Feeds
85%
B&O Beoplay A3

B&O Beoplay A3

iPad entertainment centre

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Accessory of the Week Stick an iPad in B&O’s Beoplay A3, take a step or two back and look at it square on. It looks like a mini B&O TV. Put it down on a kitchen worktop or office shelf and you have a video player or jukebox capable of producing rich, full-bodied audio which does iPad far more justice than its own tiny speaker.

B&O Beoplay A3

As well as standing upright on its long edge, the design of the back and sides of the A3 means it can safely stand in portrait mode on its short edge or be laid on its back, in which case it slopes at an angle of around 30 degrees, whether in landscape or portrait mode. I wouldn’t want to type on the screen while in situ, but that’s not what the A3 is all about.

The A3 has four speakers. Three 0.5in tweeters and a 2in woofer, one in each corner. Cleverly, it auto-senses the orientation of the stand and activates the appropriate speakers.

B&O Beoplay A3

There’s a built-in rechargeable battery to allow you to take it outdoors. Controls are limited to a standby button and volume controls.

Audio fidelity from the A3 is, as you would expect, excellent. It’s deep and rich, with plenty of bass, and the stereo separation provides a wide sound stage.

B&O Beoplay A3

The supplied rubber bumpers fit the original iPad and iPad 2, but B&O tells me that it will ship one for the new iPad very soon.

RH Recommended Medal

I have only two, minor, complaints. There’s no remote control, meaning if you want to change volume you’ll need to do it using the buttons on the side of the A3. And there’s no way to prevent an iPad from charging while it’s in the case, even when running on battery power. I’d like to be able to choose to save the battery for the speaker.

Other than that, it’s an ideal way to turn an iPad into a compact, self-contained entertainment unit. ®

More Accessory of the Week Winners

Kensington
Virtuoso Mini
Hauppauge
MyTV 2Go
iLuv Vibro
Classic II
Belkin YourType
Folio
IK Multimedia
iRig Mic Cast

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

85%
B&O Beoplay A3

B&O Beoplay A3

Very nice looking and sounding iPad entertainment unit.
Price: £449 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi
These are the movement detection devices you're looking for
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.