The Jambox by Jawbone is a compact portable speaker that comes with wireless connectivity, an output capacity of 85 decibels and a sleek, sophisticated design. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the Jambox for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Jambox by Jawbone is pretty small: it's just a little taller than a Wii remote.
The device is nicely wrapped with a stainless steel grille but the top and bottom are rubber.
The rubber tracked quite a bit of dust which we didn't really like.
There are very simple controls on the top: the plus button raises volume, the minus button lowers it.
The circle button is a multi-function key; when pressed, it connects the speaker to pre-paired devices or tells you the current battery life.
The side features the micro USB port for charging and software updates, an aux port cable is included and a three-way power switch.
Down on the power switch turns it off; middle is for on and if you hold it up, it goes into pairing mode.
It was very easy to pair this speaker with your Bluetooth device.
Like the Bose SoundLink, all you have to do with the Jambox is put this in pairing mode and it'll show up on your smartphone or tablet.
The range was solid, with well over 30 feet like the other Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
We still feel like Bluetooth is more reliable than AirPlay, but AirPlay is still pretty new.
Even with the small size, the Jambox had surprisingly good sound quality.
The results kind of blew me away: this speaker gets loud and at full volume, the mids are clear, the lows are nice and bass-y and the highs definitely distort.
This isn't the case when the volume is lowered but it's a little disappointing that you don't get the full spectrum at max volume.
The audio is also very directional and it certainly won't fill up a room.
All that said, the Jambox can also be used as a speakerphone, which is a nice feature to have.
We weren't very impressed with the speaker phone: phone calls were really distorted and people on the other line had issues hearing us, even though we were very close to the speaker.
The battery life was really good; Jawbone says the average is 10 hours.
One cool feature is that the battery life is displayed on your iPhone.