JBL Charge 3 Review – The Right Balance



There are perhaps a million, or if that’s already an exaggeration, rather thousands of wireless Bluetooth speakers that can be found on today’s market, and you can even add the JBL Charge 3 to that ever growing list. But what immediately makes this particular Bluetooth speaker different from all the others is that it can help you charge your other devices while still playing music. This feature is also available in other devices within the Charge series, and what the 3rd iteration does is that it mostly improves on its direct predecessor.

JBL Charge 3 Review - The Right Balance

The JBL Charge 3 Brings an Improvement to its Predecessor

There are many compact wireless speakers out there, but the JBL Charge 3 is not one of them. While it is portable, it is definitely larger than most. In fact, there’s no getting around how large it is, especially when you consider its 213 x 87 x 88.5-millimeter dimensions. Hence, it does take up a bit of desk real-estate, and you might need quite a bit of backpack space to fit it in properly. Furthermore, it weighs 1.76-pounds, which can get heavy as time goes by when carrying it all-day.

But all that largeness and heft doesn’t mean that everything about it is of the negative sort, especially when you consider its battery life which is rated to last up to 20-hours on a full charge. Furthermore, the Charge 3 is IPX7 rated, which means you can submerge the device up to a meter of water for up to 30-minutes.

On its top, you will find the control buttons, which are for power, volume control, track management, Bluetooth pairing, and the company’s own Connect button. That last button will let you connect multiple JBL Connect speakers in order to augment sound. But when talking about augmenting sound, it means that both speakers will act as mono versions, and not the stereo offering such as the Razer Leviathan Mini or the LG Musicflow p7.

In terms of sound performance, you will find that the JBL Charge 3 offers some of the most powerful and deepest bass that you can hear from a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Its bass response does work when laying the device on a flat surface as this will assist in resonating the sound. While it does offer a lot of “punch” to its audio performance, it does, unfortunately, deliver muted highs. But looking at its overall offerings, this is a Bluetooth speakers that still makes for a great balance for sound, features, and price.


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