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JBL Go 3 review: Tiny $40 Bluetooth speaker with big improvements

$50 at Amazon

$48 at Walmart

$50 at Target

Don’t like

  • Battery life is only 5 hours
  • No speakerphone capability

The JBL Bluetooth speaker that received the biggest improvements for 2021 is among the company’s smallest. The JBL Go 3 has a completely new look — it’s now covered in durable fabric instead of having the naked plastic design of its Go predecessors — and that new design coupled with surprisingly decent sound for its small size makes the Go 3 ($40, £35, AU$70) one of the top micro Bluetooth speakers out there. 

Read more: Best portable Bluetooth speakers for 2021

Like the more expensive JBL Clip 4 ($70), the Go 3 is available in multiple color options. The speaker is designed to play either in a vertical position or laid flat, with a rubberized bottom (and rubberized ribs on its side) to keep it from moving around on smooth surfaces when played at higher volumes. The Go 3 has a simpler boxy design than the Clip 4 that makes it easier to stand it up and play your audio in a directional manner rather than fire it up at the ceiling. 

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The Clip 4 has USB-C charging and its underside is rubberized so the speaker doesn’t move around when you lay it down on a smooth surface.

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While they’re both excellent pocket Bluetooth speakers, as I said in my review of the Clip 4, the JBL Go 3 may be the better pick for a lot of people. The Clip 4 plays a bit louder and has slightly better clarity and bass (it’s a 5-watt speaker compared with the 3W Go 3), but the Go 3 costs $30 less and some people may prefer its design, as I did in some ways. At 0.46 pound (0.21 kg), it’s a tad smaller and lighter than the Clip 4 (0.53 pound or 0.24 kg), and while it doesn’t have an integrated carabiner, it does have a rope loop, so you can attach a carabiner to it.

Like the Clip 4, the Go 3 puts out more volume and better sound than you’d expect, though it does have its limitations. The bass is adequate — it’s got a little bit of punch to it — and the speaker can sound quite decent with less demanding tracks (these little speakers tend to excel with acoustical material because they are strong in the midrange). It also works well for supplying richer sound for movie playback than your smartphone or tablet speakers are capable of.

The right side houses the power and Bluetooth buttons.

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Just don’t expect the bass to have any serious kick to it — you’re not going to power a dance party with it unless maybe if you host it in a walk-in closet. The Go 3 is designed for playing background music anywhere you are and, like the Clip 4, sounds best at 50%-75% volume levels, with buttons on the speaker for controlling volume and track playback. It can end up sounding a little harsh if you crank the volume, particularly with more demanding tracks that have a lot of instruments playing at the same time. But it should nevertheless exceed most people’s expectations for sound quality.

As for competing products, you have the Bose SoundLink Micro at $99 (sometimes it goes on sale for $79), the Tribit StormBox Micro at around $40 (it’s our value pick in the micro Bluetooth speaker category) and JBL’s aforementioned Clip 4 at $70. All these speakers offer similar sound with small differences. The Bose has slightly more bass and I’ve always liked its design, but it is a little pricier and due for an upgrade, as it came out a few years ago.

Meanwhile, the StormBox Micro, which has a 9W power rating (though take that rating with a grain of salt), offers slightly superior sound to the Go 3 and the ability to pair two speakers for stereo sound. The StormBox Micro also has better battery life — up to 8 hours compared the Go 3’s 5 hours — but the Go 3 has a slight edge from a design standpoint. 

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JBL Clip 4 (left) is slightly bigger than the Go 3 (right) and has double the battery life.

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Aside from having slightly better sound, the Clip 4’s higher battery life number (up to 10 hours) does give it an advantage over the Go 3. But if you only plan on using the speaker in shorter spurts — and it does charge fairly quickly — that’s not a huge downside.

Other caveats: Note that like the Clip 4, the Go 3 has no speakerphone capabilities and doesn’t pair with a companion JBL app, so you can’t link up multiple speakers in PartyBoost mode like you can with some of JBL’s step-up Bluetooth speakers such as the Flip 5, Charge 4 and upcoming Charge 5. Also, JBL removed the audio input that the Go 2 has, so you can’t plug in a non-Bluetooth device. 

Also worth mentioning: The Go 3 uses upgraded Bluetooth 5.1 while the Go 2 uses Bluetooth 4.1. Additionally, the Go 3’s water resistance is IPX 67, not IPX 7. However, it can be submerged in shallow water for a short period of time and is dustproof. 

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The right side houses the power and Bluetooth buttons.

