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Categories > All Portable Speakers > ARCTIC COOLING > ARCTIC S113BT NFC/Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Speaker, AAC/aptX, Build-in Microphone for Hands-Free Calls, Blue

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 ARCTIC S113BT Speaker-Wish I'd Bought More At Promo Price For Gifts
Pros: Sound-General: Use with cellphone mp3 player through this speaker is FAR superior to phone speaker alone, and about the same as 4x larger quality amplified stereo speakers with bass ports

Speakerphone Output: Speakerphone works VERY well. It was easy to switch from playing music to speakerphone and back again. Much clearer talk/listen than cellphone's built-in speakerphone (competing speakers have disappointed). Arctics worked exceedingly well in a meeting with about 10 people...no one had trouble hearing it whereas some attendees did have difficulty hearing when we tried the cellphone's built-in speakerphone or competitor's bluetooth speakerphone

Music Output: Excellent frequency response. Crisp highs not tinny at all. Lows don't distort and bass is surprisingly powerful. Example: can feel "thumping" throughout.when speaker placed on chest. One just doesn't get that kind of bass from most of these tiny wireless speakers. Bass is still good when passive radiator side is placed "face-down" on tabletop. Played equally well techno/folk/classical. The engineering of the acoustics of this tiny form-factor stereo bluetooth speaker system is obvious and really shines

MEGA-Kudos to the electrical, mechanical, acoustic, and software engineers and techs.
Business/finance managers...NO kudos for you. Non-customer-replaceable battery = MAJORLY BAD DECISION (although I do recognize your contribution in getting this product out the door at the price-point)

Connectivity: Bluetooth pairing exceptionally fast/easy with this device. Faster/easier than pairing a bluetooth earphone. It auto-searches for pairing with source device when first turned-on. I initially one-at-a-time paired with a cellphone each of several Arctic speakers I bought. From then on I could use any of the speakers just by turning it on as long as no other bluetooth item already active. No muss no fuss. Did not try Near Field Connection (NFC). It's good they kept a "standard" physical wire audio-in port. Allows easy use with legacy devices and earphone-only style audio/video players

USB cable: USB2.0 Micro-B charging cable is full 30 INCHES (75cm) LONG! Excellent! Seems good quality. No obvious poor-fitting (see 'Other thoughts') or defects. Can be used as DATA cable for other devices! (like tethering mobile to PC). Compared to other devices that go cheap providing short 6-12" cable and remove the DATA wires, connectors, and shielding from cable to reduce production cost (eliminates need for some wires, shielding, thick insulation, and a tiny bit of gold plating)

Case: Zipper good quality, very well fitted. Interior pockets for cables. Light padding, good stitching and no loose threads. Plastic zipper prevents scratches, but slider is polished (no sharp edges) metal. However, user properly positioning the speaker in case, the silicone shell keeps zipper slider from scratching the black-painted grills
Cons: USER CANNOT REPLACE BATTERY:
Company brags that it is "Carbon Neutral", but providing a product like this...that after the lithium battery/cell fails...where the entire unit must be thrown-out in its entirety, or shipped back to and from the manufacturer for battery replacement is NOT desirable in today's economies. This gives the product a built-in expiration date. I would like to be able to use this kind of device for many years without ANY battery replacement hassle

Unit seems 100% sealed. For user to change battery means must damage silicone shell and it also looks needlessly difficult for even a technically skilled person

External power?: I don't know if it will run on external power after the internal battery fails (e.g. using a readily available portable rechargeable "power bank"). The specs don't say. Many devices like this (BY DESIGN) won't work at all after the battery inevitably fails. This forces the customer to either purchase an entire replacement device or send it in for (usually) expensive out-of-warranty battery replacement. Throwing-out ANY entire electronic device just because of a bad battery needlessly increases landfills, causes more mining (and other earth impact), wastes precious metals, and adds to carbon footprint. (note to marketers...it also reduces your product's on-going "free" publicity as user may replace it with competing device...means others won't see brand and customer won't "brag" about it anymore)

