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JBL CLIP 4: JBL Makes Portability Sound Good!

The Most Portable Speaker Yet!


An overall view of the JBL Clip 4 with standout logo.,
JBL CLIP 4 (media by JC)

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I recently purchased the JBL Clip 4 portable speaker for one reason alone: portability. I had no doubt the sound would be sufficient, given all of my other JBL speakers have sounded great. The fact this little speaker had a small clip/carabiner and could be attached to just about anything had me sold from the get-go. In this review, I’ll review what I like and don’t like about this speaker and whether I think it’s worth the price.

What I Like So far, I’ve been pleased with the JBL Clip 4. It sounds great for such a small speaker, and the battery life is incredible. I’ve been able to get up to 12 hours of Continuous playback at 50% volume, which is more than enough for me. Another plus is that it charges relatively quickly, at around 2.5 hours.

The design is also really sleek and modern looking. It’s available in several colors, so you can find one that fits your style. I went with my typical go-to, which is gray and black:


A JBL Clip 4  held in the palm of ones hand.
JBL CLIP 4 (media by JC)


And as I mentioned before, the fact that it has a clip makes it incredibly portable. I can take it with me wherever I go without worrying about it taking up too much space or being too heavy to carry around. You can clip this onto a belt loop, chair, or in this case, my backpack.



A JBL Clip 4 attached to a strap on a backpack.
Backpack (media by JC)

I have always been a proponent of the speakers from JBL, having bought several of them over time. I find each of them serves a different purpose. One of my latest purchases you can read about here:


I Put My Small JBL FLIP 5 Through Its Paces! It was tested, and it came through with flying colors!


What I Don’t Like One downside of the JBL Clip 4 is it lacks the bass I have become accustomed to with the Flip 5, but beggars can’t be choosy. This is not to say it has no bass, just not the amount on more prominent speakers (of course). Again, I have to remind myself I bought the Clip 4 strictly for the portability factor.


Another downside is the inability to daisy chain this speaker with the rest of my JBL line-up. There is no Partyboost or Connect+ mode on the Clip 4, and it is clear JBL intended this to be a stand-alone speaker.


Also missing from this speaker is the option of connecting a wired source for lossless audio. This was a little disappointing but certainly not a deal breaker. I plan on streaming 100% of the time, anyway! You will be happy with the inclusion of a USB-C cable for charging.


Conclusion: Overall, I’m thrilled with my purchase of the JBL Clip 4 portable speaker. It sounds great, looks good, and is affordable at $59.99. While there are a few downsides, namely the lack of punchy bass, I think the pros outweigh the cons for this particular product. If you’re looking for a portable speaker that won’t break the bank, I recommend checking out the JBL Clip 4!

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