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JBL Charge 4
Bose SoundLink Mini 2
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JBL Charge 4 vs Bose SoundLink Mini 2 (2015)

Analysis:

The JBL Charge 4 is one of the very best Portable Bluetooth Speakers that one can get for around $140. The Bose SoundLink Mini 2, however, while a very good choice in its own right, falls just a bit short of being remarkable.

The JBL Charge 4 has impressed reviewers from two sources that are among the most highly trusted on the internet, namely PCmag and SoundGuys. It did great in their objective hands-on roundups - it earned the "Best for Outdoor Power" and "Best All-Around" awards from PCmag and SoundGuys, respectively. That's high praise from such reputable sources.

As for the Bose SoundLink Mini 2, it was really well-received by reviewers at SoundGuys, a reliable source that's known for conducting its own, high-quality, in-depth testing. It performed great in its "Best Bluetooth Speakers under $200" roundup and was named its "Ranked 1 out of 4", which, on its own, makes it a product that warrants a closer look.

For a direct JBL Charge 4 vs. Bose SoundLink Mini 2 comparison, we took a look at sources that tested both and found that the JBL Charge 4 got reviewed better by What Hi-Fi? and SoundGuys, whereas the reviewers at TechGearLab preferred the Bose SoundLink Mini 2. Reviewers at Techradar and PCmag haven't shown a preference for either.

We also took a look at which sources liked these two products the most. We found that the JBL Charge 4 received its best, 10, rating from Lifewire, while the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 got its highest score of 10 from Expert Reviews.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the JBL Charge 4 earned an average review score of 8.7 out of 10 points and the Bose SoundLink Mini 2 received an average of 8.4, compared to the 7.6 average of Portable Bluetooth Speakers in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
SoundGuys
PCmag
TechGearLab
Wirecutter
Tom's Guide
Android Central
Android Authority
Good Housekeeping
Techradar
AndroidPIT
Tech. Specs Comparison
JBL Charge 4
$129
Bose SoundLink Mini 2
$155
Higher than average expert review score
7.7
Overall Avg. for Portable Bluetooth Speakers
8.7
Avg. Review Score
Score
Higher than average expert review score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Bluetooth speakers of 2020” 
Last updated: 3 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best Outdoor Speakers for 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 7.2 out of 10
in “The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers of 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “What are the best Bluetooth speakers?” 
Last updated: 20 Apr 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker for Outdoor Sports in 2020: Clip-on, Water Resistant” 
Last updated: 6 Mar 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2020 (May Reviews)” 
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Outdoor Power
in “The Best Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers for 2020” 
Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Battery
in “Best Shower Speaker” 
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker” 
Last updated: 26 Feb 2020
AndroidPIT
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The best portable Bluetooth speakers for 2019” 
Last updated: 24 Jun 2019
Recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Bluetooth Speakers under $200” 
Last updated: 11 Feb 2016
TechGearLab
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 7.3 out of 10
in “The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers of 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best mid-range speaker
in “The best Bluetooth speakers 2020: the top portable speakers for any budget” 
Last updated: 16 days ago
AndroidPIT
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Bluetooth speaker for sound quality
in “Best Bluetooth speakers of 2017” 
Last updated: 22 May 2017
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