Logitech has announced the new Mini Boombox, a wireless speaker that doubles as a speakerphone accessory, similar to the Jawbone Jambox.
The speaker uses Bluetooth A2DP to play stereo sound streamed from smartphones like the iPhone, as well as tablets and other mobile devices. it also supports HFP, the Bluetooth hands-free profile, and thanks to its built-in microphone it can work as a speakerphone.
Logitech hasn’t announced the size or weight of the speaker, but it appears to measure just 2.1 by 4.4 by 2.7 inches (HWD), making it small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. That’s much, much smaller than the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 or the Logitech Wireless Boombox, neither of which can work as a speakerphone. According to Logitech, the built-in rechargeable battery can last up to 10 hours.
The boombox features illuminated, touch-sensitive controls on the top panel, for handling playback and phone calls. It’s a nice visual touch, but unless the volume controls change the speaker’s own volume setting, they seem to have little use; the benefit of Bluetooth speakers is that you have the player in your hand, so you can use it as a remote and treat the speaker as an extension of the device.
The boombox’s drivers aren’t specified, but Logitech noted that the speaker has an “acoustic chamber” to enhance bass. Bass notes need room to resonate for them to carry any power, which is why most subwoofers have large ports inside. this chamber can help improve the limited bass quality of even a small speaker.
The Logitech Mini Boombox ships this month to stores, and will retail for $99.99.
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