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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly convenient, but don't expect miracles, November 20, 2012
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When it comes to speakers, bigger is often better. And given the small size of this product, you really need to ground your expectations before you evaluate it.

What kind of sound quality should you expect? Well, I'd say somewhat better than good built-in laptop speakers, but somewhat worse than average powered external computer speakers. You should definitely expect a "tinny" sound, and the bass is really weak. The volume can actually be jacked up pretty high (such that I can listen to podcasts while in the shower), but the bass will sound even worse the louder you go.

It may not be obvious, but this is actually a pair of speakers in a single enclosure. It does stereo. Unfortunately the two speakers are oriented directly opposite each other, so the biggest sound will actually be with one speaker pointing *away* from the listener.

What this thing lacks in sound quality it makes up for in portability. It's about half the size of a can of soda.

Operation is pretty smooth. The device is turned on and off by holding the power button on the top. There's a physical switch on the bottom that toggles between line in / microsd and bluetooth mode. In bluetooth mode, you can initiate pairing on your phone (or tablet or whatever) and use the code "0000." In line-in mode... well, you plug in the cable. There are volume buttons on the top, along with FF/REW.

Keep in mind that bluetooth is very dependent on line of sight, so you shouldn't plan to carry your phone around with you to other rooms while the speaker is in use.

I noticed no appreciable difference in quality between BT and line in. Line in should theoretically be superior, but I don't think the speakers themselves are good enough to make any difference audible for most people.

I have not used the MicroSD feature and do not really expect to in the future. I guess this may be a nice addition for some, but I cannot comment on how well it performs in this capacity.

Physically, it feels a little bit plasticy and cheap. The plate on the top of my unit is a little loose, and it will "wiggle" back and forth. It doesn't impact operation but it doesn't really instill confidence in long term durability either. The unit also has a *really* bright blue light, which means if you keep it in your bedroom you'll probably want to turn it off when not in use rather than just leaving it on and idle.

Battery life is, as yet, unknown to me. I have run it for 1.5 hours on bluetooth and it held up fine, but based on other reviews I expect 2 hours is about as long as I could expect. The device charges from USB, and it includes a mini USB cable (not micro, sadly). It will operate just fine when it is charging from USB or from a wall adapter (no adapter is included, so I used the one from my Kindle), so it's a good idea to keep power the adapter with you and use it instead of the battery when possible.

Bottom line? If you want something this size, it's a great option. It won't replace larger solutions, but it's a great solution when traveling or for undemanding applications like podcasts.
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