JBL PEBBLES Review
If you’re still using the built-in speakers on your laptop, or even speakers built into your computer monitors, please, its time to upgrade. Just speaking in general, any pair of speakers would do justice over those that comes with your devices, and they don’t have to be too expensive either.
A few followers on my Facebook and Twitter surprisingly at the same time, asked me to review the JBL Pebbles about a week or two ago. I’ve always been a believer, you get what you pay for, but, I’m always happy to find budget priced items that performs well. I personally paid $50 for these and you can find the link in the video description for updated pricing, but at $50, I really wanted to see how these perform since they’re getting some attention on the web.
Right off the bat, these are bigger than what I thought from the photos. They’re about 5 and a quarter inches tall with 5 and ¾ quarters inches in depth, and about three inches wide.
These are not Bluetooth sadly, they’re not wireless, but they do offer a very easy, yet aesthetically pleasing cable management system. For example, the left speaker holding the 3.5mm wire to connect to the right channel is wrapped around the base. It unwraps to a maximum of 34inches from end to end enough for laptops and single monitor computer setups. As for a two monitor desk, make sure you measure your area to make sure these speakers don’t block your monitors. But going to the right speaker, another cord is fixed to the housing and its a 34 inch USB cord that powers the speaker and slowly coming onto the scene, the USB also provides audio as well. JBL does include a small 3.5mm wire just in-case you need to connect your phone or other devices for sound. A benefit yet a negative is yes, its one less wire and the USB connection is convenient for laptop and desktop users, but if you just want to plug in your phone or tablet, you have to have your computer on OR have a computer with a USB port that always powered, and strong enough to power these speakers too. Sadly, my laptop’s two USB ports were unable to do anything. The Pebbles doesn't have a port for a wall adapter and of course none are supplied, however, this is straying away from what the factory offers, I utilized a phone USB charging adapter and it works perfectly fine then. Its a quick and easy fix.
Overall, the build quality is great. JBL features hard plastics on the rear with a very strong metal mesh grill on the front and part of the sides. There’s brushed aluminum textures plates thats fixed on the left channel, but the the right speaker does feature a nice feeling volume adjusting dial. On opposite ends of each speaker are color accents but are actually a rubber base for when you choose to place the speaker horizontal. More on this a bit later.
And now rotating to the rear, there’s small bass ports with the bottom of each speaker offering very grippy rubber feet.
For $50, the sound from this is quite impressive. Keep in mind, its still a 2.0 system with no subwoofer, but if you’re looking for something small, compact, no need to mess around with a subwoofer, these provide a balanced tone with the rest of the sound characteristics of these speakers. You won’t get deep bass nor your speakers will shake or rattle, but again for $50, I label these as being good. They’re also loud enough to fill a small room with music, but watching Netflix, i do tone it down to about 50% when sitting infront of the laptop. These do get loud. But with being loud, is there any distortion? Hardly. Both music and movies sounds crisp clean and clear in my opinion. Only on more extreme notes and songs, with volume all the way up, then you hear the high notes start to become raspy and that clarity in music in general is a bit lost. But over all for general and personal listening, for the price of just being $50, the audio quality is good.
Now one thing before I let you go, the speakers when standing up seems to fire almost at a 45 degree angle. As stated earlier, you can place this horizontally as an option and turn the JBL logos slightly inward, you do receive more directional sound. Its a bit more immersion into what you’re listening to.
Over all, I’m happy with these. Despite lacking a power adapter, I can over come this with a phone charger, of course ensure it will power your speakers properly. And second, not really a downfall again, since it justifies its price, but Bluetooth on these would have been great for my smart phone. But the build quality, and more importantly, for a 2.0 $50 speaker setup, I like these alot.
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