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JBL Flip 5 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Solid battery life
  • Doesn't support voice assistants


JBL FLIP 5 is a cylindrical speaker with a tight-knit fabric wrapped around the speakers. JBL estimates the Flip 5's battery life to be roughly 12 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels. The JBL has a more neutral, balanced sound profile, and it also comes with a companion app that makes it easy to pair it with another speaker.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
There's not going to be super-powerful sub-bass here, but the system does a good job of pushing out rich low and low-mid bass depth to make up for this. The ends of the speaker house passive bass radiators that push out quite a bit of low-end. JBL estimates the Flip 5's battery life to be roughly 12 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels.
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  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Waterproof design
  • IPX7 rating
  • No speakerphone function


Sentiment Score[*] 18%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL FLIP 5 has a boomy sound profile that struggles to reproduce low-bass, so genres like EDM lack thump and rumble. Its treble range is also a bit underemphasized, so sibilants like cymbals sound a little dull. This speaker doesn't have an EQ either, and it doesn't get very loud.
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  • Well-built and portable design
  • Wide soundstage
  • Good battery life
  • Great build quality
  • Struggles to reproduce low-bass
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Lacks an EQ


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Just half a kilo / one pound and the size of a small thermal flask, the compact yet robust Flip 5 can be easily carried in a hand or slipped into a bag. IPX7 waterproof rating means it can be immersed in water up to a meter deep for a maximum of 30 minutes. JBL has decided not to equip the Flip 5 with an AUX socket for hardwiring a smartphone or alternative audio device.
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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • No AUX socket
  • No built-in microphone


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The JBL Flip 5 improves its sound a bit and changes the charging port to USB-C. Compared to the Flip 4, the Flip 5 has more bass and spreads the sound slightly wider. It uses Bluetooth 4.2 instead of the latest standard, 5.0. The Flip 5 gets plenty loud, measuring about 96 decibels at max volume.
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  • Good sound
  • Easy-to-carry design
  • USB-C charging
  • No EQ or sound modes


Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Flip 5 is a compact and lightweight cylindrical-shaped speaker. It looks a bit like the Ultimate Ears Boom 3, but with more of a curve to it. The speaker can be positioned upright or on its side, thanks to a flat rubber panel. It is waterproof up to IPX7, meaning it can handle being submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes.
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  • Excellent tonal balance
  • Easy to use
  • Great battery life
  • No wireless or fast charging
  • No microphone


Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
JBL claims the Flip 5 is waterproof to an IPX7 rating. This means you should be able to submerge it in water at a depth of one metre for 30 minutes. There's no cover for the USB-C charging port and though it is waterproofed, it isn't tested against salt or sand ingress at the beach. Pairing is a breeze, and the connection never falters.
Find the original article here.
  • Powerful bass
  • Solid build quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • No aux-in port or mic
  • No EQ settings


1. ^ JBL Flip 5 Review. pcmag. 2019-11-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL FLIP 5 Speaker Review. rtings. 2021-02-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Flip 5 review. techradar. 2020-02-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ JBL Flip 5 review. tomsguide. 2020-12-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ JBL Flip 5 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
6. ^ JBL Flip 5 review. whathifi. 2020-01-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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