Quiz: what does I Know What You Did Last Summer, Big Momma’s House, and The Boogey Man all have in common? Answer: All terrible trilogies. More times than not, the third in a trilogy is a box office failure and a massive disappointment to its loyal audience. But like the Iron Man and Evil Dead franchises, there are some exceptions to the rule. Recently JBL released the Pulse 3 and unlike cinema trends, they just keep getting better! Let’s have a look!
- Wireless Bluetooth Streaming
- 12 hours of Playtime
- 360 degree sound and light show
- Speakerphone capabilities
- JBL Connect App
- Voice Assistant Integration
- Out power 20W
- Power supply up to 12 hours
- Battery Type Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V, 6000mAh)
- JBL Pulse portable stereo speaker with LED lights
- 1x USB adapter
- 1x USB cable
- Quick start/ safety guide
- Downloadable App
The biggest difference between the JBL Pulse 3 and its predecessors is the upgraded light display. No longer is there a “mesh” or “grated” cover over the impressive lightshow. The crystal clear lightshow gives a hip and modern “lava lamp” effect that syncs to your favorite tunes. The similarities to a lava lamp looking design could be a turnoff for some but I dig it. The speaker is light and durable, easy to toss in a duffle and go.
The size is comparable to an “Alexa” device and can be as discreet or dazzling as you choose. There are many preset color and color pattern options for the JBL Pulse 3 or you can easily customize your light show with the JBL Connect App.
The power, volume, bluetooth, lightshow control, syncing, and charging port are all integrated in one easy to use spot. Like the JBL Pulse 1 and 2, the control panel is still without controls to skip to the next song or go back to the previous built in the speaker. Like the previous models, it’s a bit of a let down but overall is not a dealbreaker.
From the initial pairing to each time you turn your JBL Pulse 3 on, pairing is an absolute breeze. You can pair up two devices at once. The moment the speaker powers up, the device is paired and you are ready to jam. I have never had a device to pair and to continue to pair so flawlessly with each use.
Like the others in the Pulse series, there is a downloadable app that will allow you to customize your light settings. The 3 also allows you to connect to voice controls and control the speaker with just your voice. Great feature! The Pulse 3 can also pair and sync up to other JBL devices.
Like its siblings, The JBL Pulse 3 packs some serious sound. For a small speaker, the JBL 3 can rock a room or have enough power to be enjoyed outdoors in many different settings. I was impressed by the volume this little speaker can crank out. I have yet to need the highest volume options.
The 3rd in the series brings a better and clearer sound quality than the others that came before. The bass radiators built-in on either end have been greatly improved and brings in a thumping bass.
Like the JBL Pulse 2, the device is made to be set upright only. With the built in bass radiators, I did want to set it on its side, but that is not an option without the speaker rolling and crashing. The JBL Pulse 3 is waterproof. Making outdoor use or singing-in-the-shower karaoke worry free!
One of the most exciting things is that JBL continues to improve its technology in the Pulse series but keeps its price of $199.95. What company do you know that improves its technology in a series and still keeps the reasonable price of the original?
- Great sound
- Easy to pair
- Fun light show experience
- Unable to skip songs on the device intself
- Lava lamp vibe may not be your style