Desaia Beat Box Bluetooth speaker
For the great outdoors
Geek Treat of the Week This is your chance to get your own back on those annoying teenagers who huddle at the back of the bus and play music through the god-awful tinny speakers on their mobile phones.
Desaia’s Beat Box is a 75mm cube with speaker grilles on either side and it connects to any device which can pump out audio over Bluetooth. It’s perhaps a little too big to carry around in a coat pocket, but will slide easily into a laptop- or gym-bag.
There are controls on top for power, play/pause, back, forward, and volume, but frankly I wouldn’t bother, it’s much easier to control music from your smartphone or tablet.
Set-up is straightforward. You’ll need to charge the BeatBox for a couple of hours before you use it for the first time, but once you’ve done that, pairing it with your phone or tablet – or any other Bluetooth device – is simply a matter of holding down the power button for a couple of seconds and then waiting for another second or two.
A full charge will give you enough battery life to play music at around half volume all day long. The Beat Box sits sturdily on its four rubber feet, which lift the unit up to give room for the down-facing bass port.
I won’t pretend that the 4W RMS output Beat Box is the best-sounding speaker I’ve ever heard, but it’s remarkably competent for something so small. It’s good for picnics, trips to the beach or annoying teenagers on the bus. The mid-range is a little shrill and obviously you’re not going to shake any floors with the bass, but other than that it’s a very nifty little speaker. ®
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Is the battery pack sealed or does it take rechargeable AAs or similar?
Does it charge over any standard USB connection, or is that port shown on the picture for something else?
How does the sound compare to similar speakers of this cost/size?
Does it come with any kind of carrying bag or similar to keep it from getting knocked about?
Exactly what variant of the Bluetooth spec does it comply to?
Any line-in socket?
Any line-out socket?
Really like the idea of geek-treat reviews... but if the first thing it makes me do is go and find a site that's *actually* reviewed it, rather than spent 2 minutes justifying a vendor freebie/similar, I think something's missing...
Re: Ummm.... Details?
Having seen ones in my friend's dorm room at university, I ended up buying one off amazon a few days ago - and haven't looked back since. I was initially going to go for the WoweeOne having read reviews, etc - but i was told (and agree with) the bass on the Beat Box is the best on the market for it's size.
Not only does it have excellent bass, but as a student I've saved having to buy an iPod dock or a 2.1 laptop speaker set.
I didn't get any carry case/cloth with it - but doubt i will need to worry as it is wipeable and doesn't scratch easily.
No removable battery unit - all built in just like an iPhone- plug it into a usb plug and you're good to go after an hour or so.
The line - in cable works with virtually anything with a headphone port. Tested with: iPod, TV, Dell Inspiron Laptop and even an old school radio.
Let me make it clear, I'm no gadget expert - but I know my music, and this speaker brings out the best sound quality and bass in my playlist. So all in all I'm a happy customer, and would recommend this to anyone considering a new speaker system.
Another option - Creative D100.
I've had a Creative D100 for 2 years.
- sound quality is really good, even good bass
- bluetooth range is really good
- cheaper @£35
- bigger than this Desaia one
- no internal rechargeable battery, takes 4xAA or mains
- has a proprietary power supply, not usb
...the Logitech Mini Boombox?
I've got the Mini Boombox and I'm constantly amazed at the sound it produces, especially at the lower end of the frequency range.
Come on El Reg, review the speaker sold by www.minirigs.co.uk. It knocks stuff like this thing into a cocked hat.