When it comes to portable speakers, are the features better the third time around?For the company responsible in producing some of the leading portable speakers in the market, improvements are very important, especially if it is a portable wireless speaker that has gotten a lot of attention previously. JBL is a company responsible in creating a third generation model of one of their line of portable wireless speaker, the JBL Flip. The JBL Flip 3 is a portable wireless speaker that was given much appreciation in the past years. Add to that the JBL Flip 2 with better improvements and feature. Since many audiophiles love these JBL speakers, it didn’t stop the company to make another model that brings consumers another set of features to love.

JBL Flip 3 Speaker Review

Introducing the third generation of the JBL Flip, or simply known as the JBL Flip 3. Same with how it looks from the previous models, the JBL Flip 3 was made to have additional improvements or features such as a splashproof feature as well as a better and longer battery life. What’s even better is that this portable wireless speaker is offered at the same price point from the previous ones. Awesome, right? So here’s a more comprehensive review of the JBL Flip 3.

JBL Flip 3 Speaker Review

JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Performance

How does the JBL Flip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker perform especially if compared with its previous models?

For its size, this JBL speaker performs really well. No doubt many loved the JBL Flip and Flip 2 that makes the JBL Flip 3 a better and more lovable portable wireless speaker. With the JBL Flip having 2×5 watts of sound and JBL Flip 2 having 6 watts, the difference it makes for the JBL Flip 3 is that it is made with stronger and more powerful 8 watts of sound. With this, the JBL Flip 3 delivers a sound and bass quality that is really impressive. The sound quality is full, clear, crisp, and smooth considering how compact this portable wireless speaker is. The bass quality is also satisfying. Compared to other portable speakers, the JBL Flip 3’s bass is also deep and strong. Cranking up the volume while playing Sia’s “Fire Meet Gasoline” makes us want to sing along with it. The sound and bass were worth it. Although at the highest volume level, we noticed the JBL Flip 3 to experience some minor distortions. So remember to use it mid-level of volume.

One improvement made with the JBL Flip 3 is its battery life. So what has been made with its battery? So the JBL Flip 3 was given a better battery life of up to 10 hours. From the JBL Flip 2, that was like an addition of 2 hours to its battery life. A 10-hour battery life is a feature you’ll absolutely appreciate especially if you’re the audiophile who loves playing your favorite tracks for a very long duration.

JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Design

The JBL Flip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker looks similar to its predecessors. It is very compact, portable, and lightweight at only 15.9 ounces, making it really easy to be brought with you anywhere you go.

It may be similar in design with its previous versions but one thing that makes it different is its splashproof feature. The JBL Flip 3 is now water-resistant that is why you get to not worry anymore when you bring it under the rain or use it while you are in a pool party.

This JBL speaker is durable and designed with metal and rubberized plastic. In addition, the JBL Flip can still be positioned either vertically or horizontally.

 

JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, the JBL Flip 3 works with any Bluetooth-enabled devices. It uses Bluetooth 4.1 technology to wirelessly stream music from either your iOS or Android devices. Setting up and connecting your device is also not a problem. Just turn on both of the device and portable speaker’s Bluetooth and instantly connect them both. For the wireless Bluetooth range, the JBL Flip 3 can still work and wirelessly stream music from your device at a range of about 10 meters away.

You can also wirelessly link multiple JBL Flip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speakers together to create better and louder sound. All you need to do is install the JBL Connect to your iOS or Android device and use it as a controller for your portable speakers.

Lastly, the JBL Flip 3 is also designed with a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone capability so hands free calling is now possible with it. For the quality of connection and sound, we didn’t find any problems with it. The sound quality was really good and the connection was stable.

Summary

PROS CONS
Sound and bass quality Experiences minor distortions at highest volume level
Splashproof/Water Resistant
Long battery life
Speakerphone capability
We were really impressed with how the JBL Xtreme Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker delivers its absolutely great features. Although the price, at $299.95, is somewhat at a premium price point and may be expensive for some audiophiles, we would still recommend it as a must-buy! The price you will pay is surely worth it. It has great sound quality, extreme bass performance, long battery life of up to 15 hours, has speakerphone capability, and is splashproof or water resistant. Many features that make the JBL Xtreme an extreme portable wireless speaker to watch out for.