A Comprehensive Review Of The Jawbone Mini Jambox
The Jawbone Jambox was one of the biggest pioneers of portable wireless speakers when it was first introduced in 2011. In barely a year, Jawbone introduced another bigger and more expensive Bluetooth speaker known as the Big Jambox.
However, with the ever-changing trends of convenience and style, the Jawbone is now going the opposite direction by making the Mini Jambox – a much smaller version of its predecessors.
This little, portable speaker is designed to be a constant audio companion to your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet. If you want to make a visual and sonic statement without breaking the bank, the Jawbone Mini Jambox is a great Bluetooth speaker to consider.
A Review of the Jawbone Mini Jambox
Speaker Design and Build Quality
While it’s all about fitting high-quality sound into a small box, the Mini Jambox doesn’t compromise on style.
It comes in different beautiful colors with a variety of speaker grilles. Each grill has a slightly unique design and style. The mix of style and colors is intended to give some sort of personalization which was missing in previous models.
The build quality of this Jawbone speaker is also exquisite. It is a single piece of aluminum with soft-to-touch panels on each edge. This not only enhances the look and feel, but also helps to prevent rattling sounds at high volumes.
The Mini Jambox uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology which consumes very little power to transmit data. These significantly increases the battery life of the speaker by up to 10 hours. The battery is charged using a standard Micro-USB port on the side of the speaker.
It is also pretty convenient and portable than average – it can easily fit into your pocket. However, you wouldn’t want to keep it in your pocket often, it is just a little bit thick for it. Instead, your bag or jacket pocket would make a nice home for the Mini Jambox.
This speaker has a number of buttons, but none of them stands out too much since they are all seamlessly fitted and neatly color-matched to the outer finish. The volume controls and Play/Pause button sit on top of the speaker.
On the right edge, there is a pinhole mic, meaning that you can use the Mini Jambox as a speakerphone. Since it uses a single omni-directional mic, there’s no traditional active noise cancellation. Instead, there’s pure software-based echo cancellation.
Setup and Use
The Jawbone Mini Jambox is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows devices. To switch on Bluetooth, you have to hold the button with two opposite arrows for a few seconds until the speaker’s power light flashes red.
From your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, you should see “Mini-Jambox” as one of the nearby Bluetooth devices. Connect to it and you will hear a small chirp, indicating successful.
Jawbone has free apps for both Android and iOS platforms. From the app, you can conveniently control your playlist, check the battery level, as well as dial a contact.
Even better, you can pair more than one device with the speaker concurrently. However, only one device will use the speaker at a given time. This feature is particularly useful if you constantly switch between devices.
One of the biggest problems of older Jawbone models was the sound distortion at high volume levels. The Jawbone Mini Jambox doesn’t have much of a bass punch, however, its sound is free from any distortion whatsoever, even at high volumes.
This speaker has a treble-heavy/ mid character that you can definitely rely on on your day-to-day activities. All through the range of volumes, the passive bass radiator and two drivers push out smooth sonic waves that are easy to the ears.
The Mini Jambox has its own EQ, compression and loudness-compensation algorithm to personalize the music to your liking. There’s also the LiveAudio setting for 3D sound, however, this feature is not as effective.
Even with all the improvements made in the Jawbone Mini, it still suffers some fatal flaws from its predecessors. One of the most common ones is that it isn’t loud enough to be used in places with moderate ambient noise. The speakerphone’s volume is also low.
Nonetheless, the level of clarity and volume of the Mini is still pretty impressive for a speaker its size.
Pros and Cons
The Jawbone Mini Jambox is not the most affordable wireless speaker on the market, but is also not ridiculously overpriced. The combination of quality sound, iconic design, and compact size make it a solid choice for a portable speaker.
If you are looking for something small, lightweight, easily portable, and has good sound, this is the Bluetooth speaker for you. However, if you are willing to go for a slightly bigger speaker, you can get more powerful sound for less if you shop right.