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Google’s Nest Audio smart speaker is down to $60 right now

Even Google devices are getting discounted ahead of Amazon Prime Day. Wellbots currently has a few Nest gadgets at some of the best prices we've seen. The Nest Audio smart speaker is $ 40 off and down to $ 60 with the code EGDT40 at checkout, while the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max are on sale for $ 60 (using the same code) and $ 169 (with the code EGDT60), respectively.

Buy Nest Audio at Wellbots – $ 60Buy Nest Hub at Wellbots – $ 60Buy Nest Hub Max at Wellbots – $ 169

Even though the Nest Audio came out in 2020, we still consider it to be one of the best smart speakers you can get. And if you already live in the Google ecosystem, it's a no-brainer. The speaker has an unassuming yet attractive design, plus great audio quality that's made even better if you pair two of them together and use them in stereo mode. There are better speakers out there if you're mostly concerned with audio quality, but the Nest Audio excels at being a solid music-machine that also houses the Google Assistant. You can use voice commands to add events to your calendar, check the forecast, control smart home gadgets, play specific music and more.

Either of the Nest Hubs on sale are better if you like the idea of having a display to show you all of the information you ask the Assistant to gather for you. The standard Nest Hub is basically a Nest Audio but with an added touchscreen, plus it has sleep-tracking capabilities if you place it next to your bed. We also appreciate that the second-gen version has clearer, louder audio and even speedier Google Assistant performance. As for the Nest Hub Max, it's the one to get if you want the best audio quality possible, plus as big of a screen as you can get on any Nest smart device.

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Sonos’ Roam speaker is still 20 percent off, plus the rest of the week’s best tech deals

If you’re still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, you have a bunch of options that you can get for less right now. A rare sale on the Sonos Roam and Move speakers discounts them both by 20 percent, while a number of Apple devices are on sale, too. The Google Pixel 6 Pro smartphone is still $ 100 off, plus Solo Stove’s fire pits are up to 43 percent off. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.

Sonos Roam

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Sonos’ portable Roam speaker remains 20 percent off and down to just over $ 143. We gave it a score of 87 for its great audio quality, compact and durable design and ability to play stereo audio when two are paired together.

Buy Sonos Roam at Amazon – $ 143Buy Sonos Roam at Sonos – $ 143

Sonos Move

The outdoor-friendly Sonos Move is also 20 percent off and down to just under $ 320. It earned a score of 80 from us for its excellent sound quality, Bluetooth connectivity, weather-resistant design and great battery life.

Buy Sonos Move at Amazon – $ 320Buy Sonos Move at Sonos – $ 320

Sonos refurbished sale

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Sonos has discounted a bunch of refurbished speakers and soundbars. You can pick up the Arc soundbar for $ 718, or $ 180 less than the cost of a new model, and the Sonos Five speaker for $ 439, or $ 110 less than a new unit. Sonos’ refurbished program tests all devices to make sure they’re as good as new and these devices come with the same one-year warranty as new products do.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Both the 41mm and 45mm versions of the Apple Watch Series 7 are $ 70 off right now and down to record lows: $ 329 and $ 359, respectively. We gave the wearable a score of 90 for its larger display, faster charging capabilities and powerful watchOS 8 features.

Buy Apple Watch Series 7 at Amazon starting at $ 329

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE in 44mm is down to a record-low of $ 229 right now, or $ 80 off its normal price. We gave it a score of 88 for its powerful performance, comfortable design and handy watchOS features.

Buy Apple Watch SE at Amazon – $ 229

AirPods (3rd gen)

The latest AirPods are $ 30 off and down to $ 150, which is only $ 10 more than their all-time-low price. We gave the buds a score of 88 for their improved audio quality, more comfortable design and longer battery life.

Buy AirPods at Amazon – $ 150

Apple AirTags

A pack of four AirTags is down to $ 89 right now, or $ 10 off its regular price. If you have a few things you want to keep track of, this is a good opportunity to pick up a few AirTags that can help you do so. AirTags show you the location of your things in Apple’s Find My app, and if you have an iPhone that supports Precision Finding, it can lead you directly to your stuff.

