Feeds
63%
iGo Boomtube

iGo Boomtube portable speakers

Less ghetto-blaster, more garden-groover

Security for virtualized datacentres

When not in use, the two satellite speakers clip cleverly on each end of the bass tube, which not only protects the speakers, but also makes for a neat design. Unfortunately this is ruined completely because you need to carry the cables to hook up the satellite speakers separately, which detracts from the initially smart design.

The tube is 70mm in diameter and when it's all clipped together stretches to 327mm long and weighs 1.5kg. The company has also thrown in a carry case so you can cart the whole lot around on your travels.

iGo Boomtube

For a portable speaker system, the sound quality is quite good. Listening to bass heavy tracks such as Shot You Down by the Audio Bullys from an iPod at full volume resulted in slight distortion, but turn the volume down a notch and the results are decent.

The system is rated at 40W total output, so while it's not going to fill the Albert Hall it should be able to cope in an average-sized lounge.

On the top of the unit there's a volume control that goes up to 11 (Spinal Tap style) and a bass control. In the middle is the power switch that you need to press and hold to turn the unit on - a useful touch that prevents it accidentally switching on while you're carrying it around and wasting the battery. The light around the power switch also lets you know how much battery you've got left, changing from green to red, via orange as the battery runs down.

Verdict

If you want to occasionally release you music from the confines of headphones while you're out and about this set will do the job. It's a clever design, apart from the cables, and the audio output decent enough at a reasonable volume. It's a bit on the pricey side though.

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

63%
iGo Boomtube

iGo Boomtube portable speakers

A smart speaker set that can shout quite loud, but the neat design is tripped up by the cables...
Price: £150 inc. VAT RRP

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.