Having your music wherever you go can be a huge bonus. But not all situations let you enjoy your favorite tunes since most speakers aren’t always readily designed for adventure. However, there are certain speakers that are specifically built to withstand the elements while emitting quality sound. One such is the 1byOne Portable Outdoor and Shower Speaker.
Whether you’re taking a shower or spending a lot of time in the outdoors, the 1byOne Portable Speaker was designed for excellent audio quality with a wide range of features. We were presented with an opportunity to try this speaker for ourselves, so we didn’t hesitate. Upon placing our order, it had arrived for us to use.
Unboxing and Setup
When you open up the box, you’re greeted by a small and simple “Hello” card. Upon removing it, you’ll see the speaker securely packaged with a carabiner clip, micro USB charging cable, and a detailed instruction manual. Our first thoughts were that it’s heavy, built well, and feels solid. We’re big fans of quality products, and this seemed to be one.
The next thing we needed to do was pair it to our audio source. In our case – an iPhone 5. Keep in mind that it can pair with virtually any Bluetooth enabled device. You can connect it to play from a smartphone, tablet, laptop – as long as Bluetooth is enabled. This process is fairly simple. Just turn on the speaker, and select it from your list of available connections under your settings. That’s it!
One of the first things you might notice about the 1byone speaker is the way it feels in your hands. It feels “solid” and made of thick durable metal with a over-sized rubber loop on the top. The included carabiner can be clipped into the hole so you can set it up to hang just about anywhere you can think of. From a backpack, shower head, car mirror, etc.
Sized just under 4 inches in diameter, it fits well in the palm of your hand. And since it weighs just under 9 ounces, it boasts the portability and lightweight design that you need to take it with you on all of your adventures and travels.
Rated to IPX6 standards, it’s specially built to withstand dust, debris, and splashing water. Although you shouldn’t submerge it completely in water, it’s designed to repel moisture and water without compromising on the quality of how it sounds. All of the exterior ports are sealed with rubber enclosures that keep the elements out. Even the exterior buttons are built behind the rubberized seal so there aren’t any fine or small cracks for dirt, debris, or moisture to get inside.
Although the size is quite small, don’t let that fool you. The 1byone Speaker has a huge ability to produce fantastic quality sound while maintaining clear and audible tones at all times thank to the 3 watt speaker inside. We cranked it up (and it gets incredibly loud) all of the way to the max, and didn’t have any issues with distortion or blurry sounds. Although it might depend on your music source, you shouldn’t have any complaints regarding the actual quality of the sound.
Also, there’s a powerful effect of bass that sounds fantastic. We tried it on various genres of music and found that the bass excelled in all regards. It’s low, deep, and smooth while remaining on-pace and never out of sync.
Although you can always manually turn the volume up, down, or skip, pause, and play tracks directly from your device, the 1byone Portable Speaker is equipped with several exterior buttons. Located on the side, they’re discreetly covered inside the rubberized shell and provide all the functionality right from the speaker itself. This way, you won’t need to reach across the room and manually pick your tunes.
Inside, the 1byone Bluetooth Speaker is a 1400 mAh battery that’s fully rechargeable for true wireless entertainment. It comes included with a pre-charge right out of the box, so once you get it there’s no waiting around for it to charge (which is very nice). It’s rated to hold about 7 hours of playtime, which we found to be quite accurate on several occasions. Charging it up is a snap. Just plug in the included micro USB cable and the internal battery should be fully charged within a couple of hours or less.
The built-in microphone allows you to accept a phone call and listen to it through the speaker while you’re using it. You can accept or reject calls with the exterior buttons, and then talk directly through the speaker. Although some people might not find this useful, it definitely comes in handy for those who lead an active lifestyle or during a workout when you can’t manually pickup the phone.
From our initial impressions, the 1byone Speaker impressed us right out of the box. It has a rugged build with an assortment of great features that keep it working and providing exceptional sounding music in some of the most demanding environments. Given it’s IPX6 rating, it holds up incredibly well to abuse, and you won’t ever need to worry about it’s longevity in the shower, at the beach, or just around the house.
Available in either black or camouflage, there are a couple of styles to select from. Both are great looking, fit in the palm of your hand, and built to provide well for any Bluetooth enabled device. Also, the integrated TF card slot makes it incredibly easy to listen to your music, even if you don’t want to use a Bluetooth enabled device.
Overall, we’re big fans of the 1byone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. We honestly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable option that boasts both quality and durability with exceptional sound quality.