Buy AirTags (4 pack) at Amazon – $ 89

Nintendo Switch Online bundle

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You can still get half off a bundle that includes a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online’s Family plan and a 128GB SanDisk microSD card. Nintendo’s subscription includes cloud backup for game data, online gaming and access to a bunch of NES and SNES titles, while the microSD card will let you easily add more space to your Switch.

Buy Switch Online + microSD card bundle at Amazon – $ 35

Beats Fit Pro

Beats’ latest true wireless earbuds offer all of the best features from Apple’s new AirPods in a less polarizing design.
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The Beats Fit Pro earbuds are back on sale for $ 180, or $ 20 off their usual price. We gave them a score of 87 for their good sound quality, strong ANC and handy features provided by Apple’s H1 chipset.

Buy Beats Fit Pro at Amazon – $ 180

Google Nest Doorbell

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The battery-powered Nest Doorbell is on sale for $ 130 at Amazon right now, or nearly 30 percent off its normal price. This IoT device is easy to install since you don’t have to hardwire it, and it’ll send you alerts when someone shows up at your doorstep. You can also pick up the Nest Cam Outdoor for $ 129 or the Nest Cam Indoor for $ 80.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

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Google’s Pixel 6 Pro smartphone remains $ 100 off and down to $ 799. We gave the flagship a score of 91 for its excellent cameras, lightweight design and clever voice software.

Buy Pixel 6 Pro at Amazon – $ 799

Roku Ultra

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The 2022 Roku Ultra is 20 percent off and down to a new low of $ 80. The updated set-top box just came out last month and it includes the new Voice Remote Pro with a rechargeable battery and a remote-finder feature, plus support for 4K, HDR10+ streaming. It’s also worth noting that the Roku Streambar remains on sale for $ 99.

Buy Roku Ultra at Amazon – $ 80Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $ 99

Solo Stove

You can get up to 43 percent off fire pits at Solo Stove right now.You’ll find the deepest discount on the big Yukon, which is $ 320 off and down to $ 400. We like these fire pits because they create much less smoke than their cheaper competitors and, out of the three models available, two of them are pretty portable, too.

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Roomba 694

iRobot’s Roomba 694 has dropped to $ 180, or $ 94 off its usual price. It earned a spot in our best affordable robot vacuums guide thanks to its good cleaning power and easy to use mobile app.

Buy Roomba 694 at Amazon – $ 180

Roomba j7+

iRobot’s Roomba j7+ is down to $ 599 at Amazon, or $ 200 off its normal price. We included the Roomba j7 in our best robot vaccums guide because it did a good job cleaning both carpeted and hard floors, plus it has good obstacle avoidance and an easy to use companion app. The j7+ adds a clean base into the mix, so the robot will automatically empty its bin into the clean base after every job.

Buy Roomba j7+ at Amazon – $ 599

Sony Days of Play sale

Sony’s Days of Play sale on Amazon discounts a bunch of PlayStation accessories, including all six PS DualSense controllers. You can pick up any of them, including the vibrantly colored ones, for $ 59, which is up to 21 percent off their normal prices.

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Anova Precision Cooker

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Anova’s Precision Cooker sous vide machine is down to $ 133 right now, or 39 percent off its normal price. We like its easy to use onboard controls, WiFi connectivity and 1,000 watts of power.

Buy Anova Precision Cooker at Amazon – $ 133

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones
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Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones are down to $ 278, which is 21 percent off its normal price. While Sony just came out with the XM5 headphones, these cans remain a good option for those that want excellent sound quality and ANC to match. Plus, you’ll save more than $ 100 compared to the XM5 if you pick up the XM4 while they’re on sale.

Buy WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $ 278

Fitbit Father’s Day sale

Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker
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Fitbit has discounted most of its wearables ahead of Father’s Day, and if you spend $ 125 or more, you’ll get $ 20 off your next purchase before the end of June. The Charge 5 tracker is down to $ 130, while the Versa 3 is on sale for $ 170 and the Sense smartwatch has fallen to $ 200.

