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      25.06.2009 16:13
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      Great little gizmo that you should consider if you need sound in a remote location

      I had a similar non-bluetooth speaker before this one that suited my needs pretty well, until I foolishly requested that the other half change the batteries and wound up destroying it. So I went on a search for a new speaker and found this one at the absolute bargain price of £15 in Tesco. I snapped it up, because the addition of bluetooth was nice, but now I'm wondering how I ever lived without it!

      In the box is the speaker, a rather nifty carrying pouch, 3.5mm jack cable, and a mains adapter. The speaker also takes 4xAA batteries, which last for positively ages, despite the ones I use being pound shop variety. I can only imagine how long good batteries would last!

      I use the speaker to pair with my computer, and then listen to music in another room. For this purpose it is excellent. Simply pair the device, and away you go. I had a minor issue getting it paired on my Windows 7 machine, but it simply required a driver update and I was ready to go. It installed completely without issue on a Vista box. Music streams to it flawlessly; I generally use it around 30 feet away from the PC and only get the occasional skip when someone walks between the PC and the speaker.

      Sound quality is great, if a little tinny at higher volumes, but it suits my needs perfectly. The controls are touch-sensitive - the only true button is the power switch at the rear. On the top of the speaker there are volume controls and a play/pause/power button - all pretty straightforward. The volume up/down buttons can also be used to skip tracks if you hold them down, if you're using media player, which is an excellent feature.

      All in all, a very well featured little device that I now couldn't live without. Recommended for anyone who requires music in an otherwise impractical location. It is perhaps a little pricey at RRP though.

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