Jawbone JAMBOX

7.5/10 AVG.
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  • Jawbone JAMBOX
  • Jawbone JAMBOX
  • Jawbone JAMBOX
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Specs / Features


Wireless portable speaker in black connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device | Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere | Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum | Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone's MyTalk portal | Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery

Wireless portable speaker in black connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device | Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere | Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum | Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone's MyTalk portal | Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery

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Specification

Brand Jawbone
Model JBE03
Warranty 12 months
Size 29 x 19 cm (11.4 x 7.5 in)

Reviews summary

7.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

What's good

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Rugged build quality
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Apps available for additional features

What's bad

  • Clarity issues with speakerphone
  • High price
  • Highly directional sound stage
  • No hardware playback buttons

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, the Jawbone JAMBOX is one of the oldest and most well-known devices available. With rave reviews from sites such as Engadget, CNET and PC Magazine, it is easy to see how it launched a completely new market for music lovers and gadget fans alike. Though the Jambox is more than a few years old, it appears to have aged well with Simon Sage of Android Central stating, “If you're looking for a portable and stylish Bluetooth speaker, it's hard to go wrong with the Jambox.”

One of the most distinctive features mentioned in reviews of this speaker is its design. With four base designs, and the ability to mix and match components, including rubberized outer grips and textured metal grills, there are hundreds of possibilities for making your JAMBOX distinctly yours. Sherri L. Smith of Laptop Magazine said, “The Jambox could easily be passed off as modern art.”

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However, the design isn’t all about looks. Most sites found the Jambox to be quite durable with Sean Hollister of Engadget stating that “Jawbone made much out of the rigidity of its glass-infused polycarbonate structure and stainless steel grille during an early briefing, and sure enough they make for a rock-solid product here, pleasantly weighty and well-protected from accidental damage.”

According to Will Greenwald of PC Magazine, “The sound isn't incredible, but it's clear and satisfying enough for most uses. Considering the device's size, it still puts out impressive sound.” This matches most reviews, with Engadget praising its overall volume and CNet noting its “surprisingly present low-end punch.” However, Laptop Magazine noted, “Despite the rich audio, though, the speaker failed to fill a small room.”

A built-in micro USB port allows for updating the firmware. Recent updates appear to address some of the sound stage concerns, with Thomas Ricker of The Verge saying, “I was skeptical that any tweak to the unit's DSP would be worth my attention, let alone yours. But all doubt was cast aside once I found suitable tracks to exploit the feature.”

The speaker also features a number of apps and buttons for using it as a full featured speakerphone, complete with voice dialing and speech-to-SMS capabilities. Unfortunately, the speakerphone features appear to suffer from the same minor sound issues. Engadget found that callers “complained our volume was too low and our words often got cut off with the unit sitting on a nearby table.”

Another minor complaint was a lack of physical controls for skipping tracks and other common features available in similarly priced devices. Simon Sage of Android Central called this a “serious downer."

Overall, the JAMBOX receives positive reviews if you are looking for a portable, well-rounded Bluetooth speaker for your phone or mobile device. Sean Hollister called it “the perfect way to augment anything you'd share that doesn't have decent speakers of its own.”

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

Entertaining, hip design, portable and wireless

from What Hi-Fi

Its bold, attacking and lively style, however, can sometimes compromise the finer subtleties of a song – rival hi-fi docks have more finesse and elegance. The Big Jambox, on the other hand, is far more content being the life and soul of the party.Jawbone presents the Big Jambox as a 21st ce...More

Its bold, attacking and lively style, however, can sometimes compromise the finer subtleties of a song – rival hi-fi docks have more finesse and elegance. The Big Jambox, on the other hand, is far more content being the life and soul of the party.Jawbone presents the Big Jambox as a 21st century version of the ’80s boombox; its portability and Bluetooth capabilities deserve to make it a popular product.

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Android Central

Impressive when it comes to both hardware and software

from Android Central

The Jawbone Jambox is a popular stand-alone Bluetooth speaker with sharp style, heavy bass, and relatively rich app environment. Audio from the jawbone Jambox is pretty solid, and especially heavy on the bass. I didn't have any issues with distortion, even at higher volumes, The lack of hardware playback controls, like pause and play, is a pretty serious downer. The Big Jambox has the full selection of hardware buttons, but costs an extra hundred bucks....

