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Differences between JBL Pulse 3 and 4Both loudspeakers are very similar in terms of important technology. Nevertheless, there are a few differences.
Dimensions and weightThe JBL Pulse 4 is slightly smaller than the Pulse 3, but much heavier. The Pulse 3 measures 9.2 x 9.2 x 22.3 cm. Pulse 4 here is 9.6 x 9.6 x 20.7. Thus Pulse 4 is slightly wider in diameter and also higher.
The JBL Pulse 4 weighs 1.26 kilograms, significantly more than Pulse 3, which weighs 960 grams.
Battery lifeThere is no difference in the point of battery life. Both have a battery life of up to 12 hours. Although the JBL Pulse with 7260 mAh provides more power in the battery. The JBL Pulse 3 here is 6000 mAh.
However, something has changed in the charging time. The JBL Pulse 4 can be charged within 3.5 hours. With the predecessor it still takes 4.5 hours. The reason for this will be the new USB-C connection in the fourth generation.
ConnectionsThe JBL Pulse 4 requires you to make a few cuts in the connections:
|JBL Pulse 3||JBL Pulse 4|
JBL Connect Plus & JBL PartyBoostThe JBL Pulse 4 comes with the new JBL PartyBoost. It cannot be connected to older devices like the JBL Pulse 3. The JBL Pulse has JBL Connect Plus.
Which JBL Pulse is better?Optically, the JBL Pulse 4 definitely makes a much better impression. However, these are almost the only advantages of the Pulse 4.
In terms of performance, both loudspeakers are identical. Both have 20 watts of 360 degree sound. Even if the battery of the Pulse 4 is larger, both pulses have a running time of up to 12 hours. Only the charging time is somewhat shorter with 3.5 hours with the JBL Pulse 4.
The JBL Pulse 3* can trump with a few additional functions, which have been cancelled with the JBL Pulse 4:
- Voice control
- JBL Connect Plus (The Pulse 4 has PartyBoost)
If you want to save money and the JBL Pulse 3* is for you, then you are definitely well served with the device. If you like the look of the JBL Pulse 4*, you'll have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. In addition, you don't need a jack port or voice control. That's what USB-C is for. For most people, however, the jack connection is hardly relevant anymore. That's one reason why JBL has cancelled almost every model from 2019.