A portable Bluetooth speaker is a must-have on campus and the JBL charge is one of the best values. It has a built-in battery and Bluetooth means it's compatible with nearly every smartphone and tablet for wireless audio streaming. Even better, it has a USB port on the side that's capable of charging your smartphone in a pinch, provided you've got the right cable on hand. Oh, and it has an auxiliary input too, so you can connect it to the 3M Streaming Projector using a minijack cable.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $149.95
The good: The JBL Charge is a compact portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds very good for its size and is designed to be used horizontally or vertically. It also has a built-in USB port that allows you to use the speaker's built-in 6,000mAh lithium ion battery to charge other portable devices. And it ships with a neoprene carrying case.
The bad: No speaker-phone capabilities; can't handle heavy bass at higher volumes without distorting.
The bottom line: The JBL Charge is a nice compromise for those who want a better-sounding portable wireless speaker but don't want to make the jump -- both in terms of size and price -- to something like the Jawbone Big Jambox or Bose SoundLink.
April 22, 2013 11:07 AM PDT
| Caption by: Matthew Moskovciak
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