Satechi Bluetooth Portable Speaker hands-on
If you’re on a budget and want a speaker that’s compact with its size, you don’t need to look further than the Satechi Bluetooth Portable Speaker. Right off the bat, it sports one interesting uniform design that’s quite compact and lightweight – and in fact, it reminds us of some sort of flying saucer of some sort. Aside from featuring the obvious things, this small bundle of joy packs the unique feature of Satechi’s signature Bass Expansion System, which extends its speaker to amplify its audio range – without impacting its quality and integrity.
When it’s closed, its volume output is strong, but just like speakers built into our modern smartphones, it lacks any kick to its bite. However, opening it up and extending the speaker, it sprinkles on some much-needed bass tones that turn the mute tones into something profound. And if you simply prefer a wired connection, it discretely packs a 3.5mm adapter on its underside. Around the sides of the speaker are various controls, which include volume adjustment, power, forward/reverse, pause/play, and mode.
Internally, there’s a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that’s charged via its miniUSB port, which is rated for 6 hours of playback time. Well, the neat thing about it all is the fact that it’s super compact and can be tucked away – hidden from view. Sporting a $44.99 price point online through Satechi’s and Amazon’s web site, it’s a reasonable investment that won’t break the bank.
1. bolaG posted on 07 Jan 2012, 13:13 1 0
I've been eyeballing this speaker for some time now. I need to just hurry up and get it.
2. Konah posted on 07 Jan 2012, 14:05 0 0
If you like this, then u'll certanly like the X-Mini Kai ,better specs, and about the same price :)
3. bolaG posted on 07 Jan 2012, 14:38 0 0
never heard of that one. cant find it on Amazon either....is it bluetooth enabled
4. Whateverman posted on 07 Jan 2012, 15:01 0 0
John, thank so much for doing this review. I almost feel like you guys have been peaking at my most recent Google and Youtube searches because I have been looking for a good iPad speaker. I have it narrowed down to this speaker, the X-Mini Happy, the Muse mini speaker, and the Chill Pill. The reviews online are okay, but I trust PA more. Please do more of these accessory reviews, I think it would be great!
P.S. if I could ask just one favor...Could you play the song via device speakerphone for us so that we could have a point of reference. That way, when you play from the speaker, we could see the difference. Thanks John!
6. XiphiasGladius posted on 08 Jan 2012, 21:11 1 0
I think this one is better buy it's a bit heftier though