JBL Pulse

84
Global
Score
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

Portable wireless speakers are a dime a dozen these days, usually offering unimpressive sound in an even more unimpressive design. JBL looks to break away the pack with the Pulse, offering built-in LEDs that stage a light show timed to your favorite tunes.

The Pulse's lighting comes equipped with presets, providing a ready-to-go visual equalizer for your music that CNET finds "fairly mesmerizing." Even the actual build of the speaker is attractive, with ChipChick calling the design "ingenious" and "very portable," making it easier to bring to a friend's house or good for a night party on the beach. Though sound quality generally suffers on speakers of this size, PC Mag says it still offers "impressive volume" with "good general sound quality."

While all that flash isn't cheap -- the Pulse costs $199 -- it's worth noting that the similarly-sized UE Boom is offered for the same price with none of the same dazzle.

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Breakdown

Audio quality
8.0
Design and form factor
8.4
Durability
6.0
Portability
8.5
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Specs

Pulse

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
Bluetooth, NFC
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Specs

Pulse

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
Bluetooth, NFC
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