If your laptop or your phone is your single source for listening to music and you aren’t looking for full-fledged 2.1 or 5.1 speakers, then the Pebbles is definitely worth considering. Just keep the short length of its cables, and the fact that it is powered through USB, in mind.
The JBL Pebbles is an interesting looking set of speakers. And when I say ‘interesting’, I mean that many of you may love the way it looks while the rest of you may not. However, one thing’s for certain, if you have the Pebbles on your desk, it will be hard for anyone to ignore them.
Looks and Design
The Pebbles are pair of round speakers with a flat base, front and back. Apart from its shape, the unique look comes from the white, silver and orange accents that the speakers are painted in. There is a perfect silver circle smack dab on the face (and back) of both the left and right speakers and while on the left speaker, the circles are just for the purposes of aesthetics, on the right, the front circle actually works as a volume control dial. The left speaker is also bereft of ports and just has a single 3.5mm cable that snakes out of it and has to be attached to the right speaker. The right speaker has two 3.5mm ports- one on the side for the left speaker, and one on the front for the audio source. The right speaker also has a USB cable that powers the entire set.
The bases of both speakers have grooves within which you can wrap the cables to do away with any unnecessary mess. This is particularly helpful if you already have a cluttered desk and don’t want the cables to add to the clutter. However, the bundled cables are really short, so it will be a rare desktop PC setup that will suit the Pebbles. I’d recommend you limit its use to your laptop and phone.
The speakers are entirely made of plastic but the build quality is pretty solid for the most part. The only issue is that the volume control dial feels very loose and as a result, sometimes you may end up moving the dial inadvertently just by brushing against it.