JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the first time, the fourth version of the JBL Pulse portable speaker was shown at IFA. But she reached Russia only at the end of January 2020.

Let me remind you that the Pulse series of speakers was created as a bright and color-musical device with the ability to combine several gadgets into one musical "orchestra". The main feature is color overflows to the beat of the music thanks to a special LED strip and connecting Pulse to a smartphone. Well, since IPX7 protection is declared, it is convenient to use the speaker somewhere on the beach or by the pool.

I can't say that the new product has received a major upgrade compared to the Pulse 3, but it has definitely become more interesting in terms of visual design: now, in my opinion, the appearance looks more harmonious without the bottom massive part. But why the microphone was removed is not entirely clear. Most likely, marketers conducted a study and found out that almost no one uses Pulse as a speakerphone - down with unnecessary details.

The device is not cheap: for JBL Pulse 4 they will ask for 12,990 rubles (you can find a little cheaper).

Appearance

The portable speaker is sold in either white or black. This only applies to the top and bottom of the device. For example, having used the “in black” column for some time, I would still recommend taking a closer look at the white Pulse 4. It seems to me that the light color looks more neat: dust and hand marks are not so noticeable.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

With the color music turned off, the column resembles a vase, and in the black version it looks, in my opinion, a little strange.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the most part, the construction is made of plastic, even the transparent panel. By the way, fingerprints are more noticeable on it, so you have to wipe it more often. Maybe it was worth coming up with something like a pen on top? Then it would be easier to carry the column with you without fear of dropping: after all, it weighs a little more than 1 kg, and the material is slippery.

With the backlight turned on, it's a completely different matter. Even without music, the column shimmers in different colors depending on the settings. You can create a cozy atmosphere. Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana For example, my daughter took her to her room every night and fell asleep under fire glow effect. I used Pulse 4 in various videos on YouTube: an unusual cute decorative element plus a smooth change in colors - this is both original and pleasing to the eye.

At the top are the controls:

  • Volume up/down and play/pause
  • Turn on/off and pairing
  • Change effects or disable them, pair Pulse 4 into one sound system

At the bottom is a USB-C connector for connecting power, and a little higher is a flat and long indicator: it consists of several sections and blinks depending on the battery status. On the opposite side is the JBL logo in red.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Behind the transparent protective cover is a matte plastic cap, and already behind it are LEDs attached to the tube, inside which fit the speaker, battery and electronics.

Color music consists of 13 strips, each of which has 9 LEDs. Approximately as in the picture below. The effect of a smooth transfusion of colors is created precisely due to the matte cap.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The Pulse 4 speaker is on top. It is protected by a metal mesh, inside of which there is a special substrate. Apparently, it prevents water from entering the speaker. Below is a passive radiator for raising low frequencies.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

About sound

There is a 2.25-inch (5.7) speaker installed here. The peak power is 20 W, the supported frequency is from 70 Hz to 20 kHz.

Maximum sound volume plus or minus at the level of analogues: completely fills 20 m2. In open space, you can hear perfectly at a distance of up to 10 meters.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The sound is quite flat in terms of frequency response, but with a slight predominance of high frequencies. The quality is not bad, especially for such a small speaker with IPx7 protection.

For comparison, I used JBL Flip 5. The difference between these speakers is big: Pulse 4 produces a more detailed sound with excellent elaboration of both mids and highs. The low frequencies of the Flip 5 and Pulse 4 are about the same, in fact, as is the volume level.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The potential of both devices is revealed at a volume above 50%.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Here you should understand that first of all you buy a spectacular device, and only then a portable speaker. That is, you should not expect the coolest sound from her.

Color music

You will need the JBL Connect software to set up lighting effects. There are several ready-made effects to choose from, which can be slightly modified.

  • Spiritual. Colors blend smoothly into each other;
  • Bonfire. From the name it is clear that the column imitates the burning of a fire or a candle;
  • Equalizer. To the beat of the melody, the LEDs around the entire perimeter of the speaker light up;
  • Wave. Imitation of the flow of water, as if the column was filled with liquid of different density and color;
  • Custom. Here the beam motion vector is set: to the sides, up or down, to the center or from the center, other options. Up to three effect options can be assigned in succession.

In each of the presets, the main color of the glow is set: either from a ready-made palette, or information is collected from a photograph. In the latter case, the camera opens, you point the "sight" at the object, the color of which is necessary for the glow.

In the same application, adjust the brightness of the backlight by moving the slider up or down.

