TUAW examines its share of Bluetooth speakers huge and small, and today’s testimonial comes thanks to accessory megacorp Logitech.
That company has actually been doing some impressive things for iPhone and iPad individuals, and it has actually recently introduced the X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker (US$ 49.99), a little brief cylinder of sound that comes in a rainbow of enjoyable color combos. Allow’s have a look:
- Measurements: 3.38 inch dimension x 1.44 inch thick (8.59 x 3.66 centimeters)
- Weight: 5.7 ozs (161.6 grams)
- Recharging cord: USB to micro-USB (included)
- Battery life: Five hrs
- Available shades: Environment-friendly, Grey, Orange, Red, Yellow
My initial perceptions of the X100 were positive. It’s hand-sized, vibrant (my “orange” model is really a dark blue with a brilliant orange speaker grille and highlights), and immediately user-friendly to know. Around the side of the brief cyndrical tube are 3 simply significant buttons for quantity control (+ and -) and Bluetooth. The Bluetooth switch is made use of to partner the X100 with your device or answer an incoming call, and offers as a time out button while playing songs. There’s additionally an energy button that is marked simply by the universal energy symbol.
The exterior of the speaker is mostly a soft-feel polyurethane, so you could be guaranteed that the X100 will live with drops and bumps. There’s just one LED on the whole speaker– a little blue one located behind the speaker grill that signals you that the speaker is turned on. In case you should link the speaker to a non-Bluetooth device, there’s also an AUX input located alongside the micro-USB port.
An opening on top of the speaker leaves space for the featured cable or a self-supplied carabiner, making it easy to hand the X100 from a belt loop or knapsack.
As typical, checking the speaker indicated that I needed to examine sound duplication for music and phone calls, in addition to ease of pairing and utilizing the speaker. The controls on the X100 are truly basic. I pushed the energy switch and voila!– the energy came on. The initial time, it likewise entered just what I presumed was Bluetooth coupling mode, since the blue LED was blinking.
A quick travel to Settings on my iPhone recognized that the X100 needed to be partnered, and with a quick tap that was finished. The X100 makes the typical bleeps and bloops to inform you when it is powering up and down and has hooked up to your iOS or OS X device.
Just what I do not recognize is exactly how a pint-sized non-stereo speaker like the X100 can outrun some competitors setting you back 4 times as considerably. It has remarkable noise duplication abilities and shocking volume. It’s not the best in the speakerphone group, however I have yet to be impressed with speakerphone top quality with any type of Bluetooth speaker.
If there’s any negative I can discover with the X100, it’s the battery life. A lot of other speakers have battery life assessed in the eight to ten hr range; the X100 can compete about provide hrs prior to needing a recharge.
Logitech continues its run of useful high quality devices for iOS gadgets with the X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker. Rugged, happily made, little, light and loud, the X100 also hits the marketplace at a reasonable cost.
Rating: 3-1/2 celebrities from 4 stars feasible