Date: November 10th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
I was impressed by the overall slim design of the speaker. It is very lightweight and will easily fit in a laptop bag, purse, or even a coat pocket. The glossy black finish will no doubt be a fingerprint magnet, though.
The cover not only keeps the four drivers protected while traveling, it also doubles as a stand so you can prop up the speaker while using it.
On the side of the speaker is a USB port for power, as well as a standard 3.5mm audio cable that is hardwired. You'll have to make sure to carry a USB cable with you when traveling with this speaker, but…
…the audio cable can be concealed in a groove that is built right into the speaker itself. This is a great feature that prevents the cable from being lost or damaged.
PRODUCT USE AND TESTING
My first test with the speaker was pairing it with my netbook and playing some MP3's. Listening to music through built-in netbook speakers is generally not a good experience, so I would've been happy with any improvement. The Boom Boom speaker is better than the built-in speakers, but not by a whole lot. Like laptop speakers, highs are a bit too high and bass response isn't there at all. Sound becomes slightly distorted only at the highest volume level, so any volume level lower than you can expect to sound pretty clear. It's good, but there's just not any“boom boom”.
I then connected the speaker to my MP3 player and gave it a listen. Again, the sound was good and any distortion was only noticeable at the highest volume. On the downside, the tiny drivers are simply unable to reproduce lows and treble was still on the excessive side. Despite this, it's a good way to let a few people hear an MP3 without passing headphones around – just don't expect to be blown away by the sound quality.