Price: 80-100 $
Speaker type: Portable speaker
Colours: Black, White, Red
Run time: about 7 hours
In the Box?:
Beats Pill Speaker with Bluetooth
1.5 m audio cable (3.5mm to 3.5 mm)
USB 2.0 charge/data cable
Carrying case (hard)
AC Power Adapter
Review: It’s immediately obvious why the Beats Pill has been given that particular moniker: It’s shaped very much like a the kind of capsule you find in a medicine bottle — although at 1.8 (diameter) x 7.5 in. and 11.5 oz., it’s a bit large for human consumption.
The Pill’s speaker grille (which protects four small front-facing speakers) is divided in the center by a solid strip of plastic that holds a large LED (decorated with a prominent “b”) that shows when the power is on; above it are the volume up/down buttons. On the back of the device are the power button, a 3.5mm line-out port, an audio-in port, a small LED that shows you if Bluetooth is engaged and a micro-USB power port. According to the vendor, the Pill offers about 7 hours of play time.
Alone of the four speakers reviewed here, the Pill comes with NFC — if your smartphone or tablet is similarly equipped, you can to tap it on the Pill to connect it. A small light on the back indicates whether an NFC connection is in use. I tried it with my Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and after a few seconds of holding the phone to the Pill, it made a Bluetooth connection. Which was fun, but to tell you the truth, just pairing it normally via Bluetooth was a lot easier.
The Pill is definitely made for travel. To begin with, it comes with its own plastic case — in a matching color, natch. And speaking of colors, the Pill is available in a variety: black with red highlights, red with white highlights, white with red highlights, black with blue and red highlights or (if you’re feeling particularly patriotic) red, white and blue.
You also get a separate 1.5mm audio cable, a USB power cable with a separate AC adaptor, and a carabiner (presumably so you can attach the case to your backpack).
How does it sound?
Beats is known for its sound enhancement software — many higher-end smartphones are equipped with it — and the Pill lives up to the hype. I was generally impressed with the quality of the audio; it had a clean, high-fidelity sound with great bass and good volume. Of the four, it performed best with music that had a driving beat such as Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat & Tears.
It did feel a bit muted on quieter music tracks, as if the enhancement algorithms were interfering a bit. But on the whole, I felt that I got a good listening experience.
As a speakerphone, the Pill was reasonably well-behaved. The sound was a bit hollow and, during my conversation, there was an occasionally dropped syllable. But both my caller and I agreed that we could understand each other perfectly well.
The Beats Pill is an excellent mobile Bluetooth speaker that handles most music quite well, especially the type that depends more on a louder, bass beat.
(THIS IS NOT MY REVIEW, IT IS FROM) http://www.computerworld.com/article/2495543/mobile-wireless-4-bluetooth-speakers-improve-your-mobile-sound.html?page=2)
Buy here: http://www.beatsbyoutlets.com/beats-pill-speaker-c-76_68/beats-pill-speakers-black-by-dhl-p-266.html?zenid=e14f60c25467515702499d5f723b191d
(I bought the speaker when this store was on Aliexpress, don´t know if it is good now)