JBL speakers can be connected in Party boost mode. In this case, they will all play the same melody. Actually, this is how I did it on Pulse 4 and Flip 5.

Opening hours

The JBL Pulse 4 has a 7250 mAh battery. The manufacturer specifies an operating time of 12 hours. I got about 8-9 hours of continuous sound output at about 30% volume and maximum brightness. That is, the column played in the background during the working day.

Charges via USB-C cable within 3.5 hours from a 5V / 2A AC adapter.

Impressions

I am sure that such a speaker should be given for birthdays or big holidays, because it is such an unusual model that should certainly bring a storm of emotions: here you will have good sound quality, a cool design, and, of course, visual effects.

Let me remind you that on the official website of JBL, the Pulse 4 column costs 13,000 rubles. For 8,790 you can take Pulse 3. I haven’t seen or heard of the latter, but I probably would have saved it.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

There are similar things on the portable market, but I'm not sure if they give both decent sound and visual quality compared to JBL's Pulse series.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the first time, the fourth version of the JBL Pulse portable speaker was shown at IFA. But she reached Russia only at the end of January 2020.

Let me remind you that the Pulse series of speakers was created as a bright and color-musical device with the ability to combine several gadgets into one musical "orchestra". The main feature is color overflows to the beat of the music thanks to a special LED strip and connecting Pulse to a smartphone. Well, since IPX7 protection is declared, it is convenient to use the speaker somewhere on the beach or by the pool.

I can't say that the new product has received a major upgrade compared to the Pulse 3, but it has definitely become more interesting in terms of visual design: now, in my opinion, the appearance looks more harmonious without the bottom massive part. But why the microphone was removed is not entirely clear. Most likely, marketers conducted a study and found out that almost no one uses Pulse as a speakerphone - down with unnecessary details.

The device is not cheap: for JBL Pulse 4 they will ask for 12,990 rubles (you can find a little cheaper).

Appearance

The portable speaker is sold in either white or black. This only applies to the top and bottom of the device. For example, having used the “in black” column for some time, I would still recommend taking a closer look at the white Pulse 4. It seems to me that the light color looks more neat: dust and hand marks are not so noticeable.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

With the color music turned off, the column resembles a vase, and in the black version it looks, in my opinion, a little strange.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the most part, the construction is made of plastic, even the transparent panel. By the way, fingerprints are more noticeable on it, so you have to wipe it more often. Maybe it was worth coming up with something like a pen on top? Then it would be easier to carry the column with you without fear of dropping: after all, it weighs a little more than 1 kg, and the material is slippery.

With the backlight turned on, it's a completely different matter. Even without music, the column shimmers in different colors depending on the settings. You can create a cozy atmosphere. Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana For example, my daughter took her to her room every night and fell asleep under fire glow effect. I used Pulse 4 in various videos on YouTube: an unusual cute decorative element plus a smooth change in colors - this is both original and pleasing to the eye.

At the top are the controls:

  • Volume up/down and play/pause
  • Turn on/off and pairing
  • Select effects or disable them, pair Pulse 4 into one sound system

At the bottom is a USB-C connector for connecting power, and a little higher is a flat and long indicator: it consists of several sections and blinks depending on the battery status. On the opposite side is the JBL logo in red.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Behind the transparent protective cover is a matte plastic cap, and already behind it are LEDs attached to the tube, inside which fit the speaker, battery and electronics.

Color music consists of 13 strips, each of which has 9 LEDs. Approximately as in the picture below. The effect of a smooth transfusion of colors is created precisely due to the matte cap.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The Pulse 4 speaker is on top. It is protected by a metal mesh, inside of which there is a special substrate. Apparently, it prevents water from entering the speaker. Below is a passive radiator for raising low frequencies.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

About sound

There is a 2.25-inch (5.7) speaker installed here. The peak power is 20 W, the supported frequency is from 70 Hz to 20 kHz.

Maximum sound volume plus or minus at the level of analogues: completely fills 20 m2. In open space, you can hear perfectly at a distance of up to 10 meters.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The sound is quite flat in terms of frequency response, but with a slight predominance of high frequencies. The quality is not bad, especially for such a small speaker with IPx7 protection.

For comparison, I used JBL Flip 5. The difference between these speakers is big: Pulse 4 produces a more detailed sound with excellent elaboration of both mids and highs. The low frequencies of the Flip 5 and Pulse 4 are about the same, in fact, as is the volume level.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The potential of both devices is revealed at a volume above 50%.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Here you should understand that first of all you buy a spectacular device, and only then a portable speaker. That is, you should not expect the coolest sound from her.

