JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speakers Review
JBL upgraded a few of their products including the Charge 3, the Flip 3, and the JBL Clip 2. The JBL Clip 2 is the updated version of the Clip+, which is included in the list of the best speakers priced under $50.
The Clip 2 has a new design. It is made of new build materials. Plus, it is $10 more expensive than its older brother. Is it worth the price? Yes, it is.
Build and Design
Although the shape of the Clip 2 is very similar to the first Clip, the similarities stop there. Its all-plastic housing and the grill is made of entirely new materials. The grill also has the same fabric covering that you can find on the Flip 3, making it IPX7 waterproof and can survive even if you drop it in a pool.
The housing is made of smooth rubberized plastic and has five small indents for the buttons.
You can find the call button as well as the volume up and down buttons on the left side. The power button and the Bluetooth pairing button are located on the right side.
Hidden under the small flap is the micro USB port that you can use for charging. The Clip 2 also has a built-in 3.55mm cable lining the edges of the speaker.
However, the most improved part of this speaker is the carabiner. From a small piece of plastic with a hinge, it is now a legit carabiner that you can easily clip to your bag, making it a perfect travel companion.
Setup and Playback
It is simple to use the JBL Clip 2. You can connect the audio source through Bluetooth or its built-in 3.5mm jack. You can choose to go wired or wireless. Pairing is just the same as you pair other Bluetooth devices. It’s Bluetooth version 4.2 has a 60 meters range while its jack is 14-inches long.
Although it is small in size, the JBL Clip 2 still impresses. We did the testing wirelessly and used the audio cable only to make sure it works.
We played Daft Punk’s “Lucky,” and we were surprised at the good amount of bass for the speaker’s size. At high volume, the Clip 2 works fine at the beginning park but rattles during the transition mid-way through the song’s chorus.
The Clip 2 gives a huge push in the mids and gives the vocals a clearer prominence compared with other elements of the song. This makes it a great speaker while you are hiking or taking a tour, and you would like to listen to your favorite song, but you cannot hear all the details of the lyrics.
The battery life is the most important upgrade for the JBL Clip 2. Most speaker of its size can last up to 6 hours of battery life, but the new Clip 2 can play up to 8 hours with constant playback.
Overall, the Clip 2 (official page) is a great upgrade from JBL. With its improved design and battery life, it is already a more attractive choice than its competitors. If you are looking for an inexpensive speaker than you can just clip in your bag and walk to your destination without worrying about getting lost or wet, this improved Clip speaker totally worth your money.