The JBL Clip series has been a staple since it debuted back in 2017. It introduced one of the most compact, durable and unique Bluetooth speaker designs ever, highlighted by the trademark integrated carabiner and water-resistant aesthetics. Every follow-up has upped the ante with better battery life, craftsmanship and sound performance, leading us to the latest entry: the Clip 4.
Now, let me be transparent about the Clip 4’s release history: This is a two-year-old product that remains popular among budget shoppers and urban audiences. Many still consider it one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers. As an audio writer who has finally gotten around to testing it, I understand both the praise and disappointment behind it.
The Clip 4 is easily the best-sounding speaker in the series. There’s no denying that, nor its awesome waterproof clip-on design in multiple trendy colorways. However, erratic connectivity and a lackluster feature set aren’t acceptable flaws for today’s standards.
Here is my full breakdown of the JBL Clip 4.
An indestructible, portable design combined with excellent sound performance makes this fourth-generation waterproof speaker a fun grab for pool loungers and urban riders.