Braven 850 Bluetooth Speaker Review
Connecting a device to the Braven 850 is a simple process that’s hassle-free, mainly because it automatically places itself into pairing mode when it’s powered on for the first time. In fact, we’re able to connect an iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 to it. Once the connection is established, we’re able to see how much battery is left in the speaker by looking at the icon that pops up in the status bar of the iPhone 5s.
Most people would probably dismiss the speaker as an adequate rival to some of those full-sized, in-home speaker solutions, but don’t let its smaller package fool you for one bit. To our own amazement, we’re thoroughly surprised by the blaring tones it’s able to pump out at the loudest setting – it’s by far room encompassing to tell you the truth. However, we realize that there’s some crackling evident that sours its punch by just a little bit.
By default, the unit’s SRS WOW technology is disabled, and its audio quality sounds rather flat in tone. Pressing down on the volume up & down simultaneously for a few seconds, the feature is enabled – and boy do we notice a substantial difference! Now transformed, audio coming out of the Braven 850 have a bolder and rich tone to them and its bass thumps accordingly to the beat as well.
Rated to provide 20 hours of continuous wireless playtime, we’re actually able to exceed that tally, but we’re only able to achieve it by setting its volume to the middle setting. Of course, higher settings will drain the battery faster, but regardless of that, we get better than average battery life out of it.
Good things come in small packages too. That’s exactly what you’ll find in the Braven 850 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Sure, it might push the boundaries of what some people might consider as being portable, but nevertheless, it’s something that can still be taken with you on the road whenever you have an urge to jam out spontaneously. Heck, it’s something that can also charge our devices as well – giving it a 2-for-1 kind of function.
Despite all of the excellent offerings dished up by it, there’s just going to be some pushback by those who are on a budget. Stickered with a $300 retail price, it’s undoubtedly a costly little thing that will do a considerable amount of damage to your wallet. Before completely looking at another speaker, you’ll need to bear in mind that its price tag is warranted – plus, it’s something that Braven was targeting with this particular model.