JBL Flip 5 Review

JBL Flip 5

Now in its fifth generation, the JBL Flip is proving to be the Bluetooth speaker to beat.

With portable Bluetooth speakers, there’s usually a compromise – the most portable speakers have poor battery life and sound quality; the best-sounding speakers are larger and unwieldy. The JBL Flip 5 is aimed at being the best of all worlds, the jack-of-all-trades, and we say that it succeeds.

It’s certainly one of the best choices if you actually plan to take your portable speaker with you, as it’s durable, rugged, and charges fast. It’s also super easy to use and you’ll rarely have connection issues.

Anker SoundCore 2 Review

Anker SoundCore 2

Anker is perhaps best known for its chargers, power banks, and cables, but with the release of their SoundCore Bluetooth speaker range, they’ve taken the portable Bluetooth speaker market by storm.

The Anker SoundCore 2 is a budget Bluetooth speaker that gives you as much bang for your buck as possible. Rivaling much more expensive small Bluetooth speakers in sound quality, battery life, and features, the Anker SoundCore 2 impresses on a number of fronts.

JBL Flip 4 Review

JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 is firmly in the ‘small speaker’ category, which comes with its own sets of pros of cons. It fits easily into your hand, has phenomenal battery life, and weighs just 1.13 pounds (515 grams), but we can’t expect it to compete with a larger Bluetooth speaker when it comes to filling a large room with sound. Of course, those larger speakers typically command a price nearly double the Flip 4’s competitive price, so there’s no doubt the Flip 4 fits many people’s needs perfectly.

JBL Charge 4 Review

JBL Charge 4

The JBL Charge 4 is a useful portable Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a power bank for your devices. With up to 20 hours of battery life, a rugged and waterproof case, and a balanced sound, it gets the most important things right and makes for a great road trip companion.

The design of the JBL Charge 4 is a youthful one that highlights its ‘party animal’ credentials. You can get the Charge 4 in a range of bright colors including Dusty Pink and Forest Green.

Bose SoundLink Revolve Review

Bose Soundlink Revolve

The Bose SoundLink Revolve is sturdy. The high-end look may initially deceive you – the speaker is designed to be taken with you and it’s drop resistant. Don’t worry about anyone knocking the speaker over at your party – the Bose Soundlink will handle it without breaking a sweat.

Handling the Bose Soundlink Revolve, you’ll notice the excellent build quality. The speaker has a modern metal casing that’s understated and would fit in anywhere from a high-end apartment to a beach outing.

JBL Charge 3 Review

JBL Charge 3 is waterproof

The JBL Charge 3 is the follow up to the popular JBL Charge 2 Plus midsize portable Bluetooth speaker.

For a midsize Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Charge 3 is priced very competitively. Similar offerings from Beats, Bose, and UE are all undercut significantly by the Charge 3 manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

The JBL Charge series sits comfortably between the JBL Flip series and the JBL Xtreme series. It represents the best of both of these speakers – it’s smaller, more portable, and cheaper than the Xtreme, but louder and with longer battery life than the Flip.

JBL Xtreme 2 Review

JBL Xtreme 2 Styling

The original JBL Xtreme released in 2015 was a smash hit and became JBL’s most popular portable Bluetooth speaker. It sounded great, it was versatile, and it was super durable.

It’s for good reason then that it’s sequel — the JBL Xtreme 2 — has been hotly anticipated. But is it as good as the original Xtreme and should you consider upgrading to the new version?