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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

If you've been eyeing the Jambox but crave richer audio, we'd recommend its big brother without much hesitation

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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

20
josh101
Jambox broke after two uses. trying to get a replacement product but jawbone...read more
100
rdsOLDschool
Big Jambox is King to my ears. I give it a 10 for the sound quality alone....read more
100
hutchinson82
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
While the $300 price tag certainly puts it up against a bevy of other capable systems, Jawbone clearly has a standout in this supersaturated "speaker dock" crowd. If you've been eyeing the Jambox but want something beefier, we'd recommend the Big Jambox without much hesitation for this type of kit.
 
90
SlashGear
If you like your music on the move and you want to share it, the BIG JAMBOX is an excellent way of doing that two thumbs up from SlashGear.
 
90
ABC News
The Big Jambox is certainly one of the best mobile speakers on the market. While there are more affordable options, including the $199 regular Jambox, and others with built-in iPhone charging docks, the Jambox lets you wirelessly connect multiple devices and provides loud and full sound.
 
90
Gizmodo
Fantastic design. Great sound. Easy set up. No brainer: It's a great buy, even at $299. It is probably even a better bargain than its smaller predecessor.
 
80
Wired
If you find the original Jambox endearing, but (like me) wish it went louder and offered more clarity, put the Big Jambox on your short list.
 
90
Macworld
If you’re looking for a compact speaker system, my buying advice is pretty straightforward: Buy the Big Jambox. It’s a great choice if you want a Bluetooth speaker, a portable speaker, a speaker with good battery life, or a small speaker with killer sound.
 
80
Popular Science
For only $100 more than the diminutive original Jambox, the Big Jambox feels like a bargain. The little Jambox -- now feeling shockingly quiet -- is still unmatched for travel or single-room situations, but its Big cousin will take over the house.
 
80
CNET
The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't quite measure up to the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile and it carries a premium price tag, but it's an impressively designed product that offers strong performance and speakerphone capabilities.
 
80
VentureBeat
The Big Jambox sounds so good that it could end up being the only speaker many consumers need for music and movies. And since it’s portable — weighing in at 2.7 pounds with a built-in battery ... it’s also one of the most useful speakers on the market.
 
80
Time
If you want a more versatile speaker that’s still wire-free and compact enough to go almost anywhere you do ... the Big Jambox is a big deal.