When I first saw the Link 10, I automatically assumed it was a Google Assistant-enabled version of the widely popular JBL Flip 4. But, is it really? Find out in our JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 Comparison Review.
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 Comparison Review
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 – Packaging
Alrighty, when it comes to packaging, both wireless speakers are presented in the typical JBL white and orange box with black lettering. While the Flip 4 is presented as if it is diving into a pool of water the Link 10 is surrounded by cute symbols, smart devices, and blue, yellow, green, and red dots indicative of the speaker’s Google integration. Both boxes also have the Bluetooth symbol while the Flip 4 also features symbols fort battery life, Connect+, and speaker phone options. Placing the boxes next to one another it is clear that the Link 10 must be larger. In fact, the Flip 4 box looks like it can fit perfectly inside the Link 10 box.
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 – Build & Design
Side-by-side, reveals quite a bit about these two wireless speakers. The Flip 4 is a slender, cylindrical speaker and the Link 10 is it’s thicker cousin that’s just a tad boxy – kinda built like a truck, haha. The Flip 4 is designed to lay flat as the play/pause, Bluetooth, volume up and volume down buttons are located horizontally across the speaker right above the water seal and power buttons which are also positioned horizontally. The Link 10 is designed to stand up since its play/pause, Bluetooth, volume up, and volume down buttons are located on the top of the speaker. The power button, speakerphone button, and water seal are on the back positioned vertically. Both speakers are fit with JBL’s signature protective rubber housing for exposure to water. Based on the build, the Flip 4 is slimmer and subsequently feels much more comfortable in my hand. However, these speakers weren’t made to be used in your hand so whatevs!
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 – Features
Both speakers are Bluetooth-based. That being said, the Flip 4 operates primarily as a speaker and can reach up to 12 hours of run time, while the Link 10 only reaches up to 5 hours of continuous play time. The Link 10 is built with Google’s voice assistant which is why I think it comes up short on the run time of music playback. As I mentioned earlier, both speakers are built with JBL’s signature rugged material which seals off all of the enclosures to water making both of these speakers waterproof. At an IP rating of IPX7, both speakers are able to be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. When it comes to creating an integrated multi-room speaker system, both units are able to do so, but differ in technology used to do so. The JBL Flip 4 is built with Connect+ which enables up to 100 other Connect+ enabled JBL speakers to sync to one another. JBL Link 10 uses Google Chromecast. What is really cool about this technology is that any speaker with Google Chromecast (regardless of brand) can become part of the integrated speaker system. Moreover, Google Chromecast also makes for a more sophisticated integrated system. For example, let’s say you have two speakers downstairs and one upstairs in your bedroom. When throwing a party, the downstairs speakers can sync together and perform commands independently of the bedroom speaker.
JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 – Sound
Alright, now for the goods you came for. Sound is a huge factor when it comes to choosing a wireless speaker. For starters, it’s fair to note that that the Link 10 is fit with 45mm transducers while the older and widely popular Flip 4 is fit with 40mm transducer. Both are pushing output power of 8 Watts. The Flip 4 delivers much more detailed highs and mids than the Link 10. The highs truly sparkle in comparison with vocals sounding more articulate in comparison. Treble is also more forward. The bass is present, but not overwhelming. At max volume it over-modulates, but at moderate levels this speaker is very fun to listen to. The Link 10, on the other hand, provides a bassier sound signature. The bass is deep and rich, but can covers some of the mids and treble. At higher volumes, this speaker retains its clarity much better than the Flip 4. I feel like the Flip 4’s primary function is to act as a speaker so it excels in terms of sound. That’s not to say the Link 10 sounds bad, it actually sounds just as good, but in a different way. In all honesty, it just depends on what you’re going for.
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JBL Flip 4 vs JBL Link 10 – Specs
|Specs||Link 10||Flip 4|
|Transducer Size||2 x 45mm||2 x 40mm|
|Output Power||2 x 8W||2 x 8W|
|Frequency Response Range||65Hz–20kHz||70Hz – 20kHz|
|Battery Charge Time||4 hours @5V 1A||3.5 hours @ 5V1A|
|Music Play Time||Up to 5 hours||Up to 12 hours|
|Dimensions||(Dia x H) 3.4in x 6.7in.||(H x W x D) 2.7in x 6.9in. x 2.8in|
|Weight||1.57 lbs.||1.14 lbs.|