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JBL Go 3: Final thoughts

While the Go 3 has its sonic limitations, it plays bigger than you’d think for its tiny size, and its design not only looks better than its predecessor’s but feels more rugged and able to withstand drops better (I dropped the Go 2 once and its corner showed a little ding afterward). It’s a little speaker that’s hard not to like and perhaps we’ll see some small discounts on it later in the year, which would make it an even better value. 

JBL GO 3 review – SoundGuys

JBL has made a real name for itself as one of the big contenders in the outdoor Bluetooth speaker market with its Flip, Clip, and Charge lines, among others. The JBL GO 3 represents a pretty big aesthetic departure from its predecessor. Gone is the anonymous rectangular design, replaced with a rubberized, ruggedized compact little unit, ready to go out on hikes or to the pool.

Is this refresh enough to set it apart?

Editors note: This article was updated on January 11, 2023 with formatting updates and additional alternative recommendations. 

The outdoors-inclined who need something IP67 rated to bring out on the trails or to the beach, anyone who wants something compact that they can leave on their patio or porch, and shower singers who want to hang up something they can sing along to.

What is it like to use the JBL GO 3?

This is definitely loud enough for the patio.

Plenty of Bluetooth speakers make pretty incremental changes with successive entries, so it’s a little surprising to see how much of a departure the JBL GO 3 represents. In many ways, this portable Bluetooth speaker has more in common with something like the UE WONDERBOOM line than with the rather plain plastic rectangle that is the GO 2.

The new GO 3 is a mostly plastic affair, as before, but it comes with quite a few new physical features. The speaker comes in a rounded, ovalesque form, covered in tight-knit fabric and rubberized plastic. Just like the GO 2, the sound comes out of one side (emblazoned the JBL logo), with the other covered in a plastic patch so the speaker can lay flat without sliding around. The fabric covering most of the JBL GO 3 brings just the right amount of texture so it’s always easy for you to grip.

You may find yourself having to hunt for the right spot to hang this.

Also new to the JBL GO 3 is a fabric loop for hanging the speaker from a hook, or clipping it to a bag. The loop is permanently affixed to the speaker and is convenient if you want something you can hang up and forget about for an afternoon. Though the loop is a bit small, it’s definitely big enough to hang off a shower caddy.

Actually using the JBL GO 3 is a cinch. The cloth edge above the JBL logo sports three rather high-profile buttons for adjusting the volume and playback. Because they’re big and distinctively shaped, it’s easy to make volume adjustments by feel. Apart from that, the speaker also has two buttons on the end opposite its strap for power and Bluetooth pairing—just tap the pairing button and once you hear the guitar strum, select the speaker in your device’s Bluetooth menu. The speaker isn’t compatible with the JBL Portable app, so what you see initially is all that you get.

Is the JBL GO 3 waterproof?

This doesn’t float, but it can handle full submersion without issue.

The JBL GO 3 is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, which means it’s reasonably dustproof, and it can handle full submersion in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes. However, while it’s plenty durable, this isn’t exactly ideal for someone looking for a pool speaker for one reason—it doesn’t float. You can play music all you like, and even when the cloth covering is soaked through, the speaker sounds totally fine, but as soon as it goes in the pool it’s going straight to the bottom and taking your tunes with it.

How different is the JBL GO 3 from the JBL GO 2?

The JBL GO 3 and GO 2 are very different products, with dramatically different looks and a handful of differences under the hood, as well. As we mention above, the JBL GO 3 brings an IP67 rating, a step up from the GO 2’s IPX7 rating, which guarantees a great degree of water resistance but offers no dust resistance. The JBL GO 3 also drops the microUSB charging port for USB-C. The fabric loop is also a new addition.

The GO 2 has a microphone so you can take calls, something the GO 3 lacks.

However, it’s not all upgrades. The JBL GO 2 is the same price as the GO 3, and supports wired audio over 3.5mm. It also includes a speakerphone, so if you’re out at the beach and you get a call you can take it without unpairing your devices (though everyone nearby will hear both sides of the conversation). The GO 2 also comes in a lot more colors, with a total of 12 different options, compared to the Go 3’s five colorways.

How does the JBL GO 3 connect?

There’s a guitar strum sound for pairing and powering the speaker on and off.

The JBL GO 3 is a Bluetooth speaker that uses the 5.1 firmware to connect to your device of choice. It only supports the SBC codec, which is a little disappointing, but not terribly surprising—outdoor speakers rarely go in for high-quality codecs like aptX or AAC. This is fine seeing how the GO 3 serves as an adventure speaker, though you may run into some audio-visual lag if you watch videos while paired to it.

There is no 3.5mm port for wired listening, nor can you use the USB-C charging port for audio. The speaker also doesn’t support Bluetooth multipoint.

