Thanks to MobileFun for sending this out to me for review.
- Small and compact
- Uses a small vibration pad
- Can turn literally anything into a speaker
- 3.5mm jack could be longer
- Requires AAA batteries
- Sticky pad can lose stickiness over time
There is no doubt that there are many portable speakers out there. There is a ridiculously huge amount of choice and it's a very competitive market, in which it's up to companies to come up with new ways to produce better sound from a small speaker.
Pocket Boom is a speaker taking an entirely different approach to how sound is produced. This little pod has a vibrating sticky pad which can be stuck to anything to produce sound - literally anything.
That pad can be stuck to things like a plastic box or a desk to produce sound. It produces very strong vibrations so it can come out with the loudest possible sound. However, not all things will produce great sound when the pad is stuck to it. I've found things such as a desk and a wall to produce the cleanest and loudest sounds. When stuck to a plastic box it just caused the box to vibrate like crazy and produced an annoying sound.
It's great when stuck to a desk and actually produces quite good bass. If someone were to make huge vibrating pads which stick to walls to create speakers, I think we would be on to something.
In the box you get two extra sticky pads because over time the pads can lose their stickiness. However, one problem I see already is what do you do when you've used them both up?
One big problem I have with this is that it requires batteries. Who uses batteries these days? What a let down: I think it should be rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries could have also made it a lot smaller than it already is.
You can use the speaker via USB however. You get a USB cable in the box which connects through the DC input, enabling you to use it without any batteries.
The speaker is very 'pocket-able' as the name of it suggests. It's very small and actually quite good looking - it doesn't look awkward at all.
One other gripe is the 3.5mm headphone jack. It is short - very short. If you pick up your phone or iPod, wanting to change a song, the whole pod will come up with it too.
The Pocket Boom is a new way for little speakers to produce big sound and it does it well. It's got great reviews on the MobileFun store from customers who have used the speaker. The Pocket Boom could have been better though if it was re-chargeable; batteries are out of date and create waste. At £24.95 it is a bit pricey but there is nothing else out there like it.