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[Deal] Anker’s IPX7 waterproof Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker with LED lights is down to just $59.99

With summer just around the corner, Anker is here with its Soundcore Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker to bring the party atmosphere to those outdoor gatherings you’ve got planned in the months ahead. Down from $ 79.99 to just $ 59.99 on Amazon, the Soundcore Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker packs in features such as 20W output, 360° surround […]

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Tronsmart Bang party speaker review: Just as loud as you’d expect

Sometimes you’re not really worried about a speaker being portable. You need to fill up a room or a party and get the walls shaking, and a 6-inch speaker simply can’t cut it. That’s exactly what the Tronsmart Bang speaker is designed to do. Coming in at around $ 100, Tronsmart is competing in the price […]

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Meet Tronsmart’s Bang 60W speaker with a built-in Light Show, Power Bank, and Dual Woofers for $110

If it’s a portable outdoor speaker you are on the hunt for then Tronsmart’s Bang 60W Speaker could be just what you need to become the life of the party. Sporting 60W of audio power thanks to its dual tweeters and woofers, the Bang 60W also packs in Bluetooth and NFC for seamless connectivity along […]

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[Deal] Tribit’s palm-sized StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker is down to just $32.49

Jared recently reviewed Tribit’s StormBox Micro Bluetooth speaker and was impressed by its sturdy construction and most importantly, the quality of sound. For a device with an RRP of $ 50, the StormBox Micro features mod-cons such as USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and IP67 waterproof certification. Best of all, you can now buy the speaker for just […]

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The Morning After: We reviewed Google’s new Nest Audio smart speaker

It’s finally time for Apple to unveil this year’s new iPhones. Invitations have gone out for the “Hi, Speed” event on Tuesday, October 13th at 1PM ET where we expect to see Apple introduce its first new devices with 5G and the A14 Bionic chipset. Ch…
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Sonos sues Google for infringing on five more speaker patents

Just one day before Google's Pixel 5 reveal, Sonos has filed a new lawsuit against the search giant, alleging it has infringed five more patents. The patents cover technologies that form the basis of some of Sonos' best-known features, including its…
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Turn your Amazon Echo Flex Mini Speaker into a Smart Clock for only $15/£15

If you’ve got an Echo Flex Plug-in mini speaker with Alexa built-in, you can make it even smarter with the Smart Clock accessory that turns it into, you guessed it, a smart clock that lets you set timers. The all-new Smart Clock accessory costs $ 15/£15 from Amazon, and simply plugs into the USB slot on […]

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Google says that something special is coming today – likely the Nest smart speaker

After a week that saw the new Nest smart speaker make its debut in a certification image from its Japanese certification that gave it a rather drab appearance with Google hastily sending out a press render and promo video to tech sites, it seems that today is the day that all will be revealed. Well, […]

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Amazon’s Echo speaker drops to $60 at Best Buy

Now’s a good time to act if you want a soundtrack while you’re staying home. Best Buy has discounted Amazon’s third-generation Echo speaker for $ 60, or a hefty $ 40 off the usual price. On top of that, you can spend another $ 10 for Amazon’s Smart Plug…
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[Review] I bought a bunch of shoes and Sperry sent me a free Bluetooth speaker

During the week of the 4th of July, Sperry was running their semi-annual sale on shoes. I like Sperry shoes, and I needed some new shoes, so I bought a few pairs. But on the way to checking out, I noticed a promo where Sperry was gifting a free Bluetooth speaker when you spent more […]

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Someone, somewhere is getting paid to listen to your voice interactions with your smart speaker

In a bit of news that should surprise absolutely no one, there’s a chance that some of your voice interactions with your smart speaker will be reviewed by a human at some company. Whether you’re rocking an Echo Dot, Google Home Max, or some other third-party device with one of the aforementioned assistants built in, […]

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IKEA offers a peek at its Sonos-based speaker

IKEA isn't officially unveiling its first Sonos-powered speaker until April, but that isn't stopping the furniture store from offering a look in the meantime. As you can see here, the SYMFONISK looks like… well, a Sonos speaker with IKEA design cu…
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[Video] Check out our BenQ Trevolo S electrostatic speaker review!