Since a replaceable battery wasn't mentioned in any documentation I didn't take off any "eggs". I knew in advance this was likely the situation. But, I can still list it as a generic "con". I do NOT like it, but being a highly skilled hardware and software engineer I'll likely find a "work-around" once it's out of warranty

Ringtone: This MAY be a bluetooth standard, but I was disappointed that when the Arctic "rings" it sounds a generic ringtone. My custom ringtones are NOT transmitted to the Arctic speakerphone, which means I can NOT identify who is calling me by the ringtone used, unless I am near the cellphone at the same time. For example, one ringtone is, "Sister Calling" then plays some music, but all I hear from the Arctic is a few generic tones

USB cable caveat: Remember I said the USB cable could be used with other devices for both power and data...well there's one caveat. It's micro-USB connector was a VERY tight fit when used on some other devices. Had to be extremely careful when connect/disconnect from other devices. This was true for all the cables that came with the Arctic units I purchased, so it may be a design issue...or a production lot issue. However, this is not a big negative and isn't a problem with the Arctic unit itself, so no "eggs" were deducted. Also, USB Cables from other devices worked/fit OK in the Arctic unit
Other Thoughts: Aesthetics: visually pleasing. 6mm thick blue silicone(?) shell wrap-around with front/back semi-glossy black grills exposed. The shell should help protect from major damage if dropped from reasonably low height (nightstand, coffee-table, etc)

Volume: Output volume is affected by BOTH the Arctic's AND the cellphone's volume control. This might explain any reviews complaining about low output volume or distortion. Example, one cellphone distorts audio badly when its volume is set >60%...whether or not I'm using external speaker or earphone. It's clearly caused by cellphone's audio circuit...not the speaker or earphone. This means I can reduce the cellphone's volume and max-out the Arctic's volume control, and there's no distortion

Battery Charge Test: I fully charged Arctic, switched-on and paired continuously with cellphone 48 hours straight. During this time I intermittently used it for over 6 hours at near full volume to play music from the cellphone and receive/make calls as speakerphone. I think that's a reasonable test for home usage. At end of the test period battery status LED still blinking BLUE at 5 second intervals (note: blinking RED indicates low battery)

Range: solid 20ft/7meters from all the Arctics as I walked about and outside the house. Beyond that distance they would occasionally "drop-out" for a 1/2 second or so while I was moving. But, if I stayed still I could move the unit until the signal was "solid" at about 30ft/9m or so. But at that point it was more sensitive to interference and being interrupted by intervening objects. As with virtually all bluetooth devices it was virtually useless within 2ft/60cm or so of a running microwave oven or other strong RF source (e.g. high-power cordless phone/wireless camera (but works 100% OK as speakerphone even sitting right next to various cellphones). This is perfect for sister who has just two VERY restricted spots near windows in her home where a cellphone can be used. This means her family can leave their cellphones in a "good" spot and use Arctic units to receive and make* speakerphone calls from "bad" spots. (*making calls requires phone with voice recognition)

If no early-life failures in the few units I purchased, this was definitely worth the promotional price. In my opinion it's superior to other bluetooth speakers priced at same Newegg regular price-point.

I am a LITTLE concerned about the power-on-off switch. While it feels solid and doesn't "jiggle", such really small sliding switches of this type often don't last very long when often used. But, if it's of quality comparable to the rest of the device, it should last at least as long as the life of the internal lithium battery. I'm also a LITTLE bit concerned about the USB cable being so thin. It MAY use very small-gauge wires which could affect reliability over time or with heavy usage. I have other micro-USB cables that are ~70% thicker than this one (More shielding and/or thicker wires?). Only time will te
Reviewed By:jGecko,7/24/2014 10:20:24 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > KINYO > Kinyo Trilleon II Universal Bluetooth Speaker - BT 150

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 mechanical
Pros: sounds good for the money. decent audio
Cons: Didn't work for long. power button didn't work. Hard to push in. Had to leave power button pushed in and plug it and unplug it when ready to use. After about 2 weeks it went completely out.
Reviewed By:Starchild,7/23/2014 5:01:22 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > ARCTIC COOLING > ARCTIC S113BT NFC/Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Speaker, AAC/aptX, Build-in Microphone for Hands-Free Calls, White

