What's the Real Deal with the JBL Go?
The JBL Go sports an unmistakable look with its compact size and minimalistic boxy design. But is it all there is to this JBL mini Bluetooth speaker? Let's take a closer look.
JBL Go at a glance
On paper, the JBL Go portable speaker fares pretty well.
JBL Go features and specs
- Size (H x W x D): 68.3 x 82.7 x 30.8mm / 2.7 x 3.3 x 1.2in
- Weight: 130g
- Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth 4.1
- Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device
- Supports a wide range of Bluetooth profiles: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
- Audio cable input for wired connectivity
- Built-in carrying strap hook for an on-the-go music experience
- Noise-canceling speakerphone
- Built-in 3.7V, 600mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery
- Up to 5-hour battery life
- 1.5-hour recharge time
- Output power: 3.0W
- Driver: 40mm
- Frequency response: 180Hz - 20,000Hz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥80dB
- Colors: blue, black, gray, orange, pink, red, teal, and yellow
- Includes a micro USB cable for charging
- Covered by a one-year JBL Philippines warranty (as long as it's purchased from a JBL authorized reseller like Poundit.com)
A Closer Look at the JBL Go
"Compact size, big sound" is how JBL markets this tiny Bluetooth speaker. Let's look at the nitty-gritty to find out if the JBL Go really lives up to the hype.
1. Easy to grip
The JBL Go fits in the palm of a hand, measuring only 2.7 x 3.3 x 1.2in. Although it's made mostly of plastic, the mini speaker doesn't look and feel fragile at all.
The rubber finish on all edges makes for an easy grip and reduces the chance of slip or fall. And should you drop it, the rubber surface can absorb the impact of the fall.
2. Fits almost everywhere
Any JBL Go review you'll see online has high praises for the speaker's portability. They aren't exaggerating—if there's one thing this JBL speaker does best, it's the ability to fit in everywhere you take it.
The JBL easily fits in a pocket, so you can take it with you while walking around. You can also place it on your car's dashboard or center console for your road trips.
For your beach, camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, this compact and lightweight speaker won't take much space and weight in your travel bag.
On the speaker's left side is a hook for strapping a lanyard, so you can easily carry the JBL Go anywhere you go. The package doesn't include a carrying strap, though. Neither does it come with a storage case. You'll have to buy both accessories separately.
3. No-mess wireless music streaming
The JBL Go has a Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity that allows you to wirelessly stream sound from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop within an unobstructed 3m range.
If your music device can't connect via Bluetooth, you can still pair it up with the JBL Go via its 3.5mm jack. You'll have to buy a 3.5mm cable separately, though.
4. Noise-canceling speakerphone for hands-free calls
When someone rings you while your phone is connected to the JBL Go via Bluetooth, you can take the call without turning the speaker off and picking up your phone. The built-in noise-free speakerphone makes it possible with just a touch of a button on the speaker.
5. Loud sound from a small audio device
The JBL Go packs a lot of punch in such a small package. For its size, the sound it produces can easily fill up a 200-sq.ft. room. It's just as perfect for outdoor use, thanks to its 3-watt output power. However, if you put the volume on full blast, the sound quality goes down.
With 180Hz as its lowest frequency range, don't expect a really low bass, though the lows are audible. The mid-range is excellent and very detailed, so you can hear clearly the vocals in songs and the dialogues in videos. This makes the JBL Go a great speaker for your weekend movie marathons.
6. Power may last longer than 5 hours
According to JBL Philippines, the JBL Go can last up to 5 hours of playback on a single charge. The actual battery life depends on the speaker volume you use.
At full volume, the Bluetooth speaker can last only a little more than 1 hour. But when you use it at 50% volume, the JBL Go works for 9 to 15 hours until it runs out of power.
You can quickly recharge the speaker for 1.5 hours using the micro USB cable that comes with the package.
7. Eye-catching colors to suit your style
We can't end this JBL Go review without a special mention of its color options. The JBL Go comes in eight fun colors that match every taste. Surely, there's one that matches your style.
Getting a JBL Go: Go or no go?
The JBL Go is a great buy if you're looking for a portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker for your audio needs, whether indoors or outdoors. No wonder it's one of Poundit.com's best sellers.
We sell genuine JBL Go speakers at a discounted price and with a one-year JBL Philippines warranty. Enjoy these perks and more when you shop for JBL products today!
Photos from JBL Philippines Facebook page