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JBL Clip 4 vs WONDERBOOM 2 (2021): Which Portable Bluetooth Speaker Should You Buy?

If you are looking to get a portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s highly likely that you’ve come across either, or both, JBL and Ultimate Ears (UE). After all, these two have a wide array of speakers that dominate the industry. Below, we compare two of their more compact portable Bluetooth speakers—the JBL Clip 4 and the UE WONDERBOOM 2—to find out how they fare against each other. They are both highly portable due to their compact build and they are waterproof as well. To start things off, here’s a comparison chart with their specs and features.

JBL Clip 4 vs WONDERBOOM 2 Comparison Chart

ModelJBL Clip 4 UE WONDERBOOM 2
 JBL Clip 4: Portable Speaker with Bluetooth, Built-in Battery, Waterproof and Dustproof Feature -...ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2, Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Big Bass 360 Sound, Waterproof /...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Dimensions5.3 x 3.4 x 1.8 inches4.09 x 3.75 inches
Weight0.53 lbs0.93 lbs
ResistanceIP67IP67
ConnectivityBluetoothBluetooth
Multi-Device PairingNo2 devices
ControlsPower
Bluetooth
Play/Pause/Skip
Volume Up/Down
Power
Playback/Skip
Bluetooth
Volume up/down
Outdoor Boost
Battery10 hours
3 hours charging time
13 hours
2.6 hours charging time
Charging Port USB-CMicro USB
Color OptionsBlack, Blue, Grey, Pink, Red, Squad, WhiteBermuda Blue, Ice Grey, Just Peach, Radical Red, Deep Space

Design

The JBL Clip 4 is lighter than the UE WONDERBOOM 2.

jbl clip 4 vs wonderboom 2 design
The JBL Clip 4 (left) is more compact than the bulkier UE WONDERBOOM 2 (right).

Both the JBL Clip 4 and UE WONDERBOOM 2 are lightweight and compact speakers that you can bring with you anywhere. They have a tough exterior thanks to the tight netting on the Clip 4 and the tight knit fabric on the WONDERBOOM 2.

These two are well-built, and they are excellent for outdoor use, especially since they both have an IP67 rating. Having an IP67 rating means that these two speakers are dustproof and waterproof. A nice feature that only the UE WONDERBOOM 2 has is that it can float. You can use it in the bathtub or if you are at the pool.

You can easily clip or hang these speakers on your bag or your belt since they have built-in handles. The JBL Clip 4 has a carabiner hook while the UE WONDERBOOM 2 has a small fabric handle.

The JBL Clip 4 is available in seven colors—black, blue, white, pink, grey, red and Squad. Meanwhile, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 is available in Bermuda blue, ice grey, just peach, radical red and deep space.

Sound Quality

The UE WONDERBOOM 2 can get louder and outputs better sound than the JBL Clip 4.

jbl clip 4 vs wonderboom 2 sound quality
The JBL Clip 4 (left) downmixes stereo content to mono, while the UE WONDERBOOM 2 (right) plays music in stereo.

For their compact sizes, these speakers sound good. Of course, these will never match the fidelity of bookshelf or tower speakers, but as long as you are not expecting them to, then these speakers are good enough.

That said, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 is slightly better when it comes to overall sound quality. It has a punchier bass and you can hear the mids and highs, even though they are slightly recessed. The JBL Clip 4, on the other hand, has a weaker bass but more accurate mids. However, the highs are recessed, so its overall sound is slightly veiled.

Another advantage of the UE WONDERBOOM 2 is that it has 360-audio. The speaker is able to output true stereo, and it has a wider soundstage than the JBL Clip 4. It can also get louder, especially if you enable its Outdoor Boost feature. However, when Outdoor Boost is on, the sound quality is not the best.

Setup and Controls

The UE WONDERBOOM 2 can be paired to two devices simultaneously.

jbl clip 4 vs wonderboom 2 setup and controls
Both the JBL Clip 4 (left) and UE WONDERBOOM 2 (right) have an IP67 rating, but the latter can float, making it better suited for pool parties or during a bath.

These two speakers connect wirelessly to your phone or other audio sources using Bluetooth. When it comes to Bluetooth range and latency, the JBL Clip 4 trumps the UE WONDERBOOM 2 as it has a wider range and lower latency when paired with Android and iOS devices. However, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 supports multi-device pairing, so these two have their advantages and disadvantages in this area.

Controlling the two speakers is easy since their control buttons are properly labelled and easy to reach. The JBL Clip 4 has power and Bluetooth pairing buttons at the side and play, volume up and volume down at the front. The play button can be pressed twice to skip to the next track. There’s no previous track function though.

Meanwhile, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 has its volume up and down buttons at the front, and its power, Bluetooth and playback/skip track/pause buttons at the top. Located at the bottom is its Outdoor Boost button.

Battery Life

You get more battery life with the UE WONDERBOOM 2 than the JBL Clip 4.

jbl clip 4 vs wonderboom 2 battery life
The JBL Clip 4 (left) has 10 hours of battery life while the UE WONDERBOOM 2 (right) can last to up to 13hours.

You can enjoy listening to music for hours with both the JBL Clip 4 and UE WONDERBOOM 2. The JBL Clip 4 can last up to 10 hours with a charging time of 3 hours. On the other hand, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 can last up to 13 hours with a charging time of 2.6 hours. Clearly, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 has the advantage here.

The JBL Clip 4 has a USB-C charging port, which is better than the micro USB port of UE WONDERBOOM 2.

Verdict

As expected, the pricier UE WONDERBOOM 2 is better than the JBL Clip 4 in almost every way.

To sum up, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 sounds better, has a longer battery life and it comes with a few more extra features than the JBL Clip 4. This is expected as the UE WONDERBOOM 2 is the more expensive device. Choosing between the two will come down to how much you are willing to pay for a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you want the better overall speaker and you don’t mind spending more, get the UE WONDERBOOM 2. However, if you are on a budget, the JBL Clip 4 is a nice alternative.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Which is louder, UE WONDERBOOM2 or JBL Clip 4?

The UE WONDERBOOM 2 can get louder than the JBL Clip 4.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the JBL Clip 4 waterproof?

Yes, it is dustproof and waterproof with its IP67 rating.

๐Ÿ“Œ Can I pair the UE WONDERBOOM 2 with other UE speakers?

No, you can only pair it with other UE WONDERBOOM speakers.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the JBL Clip 4 have a 3.5mm connection?

No, it is a Bluetooth-only speaker.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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