JBL's new Pulse 4 Bluetooth speaker is a seriously colourful character

JBL's new Pulse 4 Bluetooth speaker puts on a colourful display
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Would sir or madam care for a light show to go with their portable wireless speaker? Well, that's exactly what the new JBL Pulse 4 offers.

The speaker is wrapped in LEDs, which allows it to glow a wide range of colours and perform its very own light dance to accompany your music. You can tweak the colours and visual effects using JBL's Connect app.

But that's not the only trick up its sleeve. You can even colour-match the Pulse 4's LEDs using your smartphone's camera.

If one display of colour isn't enough, you can combine a couple of Pulse 4s and use them as a stereo pair. You can sync to other Pulse 4 speakers by shaking your speaker in their vicinity.

There's also the option of using JBL's PartyBoost feature, which allows you join forces with up to 100 other JBL speakers, just as long as they support the feature too.

Battery life (it charges via USB-C) comes in at 12 hours, which should be more than enough to keep the party going, while the IPX7 rating means it will survive any major splashes.

The new JBL Pulse 4 is available in either white or black for £199/€229/$229 and should hit stores at the end of September.


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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.