JBL GO - the best small portable speaker?

JBL GO and JBL GO 2 mini portable speaker consumer test and review - the best cheap portable Bluetooth speaker on the market

JBL GO portable Bluetooth speaker
JBL GO - big sound in small package

Top 3 things I like the JBL GO portable speaker
  1. It is compact - simple shape, easy to carry and sturdy enough to make it on the go.
  2. It sounds even better than it looks - it is small put it delivers powerful sound with deep (considering the compact speaker size) bass and some nice mids.
  3. It is cheap - no matter the premium brand, JBL offers the go really cheap - under $50.
JBL GO is great value for money, it definitely is. And even though the market is flooded with numerous offers from different manufacturers I can easily say that the JBL GO offers the one of best sound quality and features for its compact size and low price.

Before getting to my consumer test and review lets check the specification of this small companion:

Technical specifications
Bluetooth version: 4.1
Support: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
Transducer: 1 x 40mm
Output power: 3.0W
Frequency response: 180Hz – 20kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥80dB
Battery type: Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V, 600mAh)
Battery charge time: 1.5 hours
• Music playing time: up to 5 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)
Dimensions (H x W x D): 68.3 x 82.7 x 30.8 (mm)
Weight: 130g

Design and Looks

JBL GO is small, it is really small. It can easily fit in a pocket and even though this speaker doesn't have very rounded corners I don't think one would find any issues carrying it around in a pocket.
The looks are simple and being offered in eight different colors it will almost definitely suit any's taste.
I personally like the black version best but due to some circumstances I have a grey one which looks just fine.

The build-quality is on a very good level as well, JBL is a premium brand and it shows in this product.

JBL GO in action
JBL GO in action


JBL GO playing music in the bathroom
JBL GO fits anywhere... perfect for the bathroom

JBL GO compact size helps with easily carrying it arround

jbl go controls

jbl go speaker

JBL GO portable speaker system with Bluetooth


JBL GO has couple of connection options but the one you are going to use most is Bluetooth. This 3.0W speaker supports Bluetooth version 4.1 and it run smoothly when connected to my Samsung Galaxy J5 2016. The connection set up was easy and I didn't find any problems pairing it with other Bluetooth enabled devices.

Pairing JBL Go

jbl go ports

The device itself also has a Micro USB port and a cable included in the package. It is used for charging the speaker - it can easily last - 4-5 hours of music playback, depending on the volume level and distance from the streaming device

JBL can also stream music with the help of audio cable, since this speaker has a very useful 3.5mm headphone jack which also worked just fine.

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As I already said JBL GO has built-in rechargeable battery which is going to last for around 4-5 hours of music playback on Bluetooth. The charging time is a bit under two hours.


JBL GO is not only a very good performing portable Bluetooth speaker but also a cheap one. JBL's official site shows MSRP of $39.95 but you can find it even cheaper.

Consumer Verdict

Look no further in case you are looking for a super-compact speaker. The JBL GO is everything you may need on the go - good sound from the 3W speaker, compact sizes and multi-color choice for all tastes.

I would also recommend you to check the very capable Xiaomi Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 speaker.