Jawbone Debuts Thinner 'Mini Jambox' for $180

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Jawbone today announced its third portable Bluetooth speaker, the Mini Jambox. Designed to complement the existing Jambox and the Big Jambox, the Mini Jambox is similar in size to the standard Jambox, but thin enough to slip into a pocket.

    The Mini Jambox is 0.96 inches wide, 2.28 inches tall, 6.06 inches long, and it weighs nine ounces. In comparison, the original Jambox is more than an inch and a half wide and weighs 12 ounces.

    Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. It features a unibody design and will come in nine different colors ranging from red to purple.

    With the launch of the Mini Jambox, Jawbone also plans to debut a new iOS app that is designed to function as an all-in-one music source, combining playlists from apps like Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes. It also allows users to customize Jambox audio settings.

    The Mini Jambox is currently available for pre-order on the Jawbone website for $180 and will begin shipping in late September.

    Article Link: Jawbone Debuts Thinner 'Mini Jambox' for $180
  2. imwoblin macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Very cool on the ios app as I sit here working listening to LA Woman (Doors) on my original Jambox. To be able to control playlists & settings on the Jambox via the app instead of being forced to go to Jawbone's site is a huge win.
  3. taxiapple macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Pretty impressive

    I have both of the previous models.
    To think that the new smaller one has even better & louder sound than the original model while still having 10 hours of battery life is impressive.
  4. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
  5. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
  6. SmoMo macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2011

    "Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. "

    I'm not an acoustic engineer or anything, but I doubt it really does have the same quality what with it being so tiny, and if it does, then why bother with the big one at all?

    Is the big one just the Mini Jambox inside a big empty box then?
  7. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    Sorry, but the JVC blows everything away and only $99.

    Go to bestbuy and just listen side by side. the JVC rocks.
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    The mini one was released after the actual Jambox. The strange thing about technology is that it evolves; much like a paper-thin laptop can have the same power as a desktop from yester-year, a small Jambox can indeed pack the same quality as its larger predecessor.
  9. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    My first thought was '$180 Lego brick'.
    So many other choices for less money, or for that sort of money buy a Bose.
  10. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Any point that you were trying to make was immediately invalidated by that line.
  11. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    Yeah, but then it will sound like a Bose.
  12. ChristIsLORD macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    I have a Jambox and love it but don't understand why they are keeping the original model if the new one is just the guts of the original in a smaller package. Doesn't this render the original pointless?
  13. rmbpuser macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2012
    if i were to buy a portable speaker it would be the vers 1q ;p
  14. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    The original has the problem of bouncing around on bass-heavy music. This is somewhat mitigated by the heft of the Big Jambox, but I can see it actually being worse on the Mini.
  15. Iconoclysm macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Which would sound better than this...
  16. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    I seriously hope you're kidding.

    The laws of physics don't evolve like that...
  17. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Nice snarky comment.
    You may not think Bose products sound very good, but you have to agree they don't look like Lego.
    Sound quality is very subjective, which is why there is room for so many products...
  18. SmoMo macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2011
    Is this reality?

    Why are they selling both big and small jam box for the same price then?


    Are you really digging the whole little jam box is as awesome as big jam box because technology evolved story?


    Compared to what exactly? I'm sure you can buy as many different kinds of Can Openers, or Microwaves, or Vaccuum cleaners, as you can bluetooth speakers.
    Is cooking a Lasagna or the quality of opening a tin of beans also 'very subjective' ?
  19. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I have an original jam box that I got for $119 during an amazon Black Friday sale and that's literally the only reason I got it. $199 is too expensive and $179 for this one is too much too
  20. bassfingers macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
    That's about $100 too much. Especially considering the regular jambox is already $50 too much. The Big jambox is a decent buy though
  21. flux73 macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2009
    The UE Boom is $199 and has a 12 hr battery life, water resistant, has a far more attractive design. All this with sound quality that comes close to the $300 Big Jambox. Definitely worth the $20 extra over the Mini Jambox. Now that they shrunk it, I can only imagine the audio quality got worse. Listen to both in the stores...

    I LOVE my UE Boom - it goes everywhere with me. Can listen to it in the shower, out on the deck, in the kitchen. It fits nicely in the drink holders in my car. I even used it for awhile as an external speaker for my MBA until I got a pair of BT Audyssey speakers.
  22. ZipZap macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
    I agree.

    The original is just not loud enough. The big is plenty loud but over priced.
    I suspect the mini will be worse than the original and no where near the quality of the big.

    Jambox would do so much better if they significantly lowered their price points.
  23. RolyPolyBird macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    I think that at the price points / quality we are talking about, sound quality is not that subjective.
  24. Jacquesass macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Obviously you haven't heard the Bose Soundlink Mini (which is what the previous poster was referring to). I brought a Jambox to a Bose retail store and did a head-to-head - it was no comparison and I bought the Soundlink Mini on the spot. I agree that Bose gets a bad rap that is mostly justified - but you are wrong on this one example.

    As for the Mini Jambox, this is just a repackaged Foxl DASH 7 (like the Jambox is a repackaged Foxl v2). Although it would be expensive, the killer application here would be true stereo Bluetooth, where you buy two Mini Jamboxes and use one as the left channel and one as the right channel. Given how small they are, you would get better sound and true stereo separation in a total package as big as the original Jambox. Unfortunately, I emailed Foxl when the DASH 7 was announced - and the response was that it only would fit in "bigger speakers". Which is BS, because the technology is software based...

  25. room237 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    What an obnoxious, annoying website Jambox has.

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