I’d been humming and haying about getting a wee portable Bluetooth speaker for a while. I looked at some of the smaller speakers on the market, Jawbone Jambox, small & expensive, or the Jam Wireless Speaker – small, but “meh” sound quality.
I had spied this, Tesco “Technika” brand Bluetooth speaker, in the local Tesco a couple of months ago. At the time it was priced at £40 which i thought “pffft”, for a Tesco brand device was a bit over priced. They have now dropped down to £20, so after reading a few “Pleasantly surprised considering the price” comments on-line, I figured, why not?!
Blurb from the box :
- Connects to Tablets, Smart Phones & Music Players without wires.
- Connects with and Bluetooth device 2.1+EDR and above
- Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for portability
- Stereo Sound
In the Box : 1 x SPB112 Bluetooth Speaker, 1 x USB cable , 1 x Operating Manual
Made of plastic, the speaker grill/mesh covers the front, left and right sides. There is also an etched control panel on the top of the speaker and it weighs 0.35kg. The manual doesn’t appear to have any information on what size of battery is in it, only that a full charge takes 4hrs. On the bottom, in each corner, there are some rubber pads to stop it sliding and vibrating on hard surfaces.
The control panel allows you to adjust the volume, skip tracks forward/backwards and use the device for hands free calls if it’s paired with a phone. All things considered this is a neat feature. (Note: I’ve not tested the quality of that yet)
On the rear, an Off/On switch, a mini USB port for charging, and an Auxiliary in.
The USB port is ONLY for charging, so you’ll need a USB plug for the supplied cable as there isn’t one in the box. I did plug the speaker into my laptop and the charging light came on, so I’m assuming it will trickle charge off of that too.
Sound wise, a hiss can be heard when you’re close to the speaker and the device isn’t playing any audio, however once the music starts you don’t hear it.
There are 2 Speakers in the device, each with 2W output. It’s not going to blow any windows out (or bloody doors off!) but for a bedroom, or in our case the kitchen where it will mostly be used, it’s ideal.
I’ve tried it with both Android and iOS devices, playing music from the device and streaming from a network share, and it worked perfectly fine.
So, if your on the lookout for a cheap n cheerful Bluetooth speaker, for £20, you can’t really go wrong with this.