Electrostatic speakers are a different kind of speaker than you’re used to, and they manage to avoid the clipping and distortion that you get from traditional speakers at high volumes. We had a chance to test drive the Trevolo S speaker from BenQ to see just how they are, and our own Kent Oki dug in […]

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Polk Assist smart speaker review: Sound quality above all else

Google has its own set of Google Home smart speakers, but they’ve also opened up Google Assistant to other speaker manufacturers to essentially craft their own unique, Assistant-powered speakers to compete with Google’s own lineup. The results have been a mixed bag, with some speakers offering excellent takes on the smart speaker market, while others […]

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Anker Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker review: LEDs make everything better

Anker recently released the Soundcore Flare, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in LED lighting system. It’s very clearly designed for being a social speaker, since the lighting reacts to music to liven things up a bit, but it’s also ruggedized and water resistant so you don’t have to worry about any spills or drops […]

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Pending Google Home Max update to improve use as a speaker

The Google Home Max enjoys a rather unique spot in the market in that it incorporates the benefits of a smart speaker with sound qualities – including a big sound – that are close enough to more dedicated devices like Sonos speakers. As good as that sound is, the Home Max has fallen short for […]

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Anker launches their rugged, IPX7 certified Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker

Anker has officially launched their latest wireless speaker under their Soundcore brand, and it’s looking like a really cool party trick. The Soundcore Flare features a rugged, IPX7 certified design that’s great for dragging around wherever you go, but it also has a built-in ambient LED light around the base to liven up your music. […]

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LG G7 ThinQ’s speaker is apparently ten times louder than others

Another day, another LG G7 ThinQ teaser. Following the 1,000-nit super bright display, today the Korean giant decided to boast another feature on its upcoming flagship smartphone: the "Boombox Speaker." As the name implies, we're told to expect a spe…
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Anker SoundCore Mini 2 Bluetooth speaker review

If you’re intricately familiar with Anker’s plethora of products, you’ve probably seen some of their sub-brands that cover specific kinds of gadgets. Their smart home brand is Eufy, for example, and that brand is responsible for the latest version of the SoundCore Mini Bluetooth speaker. The second iteration of the fun-sized speaker shoots for better […]

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[TA Deals] Save 30% on G-DROP’s rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Looking for a new Bluetooth speaker to drag along through your outdoor adventures? You might want to check out this G-DROP speaker, which offers stellar sound and a waterproof design in a compact package. It’s on a nice discount right now, too. The speaker is IPX7 rated, so it can be submersed for 30 minutes, […]

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Samsung is still preparing a Bixby speaker for later this year

Bixby honestly isn’t that great, but Samsung loves it all the same. And with Google offering several Google Assistant speakers, Apple pushing their own HomePod, and even Microsoft taking misguided stabs at the market with a Cortana speaker, of course Samsung has to try their hand at things. We’d heard rumblings of a Bixby speaker […]

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One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according to study

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o…
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Anker announces the ZOLO Model Zero speaker with Google Assistant

Known primarily for their charging solutions,at CES 2018 Anker Innovations announced their entry into the smart speaker market with the ZOLO Model Zero. The new device is scheduled to be available in the latter part of 2018. Anker is stressing the design aesthetics of the new device. According to Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations: “Speakers […]

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LG puts Google Assistant in its own touchscreen-equipped speaker

Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it…
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Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut

Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor…
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Samsung working on a Bixby powered ‘smart speaker’ device

Although Samsung is struggling to complete development and deployment of its Bixby artificial intelligence/assistant technology to English-speaking markets, the company is apparently unfazed by the critics and is working on a new product based on that same technology. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is jumping into the market for “smart […]

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Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup

Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […]

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Is there an Echo in here? How Google Home compares to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker

The Amazon Echo was a major development in virtual assistants, but Google is striking back with the forthcoming Google Home. How does this new device stack up against the reigning king? We examine the info revealed thus far.

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JBL’s waterproof Charge 3 portable speaker is ready to turn-up wherever the party does

Tired of always having to be cautious about liquids around your tech. Splash and turn up around the JBL Charge 3 wherever you decide to turn up. Find out what we think in this quick review.

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Transparent sound takes on a whole new meaning with this directional glass speaker

At E3 next week, Turtle Beach will be showing off the HyperSound Glass, a directional speaker that also happens to be the world’s first speaker made using a transparent pane of glass.

