=Bow Wow Doggy Speakers=
The gadgets we have in this house, if it is cute we get it, I liked these myself but added them to the joint Santa stocking, as Santa gives my daughter a stocking but on Christmas Eve one appears early for the two of us.
I purchased mine a few months before Christmas and I paid about £5 plus postage on eBay for them.
=What are they=
They are mini portable speakers, and can be used on MP3 players, her tablets, and laptop.
=Pinky and Perky=
I know there dog speakers but as there pink she named them after Pinky and perky from who I grew up watching in the 1970s.
The dogs are 15cm in height, 7cm in width, they are made from a bright shiny pink plastic and to say shape wise I would say they are meant to look like scottie dogs, they have a white gem collar, and the speaker is the space.
You get the wires ours are battery powered, so it great for moving around, although some of the dogs are USB cables so it may be worth checking to see which the connection you are getting.
Considering they are a novelty product they have a good sound coming from them, on holiday in the hotel room they are perfect to listen to some music on chill out time or getting ready, there not loud enough that they would upset anyone in the next room.
They have a 3,5jack, which fits most devices.
=Easy to use=
Just really plug and go, all instructions are included.
These strange looking dogs from "The novelty gift company" are one set of a few mini portable speakers that we own in the house. My daughter loves technology and so I have started to get her some of her own bits and pieces (mainly to stop her pinching mine!). She is just coming up to 4 so still young, so everything we buy has to be hard wearing and able to cope with a bouncy small person.
These were initially purchased for an cheap mp3 player that I got for her but we have used them on a tablet and a PSP as well. Although my daughter was drawn to the cute factor of these, I had to ensure that they would work well before I bought them. The one review on Amazon did not look very promising however we know somebody who had these and we asked her.
MEET THE DAWGS:
Yes they are pink. Very pink. My daughter was going through her "pink phase" and loved these when she saw them on Ebay. Most portable speakers supply you with just the one speaker and cables, sometimes you are lucky and get one with a "buddy jack" so that you can connect two together. In this case you get two pink dogs to start with which is great. Apparently when released, these somewhat disturbing faceless pink canines cost £35! We paid £8.99 for the pair on Ebay but it seems that you can only get them second hand now which is a shame (if you are 4).
These little dogs are 15cm high and 7cm wide so a good size for my daughter to manage and being this size and pink means that they are not easy to lose either which is a bonus. They are made from a shiny plastic and shaped along the lines of a scotty dog. They have hideous white gem clad collars on and more interestingly they seem to have the speaker for a face....
They are USB powered so best used for a tablet, laptop etc of can be used with an mp3/PSP etc with a suitable cable which we have too as it increases their versatility.
Bearing in mind that these are a novelty item, I did not expect too much. I have been very surprised by the loudness and quality of some pop up mini speakers, these are no different. Obviously you cannot expect top quality stereo from these but they are plenty loud enough to play music through or to game with. They do not seem to distort even at top volumes and they fill a room easily. You will not be able to hear every nuance of a song through speakers like these but for what they are they are very good.
These have decent enough quality build, the plastic has not scratched or cracked in any places despite being owned by a small child. Neither have the speaker cone noses become indented or torn despite being quite fragile. The speakers themselves are well attached and seem to be very strong for something so small. The cable connectors are equally decent, no pins have bent or broken off despite rough handling.
These plug into any 3.5 jack. They are USB powered as I stated but it appears that some when released were battery powered. I have not been able to find any of those around though and indeed finding these USB powered ones is difficult now unless second hand. Being USB powered you are somewhat limited to the home rather than out and about like the little pop up speakers available, but this is easy to get around with the right add on cables. You can run the USB from a car lighter socket too with an adapter and this is something that we have done. These speakers work straight from the box and are very easy to set up. Having a pair of them means greater sound quality as you can set them up to be multi-directional. Great fun for immersing yourself in a game.
All in all these are a functional novelty item. The sound is surprisingly good and I guess if you like pink dogs with no faces then these would be for you. They are now hard to find... maybe this is a good thing?!
I asked for some speakers on my christmas list, expecting something a little large and not quite so novelty like. I am always sceptical of novelty speakers because I doubt they can quite cut the mustard. At £35 these were not cheap but they do perform, given their emphasis on style and amusement. They will fill an average sized room very loudly, so much so that putting your ipod on the loudest setting will be almost too loud!
They are easy to use and plug straight into the headphone jack, which is good because anything more complicated would be enough to give me a headache. In terms of battery life these pups could do with going a bit longer. I used good batteries so that I would get the most out of them, but I was disappointed when I had to change them after a week or two. ( I did use them a lot in that time mind you)
If you are looking for a novelty speaker then this is one for you, coming in a range of colours there is enough to suit a large selection of people. Don't be put off thinking that they won't do the job, because they will.