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JBL OnBeat

JBL OnBeat
alaScore 90

123 reviews

Oct, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews of JBL OnBeat. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the sound and size. The price and design also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the JBL OnBeat is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for JBL OnBeat


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of JBL OnBeat from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the size and price. The design and usability also get good comments.

usability, design, price, size

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

JBL OnBeat


There aren't any masterpieces in the affordable iPad speaker dock category just yet, but the JBL OnBeat is better than the thin competition, despite some irksome flaws.

Built for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Quality audio performance at moderate volumes. Charges docked device even when powered off. Video output for television viewing.

Distorts at high volumes. iPad sometimes blocks IR sensor for remote. Dock arm supports horizontal viewing for iPhones and iPods only, not iPads.

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Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Eliot Van Buskirk (

Motorola H500


Motorola's H500 wireless headset has a pleasing price, but annoying design flaws.

Inexpensive. Good sound quality. Better-than-average range.

Headset flaps around your ear as you walk. Grows uncomfortable after extended wearing. Small volume controls.

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Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Taimoor Hafeez (

JBL OnBeat Review


A small dock with a big heart.

Pleasant design; Plug & Play operation; Supports all iOS devices; Vertical and horizontal orientation; Fast charging

Audio breaks at high volume; Underwhelming bass at high volume; iPad tilts downwards in horizontal orientation

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.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

JBL OnBeat


A little throne for your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Good build quality, Coherent design, Will hold an iPad

Bass falls apart at high volume

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Spencer Dalziel (

JBL OnBeat Review


JBL's OnBeat speaker dock may lack AirPlay audio streaming like its more advanced sibling OnAir, but it still provides plenty of ways to enjoy your tunes. There's an iPod dock that also comfortably accommodates iPhones and iPads, plus a 3.5mm input on...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

JBL OnBeat review


The design-led JBL OnBeat is style over sonic substance

Smart design ; simpler material sounds well organised ; works with Spotify

Weak sound ; not nearly enough bass ; harsh treble ; loses cohesion easily

As a speaker for watching video, it’s fine – but as a serious hi-fi dock? Sorry, no dice

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Rossi Fernandes (

JBL Onbeat - Offtrack From Excellence


Decent features, now support for iPad but does it perform?

The JBL Onbeat isn’t a flawless iPod dock. It’s natural sound signature is good to have but the lacking punch in the lower frequency range is bound to be a problem. We wished it wouldn't have distorted at higher volumes. Price wise, it’s not very cheap...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

JBL OnBeat Micro for iPhone 5: Compact and spunky


JBL's most affordable and compact Lightning-equipped speaker dock has a little kick to it.

The ; is a compact speaker dock for Lightning-based iPhones and iPods. It delivers very good sound for its small size, and has a USB port for charging other mobile devices (and playing audio from them) and an auxiliary input for connecting to a PC. It...

You'll have to remove everything but the slimmest cases in order to dock your device; you only get about 5 hours of power from four AAA batteries; you can't play music from the docked device while a second one is charging via USB.

Offering surprisingly decent sound for its small size, the JBL OnBeat Micro makes for a good little desktop or bedside speaker and charging station for iPhone 5 owners.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Matthew Powell (

JBL OnBeat


The JBL OnBeat looks great and sounds pretty good at a moderate volume. Just don't ask too much of it.

Very stylish to look at ; Produces very nice sound at moderate volume ; USB port allows syncing with your computer while the iPad is connected

Up close it feels flimsy ; Sounds awful at higher volume

Other bells and whistles include a USB port, so that you can connect it to your computer and actually sync the iPad while it's charging — a very nice touch that's not included by many manufacturers.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Philippa Clark (

JBL by Harman OnBeat loudspeaker dock


Compatible with iPad, iPod and iPhone, £150. Also in white.

Oct, 2011

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