Charge to Victory
Portable wireless speakers have been around for a really long time. They’ve been known to have very colorful and visually appealing designs while some of them come in small packages which make them so easy to carry around. However, when it comes to sound quality, portable wireless speakers receive very little to no love. The JBL Charge changes all this.
Like most portable wireless speakers, the Charge strikes a pretty alluring design. Shaped cylindrically like a 24oz aluminum can, the review unit we received had a nice matte white and green finishing. Along the center where the actual speakers are located, is a sturdy metal mesh along with the JBL logo. Though we said that the shape of the device is cylindrical, there are rubber stoppers at the bottom of the speakers that allow it to rest properly while lying down. Besides that, the Charge can also be positioned to stand without losing out on any sound because its speakers are in the center.
There are only three buttons on the Charge; the first being the main power button which doubles as the Bluetooth pairing button if you hold it down for more than 3 seconds. Aside from that, what’s left are the two volume buttons which is self-explanatory. Pairing up the Charge with another device is simple enough, making the device very accessible. Besides just the buttons, there are three LED indicators next to the power button to indicate remaining battery life. Alternatively, since the Charge features a powerful 6000 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery, it can also be used to charge a smartphone via the USB port found on the Charge’s left side.
Going back to sound quality, the Charge possesses one of the best, if not the best, sound quality we’ve experienced in terms of portable speakers in a while. Ignoring the very rare occasion of sound distortion, the Charge performs far better than many 2.0 speakers out there.
When tested during our listening sessions, the Charge performed admirably well across all genres. Instruments and vocals are clear throughout with hardly any distortion even with the volume blasted all the way up to maximum. Though we’re very pleased with the Charge’s performance, we would still recommend a set of 2.1 speakers for better sound staging and bass. However, these are the expected limitations of portable speakers in general and not so much the Charge.
When compared to other portable speakers, the Charge is pretty large. However, these speakers are still pretty convenient to transport around, especially given that the Charge comes with a nice black pouch for storage and to prevent scratches while transporting it.
The Charge may appear like a rudimentary set of portable speakers but does what it promises to do extremely well. It houses arguably the best sound quality one can expect to find in a portable set of speakers. We definitely recommend it for laptop users who appreciate sound quality even when they’re moving about.
You can use the Charge’s USB port to charge your mobile devices
Three simple buttons populate the Charge along with the LED indicators