JBL updates its portable speakers with fresh look and USB-C


Aligned with this year’s semi-virtual IFA Berlin trade show, which officially kicks off on Sept. 3, JBL has thoroughly refreshed its lineup of portable Bluetooth speakers.

Three of JBL’s Bluetooth speakers have gotten new version numbers: the ultra-loud JBL Xtreme 3, as well as the tiny JBL Clip 4 and JBL Go 3. 

The differences in sound, compared to the previous iterations, probably aren’t massive, though JBL does claim the Xtreme 3 has four improved drivers and two Bass Radiators, helping it to deliver an “even bigger immersive stereo sound.” 


The tiny JBL Clip 4.

But all three speakers have received important updates in terms of connectivity and aesthetics as well as some important new features. All three are now waterproof and dustproof up to IP67 specification, all support Bluetooth 5.1, and perhaps most importantly, all have a USB-C connection. They’ve also gotten a bit livelier, with a massive JBL logo and a big assortment of colors.

Battery life is important for these types of gadgets, and JBL’s specs sound pretty good. JBL Xtreme 3 has 15 hours of battery life when fully charged, whereas JBL GO 3 and JBL Clip 4 have five and 10 hours of battery life, respectively. 

Decent battery life for the JBL GO 3.

Decent battery life for the JBL GO 3.

JBL Xtreme 3 is also PartyBoost-compatible, meaning you can pair two such speakers to get stereo sound, or more (up to hundreds, for a really big party). 

The JBL Xtreme 3 will be available in the U.S. in November for $349.95; JBL Go 3 is coming in October for $39.95, and JBL Clip 4 will be available in December for $69.95, all three on JBL.com





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