Mini Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen nowadays and it seems like every Joe with an industrial design degree -and many, it seems, without- is releasing their own take on the small form factor speaker. You might think then that we approached this iClever Bluetooth Wireless speaker review with trepidation: what worn clichés might we roll out to keep your accessory hungry eyes from darting quickly on to another more interesting page or review? Do people really need another wireless speaker?
The answer we, and I’ll wager you, will be excited to hear is that actually, if it’s an iClever, then probably yes – yes we do need another wireless bluetooth speaker. And you know what? We can use it to replace the crummy old one we got at Aldi for a fiver. And you know what else? It might not be a fiver, but for what it is, this little trooper is a steal.
[amazon_image id=”B00PIGBPLO” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ][PC Advisor Recommended] iClever® Bluetooth Speaker IC-BTS02 Enhanced Bass + Rechargeable Wireless Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with Super-Sized 5W Driver, Built-in Microphone, Powerful Sound for MP3 Players, Smart Phones, Pads, Laptops & Other Devices -[Zinc Alloy Shell][/amazon_image]
The specific model we reviewed is the ICLEVER IC-BTS02 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER, just to be absolutely clear. It’s a small but weighty little unit which fits comfortably in my child-like palms, but packs a decent heft in both volume and bass. Now obviously this is no 40 wat pumping neighbor scarer but the sound is surprisingly full for the units size and it will comfortably fill a small room with a healthy throw of decibels.
Bluetooth and battery technology
Connecting the unit to our phones was a breeze. Like many bluetooth devices it’s connection protocols come from the same quasi-magical land as unicorns and hairless cats – which is to say it worked consistently and quickly, but we’ll be damned if we know when it’s appropriate to press the little ‘pair’ button and when not.
The unit features a 500 mAh lithium polymer battery which we found to be good for about 10 hours over the bluetooth connection. Charging then takes a couple of hours on a powered USB and you’re good to go all over again.
Getting back to that Bluetooth – it’s 4.0 which means it’s low power and long range. The Samsung Geeks office is in a building with huge thick 16th Century stone walls but we got a couple of rooms away before the connection went. This means you can leave the speaker with a friend and he can still enjoy sweet music while you head to the toilet to attend to mother natures call with your phone. The iClever remembers 8 devices so you’ll be hard pressed to make it’s little magical bluetooth brain overflow.
iClever Bluetooth Wireless Speaker review Conclusion
Yup. We’re impressed with the iClever. It’s small, looks good, is well built and sounds great. Of course the usual provisos apply – if you’re an audiophile then obviously don’t make this your primary speaker. But if you’re looking for something to kick out pop songs on the beach and don’t plan on coming home early then you’d actually have a hard time finding something better equipped, and better value than the iClever Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.
[amazon_link id=”B00PIGBPLO” target=”_blank” ]You can pick it up from amazon for £23 or your regional equivalent.[/amazon_link]