Color music

You will need the JBL Connect software to set up lighting effects. There are several ready-made effects to choose from, which can be slightly modified.

  • Spiritual. Colors blend smoothly into each other;
  • Bonfire. From the name it is clear that the column imitates the burning of a fire or a candle;
  • Equalizer. To the beat of the melody, the LEDs around the entire perimeter of the speaker light up;
  • Wave. Imitation of the flow of water, as if the column was filled with liquid of different density and color;
  • Custom. Here the beam motion vector is set: to the sides, up or down, to the center or from the center, other options. Up to three effect options can be assigned in succession.

In each of the presets, the main color of the glow is set: either from a ready-made palette, or information is collected from a photograph. In the latter case, the camera opens, you point the "sight" at the object, the color of which is necessary for the glow.

In the same application, adjust the brightness of the backlight by moving the slider up or down.

JBL speakers can be connected in Party boost mode. In this case, they will all play the same melody. Actually, this is how I did it on Pulse 4 and Flip 5.

Opening hours

The JBL Pulse 4 has a 7250 mAh battery. The manufacturer specifies an operating time of 12 hours. I got about 8-9 hours of continuous sound output at about 30% volume and maximum brightness. That is, the column played in the background during the working day.

Charges via USB-C cable within 3.5 hours from a 5V / 2A AC adapter.

Impressions

I am sure that such a speaker should be given for birthdays or big holidays, because it is such an unusual model that should certainly bring a storm of emotions: here you will have good sound quality, a cool design, and, of course, visual effects.

Let me remind you that on the official website of JBL, the Pulse 4 column costs 13,000 rubles. For 8,790 you can take Pulse 3. I haven’t seen or heard of the latter, but I probably would have saved it.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

There are similar things on the portable market, but I'm not sure if they give both decent sound and visual quality compared to JBL's Pulse series.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the first time, the fourth version of the JBL Pulse portable speaker was shown at IFA. But she reached Russia only at the end of January 2020.

Let me remind you that the Pulse series of speakers was created as a bright and color-musical device with the ability to combine several gadgets into one musical "orchestra". The main feature is color overflows to the beat of the music thanks to a special LED strip and connecting Pulse to a smartphone. Well, since IPX7 protection is declared, it is convenient to use the speaker somewhere on the beach or by the pool.

I can't say that the new product has received a major upgrade compared to the Pulse 3, but it has definitely become more interesting in terms of visual design: now, in my opinion, the appearance looks more harmonious without the bottom massive part. But why the microphone was removed is not entirely clear. Most likely, marketers conducted a study and found out that almost no one uses Pulse as a speakerphone - down with unnecessary details.

The device is not cheap: for JBL Pulse 4 they will ask for 12,990 rubles (you can find a little cheaper).

Appearance

The portable speaker is sold in either white or black. This only applies to the top and bottom of the device. For example, having used the “in black” column for some time, I would still recommend taking a closer look at the white Pulse 4. It seems to me that the light color looks more neat: dust and hand marks are not so noticeable.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

With the color music turned off, the column resembles a vase, and in the black version it looks, in my opinion, a little strange.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the most part, the construction is made of plastic, even the transparent panel. By the way, fingerprints are more noticeable on it, so you have to wipe it more often. Maybe it was worth coming up with something like a pen on top? Then it would be easier to carry the column with you without fear of dropping: after all, it weighs a little more than 1 kg, and the material is slippery.

With the backlight turned on, it's a completely different matter. Even without music, the column shimmers in different colors depending on the settings. You can create a cozy atmosphere. Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana For example, my daughter took her to her room every night and fell asleep under fire glow effect. I used Pulse 4 in various videos on YouTube: an unusual cute decorative element plus a smooth change in colors - this is both original and pleasing to the eye.

At the top are the controls:

  • Volume up/down and play/pause
  • Turn on/off and pairing
  • Select effects or disable them, pair Pulse 4 into one sound system

At the bottom is a USB-C connector for connecting power, and a little higher is a flat and long indicator: it consists of several sections and blinks depending on the battery status. On the opposite side is the JBL logo in red.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Behind the transparent protective cover is a matte plastic cap, and already behind it are LEDs attached to the tube, inside which fit the speaker, battery and electronics.

