I was recently sent the PocketBoom Rechargeable Bluetooth Portable Speaker for review from the guys over at KitSound. This is one product I was looking forward to getting to grips with. Check out the unboxing video below.
Setting the speaker up for use was an easy task. simply power on the PocketBoom speaker and put your phone/device into visible mode. Your device should pick up the speaker after a few seconds – once it has, choose the speaker from the list of available devices and it should pair up. If you run into any issues when it comes to pairing the devices, check out the included user manual and you should be sorted in no time.
The sound that the PocketBoom pushes out is surprisingly awesome! For such a small device, I was not expecting what I heard. The speaker pushes out a decent amount of bass as well, but depending on what device you are using it with, you may want to adjust the levels on the device itself beforehand to get the best sound out of things – even if you download an equalizer app or something to help with this, it is definitely worth it.
Because the speaker also doubles up as a hands-free device, I was itching to try out both the incoming, and outgoing sound quality. When a call comes through, simply press the little button on the top of the speaker (the one with the phone icon) and you will be connected. Incoming call quality through the speaker was great quality and did not come through distorted at all – again, very surprised at the quality. Outgoing voice was a little on the quiet side when listening through the phone, but I could still hear what was going on. This was easily rectified by rotating the speaker a little so that the small microphone port was facing the person talking rather than facing the opposite way.
The small rubber section on the bass of the speaker provided a decent amount of grip when the speaker was placed on a surface. Pressing the buttons, etc, did not cause the speaker to move about unnecessarily, something else that I really liked. The overall design of the speaker is very easy on the eye and definitely something that you would not be embarrassed to be seen with.
Having the option to connect up a 3.5 to 3.5mm cable is handy, especially if you have been using the PocketBoom for a prolonged period of time via bluetooth and the battery is starting to get low – you can still use the speaker if you are not ready to power down just yet. When it comes to recharging the speaker, simply connect up the Micro USB cable and plug in the other end of the cable to a PC or laptop, or even a USB mains adapter. I have used the speaker and managed to get around 3 hours of continuous play from it before having to charge again.
This tiny speaker really does pack a punch when it comes to playing music. No matter what style of music you choose to play, it comes through nice and clear, and with a decent amount of bass. The hands-free feature just adds to this little box of awesome and makes using it an absolute pleasure. You can pick up the PocketBoom Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker in a wide range of colours and for the price of around £30.00 GBP. An excellent product at an affordable price.