JBL OnBeat Review

By on September 20, 2011
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A small dock with a big heart.

Good: Pleasant design; Plug & Play operation; Supports all iOS devices; Vertical and horizontal orientation; Fast charging
Bad: Audio breaks at high volume; Underwhelming bass at high volume; iPad tilts downwards in horizontal orientation
Price: AED 650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The JBL OnBeat is designed as a simple and small dock for your iPod, iPad or iPhone. As with any JBL device, it’s made to look appealing, but effective as well.

Talking about the looks, the JBL OnBeat has a small footprint, with a stylish design on the front. You have two silver colored speakers behind a black metal grill. The edges are tipped with chrome, with one line striking down from left to right. The volume control buttons are on the side, with the LED indicator, and the power button, power and audio connections are at the back. The top has the swivel stand for connecting your iOS device with a vertical and horizontal (to the right) orientation.

As far as features are concerned, the JBL OnBeat is pretty simple in what it provides; a simple sound station dock for your iOS devices. Just plug in your device, which will start charging immediately, and browse your library on the device itself or through the small IR remote control for the OnBeat and you’re good to go. I must say  the OnBeat charged my iPhone 5 and iPad 2 ridiculously fast, as in I’ve never had a charge this fast with a direct wall outlet or connected through any PC or laptop yet.

There are no equalizer settings for the full-range transducers, so you might want to change that setting on your device itself. For playing Trance, Indie and regular pop I found the ‘Electronic’ EQ on the iPhone 4 to be the best for the JBL OnBeat.

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