Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. JBL released a slew of new speakers and they all have a very uniform and consistent look now. Today, we’re looking at their cheapest and most portable speaker, the JBL Clip 2. I personally paid for this at the retail price of $60 and I’ll place my links in the video description below as always, click on that, and my links will give you the most updated prices for today.
Going over the physical features and tests, this thing is seriously compact. Five and a half inches across fitting perfectly in my hand or bag. The same rugged fabric makes a return with the rest of the Clip 2 being plastic … wrapped in a slightly grippy silicone. Of course, this does come with a carabiner clip up top and at first, I notice it’s a bit stiff and kinda takes away from a smooth and fluid working product, however, after realizing if you intend on clipping this on your bag, bike, jet ski, boat, whatever it may be, the stiffness doesn’t cause the speaker to bounce everywhere, causing audio to sound like it’s coming in and out.
Also, keep in mind the new JBL speakers, specifically the JBL Charge 3 and this Clip 2, they’re now IPX7 certified. Meaning, you can completely submerge this into water up to 3.3 feet or 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. I performed this test to verify, and the Clip 2 is still working fine, one of the biggest perks and just like the Charge 3, the UE Boom 2, Megaboom and some Fugoo products, the speakers float if you ever drop it into the pool or the lake.
But, let’s take a closer look here, on the left side, there’s volume up and down on either side and right in the middle is a button to answer phone calls and use the Clip 2 like a speakerphone. With my testing, the speakerphone works very well at close proximity, and once you get about 4 feet away, then your voice does sound like you’re somewhat far away. But the quality is not crackling and for a $60 speaker, this performs better than some $200 Bluetooth speakers on the market. Rotating to the right, there’s a Bluetooth pairing button, the power button to the far right, and in the middle is a micro-USB port covered by a flap to keep water out.
BATTERY LIFE AND BLUETOOTH
Regarding battery life, JBL claims up to 8 hours of use and with my testing, leaving this on at 50% volume, the speaker died in 24 hours and 30 minutes. The time to recharge the speaker had taken me about an hour and 50 minutes. One of the biggest gripes I’ve had, there’s no real battery indicator, I can’t press two buttons at the same time to receive a battery level prompt, nor is there an app that tells me how much life I have left on here. Even the light doesn’t give options. Its either blue for being connected, or it turns red if the battery is low, nothing in between.
The very last feature I wanted to show, the Clip 2 has a 3.5 mm wire permanently attached to the body, which is very convenient if you decide not to use Bluetooth. Although the wire is exposed, and if you’re using this on rugged terrain with jagged rocks on the ground – say at the park or so – I am worried the metal gold plated end would suffer some scuffs over time. On flat surfaces, the plug is recessed enough to not touch the pavement. Regarding wireless range, I’ve tested this in my house, walking downstairs and onto the other side of the house, signal range was perfectly fine with my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone.
Now, to the moment you’ve been waiting for, the sound test. The Clip 2 is very much a personal listening speaker. For $40 more, indeed you can get the Flip 3 which does fill up a small room, the Clip 2 doesn’t quote, fill a small room as you can put this on maximum volume and sit next to and it’s still very much comfortable. It’s loud, but loud for a $60 speaker. The UE Roll 2 which I just reviewed and the JBL Flip 3, which are $100, those two are much louder than the Clip 2 here. But again, for $60, it’s perfect for having this clipped onto your bag while biking, or just maybe if you’re on a motorcycle.
Getting a bit more specific, the bass is more quality than quantity. The bass thankfully isn’t distorted and there’s just enough there to fit with the speaker’s characteristics. If there was a higher quantity of bass, I would think the Clip 2 would start to sound distorted for such a small speaker. The midrange is clear and pronounced and the highs, again, great for a small speaker, it’s not tinging and ear ringing. The only thing, when you do have this at maximum volume, it slightly loses some of its quality with the sound a bit jumbled and the audio characteristics not as well defined; but overall, for the average consumer in this price range, this speaker will sound perfectly fine. Since there’s just one 40 mm driver in the Clip 2, there’s really no sound separation. However, with the Clip 2, you can daisy chain another one of these and have both speakers playing at the same time. Really bummed there’s no JBL Connect, allowing you to pair this with other existing JBL speakers, but the daisy chain option is better than none.
Overall, the audio quality is very good for the price and size, but the only concern I would give to the consumer, test this out and see if it’s loud enough for you. It is lower in volume than the Flip 3 or UE Roll 2, however, as stated before, for the size, waterproofing, and especially price, the three main selling points, the Clip 2 is worth looking into. So I hope this review helped you in some way. Add me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the JimsReviewRoom username, and add me on my personal account if you would like at JimmyLuongOfficial for Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is @JLuongOfficial. You guys take care, I’ll see you on the next one.