This five-star JBL is a super-sounding portable powerhouse – and it's still £30 off!

Portable speaker: JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi
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Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days is now over, but that doesn't mean every single discount has now bounced back up to its original price like a twanging bungee cord. That's great news for consumers, as it means that deals continue to kick around online, even if you have to work a bit harder to find them.

One such deal is on the JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi portable speaker, a wi-fi-enabled version of the original Charge 5 model which does everything its predecessor did but with the benefit of AirPlay 2, Alexa voice control and even more refined audio output. Originally retailing at £230, the Charge 5 Wi-Fi is still £30 off at both Amazon and Currys, although stocks won't last forever.

This has been the first time we've seen the Charge 5 Wi-Fi enjoy a discount, which isn't surprising considering that it only officially dropped a few months ago. We voiced concerns in our five-star review that the only dealbreaker might have been the unit's slightly inflated price tag, so seeing a chunk taken off that RRP really makes the newest JBL seem like a much more viable investment.

JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi  was £250

JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi was £250 now £200 at Amazon (save £50)
One of the best portable speakers we've tested recently, the JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi adds more streaming options, Alexa Multiroom and slight sonic enhancements to the original five-star Charge 5 model. A significant discount on a speaker that only came out a few months ago.
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JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi review 

We included the five-star JBL Charge 5 Wi-Fi in our roundup of the finest Bluetooth speaker deals available on Prime Day 2, and for good reason. The smart model is a tweaked version of the excellent JBL Charge 5, using the traditional recipe that has won that particular unit multiple What Hi-Fi? Awards and adding a host of extra features for those users who crave wi-fi connectivity. More wireless streaming options are now available courtesy of the new model's wi-fi capabilities, and you'll also receive Alexa Multiroom for when you want a hands-free assistant.

It's not just a better speaker in terms of what you get, it's also a finer model with regard to how it sounds. There's discernibly more drive, spice and refinement to the Charge 5 Wi-Fi, something which becomes even clearer when streamed over AirPlay 2. Everything else about the Charge 5 Wi-Fi is a continuation of the original model's charms, with a strong IP67 rating, rugged build and 20-hour battery life all included.

We were only slightly concerned that the Charge 5 Wi-Fi's original asking price of £230 was just a tad high, so this £30 discount at both Amazon and Currys helps to take that particular edge off. That's not a discount to be sniffed at, especially when you consider the fact that the Charge 5 Wi-Fi only came out a few months ago. Result!


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Harry McKerrell
Staff writer

Harry McKerrell is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. He studied law and history at university before working as a freelance journalist covering TV and gaming for numerous platforms both online and in print. When not at work he can be found playing hockey, practising the piano or forcing himself to go long-distance running.