The new portable speaker from JBL offers 10W amplification, and is superb when it comes to bass. When it reached us, its long cylindrical design grabbed our eye; it’s front grill has the JBL logo embossed on it. The speaker comes with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as with an aux-in input. The Bluetooth connectivity is great, it works fine even when separated by a 10-inch wall, and the range is impressive, at over 10 metres.
But it stands out for its in-built battery that also acts as a portable charger offering a USB re-charge time of three hours. We tested the speaker on a variety of sounds; slow heavy bass music as well as fast, heavy Metal songs. It didn’t disappoint, except on few occasions, when the speaker struggled to reproduce clear guitar riffs. The sound crackles while playing high-pitch sounds, which is a huge downer, coming from JBL. Lowering the volume can solve this problem. Overall, the speaker sounds perfectly well.
Sadly, the JBL Charge doesn’t come with connectivity, another big minus. Sure, it sports the JBL tag, but at R9,990, we suggest readers to look at Creative Technology’s Airwave series portable speakers, launched few months ago, before making making a buy.