Color music consists of 13 strips, each of which has 9 LEDs. Approximately as in the picture below. The effect of a smooth transfusion of colors is created precisely due to the matte cap.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The Pulse 4 speaker is on top. It is protected by a metal mesh, inside of which there is a special substrate. Apparently, it prevents water from entering the speaker. Below is a passive radiator for raising low frequencies.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

About sound

There is a 2.25-inch (5.7) speaker installed here. The peak power is 20 W, the supported frequency is from 70 Hz to 20 kHz.

Maximum sound volume plus or minus at the level of analogues: completely fills 20 m2. In open space, you can hear perfectly at a distance of up to 10 meters.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The sound is quite flat in terms of frequency response, but with a slight predominance of high frequencies. The quality is not bad, especially for such a small speaker with IPx7 protection.

For comparison, I used JBL Flip 5. The difference between these speakers is big: Pulse 4 produces a more detailed sound with excellent elaboration of both mids and highs. The low frequencies of the Flip 5 and Pulse 4 are about the same, in fact, as is the volume level.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

The potential of both devices is revealed at a volume above 50%.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

Here you should understand that first of all you buy a spectacular device, and only then a portable speaker. That is, you should not expect the coolest sound from her.

Color music

You will need the JBL Connect software to set up lighting effects. There are several ready-made effects to choose from, which can be slightly modified.

  • Spiritual. Colors blend smoothly into each other;
  • Bonfire. From the name it is clear that the column imitates the burning of a fire or a candle;
  • Equalizer. To the beat of the melody, the LEDs around the entire perimeter of the speaker light up;
  • Wave. Imitation of the flow of water, as if the column was filled with liquid of different density and color;
  • Custom. Here the beam motion vector is set: to the sides, up or down, to the center or from the center, other options. Up to three effect options can be assigned in succession.

In each of the presets, the main color of the glow is set: either from a ready-made palette, or information is collected from a photograph. In the latter case, the camera opens, you point the "sight" at the object, the color of which is necessary for the glow.

In the same application, adjust the brightness of the backlight by moving the slider up or down.

JBL speakers can be connected in Party boost mode. In this case, they will all play the same melody. Actually, this is how I did it on Pulse 4 and Flip 5.

Opening hours

The JBL Pulse 4 has a 7250 mAh battery. The manufacturer specifies an operating time of 12 hours. I got about 8-9 hours of continuous sound output at about 30% volume and maximum brightness. That is, the column played in the background during the working day.

Charges via USB-C cable within 3.5 hours from a 5V / 2A AC adapter.

Impressions

I am sure that such a speaker should be given for birthdays or big holidays, because it is such an unusual model that should certainly bring a storm of emotions: here you will have good sound quality, a cool design, and, of course, visual effects.

Let me remind you that on the official website of JBL, the Pulse 4 column costs 13,000 rubles. For 8,790 you can take Pulse 3. I haven’t seen or heard of the latter, but I probably would have saved it.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

There are similar things on the portable market, but I'm not sure if they give both decent sound and visual quality compared to JBL's Pulse series.

JBL Pulse 4 portable speaker review

For the first time, the fourth version of the JBL Pulse portable speaker was shown at IFA. But she reached Russia only at the end of January 2020.

Let me remind you that the Pulse series of speakers was created as a bright and color-musical device with the ability to combine several gadgets into one musical "orchestra". The main feature is color overflows to the beat of the music thanks to a special LED strip and connecting Pulse to a smartphone. Well, since IPX7 protection is declared, it is convenient to use the speaker somewhere on the beach or by the pool.

I can't say that the new product has received a major upgrade compared to the Pulse 3, but it has definitely become more interesting in terms of visual design: now, in my opinion, the appearance looks more harmonious without the bottom massive part. But why the microphone was removed is not entirely clear. Most likely, marketers conducted a study and found out that almost no one uses Pulse as a speakerphone - down with unnecessary details.

The device is not cheap: for JBL Pulse 4 they will ask for 12,990 rubles (you can find a little cheaper).

Appearance

The portable speaker is sold in either white or black. This only applies to the top and bottom of the device. For example, having used the “in black” column for some time, I would still recommend taking a closer look at the white Pulse 4. It seems to me that the light color looks more neat: dust and hand marks are not so noticeable.

With the color music turned off, the column resembles a vase, and in the black version it looks, in my opinion, a little strange.

