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JBL Micro Wireless
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • JBL Micro Wireless
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  • Last modified: Nov 9, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very light and small. Quality made. Very affordable. Surprisingly good sound quality.

CONS: None really.


JBL Micro Wireless 2Wireless speakers are currently one of the top selling accessories for smartphones and tablets, even though you can use them with a computers as well. Since Apple introduced its own AirPlay technology, which wirelessly streams music through a Wi-Fi network on an enabled devices, Apple fans also began noticing how useful these speakers can be. Still, most wireless speakers still pair with a home device using Bluetooth technology, which allows them to be used by Windows Phone and Android devices as well.

Today we are going to introduce you to a very small, very affordable and quite powerful speaker called JBL Micro Wireless. JBL is a well-known brand in a word of audio technologies, so we expected a very interesting product. Micro certainly met our expectations.

At only $59, this is currently one of the most affordable wireless speakers. It is quite small, and can actually fit into a pocket. It is 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) think, and 3.3 inches (8.3 centimeters) in diameter. Also, it weighs only 4.5 ounces (127 grams). These dimensions should give you a clearer picture how small and portable this product is.

It comes in four color schemes: black, red, green, and blue. It is round in shape, and features a speaker grill on its front side where JBL logo sits. Around the perimeter you can find 1/8 inch (3.5mm) auxiliary output jack, a power/Bluetooth pairing button, a volume dial, and a Micro USB port used to charge this device. According to official statements, it takes two hours to fully charge a battery, which should provide you with 5 hours of playback time. This stands correct in practice. Also, it is interesting to notice a small LED light located beneath a speaker grill. It informs you if a speaker is on a battery charge, when it’s ready to pair, or if the battery power is getting low.

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Micro comes with an interesting addition which sets it apart from similar products. Within its body, it holds 10.5 inch (26.6 centimeters) cable which is wrapped inside it. You can use it to connect to other speakers, or to other JBL Micro speakers if you decide to buy several of them. This will give you louder music and since you use several speakers you can position them towards different sides to get a better acoustics. This is a very nice and surprising addition, which could be also used with other non-JBL made speakers.

Sound quality is quite nice for a product of this size. It is able to play really loudly, and to keep sound very clear and crisp. It is able to produce some bass, but it’s very low, which you expect from a small wireless speaker. The important thing is that bass doesn’t’ affect sound quality. Since this speaker is very small, I would recommend trying different tilt angles and surfaces on which it sits, to achieve a better acoustic quality.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I have a question regarding this product… I got this for christmas and really love using it with my smartphone… A couple of days ago, I bought a new macbook pro, but the bluetooth of the mac doesn’t seem to recognize the device, does anyone have a clue?

    • Hi Lukas, thanks for your comment.
      That actually should work! I guess you already tried the usual things like restarting the MBP, but give it a try. I think the Micro came with hardly any instructions but if it’s not working you might wanna contact JBL.

      One thing you have to be aware of: The speaker will only pair with one device, so if you want to pair it with your MBP, then turn off bluetooth on your smartphone. Next, start the pairing mode – and the MBP should be able to discover it. Hope that helps!

  2. Hey, Lukas

    I had the same problem at first with my Macbook Pro. Then I find out that I had to hold the open (the bluetooth) button in JBL for about 3 seconds to make the blue light blink. That’s when the devices can connect to each other. If it’s just steady blue all the time, then it cannot connect. I hope this helps!

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