Jawbone is getting into the mini-Bluetooth speaker game with the Mini Jambox, a portable speaker that hopes to compete chiefly on style and, if all goes well, will be no slouch in the audio department, either.
Each Mini Jambox will be crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum, and will weigh just nine ounces. It’s small enough to fit easily into a purse without adding a ton of clutter, and for some, it might even be pocketable. The speaker grill features a geometric pattern of some sort, depending on which color you buy. It definitely looks distinctive, and the metallic colors it comes in are bold and striking.
So, what’s inside? There are two neodymium drivers and a passive bass radiator, all of which use advanced digital signal processing to create a clear sound, minimizing distortion. Battery life looks to be pretty good for the portable Bluetooth speaker class, being estimated by Jawbone to be about 10 hours.
There’s also a Jawbone companion app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. You can sync your iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio playlists with the app, then play your music directly from the app through the Mini Jambox. The nice thing about that is that you can switch between playlists or tracks on any of the three services on the fly, without switching to any of the individual apps. Currently, you can only edit playlists using the iOS app, but that functionality should be coming to Android soon.
The Mini Jambox will come in nine color/design combinations – Red Dot, Silver Dot, Graphite Facet, Blue Diamond, Aqua Scales, Purple Snowflake, Yellow Dot, Orange Dot, and Green Dot. It looks nice, but it’s awfully expensive for a portable Bluetooth speaker – at $180, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more expensive one in that market class. You can pre-order the Mini Jambox now from Jawbone.