iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats (silver)
Price Range: $41.56 - $129.99
CNET Editors' Rating: 3.0 / 5
The good: The iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth speaker stand is sleekly designed and features a built-in rechargeable battery. It also accommodates a variety of tablets, plays fairly loud, includes a simple cloth carrying bag, and has a line input for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices.
The bad: Sounds thin; thick covers and cases need to be removed from iPads and phones in order to fit into the slot for the stand.
The bottom line: The iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth mobile speaker stand boosts the volume of your iPad audio, but it doesn't sound as good as it looks.
Design, Features & Performance (out of 10)
iLuv's iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth mobile speaker stand is a simple product but somewhat of a challenge to review. On the plus side, it's nicely designed, definitely provides a nice step up in sound quality from the speaker of your iPad (or the internal speakers of other Bluetooth-enabled tablets or smartphones), and features a built-in rechargeable battery, making it totally mobile. But the speaker is short on bass and doesn't sound great overall. That combination makes this product a little hard to grade, particularly when you factor in its price point of about $85 online.
I ultimately think how you'll judge this Bluetooth speaker stand will depend on how you'd want to use it. If you're looking for an accessory to prop up your slate device so you can comfortable browse around on the Web, read, and also watch some video and play background music, the Mo'Beats should make you happy. But if that's not exactly what you're looking for, you'll probably feel less enthused.
I propped up my iPad vertically and horizontally without a problem; the stand was very stable thanks to a slide-out bracket on back that gives the stand more support. And it was simple to wirelessly pair the speaker with the iPad. The one big caveat here is that you will probably have to take off any cover you have on your device unless it's pretty slim. That's not a huge deal because the fact is, aesthetically the stand really does look best when combined with a naked iPad or other tablet.
iLuv doesn't give a rating for the battery life on the 1.1-pound unit, which charges via an included Mini-USB cable, but it seems to be pretty decent, considering I was able to stream audio to it for most of the day at work. As I said, the audio's a bit thin, so don't expect much visceral impact when you're playing an action movie through the speaker. That said, it does play fairly loud.
For music it sounds good enough at lower volumes but develops a harsher edge at higher volumes. It can fill a small room, such as an office, with sound. In other words, for casual listening and background music, it's fine, but just don't expect too much. Other compact portable Bluetooth speakers, such as Logitech's Mini Boombox, sound a little better for the money.
In the final analysis, the iLuv's iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth speaker has some nice traits working in its favor: it looks slick, can be placed anywhere thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, and can be used with a wide variety of products, including laptops. Alas, it doesn't have any extras such as a built-in speakerphone. And the sound is only OK. That all adds up to a solid product that's well worth considering if it does what you're looking for, but for others it may not seem like such a bargain at its price.
|Product Description||Portable speaker, iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand|
|Product Type||Portable speaker|
|System Components||2 x Speakers|
|Connectivity Technology||Wireless - Bluetooth|
|MP3 Player Compatibility||Bluetooth devices, iPad, iPhone|
|Battery||Speaker battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion|
Average User Rating: 3.0 / 5
User Rating Breakdown
5 Star: 0
4 Star: 1
3 Star: 0
2 Star: 0
1 Star: 0
Best sound and amplitude for my Nexus 7 - good value.
Rating: 4 / 5
on May 21, 2013
0 out of 0 users found this review helpful
Pros: Provides stereo thru two separate speakers. Android app let's you correct freq. Range for better quality.
Cons: I can't find any.
Summary: For the $$$ this is the best mini-sound solution I have heard. Any high freqs. Can be filtered nicely to offer a mellow Android sound reproduction - and it pairs Bluetooth in a second. Great value for entertainment on Nexus.
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