JBL Flip 5 Review

Currently, it is not a common approach for many Bluetooth speakers, as brands look for Wi-Fi and multiple rooms, voice control and AirPlay. The minimalist design of the JBL Flip 5 speaker is therefore unexpected – especially since it has taken up some of the features of its predecessor, the JBL Flip 4. Today, we are here with our JBL Flip 5 review. Bluetooth speakers don’t always have the broadest specification sheets and JBL has a proven track record of quality speakers. So the Flip 5 is a trend break or another theft from the famous American robust?

Review of JBL Flip 5 – Design

Fortunately, the Flip 5’s design allows you to showcase your talents almost anywhere. With only half a kilo / pound and the size of a small thermos, the compact and robust Flip 5 can be easily carried with one hand, placed in a bag or, thanks to the laces belt, hung on the handle of a bedroom door or a tree in a park, for example. Are you already presenting your new portable speaker soundtrack at your summer picnic? Know that time should be considered for saving your snacks, but not this speaker – the density of the IPX7 water means that it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one meter.

The passive radiators of the woofer at both ends are sufficiently embedded in the tubular compartment to avoid damaging them. However, we take care not to accidentally push the speaker into a bag with sharp or pointed objects. However, we cannot imagine JBL receiving many damaged speakers within the warranty period. The Flip 5, like many of its JBL siblings, is well built with an immaculate finish and, with a simple layout of design buttons and a practical battery indicator, it is easy to use.


Whichever finish you want, you get the same vertical, clean, portable speaker. Obviously, there is Bluetooth playback (press the dedicated button to start pairing); JBL’s PartyBoost feature that pairs Flip 5 or Pulse 4 speakers for stereo pairing or continuous playback in the JBL Connect app; and a USB-C port for charging – and that’s your lot. JBL chose not to equip the Flip 5 with a 3.5 mm connector to connect a smartphone or any other audio device, nor is there a built-in microphone for hands-free calls and to activate Siri and Google Assistant.

Review of JBL Flip 5

Both are surprising omissions due to their presence on the Flip 4, although support for Bluetooth 4.2 is perhaps even more unusual compared to the latest 5.0 standard. It is not the deciding factor, but it does mean losing higher data speeds and a stunning 240m wireless range (4.2 offers about four times less range). what JBL improved with the Flip 5 is the speed of loading. A full charge, which can be played for 12 hours, costs one hour less – 2.5 instead of 3.5 hours.

An increase in sound quality looks promising thanks to increased power (20 watts) and a new 44 mm driver in a racetrack format with a larger cone area for greater amplification of the sound.

JBL Flip 5 Review – Performance

This promise on paper is also expressed in practice. Like a mongrel suffering from pet dog syndrome, Flip 5 requires you to be heard (the difference is that you want to hear it). Whether we subject the mini speaker to Mac Miller’s languid, small rappers or explosions in post-rock instrumentalism from the air, JBL offers clear clarity, a touch of detail and more than a hint of dynamism. If we weren’t so familiar with the taste of JBL par excellence, we would have been shocked by how clear and musical this modest speaker sounds.

With Gone by Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens, the hollow baseline and crackling percussion are thick, fast and defined by, making it almost impossible to criticize the bass performance of the speaker. The equally seductive vocals that flow through the electronics come with clarity and precision and, thanks to the breadth and rhythmic character of the Flip 5, all elements of the mix seem to fit perfectly.

We don’t need to turn up the volume to feel involved, but even if we do, giving it an open field, it prevents it from appearing distorted or being pressed too hard. We also don’t feel obliged to sit next to him, and the Flip 5 is capable of spreading its sound with confidence in its modest dimensions. Stay a few feet away (Frisbee, anyone?) And you’ll still be singing.


The JBL Flip 5 is a pure soul – perhaps too pure for some in this world – but this minimalist approach has enabled JBL to focus on performance and create one of the best portable speakers on the best budget. Its clean design and IPX7 rating make it ideal for indoor and outdoor use. And it keeps JBL’s track record with excellent Bluetooth speakers. On behalf of those who like good quality music on the go, it is long overdue.

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JBL Flip 5 Review score

8.2 Total score

The JBL Flip 5 is a simple soul with Bluetooth-only playback and modest features, but if you want a robust, great-sounding portable speaker and can sacrifice voice control or hands-free calling functionality, don’t you will be disappointed.

JBL Flip 5 Pros And Cons


  • Engaging and fun sound
  • Easy to use
  • USB-C fast charging


  • No 3.5 mm inlet
  • No microphone for hands-free calls
  • Bluetooth 4.2 “only”