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Giveaway: Win a NaturalRays Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker!

  NaturalRays’ Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker was reviewed on Talk Android last month. It’s a small, versatile accessory that operates without wires. What could you listen to with this speaker? Music is the clear option, but something tells me you should be listening to our podcast instead. We’re partnering with NaturalRays to give away three of these […]

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This rugged speaker packs 30 watts of power to rock out in any weather

Take a look at the Turcom AcoustoShock, a ruggedized wireless speaker with great sound that also has a great price point. For just over $ 100, this speaker is a great choice for your outdoor excursions.

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The Mpow Armor Plus Bluetooth speaker is built like a tank and steeled against the elements

We take a look and listen to Mpow’s nearly indestructible speaker to find out if the Armor Plus’ sound quality stacks up to its resilience.

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BoomBox V2 portable speaker review

BoomBox_V2_TA (45)One of the great things about summer is having a picnic with friends and family — laying on a blanket while eating sandwiches, relaxing, reading, eating, talking, quaffing the odd glass of wine, and listening to music. Listening to music while out and about is often where the proverbial fly in the ointment appears because the quality of sound from your smartphone’s speaker usually isn’t anything write home about. This is where Wowzr’s BoomBox V2 comes in, a portable audio device that allows you to make a speaker out of everyday objects.

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Setup

The BoomBox V2 portable speaker isn’t your typical portable speaker. Once its hooked up to the 3.5mm audio jack on your handset you then need to attach the mini speaker pad to an object that will allow the vibrations it creates to be converted into music. Until you attach the mini speaker pad to an object, the sound that emanates from it is quite low and somewhat tinny. Once it’s attached to an object such as a pizza box, Styrofoam container or even a piece of Tupperware, though, you’ll notice a vast improvement in both sound quality and loudness.

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Sound Quality

I attached the BoomBox V2 to a rather flimsy Graze box, a much sturdier filing box, and a Tupperware container, with results ranging from decent to great. While the sound from the admittedly flimsy Graze box was around 50% lower than the other two objects, the sound was still clear and loud enough to be heard without straining. The filing box and the Tupperware container gave much better results, however, possibly because of their thicker, stronger construction materials. The resulting sound was strong and clear. As the manufacturer recommends, I kept the output generated from the smartphone down to around 80-90% to avoid distortion. Now to answer the all-important question: how loud is the BoomBox V2? Well, lets put it this way (provided you have a suitable object to turn into a speaker): the BoomBox V2 is more than loud enough to provide music for a bedroom or if outside, a picnic without annoying the people around you.

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Extras

The BoomBox V2 comes with 3 extra sticky pads, a USB-to-3.5mm audio jack cable, as well as an audio jack extension. Naturally, there’s also an instruction manual, but that isn’t really needed as the BoomBox V2 is very straightforward to use. Just insert two AAA batteries or connect it to a USB port, plug it into your phone or tablet, stick the mini speaker pad to a suitable object and you have sound.

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I like that the BoomBox V2 feels sturdy since it is made of a strong plastic that doesn’t have any bend or flex to it. While the white sticky pad does pick up dust and fluff, you can wipe it clean with a wet cloth. If necessary, you can also replace it with one of the spare sticky pads that come with the BoomBox V2. Did I mention that I like the sound? Once you’ve found a suitable object to subject to the speakers vibrations, there’s a surprising amount of bass and clarity in sound for such a little device.

I don’t like that the audio cable that connects the BoomBox V2 to the tablet or smartphone is so short. Instead, I wanted the cable to be at least a foot-long. Having said that, there is a 50cm long extension included in the box but that means an extra item to carry around. I also feel that the BoomBox V2 would be more useful if it had Bluetooth connectivity. Perhaps in the next version?

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Closing

The BoomBox V2 is a very useful portable speaker, and so long as you can find a suitable foil for its good vibrations, it is more than capable of providing music for a picnic or a bedroom. Knowing its limitations in that the BoomBox V2 isn’t loud enough for a death metal mosh-pit, you can’t go far wrong.

You can snag your own BoomBox V2 for £19 plus shipping from here and get a 10% discount off the items in your basket by entering TalkAndroid into the appropriate box when checking out.

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