JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker W/A Built-in Strap-Hook Review

Rajat Hardy
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Today's review is going to look at the JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker W/A Built-in Strap-Hook.

Read our full review below to learn if this is just the right thing for you.

Our rating: 8 / 10

Cost: $$

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Pros:

  • Incredible sound for its size
  • Durable
  • Lightweight with an included carrying strap
  • Great bass
  • Can be plugged into USB to charge devices
  • Water Resistant
  • Can be used as a notification alert
  • Lasts for about 11 hours on a full charge
  • Can be used as a wireless speaker
  • Easy to connect to your cellphones with NFC capability

Many Bluetooth speakers are entry-level offerings which are good enough to check out, but once we get into the higher priced end of the spectrum you have a nice wide range of components and features to choose from.

So why is it that one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers out there is from JBL, a company best known for high-quality home and car audio equipment? The truth is that for a long time and for all of the right reasons, JBL has been known for building the most durable, rugged and reliable speakers on the market.

In in this case they have redesigned and improved on the original model, keeping the proven "go anywhere" design while improving on the solid performance, all while decreasing the size by 33%.

The speaker comes in a small carrying case that doubles as a charger with a USB cord. It has a higher capacity battery (40+ hours of playtime vs. 20 hours), it is IPX4 splash proof and the sound is crisp, clear and loud. There is a built-in microphone that can receive and answer calls. And of course the well-known JBL audio quality.

What I like about this model specifically is the integrated strap (like a small utility belt) that allows the speaker to be worn by the user via a handle loop on the back. This also provides a very clean look with no wires to be seen.

The speaker is compact but fully capable of producing great sound. When you have a well-built speaker you are known as a rugged, reliable speaker that can handle being used anywhere and this is the perfect example of that.

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