It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Logitech hardware, keyboards, mice, speakers I’ve had them all. Now tablets are becoming an everyday tech tool, accessories are becoming more important. Logitech have been kind enough to send us another of their mobile device accessories to review and put out the good word to you. I have to say, the word is good, but not brilliant.
- Physical Size is quite small
- Good but not brilliant sound for a small device
- Battery life on the speaker is outstanding
- Bluetooth range is short when not in line of site to transmitting device
- Streaming via 3G or Wifi to the bluetooth speaker destroys your phone battery very quickly!
- Audio quality is ok at low volume or for voice eg. Phone calls or podcasts but distorts at high volume
- The USB cutout on the back looks like it’s been done by a first year apprentice with a caffeine addiction
What we like
Straight out of the box, I liked the look of the Mini Boom Box. It’s (for want of better phrasing) really cute! One of the things I like to do as part of the review process for all accessories, particularly those that require installation or pairing to my devices is to attempt the process without reading the instructions. The Mini Boom Box performed well beyond my expectation, the pairing process was very intuitive and took only moments to complete.
For a speaker that literally fits in your hand, I was genuinely surprised at the output from it. Not only the volume that it’s capable of producing, but more importantly the quality of the sound it produces. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning on replacing my Sennheiser headset with one of these but the sound is truly remarkable for what it is and in particular, the cost.
What can be improved
As part of the testing process I wandered around my house with the speaker and found that inside 2 meters, the sound was flawless. While still in line of site, I was able to move more than 10 meters from the transmitting device and still maintain great sound. As soon as there was a physical barrier (even a simple gyprock wall with no electrical cabling internal to it) in the way, the range of the speaker diminished far worse than I expected! Throw in a little bit of electrical interference and you’re down to little more than 3 meters range.
While this alone is not a problem, the fact that streaming via 3G or WiFi and broadcasting that stream via bluetooth to the Mini Boom Box killed the battery in my phone (which was nearly 100% at the start of this test) in a little under 2 hours. I must highlight that I don’t see this as a fault with the device, more an observation from my use scenario for the Mini Boom Box which presented an issue if you don’t have access to mains power.