Priced at £37.99 this is not not cheap and there are plenty of cheaper rivals out there including some with more features but this well made speaker does have some qualities many rivals lack..
Inside of the attractive mid market box which was the speaker itself, a short USB to micro-USB charging cable, a mini-jack to mini-jack audio cable and a well written and easy to read User Guide. I enclose a copy of the User Guide on the end of my unboxing video.
The speaker has the tubular shape that many others do but rather than the usual plastic or metal skin this one has an unusual fabric covering which gives it a particularly handsome appearance. On one end is the simple control panel, which features the usual volume controls and track controls along with the status LED and on the other end the combined Off/On and pause button which also can be used to allow hands free calling. On the side is a grommet protected port bay featuring and Aux audio input and micro-USB charging port.
Pairing to my phone was easy enough with the usual LED and audio status alerts. It is a pity there were noice voice guided alerts.There is no NFC option either nor can the device connect to two Bluetooth devices at once. However, voice alerts are not really needed and how many people use NFC or multi device connections? After rebooting both the phone and speaker I was pleased to see they connected automatically when powered up.
The sound quality is first rate for the small size with plenty of volume and good powerful bass. For the size the sound is loud, clear and resonant enough to be heard when on the beach or outside in noisy situations.
The device is charged via a micro-USB port in the access panel. Even though it sports a healthily sized 2000mAH battery there is no power out port to allow the device to charge or power external devices, This is a pity as many similar devices offer this as they do a built in FM radio which again is missing here. However the claims for six hour plus usage per charge from my experience seem pretty realistic.
Had I been awarding stars I would have been tempted to knock one off due to the high price, lack of FM radio and NFC, which can be found in many less expensive similar sized devices but in the end decided the sound quality and fine build quality more than compensated for these failings and made the device well worth a high rating.
This is an excellent quality Bluetooth speaker which passes over whistles and bells in favour of elegant looks, great sound and robust build quality.
Unique and attractive design
Robust build quality
Audio in port
Easy to use controls
Non slip finish
Excellent User Guide
No FM Radio
No voice prompts
No Micro SD slot
No powerbank feature
Not water resistant