For the most part, the construction is made of plastic, even the transparent panel. By the way, fingerprints are more noticeable on it, so you have to wipe it more often. Maybe it was worth coming up with something like a pen on top? Then it would be easier to carry the column with you without fear of dropping: after all, it weighs a little more than 1 kg, and the material is slippery.

With the backlight turned on, it's a completely different matter. Even without music, the column shimmers in different colors depending on the settings. You can create a cozy atmosphere. Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana For example, my daughter took her to her room every night and fell asleep under the effect of the fire glow. I used Pulse 4 in various videos on YouTube: an unusual cute decorative element plus a smooth change in colors - this is both original and pleasing to the eye.

With the backlight turned on, it's a completely different matter. Even without music, the column shimmers in different colors depending on the settings. You can create a cozy atmosphere. Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana Tecno Spark K7 in Ghana For example, my daughter took her to her room every night and fell asleep under the effect of the glow of a fire. I used Pulse 4 in various videos on YouTube: an unusual cute decorative element plus a smooth change in colors is both original and pleasing to the eye.

At the top are the controls:

  • Volume up/down and play/pause
  • Turn on/off and pairing
  • Change effects or disable them, pair Pulse 4 into one sound system

At the bottom is a USB-C connector for connecting power, and a little higher is a flat and long indicator: it consists of several sections and blinks depending on the battery status. On the opposite side is the JBL logo in red.

Behind the transparent protective cover is a matte plastic cap, and already behind it are LEDs attached to the tube, inside which fit the speaker, battery and electronics.

Color music consists of 13 strips, each of which has 9 LEDs. Approximately as in the picture below. The effect of a smooth transfusion of colors is created precisely due to the matte cap.

The Pulse 4 speaker is on top. It is protected by a metal mesh, inside of which there is a special substrate. Apparently, it prevents water from entering the speaker. Below is a passive radiator for raising low frequencies.

About sound

There is a 2.25-inch (5.7) speaker installed here. The peak power is 20 W, the supported frequency is from 70 Hz to 20 kHz.

Maximum sound volume plus or minus at the level of analogues: completely fills 20 m2. In open space, you can hear perfectly at a distance of up to 10 meters.

The sound is quite flat in terms of frequency response, but with a slight predominance of high frequencies. The quality is not bad, especially for such a small speaker with IPx7 protection.

For comparison, I used JBL Flip 5. The difference between these speakers is big: Pulse 4 produces a more detailed sound with excellent elaboration of both mids and highs. The low frequencies of the Flip 5 and Pulse 4 are about the same, in fact, as is the volume level.

The potential of both devices is revealed at a volume above 50%.

Here you should understand that first of all you buy a spectacular device, and only then a portable speaker. That is, you should not expect the coolest sound from her.

Color music

You will need the JBL Connect software to set up lighting effects. There are several ready-made effects to choose from, which can be slightly modified.

  • Spiritual. Colors blend smoothly into each other;
  • Bonfire. From the name it is clear that the column imitates the burning of a fire or a candle;
  • Equalizer. To the beat of the melody, the LEDs around the entire perimeter of the speaker light up;
  • Wave. Imitation of the flow of water, as if the column was filled with liquid of different density and color;
  • Custom. Here the beam motion vector is set: to the sides, up or down, to the center or from the center, other options. Up to three effect options can be assigned in succession.

In each of the presets, the main color of the glow is set: either from a ready-made palette, or information is collected from a photograph. In the latter case, the camera opens, you point the "sight" at the object, the color of which is necessary for the glow.

In the same application, adjust the brightness of the backlight by moving the slider up or down.

JBL speakers can be connected in Party boost mode. In this case, they will all play the same melody. Actually, this is how I did it on Pulse 4 and Flip 5.

Opening hours

The JBL Pulse 4 has a 7250 mAh battery. The manufacturer specifies an operating time of 12 hours. I got about 8-9 hours of continuous sound output at about 30% volume and maximum brightness. That is, the column played in the background during the working day.

Charges via USB-C cable within 3.5 hours from a 5V / 2A AC adapter.

Impressions

I am sure that such a speaker should be given for birthdays or big holidays, because it is such an unusual model that should certainly bring a storm of emotions: here you will have good sound quality, a cool design, and, of course, visual effects.

Let me remind you that on the official website of JBL, the Pulse 4 column costs 13,000 rubles. For 8,790 you can take Pulse 3. I haven’t seen or heard of the latter, but I probably would have saved it.

There are similar things on the portable market, but I'm not sure if they give both decent sound and visual quality compared to JBL's Pulse series.