Although the design and specifications of JBL Charge 4 might look similar to the Charge 3, the subtle improvements in sound quality are immediately apparent when you start listening to the speaker. The JBL Charge 4 has a better tonal balance and can still produce powerful bass without overshadowing other frequencies.
Although the JBL Charge 4 might seem boring on paper, it is still gaining popularity for various reasons. You get a Bluetooth speaker that sounds great, lasts for a long time, is durable, can charge your mobile phone by acting as a charger. The Charge 4 is slightly bigger by roughly a centimeter in every way, but it’s also heavier by 165 grams (7.05 ounces). While that obviously isn’t a huge deal, it’s not good news if you were relying on the portability of the speaker.
Let’s take a closer look to find out if JBL Charge 4 can be an excellent buy for you in 2021:
JBL Charge 4 Design
All of the physical controls for the speaker can be found on the top of the speaker. These buttons include volume, power, media control and Bluetooth pairing. The JBL’s Connect+ feature allows you to pair two or more speakers to amplify the music or generate stereo sound.
The large silicone door on the rear side protects the USB-C, 3.5mm aux and USB-A ports. You can also charge your mobile phone with the JBL Charge 4 by using the full-sized USB port.
The JBL Charge 4 is designed as a directional speaker, and the audio comes from the side (JBL emblem). Although this may disappoint those who want 360-degree sound, the speaker is so loud that everyone can hear it in a room.
The speaker’s directional nature means that the placement of the speaker is essential. Users can place it either horizontally on its foot or vertically on any side. We noticed that setting the speaker vertically on either side will increase its bass response.
JBL Charge 4 Performance
The JBL Charge 4’s most significant advantage over the Charge 3 is its sonic performance. While the Charge 3 could deliver excellent bass, the JBL Charge 4 has a more balanced approach.
The High notes are no longer a weakness and allow instruments such as the violin to sound better. The mids are also good and let vocals be heard clearly. The resolution is not exceptional, but it is acceptable for a waterproof Bluetooth speaker at this price point.
The JBL Charge 4 can be thunderous, and even half the volume is enough to fill a room of medium size with excellent quality music. The speaker can be loud indoors, but the Bluetooth speaker at maximum volume is great for noisy places like the beach.
The speaker has an IP7X rating, so you have no reason to worry about water or dust damages. The brand claims that the JBL Charge 4 can keep you entertained for 20 hours on one charge.
JBL Charge 4 Verdict
In terms of value for your money, the JBL Charge 4 is a definite no-brainer. For this price point, you get a Bluetooth speaker that lasts all day, sounds excellent, can survive all kinds of abuse, and has the option to top your phone up in a pinch.
Yes, better-sounding Bluetooth speakers exist, but you’ll need to shell out much more money than JBL Charge 4. If you are on a tight budget, then the Pulse 3 can be a decent alternative to the JBL Charge 4 that comes with a light show and 360-degree sound and but you’ll have to settle for less battery life (up to 12 hrs) and a tiny bit of audio quality difference.
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