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Mpow Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker BTS02 Review

Mpow Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker BTS02 Review

Not to be confused with MiPOW the Mpow BTS02 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has a microphone with audio connection that sounds pretty good.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  3/5

Recommendation:  3/5 Stars

Mpow SB02 Bluetooth Speaker

The Mpow Wireless Bluetooth Speaker model BTS02 is a great sounding Bluetooth speaker for mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. The BTS02 connects using Bluetooth wireless or the rear 3.5mm audio connection and has an internal lithium battery that lasts 8 hours according to the company.

Charging is done through the rear USB Micro-B connection so any device like a PC or smartphone charger with a USB connection can charge the speaker. According to the directions you cannot charge the speaker during use which I found kind of strange but I had no problems with it plugged in while listening to my favorite tunes.

I just think that it will not charge while playing as it probably uses as much power as it does to charge so you probably should not expect to use it and charge it at the same time. The BTS02 speaker charged just fine with a variety of connections including a couple of portable smartphone chargers as well as my desktop computers and a wall adapter.

whats in the box

The Mpow Bluetooth Speaker sounds good and connects wirelessly to your device but also has a rear 3.5 mm audio input for an additional way to connect to handheld devices. The front of the speaker has media controls for volume and play/pause as well as answering calls with the built in microphone.

Oddly the power button is on the bottom of the speaker while the two sides have LED lighting to indicate power, pairing and low battery. The speaker also has a voice notification for power on and off, pairing and paired so you can hear the various functions instead of having to see the LED lighting.

Call quality using the microphone was decent and for a device at this price I would have to say it’s pretty good for the price of about $35. It works just fine and you can understand the person on the other end of the line easily without much interference or any problems.

Power Button & Connectons

The packaging the BTS02 came in is rather void of company information which I also found kind of odd as I had to dig on the internet to find the company website. This was also mentioned in a couple of Amazon reviews when customers had problems and could not find out where to go for customer service.

The Mpow website is actually at xmpow.com and has contact information if anyone is interested in finding out more about the company. The Mpow Bluetooth Wireless speaker works well and is a handy Bluetooth connected speaker that uses the latest version of Bluetooth for the best low power connection to your mobile devices.

While the sound quality is not the best at higher volumes the Mpow Bluetooth speaker does sound good and works well enough as a low cost speaker and microphone. I can recommend the Mpow Wireless Speaker as a lower cost alternative to those expensive speakers with more functions than you need.

BTS02 @ xmpow.com

BTS02 @ Amazon

Pros
Low cost Bluetooth 4.0 speaker
Microphone sounds good
Easily connects to any Bluetooth devices

Cons
Sound quality at higher volume is not the best

Boombotix Boombot Rex Ultraportable Speaker

Boombotix Boombot Rex Ultraportable Speaker

The Boombotix Boombot Rex is a small portable speaker that connects to devices using Bluetooth or the rear 3.5 mm stereo connection for a convenient speaker.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy: 3/5

Recommendation:  3/5 Stars

Boombot Rex

The Boombot Rex from Boombotix is a handy portable speaker that comes in a customizable weatherproof case that also has a clip for hanging on a belt. The Boombot Rex comes with the speaker, a USB charging cable and two 3.5 mm audio cables along with the instruction manual.

You can buy other covers that include a new belt clip and connection covers but the covers that push into the slots may be a bit tough replacing. I received a replacement set for the Boombot Rex and tried to change the rear rubber covers that fit in a slot and one of them ripped.

Boombotix Boombot Rex

The three rear connections are also facing the belt clip so you cannot use the belt clip and wear the speaker while having anything plugged into it. The rear connections are protected with push on covers that fit well enough but this means the case is only somewhat water proof.

The Boombot Rex connects with either the included stereo audio cables or the Bluetooth connection which works well and has a good range. The speaker sounds pretty good at normal volumes but when you crank up the sound the small portable speaker distorts audio.

whats in the box

The Boombot Rex has an internal lithium ion battery that takes about an hour to charge while it has a good six hour life span when fully charged. The Boombot Rex has a good battery life and is easy to charge using the rear micro USB connection from either a device like a laptop or from a power adapter.

The Boombot Rex has a rear output stereo connection to connect other speakers to this one for more sound while you can also use the rear 3.5 mm input to connect the speaker directly to your source. I had no problems using both the rear input connection and Bluetooth to connect the speaker to a variety of devices like a small computer in my kitchen.

Replaced Clip and Cover

The belt clip can come in handy to wear the speaker while doing things like walking but because the rear connections face toward the belt clip you cannot have anything plugged in while wearing it. The Boombot Rex has a variety of colors and designs available and you can get new front covers and clips in a variety of colors.

Like I mentioned earlier the small tab on one of the rear covers ripped off when I tried replacing them so you may want to avoid doing this often. The front cover twists off with small tabs that lock it into place while the clip simply slides off the spring steel belt clip.

Under the Cover

Replacing the cover and clip should not be done often because the belt clip is hard to get on and off while the front cover is also a bit hard to twist off. I can see the tabs breaking eventually if you keep replacing the cover so this is something you should only do a few times to prevent damage to the cover tabs.

I was not impressed with the sound of the Boombot Rex for a $120 speaker but it does sound pretty good at normal volumes and lower ones. The speaker is a bit expensive and I have found other speakers at a lower price with the same features that sound better at all volumes.

Boombot Rex w/ Purple Cover

While the Boombot Rex sounds pretty decent I have reviewed other speakers that sound better but if you like the style and shape of the Boombot Rex it does sound good enough for general use. The Boombot Rex costs about $120 from their site as well as Amazon and replacement covers are about $20 if you want a different design.

While a high recommendation is not coming for the Boombot Rex it does sound pretty good and more than good enough for general use to listen to tunes or even movies.

Boombot Rex @ Boombotix

Moombot Rex @ Amazon

Pros
pretty decent portable speaker
Good range and battery life
wide choices of colors and new covers

Cons
Expensive
Distortion at higher volumes