Some time ago a portable speaker that was purely the youth accessory and summer could often be found students walking around with these devices, out of which came the foul texts. Today this accessory has ceased to be tied to a specific age, and it is harder to meet someone who doesn't. Technology in this regard is not such high speed as, for example, in the field of smartphones, but, nevertheless, every 2-3 years produces a new generation of speakers. In 2018, the release of a new line of JBL GO2, which is now the smallest in this brand.
Size JBL GO2 (7х8х3см) perfect for wearing in the hand, even for a small female, so to keep the column conveniently. Weighs about 300 grams, in accordance with the first size does not seem small, but you get used quickly. There is no hole for lanyard or carabiner, and this is clearly a ploy of the manufacturer to a greater number of sales Clip3 with a built-in carabiner. Meanwhile, on aliexpress appeared accessories hanging Go2, but, in my opinion, they are not very comfortable.
Compared to the first series Go the second definitely looks nicer and more ergonomic: manufacturer Harman is not just rounded corners, but large parties also adopted a more streamlined form, the body (except the grille) was rubberized and pleasant to the touch.
From the bottom of column 4 micro legs, but as shown, they are quite useless. It seems that nothing would have changed, if they were not, because the bottom and so rubberized and non-slip.
Expanded color range isnow more than ten shades, from standard black to pastel yellow, choose a difficult, but possible. I chose the shade of NAVY is a muted Navy blue with a touch of a sea wave, and it is not easily soiled, and is not trivial. In the process of using column little collects fingerprints and dust, but not critical, significantly smaller than most of the matte plastic surfaces.
All that can be filled with water, recessed in the housing and closed by a plug, because the column is protected from moisture by the IPX7 standard. While I have not tested and do not intend deliberately to test the resistance, but on YouTube there are many tests that show that the spray and brief immersion of the column must withstand.
At the top there are 4 buttonsthat need to press with some force, as they are recessed under the top surface.
The technical side
Recharges device via standard mini-usb port cable without an adapter supplied in the standard kit. Present output to 3.5 mm.
There are sound and light notification about turning on/off of the column and the connection to the device. Sound - pretty loud and annoying, and I didn't find any information on how to disable it. And yet somehow periodically during the volume from the speakers the sound stops for a couple seconds and sounds technical alert that is unpleasant and distracts from listening.
Indicator light - a small flame that is either lit or flashing depending on the current process.
When you connect your phone to the speaker no problem, connect quickly. There samisoni sound, but I associate them more with the brakes phone. It is possible to control from a smartphone, and with the speakers (on/off track, volume). Long simple column off automatically.
Battery (730 swings) enough relatively for a long time: when listening to music at medium volume for half an hour every 3-4 days of the day the light started flashing only after more than a month.
If you receive an SMS or ringing alarm clock, an alert sound is played simultaneously on both devices. The call is automatically transferred to a column and it's not too convenient, because the sound quality when talking is far worse than the sound quality of the music even at high volumes barely differ the interlocutor's speech. To transfer the sound back to the phone screen phone or turn off the column.
Have JBLGO 2 no support JBL Connect, respectively, it will not work to communicate with other speakers - I think this option is important for those who have several columns of this company either in the family or among friends.
The sound quality
Maximum volume, in my opinion, would not be sufficient for gatherings in the middle of the day on the beach by the sea, but quite enough for a picnic in the woods. Some kind of super power I felt, column, and not claimed as powerful - it only has 1 speaker at 3 watts. However, at high volume body visibly vibrates and even maybe a little jump when standing on a flat surface.
For two months I was able to listen to songs of different genres, and my verdict is: better than other genres of jazz. Rock in its various manifestations comes good, however, I would like more bass, and here it is, given the technical side, virtually no. In pop, rap, electronic music definitely lacks clarity, there is a feeling that the column is submerged in water.
I tried to go into sound settings on the smartphone, in order to improve the sound, but when connected to the column all the settings are locked, that is, everything is available just by default. Downloaded the official app Harman (by the way, very inconvenient to use), but the sound quality has not changed.
Overall, the sound is much better than a standard phone, and even a little better than the audio from the Beats on my laptop. Listen to music on the JBL is nice, but still, after watching reviews I was expecting something more.
The final verdict
The main advantage of this device is its size, which makes the column mega portable and suitable for any departures. On December 18 the average cost of column - 1900 rubles. Is she worth that kind of money? I don't think. But the discounts and different promotions, it is possible to "grasp" and for fifteen hundred. In addition, it is often dramatized in various contests and "give away" for accumulated points, some cashback services. And a half thousand, not more, possible to take, but don't expect excellent sound quality and super volume. For regular music listening I would have to consider it did not.
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