Build and Design: 8.5/10
The speaker for reasons uknown includes a playful looking design. I don’t really know what it really is with the cylinder shaped form factor however when holding one, it certainly makes you want to try different orientations and fit it right into a pocket (I roamed around it in my own jeans pocket aware of persons wonder where in fact the music was via) or a bag side-pocket truly makes this speaker portable.
The look helps it to be lodged anywhere
This is a splash-proof design which shows with the covered back sockets, however, it isn’t waterproof, so don’t start submerging it in water, a few splashes or holding under a running tap is okay too.
It’s Splash-proof, not Waterproof
The entire unit is manufactured out of durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing, so regardless if the speaker rolls off the table on the floor, it isn’t likely to crack.
The medial side passive bass radiators are fun to view
The speakers are stereo (L+R channel) and use passive radiators privately to supply that extra oomph in the bass. While at exactly the same time certainly are a real pleasure to view vibrating to the music. This is a strangely mesmerising effect that the Flip 3’s have.
All of the essentials at the trunk
JBL Connect allows someone to hook up multiple JBL speakers together. I kept mistaking it for the Bluetooth connection button with many frustrated occasions looking at the speaker wondering why it wasn’t syncing with my phone.
What’s in the box?
The Flip 3’s are skimpy in the accessories department. It posseses an orange coloured USB cable whatever the colour of the key unit is, an instant start guide, a safety sheet and a warrantee card.
A lonesome micro-USB cable and lanyard cable
Objectively: The speaker provides rich sound because of its size. Instantly you possibly can make out the difference between stereo sound vs mono output that cheaper Bluetooth speakers spill out. Everything you get is a loud and powerful speaker that may handle bass admirably well around 85Hz and upwards. It’s understandable that you’ll feel having less low sub-bass without doubt.
The mids and the highs are good and the speaker doesn’t clamp up with complex sounds, all music thrown at it sounded good even at higher volumes with jarring occurring only with heavy bass tracks at high volumes.
The positioning of the speaker, on a table, on a soft bed, nearby the corner, etc speaks volumes regarding the speakers throw, power and clarity in sound. So be familiar with that when listening.
Subjectively: Everyone in the home loved the speaker. I’d play the speaker especially at dinner or when doing some work for background effect, this more often than not got the foot stomping and requests for family’s favourite tunes to be played.
To ensure that the speaker to sound just a little better or livelier in a few settings, I’d utilize the EQ enhancement for mids and highs especially; pushing up bass wouldn’t sound all that good in modern music as the speaker would jar or gasp a lttle bit to maintain. Old recordings just like the 40’s and 50’s were a charm without doubt.
The stereo sound in speakers is a ‘must’ in the event that you really want to benefit from the music, otherwise, a mono-sound Bluetooth speaker such as a cheaper Altec Lansing Orbit unit would suffice for vocals effect.
Call Quality: 7/10
The mic input is hidden in this speaker, so seeking the optimum centre speaking in to the mic would require some learning from your errors. Understandably so, this isn’t as advanced as the Quad mic technology in Harman Kardon Esquire 2, so you’ll have to be near the speaker when calling otherwise your voice would sound too distant to the caller on the contrary end.
The battery rated at 3000 mAh can last for approximately 10 hours. The charging time is approximately 3.5 hours with a normal 5v 1A charger. We used a 2A fast charger and 2.4 Amp cable which certainly shortened the charge time by almost one hour.
Verdict and Price in India:
For an approximate street price of Rs 7,500, Flip 3 makes value for money. Casual listeners looking for cheaper alternatives should endure mono-sound speakers that aren’t particularly good with music. For many who actually want to enjoy music, you’ll be challenged to find better alternatives with these features at less rate.
Many sellers are available JBL Flip 2 (now discontinued) for under Rs 4,500