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Jawbone Jambox Speakers

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Jawbone's Jambox will bring premium portable sound to the places you need it to without breaking a sweat. Stylish, with great connectivity, battery life and a robust construction make this mobile speaker a winner.

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Sam Applegate

23rd August 2014

By Sam Applegate

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The Jawbone Jambox is all about providing portable sound power, and boy but does it do a good job. It's a 907g bluetooth-enabled speaker that's barely longer than your smartphone and can easily be carried in one hand. If you're prepared to spend a bit extra in order to get something a slightly special, it won't disappoint, especially as the price drops over time.

Looks and Build

Visually the most obvious comparison that springs to mind is with a standard-shaped Lego brick, although that doesn't really do the Jambox any justice. Jawbone have kept the number of buttons and controls on their product to a minimum in order to eliminate any sense of clutter and create a device with clean, uncomplicated lines. Volume, for example, can be controlled via one of the two buttons on top of the Jawbone Jambox or through your smartphone's controls. There's no skip button on the device.

Such a design gives the Jambox a sense of solidity and ruggedness that it lives up to. Constructed out of stainless steel with a moulded rubber casing, it feels tough enough to take whatever your clumsiness can throw at it. As there are no protruding bits or exposed areas, nothing is going to snap off or bend.

There are, apparently, 117 different colour combinations that you can deck out your Jawbone Jambox in, so look around in order to find that neon pink/lime green combination that's your sartorial signature and perhaps you might just get lucky! All in all it looks good, if a little angular.

Sounds and Performance

The quality of sound that the Jawbone Jambox delivers is pretty darn good for the price point, but if you're a bass freak then you might find that it doesn't give you the hit you're looking for. For all that, sometimes the speaker actually moves independently when it plays deep, dark dubstep sounds, such are the vibrations that it's kicking out. It'll likely survive any fall unscathed, but it's sensible not to put it right on an edge.

Looking around the web, some people have criticised the Jambox for not being loud enough. You have to wonder what people expect from a device that's barely bigger than your hand to provide! If you're looking to throw noisy party, this little fella probably isn't going to be able to drown out those awkward gaps in the conversation before the alcohol kicks in. But for most other circumstances, it has plenty of bark under its bonnet. Jawbone have also created a Live Audio software update that reduces the quality of the sound and cranks up the volume to pleasingly high levels, for those times when providing ambience is more important than performance.

Nonetheless, the Jawbone Jambox is fundamentally about mobility rather than muscle power. Bear in mind that small portable speakers always sound more powerful indoors, like in a garage gym that lacks a power socket or a hotel room than they will if you take them to the park. Damn the inevitability of physics!

Bluetooth pairing works reliably up to a distance of five or six metres, but you can get more if there aren't too many obstacles in the way. To do so, all you need to do is pressing the pairing mode button and search out the connection on your phone. Quick, simple and entirely painless. The Jawbone Jambox will remember the link for future occasions, too. If you don't fancy Bluetooth or are using an older device to provide the music, there's a 3.5mm male to male stereo cable provided that you can connect into the jack. No problem.

If you receive a call whilst your phone is connected to the Jambox, you don't need to worry about disconnecting it before you can pick it up. Answer the phone and you can communicate through the speaker seamlessly. It has to be said that it's not the most amazing microphone in the world, but it does the job well enough provided you're not shouting at it from the other side of the room.

The company state that the Jambox should achieve a battery life of around ten hours, although this naturally varies according to how you use it. You can check how much juice you have remaining either by pressing the button on top that verbally informs you of power levels, or by checking out the information on your phone when you have it paired up. Charging is done by a micro USB with the provided cable and charger, or by linking it up to your computer.

As part of the package you also get a neat little carrying case for protecting your sound machine whilst out and about. The Jambox slots in tidily and two magnetic flaps fix themselves to the top

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  • Audio: Proprietary acoustic drivers (stereo pair)
  • Power and Battery: Up to 15 hours of continuous play
  • Bluetooth: Wireless Range: at least 33 feet (10m)
  • Design: Choose from wide selection of cap and grill colors and four artistic grill designs (Diamond, Dot, Hex, Wave)
  • PC Compatibility: Jawbone app, Windows 8, 7, Vista, Mac OS X 10.5 and higher

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