Updated 1 Mar 2018

JBL

Flip 4

Snapshot: The JBL Flip 4 has a battery with below-average runtime. It weighs more than 500g and can be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

Flip 4
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$149

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Test results

Overall score
66
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • OK sound signal.
  • Can be paired for stereo quality sound.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$149

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
522
Mainspowered
×
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
Battery low indicator
Red flashing light on battery indicator.
Claimed battery life (hours)
12
Battery runtime (mins)
487
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
65x175x67

Features

Controls

Power/Play/Pause/Fast Forward/Answer/End Call/Volume Up/Volume Down/Bluetooth/JBL Connect+

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
×
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
Yes
Can be paired for stereo
Yes