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Jawbone JAMBOX Portable Wireless Speaker Review

by April 25, 2011
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  • Product Name: JAMBOX Wireless Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Jawbone
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: April 25, 2011 03:20
  • MSRP: $ 199.99
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AUDIO
Proprietary acoustic drivers (stereo pair)
Proprietary passive bass radiator
Built-in Microphone
Output Level: 85dB at 0.5m
Frequency Response: 60 Hz - 20 kHz

DESIGN
Four bold designs: Black Diamond, Blue Wave, Grey Hex and Red Dot.

SIZE AND WEIGHT
Length: 151mm
Width: 57mm
Height: 40mm
Weight: 327 grams (12oz)

POWER AND BATTERY
On/Off Switch
About 10 hours of continuous play (varies by volume level and audio content)
Battery life displayed on iPhone
Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Micro-USB charging connection
BLUETOOTH
Wireless Range: at least 33 feet
Bluetoothv2.1 compliant
Supports Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
Profiles Supported: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Hands-Free Profile (HFP) 1.5, Headset Profile (HSP) 1.1

CONNECTIONS
Bluetooth
3.5mm Stereo Input
Micro-USB (charging only)
Simultaneous Multipoint (enabled via MyTALK): make connections to two devices at the same time

PC COMPATIBILITY
MyTALK
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Mac OSX 10.5 and higher

IN THE BOX
JAMBOX
60" micro USB charging cable
12.5" micro USB charging cable
36" 3.5mm stereo cable
Carrying case
A/C wall charger
User guide

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Plays loud

Cons

  • Annoying low battery messages
  • Directional
  • Expensive

Introduction

On a recent visit to an Apple store, Jawbone's JAMBOX caught my eye. Could this little dynamo offer me the sound quality and convenient size I have been looking for to fill my hotel rooms with music? The Jawbone JAMBOX is priced at $199.99, which ain't cheap. The problem is, I have not seen anything priced less that can really compete with this product. Plenty of people are happy to drop more than this on a pair of Beats headphones, so think of this the same way - as a higher end, ultra-portable speaker system. The compact size, excellent build quality, and excellent sound quality and functionality make this a product worth spending a few extra bucks on. If you are a traveler who wants some decent sound while in hotel rooms, the JAMBOX is hard to beat.
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