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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than basic, 26 Jun. 2014
This review is from: AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black (Electronics)
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I have liked many products from the AmazonBasics range, and this is another good one.

As usual, the packaging is minimal - the speaker comes in a brown cardboard box, wrapped in a simple plastic bag to keep the dirt off. Only the bag to be binned, the rest recyclable. Also in the pack is a charging cable and small instruction booklet, that's it.

Initial impressions are good. It is small but feels sold and well built. There are speaker grilles on both sides, and (peering through) it appears there are 2 tweeters on one side and a single bass output on the other. On one side is a small microphone, which comes into play if you use it as a speakerphone.

Controls are straightforward:
On one side is the on-off switch (slider), mini-USB port for charging and port for standard 3.5mm jack (if you want to plug in a non-Bluetooth device)
On the top are buttons for volume (up/down), next/previous track and a single one for "action" - either for pairing or (if connected to a phone) to answer/reject a call.

There is no "display" as such, but there is a single red LED on top, that flashes when charging and goes out when done.

The sound quality is reasonable for a small device, and perfectly good enough for personal use or, say, in a small tent. Not suitable for a large party, etc., (who would expect that?) but fine for "background" music in a social situation.

I have no concerns about recommending this as a solid purchase, but please note the following points for info:

(a) the charging cable is USB to mini-USB, so if you want to connect to the mains you will need a USB plug (not included). The one I use for my iPhone worked just fine. Most other phones come with a mini-USB charger themselves, so you could also use this to charge the speaker

(b) The manual cautions that it requires Bluetooth 4.0 or above. This is worth checking if you did not buy your phone/device recently. Bluetooth 4 came into iPhones with the 4S, into iPads at the New iPad (predecessor to iPad Air) and initially with the Galaxy S3 (although there were some problems reported). Don't know about other phones, so check your spec!
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