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JBL’s latest affordable Bluetooth speakers are waterproof and charge via USB-C

JBL’s latest affordable Bluetooth speakers are waterproof and charge via USB-C


Subtle improvements along with a wider assortment of colors

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JBL Clip 4 and Go 3 Bluetooth speakers
The JBL Go 3 (left) next to the JBL Clip 4 (right).
Image: JBL

JBL has announced new Clip 4 and Go 3 miniature Bluetooth speakers. Both have gotten a visual makeover from their predecessors, with a streamlined design and a few new colors available. The Go 3 will launch first in October for $39.95. The Clip 4 will follow in December for $69.95.

In terms of improvements, both speakers support Bluetooth 5.1 and have IP67 water and dustproofing. And instead of charging via Micro USB, which can be inconvenient, they feature a USB-C port. JBL claims the Go 3 will provide up to five hours of sound before needing to be recharged, while the Clip 4 can apparently provide 10 hours. Neither of those figures strays from the performance claims of the previous iterations.

The Go 3 costs $39.95, and the Clip 4 costs $69.95

Something that the Clip 4 and Go 3 have in common is their ability to be clipped or fastened to objects, making them more versatile than most Bluetooth speakers. This is nothing new for the Clip-branded speaker, and its latest version can still snap onto your belt, a bag, or anywhere else its carabiner can fasten. But the Go 3’s small loop is a new perk that should make it easier to hold or fasten to a bag. JBL is offering a range of colors for both models, like red, gray, blue, and black, and divisive colorways like camouflage.

JBL Xtreme 3
The JBL Xtreme 3 will come in black, blue, or a green and brown camouflage pattern.
Image: JBL

If you want something much, much bigger with up to 15 hours of battery life, the new JBL Xtreme 3 has also gotten the upgrade to USB-C charging and IP67 waterproofing. It also has improved driver performance according to JBL, and it can charge a second device, like your phone, with its built-in battery. The Xtreme 3 will cost $349.95 when it launches in November.