Posts Tagged With: bluetooth

HyperPS Bluetooth Speaker 8/10

I’ve reviewed a lot of bluetooth speakers at this point, and if I’ve realized anything it’s that there are plenty of variations in the price and quality available. Thankfully, these usually go hand in hand either with a high price and high quality, or low price and (expected) lower quality. There are certainly some situations where you pay a lot expecting a lot and end up let down, or buy cheap speakers that end up not working at all. I’m happy to say these speakers fall into neither quality.

Low price, and somewhat low quality. If that seems unacceptable I’m not sure what to tell you; at this point I basically live by ‘you get what you pay for.’ That being said, these ~$13 speakers sound about how you would expect ~$13 speakers to sound (maybe a little better).

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If you’re buying these to provide sound for a somewhat small area, say if you’re going to the beach and don’t want to bother others, these speakers are great. And as far as I’m concerned, if they do that at their price it’s more than worth the cost.

With some pretty cool LED light features and a metal exterior that certainly doesn’t come off as cheap, it’s better than a lot of other speakers you’ll find at the price.

You can find them for sale on Amazon here.

These speakers were sent to me for free in return for an unbiased review.

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Tronfy iWork Bluetooth Earpiece 8/10

There are some technologies that, while amazing concepts, aren’t quite ready to be accepted by the average consumer. There have been recent examples of this, specifically with wearables such as the Google Glasses or the Apple watch (which is more of a personal dislike).

Then there are the past examples that didn’t succeed at the time, but are coming to fruition now. There was a surge for VR (virtual reality) products in the early 90’s, but the technology wasn’t quite there (think ‘Virtual Boy’) and now we’re seeing things like the Oculus Rift. Now there’s something else I can add to the list of things I think are making a comeback – bluetooth devices.

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I realize that ‘bluetooth device’ is a very broad term, because lately it seems as thought any device that has a possibility of being connected with this technology has been. That being said, I’m talking about the original bluetooth device; yes the earpiece.

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DBPower Bluetooth Transmitter 9/10

Sometimes I’ll stumble upon a product that I never even considered would exist (just because I had never thought about it), and realize how cool it is and that I’ve been missing out. My level of excitement from realizing I could hook my laptop to my TV via an HDMI cord and adapter has finally been matched by this Bluetooth receiver – sometimes it’s the little things in life.

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Speaking of little things, that’s the first aspect that makes this product great, how compact it is. With dimensions of about 5×4 inches, it’s a tiny product that delivers big results.

To just quickly specify exactly what this product does, it has a few cool features and possible uses. The first thing it can do, is pair with up to 2 Bluetooth enabled audio devices. Whether a phone, speaker, or pair of headphones, this transmitter can pair them together.

The transmitter then has an AUX jack to combine with another audio device, possibly something older that doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities. For example, I can now hook my phone up to two speakers in different rooms, and a main audio system in a third room to simultaneously play music throughout the house.

It’s a very cool product that enables you to expand your audio range and use multiple speakers at once. If it sounds like something you might be interested in, I would definitely recommend it.

You can find it on Amazon here.

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DBPower Dual Speaker Review 8/10

With bluetooth speakers, as I’ve mentioned before, it seems as though the market is flooded with options. Usually it’s easy to differentiate between the good and the bad, but the more speakers I review, the more it seems as though there are tons of options and most (or at least a great deal) of them are really good.

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Again, it’s not like all of these speakers are groundbreaking with new features and sound quality that’s never been heard of before, yet they all seem pretty impressive to me. It’s almost as if the bar for this type of technology has been raised to a level (that I think) is above average.

The design with these speakers is nothing too fancy, which is either good or bad depending on what you’re looking for. In my opinion these are very good speakers to put somewhere in your house because (like most bluetooth speakers) while they’re portable, they just don’t give off that vibe. It’s something I would expect to find more in somebody’s living room than anywhere else

As far as sound quality, there’s really nothing to complain about, and in terms of features (bluetooth, radio, etc.) it has everything you would want. I really don’t have anything bad to say about these speakers, except for the fact that the to not be the most durable. In my opinion there’s just something about these speakers that seems like they would be easily broken if they underwent any significant wear and tear. As long as you know you’re not buying something that’s meant to be waterproof, shatterproof, and supposed to be taken everywhere, it’s a great product.

You can find the speaker for sale here.

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Polaris Palm Beats Speaker 8.5/10

When doing a Google search for bluetooth speakers, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the sheer amount of options there are. From big to small, cheap to expensive, or fancy to basic, it’s difficult to know what to look for. As far as these various niches are concerned, however, the Polaris Palm Beats Speaker is definitely top of the market for what it does (a compact, mid-range priced speaker).

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The first thing I noticed with this speaker, which should be pretty obvious, is how compact it is. The picture above on the right is a good example of how portable and convenient the speaker actually is, as it easily fits in the palm of my hand. Aside from the small size and (pretty light) weight, the speaker just has a very cool design, and seems more like something a spy would use than an MP3 device.

A lot of times with speakers of this size and weight (about half a pound) there is either a noticeable limit on how loud the volume gets, or a clear distortion of sound when turning the music up past a certain level. Something great with this speaker is that it seems like it gets about as loud as mid-sized speakers, and the music quality doesn’t go down with a volume increase.

As I mentioned earlier, many speakers have differences in terms of the features they have from the most fancy to very basic. This speaker, especially for the price, has just about every feature you would expect and then some. Not only is it splash proof, shock proof, and dust proof, it has an AUX jack for connecting a device instead of using bluetooth, an SD card slot (capable of holding up to 32 GB), and up to 6 hours of play time.

If I had to give a simple explanation of why I would recommend this speaker (and I definitely would) it’s because it does more than you would expect, for a great price, and outstanding durability. It’s a quality item that will most likely last you a long time, and does exactly what it’s built for plus more.

You can find one for sale on Amazon here.

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SleepPhones Wireless (5/10)

I was recently gifted a pair of SleepPhones and, while initially very excited, I would my rate overall experience with them as average to below average. I love the idea behind the product, with a tagline of “pajamas for your ears,” the whole premise seems like a new era in comfort. In the end, however, I think there are many kinks that still need to be worked out.

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The main problem with the SleepPhones, is that the earpieces within the headband need to be moved and altered to find the right position, which can be difficult to do at times. Aside from that, there is a somewhat bulky battery in the back that lasts a relatively short amount of time (~4 hours). There is also a common issue where the bluetooth will cut out for 5-15 seconds and the sound becomes a somewhat loud static.

That being said, when the SleepPhones are working how you want them to, they’re are a great product. While the execution is shaky, the idea is certainly there; being able to fall asleep to your music without keeping actual headphones in sounds great. It’s such a good idea, in fact, that there are now various competitors, including BedPhones, and HVLO Headphones.

So, while it works pretty well a large portion of the time, I would wait it out until they get past what I see as a beta testing stage before shelling out the $99.95 at their online store.

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