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The Jawbone Jambox is a popular stand-alone Bluetooth speaker with sharp style, heavy bass, and relatively rich app environment. Audio from the jawbone Jambox is pretty solid, and especially heavy on the bass. I didn't have any issues with distortion, even at higher volumes, The lack of hardware playback controls, like pause and play, is a pretty serious downer. The Big Jambox has the full selection of hardware buttons, but costs an extra hundred bucks.

If you're looking for a portable and stylish Bluetooth speaker, it's hard to go wrong with the Jambox. The app support for something like this is really impressive, and adds a ton of functionality to a prodyct that would otherwise just be a dumb audio output. The only real downside is that the pricetag might be a little steep for something so small.

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Laptop Magazine

Gracefully breaks away from wireless speaker conventions

from Laptop Magazine

Although the Jambox is small enough to fit in our hand and slides easily into a bag, it's not slim enough to stuff it into a pants pocket. For $199, the Jawbone Jambox is a compact Bluetooth speaker with a cool design that can be customized via apps, speaker grilles and caps to your delight....More

Although the Jambox is small enough to fit in our hand and slides easily into a bag, it's not slim enough to stuff it into a pants pocket. For $199, the Jawbone Jambox is a compact Bluetooth speaker with a cool design that can be customized via apps, speaker grilles and caps to your delight. If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker with versatility, the Jambox will not disappoint.

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PC Magazine

Has a lot to offer for such a small package

from PC Magazine

The Aliph Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker offers some great features, long battery life, and solid sound. However, its $199 price tag simply isn't justified, compared to similarly priced iPod docks and less-expensive Bluetooth headsets. If you really need a wireless speakerphone/music speaker in...More

The Aliph Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker offers some great features, long battery life, and solid sound. However, its $199 price tag simply isn't justified, compared to similarly priced iPod docks and less-expensive Bluetooth headsets. If you really need a wireless speakerphone/music speaker in one product, it's a good choice, but there are better dedicated alternatives for each purpose.

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Cult of Mac

Still the reigning champ

from Cult of Mac

At the end of the day, though, the Jambox’s faults can’t overshadow the experience of using one. It takes what is usually the most boring part of music — the gear that physically produces the sound — and makes it into a fun conversation piece that manages to be the physical embodiment of all that is joyful about kicking back and kicking up some tunes....

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At the end of the day, though, the Jambox’s faults can’t overshadow the experience of using one. It takes what is usually the most boring part of music — the gear that physically produces the sound — and makes it into a fun conversation piece that manages to be the physical embodiment of all that is joyful about kicking back and kicking up some tunes.

In the year since it’s debuted, we’ve seen a lot of Jambox competitors, but we still haven’t seen one that puts its thumb so firmly on the rhythmic pulse of what is fun and joyful about music.

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CrackBerry

It's definitely a "want" not a "need" item

from CrackBerry

The Jawbone Jambox retails for a hefty price tag of $199. Yes, it's a whopper of a price tag and yes, there are cheaper portable speakers out there.

The build quality, durability (I dropped it quite a few times and not a knick or scratch on it), the Bluetooth speakerphone plus the Jawbone name make it a little easier for me to see why they may charge this high. Refurbished models are available through Jawbone's website for $129.99. It'll definitely get you through a workout or two...

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The Jawbone Jambox retails for a hefty price tag of $199. Yes, it's a whopper of a price tag and yes, there are cheaper portable speakers out there.

The build quality, durability (I dropped it quite a few times and not a knick or scratch on it), the Bluetooth speakerphone plus the Jawbone name make it a little easier for me to see why they may charge this high. Refurbished models are available through Jawbone's website for $129.99. It'll definitely get you through a workout or two!

It's a "want" item at a price tag of $199 but I don't think you'd regret the purchase.

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Minimally Minimal

The brilliance overwieghs the negatives

from Minimally Minimal

When I want to take a shower, I just carry it with me and the room is instantly filled with music. Like magic. There is a certain amount of thought and care that has gone into this product that I really appreciate. Sure, there are audiophiles that will complain about the shoddy sound. But if you...More

When I want to take a shower, I just carry it with me and the room is instantly filled with music. Like magic. There is a certain amount of thought and care that has gone into this product that I really appreciate. Sure, there are audiophiles that will complain about the shoddy sound. But if you stop to think about it, the brilliance overwieghs the negatives. You just wirelessly connect a device to it and you instantly have music wherever you take this tiny box. The best thing I've bought in ages, that's what I say.

