Need a portable Bluetooth speaker for your smartphone but not fond of the Samsung Level Bluetooth (Deer, 2014, December 9) speaker?
Then perhaps the super hot seller on Amazon, the US$25 AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker (Yu, 2015) would be a great fit for you. At US$25, it’s by far the cheapest Bluetooth speaker online, and unlike the US$199 Amazon Echo (Deer, 2015, May 25), it has a built in battery.
It’s also got a really great colour selection:
Weighing only 113.4 g (4oz), this AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker is shaped like a red donut with a black grille where the hole should be. That black grille is a single 3W speaker that faces upwards, with a ring of stick rubber to hold it in place and eliminate vibrations.
I expect that might not last very long, so I’d recommend that when travelling, keep it inside of its felt carrying Case to protect its plastic shell from getting bruised.
So aside from the cheap Felt Carrying case, what other bells and whistles does this red donut speaker from Amazon have?
AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker – Portable Boombox in the making
AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker also has three (3) buttons; a center button for Power and two on either side for Volume Up and Volume Down.
Beside to see buttons you’ll see a small Blue LED to indicate Bluetooth connectivity as well as power level. There are two (2) additional ports on the back, a Micro-USB port to recharge the battery, which gives you a good ten (10) hours sprint on a single charge and an auxiliary port to connect to a 3.5mm Jack for a non-Bluetooth source, which you’ll have to supply yourself.
With those basic specs, it’s clearly a mono-directional speaker that’s nothing more than a mini amplifier that you really can’t turn up too loud. At higher volumes, its cannot faithfully reproduce higher frequencies albeit it does bass well. Also, at full blast, expect battery life to be cut by as much as 50%.
So why is it so hot?
Because not only can you buy two of these speakers and hook them up to the source using a 3.5mm Jack pigtail (if you can’t find one, splice an existing one and add on an extra head!) but your friend can connect their portable Battery Chargers (Deer, 2014 July 6), thereby extending their play time.
This is basically a mini DJ Party Speaker setup in the making; with a few more modifications to the housing, those pair of AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker can become a mini boombox!
Truly, a great product from Amazon, Earth’s Most Customer Centric Company!
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- Deer, L. (2014, December 9). How Samsung’s Top 7 Christmas Gift List can make Christmas unforgettable. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-samsungs-top-7-christmas-gift-list-can-make-christmas-unforgettable/
- Deer, L. (2015, May 25). US$199 Amazon Echo with Alexa is Ground Zero for iOT push into Home Automation. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/us199-amazon-echo-with-alexa-is-ground-zero-for-iot-push-into-home-automation/
- Yu, J. (2015, May 20). AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker BTV4 review: A low-budget micro-Bluetooth speaker that fits in your pocket. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/amazonbasicsultraportablemicrobluetoothspeakerbtv4/