We’ve had a shimmer in our eye for Jawbone’s $ 200 Jambox, the itty bitty Bluetooth ‘smartspeaker,’ ever since it was released back in late 2010. So, imagine our delight now that the company has just stepped things up to a larger level with its new $ 300 Big Jambox. Measuring in at well over double the size of the original, the 2.7-pound speaker is still very similar in design, featuring the familiar perforated metal grill designs by Yves Behar. The larger footprint helps it to be more functionally capable than its sibling, yet it’s still small enough to carry in one hand. On top, the unit sports playback controls in addition to the requisite volume and talk buttons, while on the side you’ll find a USB connection, power input 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth-pairing button and a power button.
To pump out the jams, the Big Jambox features an airtight enclosure loaded with a duo of active neodymium drivers and opposing dual-passive bass radiators to handle all the wub wub you can throw at it. A 2,600mAh rechargeable battery will get you roughly 15 hours of totally wireless listening time, but — as is the case with the original — you still can’t share that juice with your gadgets. On a better note, Android users can take advantage of the Big Jambox’s exclusive Companion app, which allows the unit to do tricks such like sync up with your G-cal to inform you about your appointments. Lastly, like the Jambox, the Big Jambox features MyTalk voice prompts / app compatibility, along with Live Audio DSP to give your sounds an immersive “3D” feel. Curious to find out more? We spent a full weekend with the new gizmo, and you can catch our full review by clicking here.
Gallery: Jawbone Big Jambox (press images)