How is the battery?

This is a simple speaker, through and through.

JBL claims the GO 3 can last up to 5 hours on a single charge but in our testing, we found it well exceeds that. At a constant output of ~75dB, the JBL GO 3 lasted 10 hours, 14 minutes on a single charge, more than double what was advertised. If you’re out in the yard blasting some tunes, you’re almost certainly going to have the volume higher than that, which will impact battery life.

The speaker takes about two and half hours to charge over USB-C. It doesn’t support fast charging.

How does the JBL GO 3 sound?

This sounds great outside.

The JBL GO 3 isn’t the highest-fidelity speaker, but it doesn’t really need to be. You won’t have trouble hearing most details in music out on the patio, though nothing will sound perfect. If you’re using this in the places it’s designed to go, you’re going to have to get used to sacrificing nuance for convenience. When you’re outside, a lot of the nuances that a very accurate frequency response will bring out are completely lost. Maybe a car drives by, or the wind picks up, or you’re just a little too far away—basically, you’re only going to get the broad strokes, regardless of a portable speaker’s capabilities.

Lows, mids, and highs

In general, the JBL GO 3 does a pretty good job making sure vocals come through clearly. In Superfast Jellyfish by the Gorillaz, the rapping near the beginning of the song is clear and loud, though the bass guitar and kick drum fall a little to the wayside—they’re still both plenty audible, but they lack the typical oomph you’d hear listening over a pair of headphones.

However, the nature of outdoor speakers means that, apart from broadly decent sound (which the GO 3 has), the most important thing is volume. Given the size of the JBL GO 3, its volume output is impressive. This should be able to cover most patios and small backyards on its own without issue.

Should you buy the JBL GO 3?

The speaker comes in the blue shown above, as well as gray, red, teal, and black.

If you want a cheap speaker that works pretty much everywhere, with pretty much everything, you should consider the JBL GO 3. It’s is a neat little device on premise. For $39.99 USD, you get a loud, compact Bluetooth speaker well-suited to the backyard or the backwoods. This is easy to use, and a big improvement over the JBL GO 2 as an outdoor speaker. However, that doesn’t mean it’s without quibbles.

It’s disappointing that this is a waterproof speaker that doesn’t float, but that’s a pretty minor issue. If it’s something you care about, the UE WONDERBOOM 2 offers pretty much all the same features, and it floats, though it is around $30 USD more expensive. Additionally, the fact that the JBL GO 3’s strap is so small limits where you can hang it, and the lack of any sort of clip makes attaching it to something like a backpack a little less convenient than it could be. (Then again, you can always add your own carabiner to the loop.) However, if you’re just looking for something cheap and easy for a trip to the beach, you could do a whole lot worse than the JBL GO 3.

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IP67 rating • Easy to use • Battery life

You can take this cheap Bluetooth speaker to the beach or the hiking trails—is that enough?

The JBL GO 3 is a cheap and simple Bluetooth speaker built to handle whatever outdoor excursion you want to throw at it. It’s a pretty feature-light product, but it works well, the IP67 rating means it’s great for the beach or the trails.

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What about the JBL Clip 4?

The Clip 4 doesn’t include many features but it’s a rugged everyday speaker.

The JBL Clip 4 is a great alternative to the GO 3 for listeners who want an even louder output and more robust, versatile carry system. The Clip features an integrated carabiner that’s easy to operate single-handedly when placing it onto a backpack. Sound quality is quite good for a speaker this small, and while the bass response won’t blow you away, it will satisfy you more than what the GO 3 has to offer. Like the GO 3, the Clip 4 has an IP67 rating and USB-C charging port.

Unfortunately, you still don’t get any software features with the JBL Clip 4 and if you want to sync up multiple JBL speakers, you’ll need to upgrade to the larger JBL Charge or Flip series. You could also check out the Tribit Stormbox Micro, which is around the same price as the GO 3, with almost all the same features, but it also a microphone so you can answer phone calls.

Frequently asked questions about the JBL Go 3

Yes, after 10 minutes without any activity or being connected to a device, the JBL Go 3 will automatically power off.

You can use any USB-C charging cable to power up the JBL Go 3.

When you see the LED indicator blinking, that means you have less than 20% battery remaining (~1-2 hours) in the JBL Go 3.

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Jailbreak iOS 8. 4/8.3/8.2 and 8.1.3 . In this guide, I will list the TaiG method to jailbreak iOS 8.1.3/8.2/8.3 and 8.4. The tool we will be using for hacking is called TaiG. TaiG is only compatible with Windows.

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