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Boombot2 portable wireless speaker review

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Provides: Bluetooth audio playback
Developer: Boombotix
Price: $69.99
Availability: Out Now

So you want some more wireless speaker options? We’ve got you covered. Boombotix is the maker of the Boombot2 wireless, portable, even wearable speaker with some interesting customization options.

The unit is about 3-1/2” high, 3-1/2” wide, and about 2” deep, weighing only a few ounces. The shape is a bit reminiscent of a skull with lopsided and disproportioned eye sockets. The unit comes with a spring clip on the back so you can wear it.

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The controls are pretty simple—on the top are three buttons: volume down, power/input toggle, and volume up. The middle button is the on/off switch as well as the toggle between cord input and Bluetooth input. There is a star shaped cutout with an LED indicator to give you a visual as to which input you are using. The green LED will light up for the cord and a blue LED lights up for the Bluetooth connection (predictable, but memorable).

The Boombot2 comes with two cables: an 1/8” to 1/8” connector with a retractable spool mechanism and a USB to mini USB connector. The cable ports are both on the back of the speaker between the “feet.” Each port has a small rubber flap to keep any unwanted stuff out of the port, which can be very handy if you are wearing this outside while biking, skating, etc. (and take a header in the dirt, not that it’s ever happened to me, of course…).

Boombot2

Now, on to the sound. The Boombot2 can make your iDevice sound considerably better. The unit has a 1-1/2” driver which can provide tolerable volume and sound quality. When I connected my media player on my computer to the unit, the graphic EQ helped quite a bit. In comparison, the sound I got when I played my iPod Touch through the unit was a bit flat and tinny. Also, especially if you play through an EQ of some kind, it is easy to get distortion and clipping on the bass end, so you will need to be careful about how loud you turn it up. On the quiet side, it doesn’t sound too bad when you turn it down, and it has descent control through the range of volume.

Never let it be said we don’t have fun, and so it goes for the Boombot2. The stock unit is charcoal grey, but you can get finishes from a limited edition wood grain, to camouflage, to a little green Frankenstein’s monster type of guy. The speaker covers also come with replacement grilles to give your Boombot2 some eyes—how about a targeting crosshair or a lightning bolt or a cat’s eye?

Boombot2

For the designed use of the Boombot2, it isn’t bad. I’m not sure it quite warrants the $69.99 price given the sound quality is only okay, but it does at least have some style. Functional and fun can go together, and this unit does a fair job.

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