Native Union SWTICH-WHT-HG Switch Portable Bluetooth Speaker with power bank - White
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Du son haute qualité, partout, sans fil ! Le SWITCH est une enceinte sans fil Bluetooth au design élégant et épuré qui offre un son haute-fidélité riche et puissant avec ou sans fil. Le SWITCH offre une reproduction sonore riche et dynamique. Sa batterie offre jusqu'à 14 heures d'autonomie en lecture et permet de recharger votre smartphone. Grâce à sa forme simple, le SWITCH s'utilise verticalement ou horizontalement. Caractéristiques techniques Enceinte stéréo Bluetooth Profil Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, PFP 2 haut-parleurs et 1 subwoofer actif pour un son riche et dynamique Autonomie de la batterie : jusqu'à 14 heures en lecture et 180 heures en veille Réglage du volume par molette Microphone intégré avec technologie de réduction de bruit Entrée audio jack pour connecter une source audio Utilisable horizontalement ou verticalement Finition soft touch et laqué
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Very clear and articulate sound.
Long battery life...first charge lasted over 15hours
Easy to control (large but sleek volume dial)
Easy to position on any surface. I preface upright for space saving.
Charges your phone or any USB device.
Pairs with all Bluetooth devices like phones(I have it paired to my £20 dumb phone and my Lumia 1320) tablets e.t.c
It's quite loud
No mute button for the 'big' welcome sound (not suitable for nighttime low volume use)
Pouch is too tight ( but that's not part of the product so it shouldn't really count)
I don't know what the reviewer who claims this relies on a wired connection to get good sound quality was on about. I bluetooth to this with my Cowon Z2 player and the sound is awesome. I find the sound quality of this speaker to actually be far better with bluetooth devices than wierd ones. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because, without the BBE equalisation provided by my Cowon Z2 the bass is a bit lacking.
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
---- WHAT'S IN THE BOX? ----
- SWITCH speaker
- Nylon covered USB to Micro-USB charging cable
- Clearly written, multi-lingual instruction manual
- Quick start guide
- Native Union sticker
- Small poster advertising other Native Union products
---- INITIAL IMPRESSIONS / BACKGROUND ----
There are seven standard colours in which you can have your SWITCH. Six of those come in a soft-touch material, and the other is a high-gloss white. There are also three special colours that come with metals and leather.
Upon opening the packaging, you are greeted by an unforgivingly rectangular-based speaker. I was surprised at how few companies use this bold shape for their speakers, as it is distinctive, and looks great.
The soft-touch material feels lovely to touch and gives it a very premium feel.
The whole point of the SWITCH is that you can use it standing up, or lying down. The face that will be touching the tabletop is covered in a rubberised material to remove any risk of scratching.
---- GETTING TO KNOW THE SWITCH----
If the SWITCH is standing vertically, then there is a circular ring on top that acts as volume control. Filling this ring is a button that is held down to turn the SWITCH either on or off. When you do this, you are greeted by a wonderfully calming noise, that makes me want to turn the speaker off and on again, just so I can hear it! Upon turning on, if you keep your finger on the button, it will emit an almost radar-like sound showing that it is discoverable to bluetooth devices. These noises are illustrated in the attached video.
On the side of the device is a well hidden number of ports:
- AUX line in
- Speaker/Mic line out
- Micro-USB power in (for charging the speaker)
- USB out power out (for charging your phone for example)
When standing vertically, there is a small button on the underside of the speaker, that when pressed, lights up 1-5 LEDs to indicate how much battery is remaining. A nice feature that similar speakers are missing.
---- THE MUSIC ----
Hidden behind the exterior are four main parts; two `high performance acoustic drivers', one 'active subwoofer', and a `bass reflex system'. These all pull together to create a product with a very powerful sound, no matter what music you're into.
In my opinion the SWTICH excels in the higher range, and with voices. The clarity of the vocals is brilliant, and a lot better than other speakers I own. The bass is also good, but not the best of all of my speakers; and if I'm honest, I was hoping for a little more bass-presence for the money.
If the volume is cranked up to full, then there is a decent amount of distortion when you get to the more bass-filled sections of songs.
---- EXTRAS ----
The SWITCH has two abilities, in addition to being a great speaker. You can use it to conduct conference calls, that sound great. The SWITCH can also be used to charge your phone if you're running low on battery - a very clever feature that I don't recall ever seeing before in a bluetooth speaker.
---- CONCLUSION ----
The SWTICH is a great speaker that outperforms many others, especially when it comes to the clarity of the vocals. For me personally however, I wanted a little more bass for the price, and for this reason, I have deducted one star from the overall rating.
Would I recommend this product to a friend? Most likely.
✓ Range of colours and materials
✓ Looks great
✓ Tougher-than-most USB cable
✓ Clear instructions
✓ Soft-touch material is great to the touch
✓ Ability to charge your phone
✓ Clarity of highs and vocals
✓ Great during a phone call
✓ Quick-look function for remaining battery
✗ I wanted a little more bass for the price
If you have any questions regarding this product, feel free to leave comments down below - I'm happy to help...
The speaker measures about 20cm high by 7cm on each side - you can use it in either vertical or horizontal orientations - hence the term SWITCH. In the well presented box you get the speaker, a Micro USB charging lead, quick start guide and instruction manual plus 12 month warranty. The speaker features a ring on the top (or end) for volume and you press the area in the centre of it to power it up. A white LED confirms the status of the unit plus behind a discreet panel in "midship" there's a USB output which enables you to charge your phone etc, a Micro USB charging socket for the SWITCH, plus line input and output sockets. Another useful feature is that if you press the lower corner of the device between 1 and 5 LEDs will illuminate to show the battery charge level. The main control of the SWITCH is the distinctive ring which allows you to control volume, pause and play music, answer phone calls reject, mute and last number redial etc. It is a very intuitive control which you soon get used to. The Switch takes about 3 hours to charge and will reward you with around 14 hours of playback time.
Bluetooth pairing is very easy - you just press the button until the LED flashes red/white, set your host device to "discoverable" and the connection will be made - my devices did not ask for a passcode. The Bluetooth range is good - I found I got a good signal up to about 10m.
The sound quality is very good thanks to the quality of the amplifier, three speaker units (one subwoofer and two high performance drivers) plus a tuned bass port. I let several people hear this speaker and all had the same reaction - that it sounded really for such a compact unit. The bass is distinct and taut whilst the mid range and upper range had plenty of presence without sounding over bright. I tried a variety of tracks including Roseanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Bob Seger, Bruce Hornsby etc. and all were handled with authority. For its size the SWITCH speaker gives an excellent sound easily justifying its price tag especially when you also take the design and build quality into account.
The clever and distinctive design, usability and above all good sonic performance of this speaker make it stand out from the crowd - try it, you won't be disappointed. Recommended.
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