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Don't Buy
Pros: It's Portable without outlet
Cons: It sounds like a tin can and has no volume. The little one i bought from another store for 29.99 sounds much better.
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and don't by it.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/23/2014 11:13:19 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > Shenzhen Yunzuo Electronics Co., Ltd. > Blue Mini Hifi Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers for iPhone ipad Samsung Mic

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 unhappy
Pros: the first one i got from them works fine but the shipper it came in was terable
Cons: shiped in a yellow envelope box ws crushed lucky it made it
Other Thoughts: the next one i got didnt have a product box. no information on how to use it and sounded realy bad. and talked in french. was shipped in a padded yellow envelope it was lucky it made it at all.
Reviewed By:froglayne,7/22/2014 5:07:02 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > Interworks Unlimited, Inc. > Interworks Unlimited 184 BlueTooth Receiver for 30pin Apple Speaker Docks

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Does what it says
Cons: Occasional resync needed
Reviewed By:duc,7/21/2014 3:33:50 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > LUXA2 > Luxa2 Groovy Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker 2.1

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Just Lovely :-)
Pros: If you want a beautiful piece of equipment, this is it. I've owned other Bluetooth speakers in this price range. They are usually made of cheap plastic. But Luxa2's brush aluminum case, and the leather strap contribute to the classy look.

The sound is quite good too. Clean sound even when pushed. Just don't expect a lot of heavy bass for such a small speaker.
Cons: It is slightly larger than other Bluetooth speakers in this price range. So it is less portable. Also I wished that there is some sort of volume indicator. You push the volume button not knowing whether it is already at maximum or not.

But I am nick picking here.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/21/2014 1:06:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > Logitech Inc > LOGITECH, INC. Z200 Multimedia Speakers LOG980000800

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Zero Value as a Stand Alone Speaker Set
Pros: Can't think of or experienced any.
Cons: Tonal adjustment never leaves the bass range. No treble. Muffled. Don't expect to be able to clearly discern words unless sitting on top of them or room is silent, and certainly not beyond 5/8ths volume. Over-represented as a 10 watt speaker. Five watt run of the mill Logitechs with treble adjustment for $12.99 will out perform this over priced pair right out of the box, raging from desktop to across the room.
Other Thoughts: Logitech x140s were swapped out after utter disappointment. They were crisp and clear, compared to the mud of the z200
Reviewed By:Walt,7/20/2014 2:40:37 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > Adesso > Xtream S2B BT Speaker Black

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 I'm impressed!
Pros: This thing is incredibly good for the price. Easy to connect, surprisingly good sound, true 30 foot range as advertised as long as there aren't too many walls in between, and I'm told the speaker phone feature sounds great on the other end, as long as your paired cell phone isn't too far away (figure about 15 feet before quality begins to suffer). Volume +/- controls and next/prev track buttons right on the unit allow at least some remote control of the source. My friend has the $200 Bose unit, and of course no body beats Bose sound, but this thing is shockingly good sound for the price.
Cons: None yet...
Other Thoughts: I got mine for an extra $15 off with a promo code, so it ended up being half off the $50 retail. Best $25 I've ever spent. Even at $50 I would not have been disappointed.
Reviewed By:Icarus,7/20/2014 8:37:15 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > Epix Audio > Epix Audio SuperLoud Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 EXCELLENT
Pros: This blue tooth set is amazing good sound. My laptop and iphone is not a good sound to here some devices. I love this product very easey tto connect and and use.
Cons: Blue tooth speaker working nice.
Reviewed By:N/A,7/17/2014 1:50:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > All Portable Speakers > ARCTIC COOLING > ARCTIC S113BT NFC/Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Speaker, AAC/aptX, Build-in Microphone for Hands-Free Calls, White

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Great item, bought it as a gift, they loved it. Great sound, A+. works as described and great battery life. Very portable, kids and adults love it. I would buy another.
Cons: none
Reviewed By:lori,7/16/2014 1:00:59 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat Low and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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