When it comes to Bluetooth wireless speakers, JBL is a well know brand globally. The Flip series of JBL has been a hit among the consumers worldwide. Not only the JBL Flip series wireless Bluetooth speakers have a great built quality, it also sound good and are affordable to an average consumer.
JBL recently added a new speaker to it’s Flip series – JBL Flip 4. So what’s different in this new speaker from it’s previous version JBL Flip 3? Is it worth the price? Well, we will check out all the details like Price, Features and Sound quality of JBL Flip 4 and give our final verdict for JBL Flip 4 in our detailed Review.
Before moving into the details of speaker, let’s first look at the technical details in a nutshell:
Dimensions (H x W x D) – 68 x 175 x 70 (mm)
- Weight – 515 gms
- Battery – 3000 mAh
- Charging Time – 3.5 Hrs @ 5V 1A
- Bluetooth version – 4.2
What’s in the Box?
- JBL Flip 4
- Micro USB Cable
- Safety Sheet
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
Detailed JBL Flip 4 Review:
Design and Features:
The JBL Flip 4 looks almost identical to JBL Flip 3, it’s just a bit bigger and on a heavier side . It is 6.88″ in length and weighs 515 gms, but still is quite portable and compact. The front of the speaker still has the rugged metal mesh finish, which is quite strong and protects your speaker from rough handling. The cylindrical shape remains intact like it’s previous versions. It is easy to hold and feels solid in hand.
It comes in 6 color options – Black, Blue, White, Red, Teal and Grey to choose from.
On one side we have Bluetooth pairing button, volume rockers and pause/play button. The rubberized finish on the sides of the speaker makes a anti-slip cushion. On the side of the speaker there is a power button with 5 led lights, like we had in the previous versions for showing the battery life. Beside the Led Lights there is a JBL Connect + button and a sealed flap, which has Auxiliary port and a micro USB port for charging.
Not only it is a sturdy speaker, but this time JBL has enhanced the feature of the speaker, making it water proof as well. So it’s not only splash proof, but you can submerge it underwater upto 3.3 feet / 1 meter as well. The speaker is IPX7 rating, so it can be under water upto 30 mins without harming the speakers. Surprisingly, when you put the speaker in water, it does not float and sinks down to bottom. So even if it is waterproof, it can still sink. You need to be careful if you are going to take this speaker in deep waters.
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Regarding the connectivity, the Bluetooth signal strength is perfectly fine. It connects seamlessly and doesn’t breaks even if you are upstairs at your home. You can take crystal clear calls from the speaker. It has noise cancellation and echo cancellation speakerphone, which allows you take the calls without any distortion. You can also access Siri or Google assistant with from JBL Speaker with just a button press.
The JBL Flip 4 has connect + button, which has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Previous versions had the JBL connect button which could only pair with one other JBL device. With the new feature of JBL connect +, the JBL Flip 4 can connect with 100 + JBL devices. But there is a downside to it as well. It can only connect with devices with have an option of JBL connect +. So if you the previous versions of JBL devices which only supports JBL connect, then you might not be able to connect with them. It’s for the future use. As of now you can’t connect with JBL Flip 3, JBL Extreme and JBL Charge 3.
JBL claims a battery life of 12 Hrs, once fully charged. In our tests, when played at 50% volume, it lasted for 14 hrs with still 50% battery left. That is really impressive! But when played at 100% volume, it only lasts for 4 Hrs, which is a but surprising. Battery life quickly drains when played at higher volumes. If you are playing the speakers at lower volume, or in other words using this speaker solely for personal listening, then the battery life is insane. But if you are going to take this speaker outside and going to play at 100% volume, then you might be a little disappointed.
Continuously playing the speakers at higher volumes, does heat up the speakers a bit, but nothing to worry about.
Pro Tip: If not needed, keep the volume near to 50% for maximum battery life.
Now let’s talk business, the core of any wireless Bluetooth speakers – the sound quality. Before reviewing the sound quality, keep in mind the JBL Flip 4 wireless Bluetooth speakers, fall in the small speakers category. There is no major enhancement in terms of sound quality when compared to JBL Flip 3, but having said that, the sound quality of JBL Flip 3 was already good.
First, talking about the range – The sound from this speaker easily fills the entire medium sized room, even when it is played at 50%. When played at 100 %, you can hear the sound in another room crystal clear.
When most of the small Bluetooth speakers are usually meant for personal listening, it does it’s work perfectly fine there. At 50 – 60% volume which is the perfect sweet spot for this speaker, the bass is not at all distorted or crunched. At 100 % volume, the bass remains the same but the mids and the highs are now more dominating. The mids are crystal clear and distinguishable , even at high volumes.
At highs you might miss the details in resolution, but given the price range, you can’t complain much. For an average consumer, these details might not even be noticeable. Given it is a small speaker with affordable price, the sound quality is more than what is expected from the speakers in this range. It’s nice and loud with a good bass.
The only downside of JBL Flip 4 is it’s inability to connect with it’s previous version. The JBL Connect+, can only connect with speaker having JBL Connect +. May be we can get a firmware upgrade in the near future, which makes it able to connect with it’s previous versions as well, but as of now, you need to keep in mind before purchasing this speaker.
It is definitely a strong, solid, rugged Bluetooth speaker with a great built. It is water proof as well, but keep in mind it does sink in the water. There are other water proof speakers in the market, which floats when submerged in water, but not in case of JBL Flip 4.
The sound quality is good, the range is superb considering the size of this speaker. It has a good bass and no distortion in mid range.Leave apart the built quality, the sound alone is better than most of the speakers in the same price range.
All, in all it’s a good speaker in affordable price and and is highly recommendable if you are planning to buy a wireless Bluetooth speakers.