 0.14 pound more than its antecedent – and it’s canvassed in more tough texture with a more tightly weave. As a feature of that outer outline change, the Flip 4 gets a few changes within, including new drivers and an apparently greater battery that conveys 12 long periods of battery life rather than the Flip 3’s 10 hours. The speaker is likewise currently completely waterproof rather than just splashproof.
Like the Flip 3, the Flip 4 can be stood up vertically or set down on a level plane – along these lines its Flip moniker – and accompanies a removable cord that enables you to hang the speaker from a shower head, a branch outside or a circle on your knapsack. Accessible in six hues, it costs $100 or £120. Official Australia accessibility isn’t yet known, yet that US value believers to about AU$140.
Things being what they are, how much better is the Flip 4 and how can it stack up against the remote scaled down Bluetooth speaker rivalry at this value point?The short response to the primary inquiry is that it’s really a critical overhaul over the Flip 3.
I contrasted this speaker with Ultimate Ears’ also estimated Wonderboom and the more costly UE Boom 2. The Wonderboom is shorter and squatter and conveys more bass; it appears to be a greater speaker than the Flip 4. Notwithstanding, with a few tracks the Flip 4 sounded more regular, especially in the midrange, and I favored its sound when tuning in to specific melodies.One of the issues of looking into the execution of these little Bluetooth speakers is that their sound quality isn’t steady.
By and large the Wonderboom comes out on top for sound quality, yet it’s a nearby race, and at its size and cost, the Flip 4 is a decent entertainer and has such additional items as an implicit mouthpiece, so it fills in as a speakerphone (the Wonderboom has no speakerphone or assistant info).
While it doesn’t play very as boisterous or have as great battery life as the UE Boom 2, it’s a decent other option to that speaker in case you’re hoping to spare a minimal expenditure. What’s more, ideally, in time, this speaker will descend in value, improving it an even esteem. It’s effectively the best Flip yet.
JBL Flip 4 highlights
- Remote Bluetooth gushing: Wirelessly associate up to two telephones or tablets to the speaker and alternate playing music
- Worked in 3,000mAh rechargeable lithium particle battery underpins up to 12 long periods of recess at direct volume levels
- IPX7 waterproof
- Interface in excess of 100 JBL Connect+ empowered speakers together to open up the listening knowledge
- Speakerphone with commotion and reverberate dropping
- Voice colleague coordination: Access Siri or Google Now from your JBL speaker with a catch press
- New texture covering and tough elastic lodging make the Flip 4 more sturdy than past model
- JBL Bass Radiator: Dual outer uninvolved radiators help convey more bass
- Cost: $100, £120
- Six shading alternatives: dark, white, blue-green, dim, red and blue