JBL Flip Review


The Bluetooth-enabled Flip speaker from JBL streams music wirelessly and doubles as a speakerphone. This small speaker earns high praise in reviews for its incredible loudness and excellent audio clarity.

JBL's small Flip wireless speaker (starting at $85, Amazon) has made a big impression on reviewers. A JBL Flip review at iLounge raves about the clear sound, detailed audio, and loud volume of the Flip, saying it's one of the best speakers the site's experts have ever tested and set a new standard in the category of small, Bluetooth wireless speakers. That's high praise indeed. A CNET expert also came out with a positive JBL Flip review, giving it a four-star rating, which classifies it as excellent. This reviewer says the Flip has great sound and is very loud for its small size. It also produces adequate bass, although genres such as hip-hop present a challenge at higher volumes. This JBL Flip review does point to a couple of other small drawbacks. For example, the battery life is about 5 hours, which may be sufficient but isn't outstanding. Consumers hesitant about setting up a wireless speaker should be reassured by a JBL Flip review from Wired, where a tester says syncing the Flip with an iPhone is quick and easy and the process is clearly explained in the speaker's instructions. The reviewer was amazed by the volume and clarity of the audio.

The name Flip comes from the design of the small, cylindrical speaker, which can be laid on its side or stood on end. It measures about 6 1/4 inches high when standing. The unit houses two speakers and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which charges with an included AC adapter. The size and battery make the speaker portable and easy to transport and it comes with a Neoprene pouch. This Bluetooth model can also be used as a speakerphone.

JBL Flip reviews leave us with no doubt that this is an outstanding speaker. It's far louder than testers expected, yet its mids and highs sound clear and detailed. The bass is also better than on most portable speakers, although users shouldn't expect it to sound like a home stereo system. If you're looking for a wireless speaker on a $100 budget, this is the best one we found.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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