One of the pioneers of wireless Bluetooth speakers—and one of most popular in the world—is the JBL Flip. The Flip 4 is the company’s latest iteration of its stalwart wireless speaker, and right now it’s on sale at both Amazon and Walmart starting at just $74. If you’ve ever considered getting one or upgrading your old, weak portable speaker, now is the time.
Nearly 6.5k reviewers on Amazon have rated the latest Flip 4.5 stars, and 80 percent of those ratings are for the perfect 5 stars. Over 600 Walmart reviewers give it four stars. The sound is crisp and clear, the bass pumps, and the battery is just fantastic.
It’s powered by a 3000mAh rechargeable Lithium ion battery that offers up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio. It’s wrapped in a durable, waterproof fabric, not hard plastic, so it’s lighter in weight than most portable speakers. It comes in nine colors, including a cool camo scheme. And did we mention the sound is phenomenal?
The Flip 4 has JBL Connect+ technology that can wirelessly link more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers, to amplify the listening experience. That’s right: For the ultimate party sound system, sprinkle a few Flip 4s around your home or backyard, link them all, and enmesh your guests with your killer beats.
With the press of a button, you can activate and talk to Siri or Google Now from your Flip 4. The speaker also contains a built-in noise- and echo-cancelling microphone, so you can answer calls as well as make them.
And yes, even though the casing is fabric mesh, the Flip 4 is waterproof. Take it in the shower or to the beach without worry. You can even submerge it! (Although that would be pointless. But still, you could if you wanted to.)
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