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Great Sound & Features In A Frail Package
on August 21, 2015
First off, I love music. I'm also a gear nerd... And an impulsive spender. I've accumulated quite a few Bluetooth speakers over the past few years. There are 10+ in my house, of all shapes and sizes - from the Bose SoundDock, to a portable speaker with a solar panel on top (Rukus Solar).
This little Veho 360 speaker gets the most use of all of them, by far.
For such a small and portable speaker, It has very impressive sound. It's not uncommon for people to come up to me and ask if "all of that sound is coming out of that little speaker”. It’s actually louder than the Rukus Solar speaker, which is about 5x the size of the Veho.
I use it in the shower, at the beach, while traveling, and even on my bike - I put it in a cup which sits in my bikes bottle holder, and it project sound out much louder than I need it to. It's a little lacking in the low-end, but you're not looking for that from a speaker of this size anyway.
The microSD slot is a killer feature. I keep a card filled with my favorite music. When I don't have my phone handy, or I just want to listen to something random, I'll play right from the memory card. Great option to have.
It has great battery life, too.
My only issue with the speaker – and it's not a small one – is the construction. This thing is just not durable at all. I'm actually on my second one, as you'll see in the pictures.
And I'm very gentle with my electronics, and the extent of the abuse that the speaker has been subjected to is being placed in a book bag with some water bottles and clothing.
I had my first Veho for about 6 months before the auxiliary port warped. No more line in! Shortly after that, the top (which houses the controls) came off. So I ordered another one, assuming that the damages to my first one were a fluke and this one would last longer.
Within a week, the auxiliary port on this one was warped too. Not a huge deal, as I rarely use line in. Still, this shouldn't have happened.
Rukus, I love your product, but please make it more durable! There aren't many speaker options in this size range with microSD... Make the 360bt a bit more rugged and it will be perfect. Until then, I’ll have to explore other speaker options in this size range when this one inevitably starts falling apart.