We have been followers of earlier JBL Clip mini Bluetooth audio system, and the brand new Clip three ($60, £50, AU$80) options some vital design modifications that clearly distinguish it from its predecessor, the Clip 2.
Not solely does the the absolutely waterproof speaker (IPX7) have improved battery life and higher sound, it is extra sturdy, in accordance with JBL, due to the built-in carabiner framing the whole perimeter of the speaker, appearing as a bumper.
I spent a while evaluating the Clip three with the Clip 2, in addition to Bose’s costlier SoundLink Micro, which retails for $99. It is value noting that the Clip three is barely bigger and weighs barely greater than the Clip 2 (210g, 137x97x46mm versus 184g, 141x94x42mm).
The JBL Clip three additionally is available in a pleasant array of colours: black, blue, inexperienced, grey, pink, white and “sand.”
The JBL Clip three is absolutely waterproof.
The Clip three’s built-in carabiner does come at the price of the Clip 2’s built-in three.5mm wire, which inserts right into a slot across the perimeter and backside of the speaker. That mentioned, the Clip three has a three.5mm enter subsequent to the charging port, so it is going to work with wired audio sources — you simply want to produce the cable.
Fortunately, the scale tradeoffs repay: The Clip three clearly sounds higher than the Clip 2. Not solely does it sound slightly fuller, with barely higher bass, but it surely additionally performs louder. These little audio system have their limitations, however for its dimension, the Clip three impresses. (It additionally sounds fuller and performs louder than its sibling, the JBL Go 2 — although you possibly can snag that one for as little as $30 to $40).