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JBL Clip 5 vs Clip 4: What’s New and Different?

JBL recently released the new JBL Clip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker, an update to the popular JBL Clip 4 from the previous generation.

While the two speakers look quite similar at first glance, there are several notable upgrades and differences in the latest Clip 5 model.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s new and how the Clip 5 compares to the Clip 4:

Design and Build

In terms of overall design and appearance, the JBL Clip 5 hasn’t changed drastically from the Clip 4. However, there are a few key improvements:

  • Redesigned rear with better integrated rubber feet. The feet are more durable and less prone to coming off compared to the Clip 4.
  • Larger carabiner hook opening at the top, allowing you to more easily clip the speaker onto bigger objects like bags and backpacks. The hook is still made of metal with a plastic opening/closing mechanism.
  • Buttons have been relocated, with the power and Bluetooth pairing buttons moved from the rear on the Clip 4 to the left side on the Clip 5. A new “Play Boost” button has also been added to enhance sound quality and battery life.
JBL Clip 5 vs Clip 4

Otherwise, the body is still wrapped in high-quality fabric, has the iconic JBL logo, and maintains the IP67 water and dust resistance rating for use outdoors and near water. Color options are also plentiful for both models.

Battery Life

The battery capacity has been increased from 1000 mAh on the Clip 4 to a larger 1200 mAh on the Clip 5. JBL claims this provides up to 12 hours of playtime, or 15 hours with the new Play Boost mode enabled.

In real-world testing at 50-70% volume, I was able to get 8-9 hours on the Clip 5 with Play Boost on, compared to 6-7 hours max on the Clip 4. At maximum volume, expect more like 4-5 hours on the Clip 5 and 3 hours on the Clip 4.

Both charge via USB-C on the bottom and can be used while plugged in and charging. The USB-C cable is included.


Another major upgrade on the JBL Clip 5 is the Bluetooth version – it now has Bluetooth 5.3 compared to 5.1 on the older model. This improves power efficiency and connectivity.

A key new feature enabled by this is compatibility with the JBL Portable app (Android and iOS). The app provides EQ presets, a custom equalizer, the ability to enable/disable Play Boost mode, and option to pair two Clip 5 speakers in stereo mode. The Clip 4 does not work with this app.

Latency when watching videos is also lower on the Clip 5. Both have built-in microphones for hands-free calls.

Sound Quality

The Clip 5 gets a power boost to 7W total output from its 45mm drivers, up from 5W on the Clip 4. To my ears, the Clip 5 reproduced the low end with a bit more punch and authority. Mids and highs sounded similar between the two.

The increased power was more noticeable in the maximum volume – the Clip 5 gets louder and maintains composure better, while the Clip 4 is more prone to distortion when maxed out.

Of course, with the ability to pair two Clip 5s in stereo mode, you can get an even bigger, more immersive sound.


Here are the official prices at launch:

  • JBL Clip 5: €69.99
  • JBL Clip 4: $49.95 (now often found for $45-50)

JBL Clip 5 vs JBL Clip 4: Specs comparison

SpecificationsJBL Clip 5JBL Clip 4
IP RatingIP67 Certified waterproof and dustproofIP67 Waterproof and dustproof
Bluetooth Version5.3 with LE audio5.1
Charging InterfaceUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
MaterialFabric and Plastic (Recycled)Fabric and Plastic
PlaytimeUp to 12 Hours | 3 Hours with Boost ModeUp to 10 Hours
Output Power (W)75
Frequency Response Range (Hz)100Hz – 20kHz100Hz – 20kHz
Other Features– Works with JBL Portable app
– Multi-speaker connection via Auracast
– Redesigned carabiner
– Works with JBL Portable app
– Fully integrated carabiner

JBL Clip 5 vs Clip 4: Final verdict

The JBL Clip 5 delivers several meaningful upgrades over the Clip 4, including better battery life, higher power output, a useful companion app, and the ability to pair two in stereo mode.

While the core design and sound remain similar, the Clip 5 provides a more refined experience overall.

If you don’t own either and are choosing between the two, I recommend spending the extra $15-20 on the Clip 5 for the improved performance and features.

However, if you already own the Clip 4, the differences likely aren’t drastic enough to warrant an immediate upgrade unless you really want stereo pairing or better battery life. The Clip 4 remains a great speaker that will serve you well.

I hope this comparison of the JBL Clip 5 vs Clip 4 has been helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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