Wireless Touch Speaker Review

23 05 2013

The Wireless Touch Speaker by Thumbs Up is a product sold by The Great Gift Company UK.

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The product retails for £30, and is pretty competitively priced in the market with a great deal of competition seen online, as well as any local music stores/HMV etc.

These sort of devices have came out in barrel loads over the past number of years, with sizes decreasing and more increasingly clever ways of making them portable and wireless.

The thing that interested me most about this speaker was the fact that it did not connect to the device it was amplifying by any cables or Bluetooth. I’ve reviewed an amplifying solution that did this before, but never to the extent of this device. It works by claiming to use ‘Near Field Audio’ technology. This means that the device does not connect to the phone or mp3 player, and simply if the device is placed on top then the music is amplified using the inbuilt speakers with the volume being controlled by your device as you usually would.

There is also an option to plug your device into the speaker with a Headphone jack on the device, and also an option to plug into DC if you don’t want to use the 3 AA batteries required to use on the go.

The amplification is massive, I was astounded as to how loud it was at first. Due to the wireless nature, I had expected to be let down, but I wasn’t in the slightest. The volume can fill a room easily, and for £30 it is a pretty good purchase. The device feels well made, it is simply designed to look at, and includes a rubber band to hold your device to the speaker if you are using this on the move.

Discovering a flaw with the NFA technology, the amplification only works when the speaker is directly on top of a certain place on the device. As you can see in the videos posted, If the iPod is turned 180 degrees, no amplification is achieved. This was discovered completely by accident, but I am assuming this is to do with the technology it uses. This could potentially be an issue with centrally located speakers, and I’d also be curious to see how this would work with devices such as the HTC One with front facing speakers.

Coming up to Father’s Day, www.thegreatgiftcompany.com has lots of great items that anybody would be thankful for and reasonably priced. If your looking for something unusual or unique, I’d recommend giving this website a look, especially if your stuck for ideas as there is a lot of items that will spark anybody’s imagination !





Clingo Parabolic Sound Sphere Review !

19 09 2012

Thanks to the guys at Allsop I recently received the Clingo Parabolic Sound Sphere, a weird dock-like device for your smartphone or Mp3 player.

The piece of kit looks great and is shown above, it looks modern and sleek and doesn’t take up too much space at home.

The Sound Sphere is made up of a large sphere that is placed on a removable base, this is separate to the sphere and means that you can adjust the angle of the sphere depending on the size of your room or where you want your sound to be directed and also has a cut out in the centre allowing you to feed a charging cable through and charge the device whilst playing.

The Sound Sphere has no power supply and no batteries, and operates using something I know and love, Science !
When your iPod or smartphone is placed on the sticky centre pad and music is played, the music reverberates around the sphere and the sound is amplified and projected from the sphere.. This works really well and makes the device significantly louder than before especially when listening to anything with a great deal of bass!

 

The centre piece that your device sticks to is something that clingo specialise in, this is of an excellent quality.
Usually anything that involves a ‘sticky pad’ or anything that my device doesnt clip into or get strapped into, usually make me a little sceptical and instantly turns me away. This has changed my views ! This pad is so strong it feels like it could hold a brick nevermind a phone (Queue Galaxy Note joke)!

There are a lot more products that Clingo offer that make use of this technology including Wii controllers, Tablet Docks, Lanyards and more. This works great and leaves no residue on your device and the sphere comes with a lint free cloth which can be used to clean the surface if this requires cleaning and can be easily cleaned with warm water back to as good as new regardless of how dirty it gets.

In comparison with many docks, the Sound Sphere is cheap coming in at $39.99. This is ideal and doesnt require upgrading when you upgrade your device as it obviously doesn’t have a specific jack so it doesnt require changing over. I’ve been fairly impressed with this and will be looking into more sticky peripherals from Clingo in the future !








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