When it comes to ultra portable speakers, JBL is pretty much the go-to brand. Their Go and Clip series speakers offer good sound for their size, highly portable and durable designs and long playback duration. The JBL Go 3 and the JBL Clip 4 are the latest iterations in their respective lineups. They come with some improvements over previous versions, but they also have some downgrades. In this post, we’ll be comparing the two speakers, along with the JBL Clip 3, to find out how they differ and to determine which one is right for you. By the end, you should be able to pick one that is perfect for your specific needs.
JBL Go 3 vs Clip 3 vs Clip 4 Comparison Chart
|Model||JBL Go 3||JBL Clip 4|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||3.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches||5.4 x 3.8 x 1.8 inches||5.3 x 3.4 x 1.8 inches|
|Weight||0.46 lbs||0.49 lbs||0.53 lbs|
|Power||4.2 watts||3.3 watts||5 watts|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.1||3.5mm analog|
|Battery||Up to 5 hours|
2.5 hours charging time
|Up to 10 hours|
3 hours charging time
|Up to 10 hours|
3 hours charging time
|Charging Port||USB-C||Micro USB||USB-C|
|Auto Power Off||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Included Accessories||USB-C cable|
|Micro USB cable|
The JBL Go 3, Clip 3 and Clip 4 are all water proof, with the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4 also being dust resistant.
All three speakers offer excellent portability. The JBL Go 3 measures 3.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches and only weighs 0.46 lbs, so it is highly portable. The
As for their build qualities, they don’t disappoint. They all feel durable and solid with their tight knit fabric and plastic builds. The
Adding to their excellent build qualities are their water resistance. With an IP67 rating, the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4 are completely water proof and dust resistant. On the other hand, the
One advantage of the
As for their controls, all three have the same layout and buttons. On the JBL Go 3, the power and Bluetooth buttons are at the bottom and the play/pause/skip and volume up/down buttons are on the side. The
As mentioned earlier, all three are water resistant, with the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4 also being dust proof.
When it comes to sound quality, they have similar sound profiles that have good mids, underemphasized highs and lacking low frequency. That said, the
The JBL Go 3 does not produce a lot of bass, which is expected with these speakers due to their smaller builds. Its mids are good, so vocals and lead instruments are clear. The highs are underwhelming, so it won’t be very good if you listen to music with a lot going on in the treble range.
All three are great for listening to podcasts and vocals, but the
Connectivity and Battery Life
The JBL Go 3 and Clip 4 have USB-C ports for charging while the
All three speakers stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth. The JBL Go 3 and Clip 4, since they are newer models, come with Bluetooth 5.1, while the older
One advantage that the
The JBL Go 3 has a battery life of up to 5 hours with a charging time of 2.5 hours. In comparison, the
Both the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4 have USB-C ports and they come with USB-C cables. The older
Even though it is an older model, we still recommend the JBL Clip 3 over the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4. It comes with the ability to answer calls due to its built-in mic, has a wired connection option and it basically sounds the same as the Clip 4. The JBL Clip 4 comes with an improved design but it has less features than the
The JBL Clip 4 sounds better and has a better overall design, but it’s also almost double the price of the JBL Go 3. If you are on a budget, the JBL Go 3 is the smarter choice, but if you want the better speaker, you should get the JBL Clip 4.
Yes, even though it is an older model, it is still a very good portable speaker. It sounds good, has a long battery life and it comes with features such as speakerphone and a wired 3.5mm connection.
Yes, it has an IP67 rating, so it is water and dust proof.
When used indoors, it can get loud, which is impressive since it has such a small build. When used outdoors, you’ll need to max out its volume for it to get loud, but it might still struggle, especially in a noisy environment.
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