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Pocket-lint

Only the high price prevents this from reaching must-buy status

from Pocket-lint

What you get with the Jawbone Jambox is a top-notch portable device which will bang out clear audio and serve as a handy speaker phone. The build quality is there, the design is good enough to appeal to most and it is very easy to set-up and use.

It's the price though, that is the sticking point and although it is clear Jawbone has given a good deal of thought to this product, £160 is a lot of money to ask. As such it's something of a luxury, meaning if you've got the cash we can't help but recommend it....

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What you get with the Jawbone Jambox is a top-notch portable device which will bang out clear audio and serve as a handy speaker phone. The build quality is there, the design is good enough to appeal to most and it is very easy to set-up and use.

It's the price though, that is the sticking point and although it is clear Jawbone has given a good deal of thought to this product, £160 is a lot of money to ask. As such it's something of a luxury, meaning if you've got the cash we can't help but recommend it.

Hopefully the price will see a drop soon, which will make this an absolute cracking purchase.

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Engadget

A great addition to any device that needs better speakers

from Engadget

It's a coffee table conversation piece if we've ever seen one, as the six-inch-long Jambox is not obviously a speaker at first sight -- merely a small rectangular box completely enveloped by a delightfully textured one-piece mesh grille, with solid chunks of rubber at top and bottom. When light hits it from just the right angles, however, you can just make out a pair of drivers inside. At about the size of two Nintendo Wii Remotes stacked together, it's not something you'd fit in an average purse, but you could definitely pop it into a shoulder bag, backpack, or a large jeans pocket....

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It's a coffee table conversation piece if we've ever seen one, as the six-inch-long Jambox is not obviously a speaker at first sight -- merely a small rectangular box completely enveloped by a delightfully textured one-piece mesh grille, with solid chunks of rubber at top and bottom. When light hits it from just the right angles, however, you can just make out a pair of drivers inside. At about the size of two Nintendo Wii Remotes stacked together, it's not something you'd fit in an average purse, but you could definitely pop it into a shoulder bag, backpack, or a large jeans pocket.

When you switch on the Jambox for the first time, it leaves a first impression like nothing else: the device roars to life with a deep, guttural rumble that you can feel in your bones. (When you turn it off, it fades away like life in a video game.) The booming intro isn't necessarily representative of the speaker's overall performance -- more on that in a sec -- but it never ceased to surprise how much sheer sound the Jambox produces at max volume.

If the Jambox isn't going to replace a good pair of headphones, loudspeakers or speakerphone, what good is it for you? Why, it's the perfect way to augment anything you'd share that doesn't have decent speakers of its own. Plugged into a bedroom TV, connected to an iPad or typical laptop -- or any phone you'd care to name -- there is absolutely no comparison between the Jambox and the drivers these devices ship with. And if someone doubts the potency of your purchase, you won't have to belabor the point -- just casually hand them the Jambox and let them feel for themselves.

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Cnet

Stylish compact speaker with good features and sound

from Cnet

A rechargeable speaker that breaks our preconceptions of what Bluetooth can do (and how good it can look doing it). Priced on the high end at $199, this little speaker bar uses two 1.25-inch drivers on the front and a passive radiator woofer on the back to deliver surprisingly balanced sound for...More

A rechargeable speaker that breaks our preconceptions of what Bluetooth can do (and how good it can look doing it). Priced on the high end at $199, this little speaker bar uses two 1.25-inch drivers on the front and a passive radiator woofer on the back to deliver surprisingly balanced sound for its size. Just as importantly, the Jambox includes an integrated microphone, capitalizing on Aliph's expertise in wireless voice communication.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

4,099 from Amazon.com

4,099 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Jawbone JAMBOX. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

2 from Amazon.ca

2 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Jawbone JAMBOX. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

3 from Amazon.co.uk

3 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Jawbone JAMBOX. Ratings are generally negative, averaging 1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

2/10

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