JBL announces Flip 3 Bluetooth portable speaker

We loved the first JBL Flip speaker when we reviewed it back in 2013, but felt the follow up Flip 2 could have done with more low end weight. It seems JBL has taken that on board, as the Flip 3 comes with dual passive radiators, designed to give it “intense bass".

A new cylindrical splashproof design, as well as a durable fabric casing - which looks similar to that on the UE Boom - means the speaker can be used outdoors, while multiple Flip 3 speakers can be connected together with a press of the JBL Connect button for a bigger sound.

As is common with Bluetooth speakers, the Flip 3 can double up as a speakerphone and features echo and noise cancellation technology to improve call quality. Up to three smartphones can be connected at any one time and a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery is said to offer up to 10 hours of playback time.

The JBL Flip 3 is available now in black, red, orange, pink, grey, blue, yellow and teal colours for £99.

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Max was a staff writer on What Hi-Fi? and subsequently spent a good few years writing news and features for various technology and hi-fi publications, before jumping on a plane in search of a more fruitful life in Australia. Now based in Byron Bay, he writes about tech, health, fitness and style.