Ease of Learning: 3.5 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 3 / 5
Design: 3 / 5
Value for Money: 2 / 5
Sometime last year FoS featured the Logitech Mini Boombox, which, although was enjoyable to use, was a little too pricey. Much in the same line as its miniature brother, Logitech also has another Bluetooth ‘speaker’, simply titled the Wireless Boombox. Just how much better is it than the Mini Boombox, and will you want one?
Looking at the device, you immediately think back to the 70s and 80s, a time where walking around with rather large radio/cassette player, otherwise known as the Boombox or Guetto Blaster, on your shoulder was the in thing. Logitech’s modern take on the Boombox isn’t fitted with either radio or a cassette player, but rather an auxiliary and Bluetooth capabilities. The looks, too, have changed from a square-angled setup, to a smaller, more rounded look for the modern age. Still, I doubt there would many braving the streets with one of these on their shoulders, even though it only weighs 1.8kg.
On the front face, the Wireless Boombox is minimalistically equipped with only four buttons: Power, Bluetooth, Volume Up and Down. In addition, there are also two LEDs, blue for Bluetooth and another that indicates the type of power available. A flashing green light means the unit is charging, a solid green means that it has fully charged, a solid orange means 50% or less battery available, and red means that the battery is critically low. According to the spec sheets, Logitech expects a battery life of around six hours, which is more than sufficient when listening to your music. The Boombox can simultaneously pair up to eight devices. Pairing with the Wireless Boombox is much the same as with the Mini Boombox; press and hold the Bluetooth button in until the blue light flashes, then pair via your Bluetooth-enabled device.
At the back of the Boombox you find a kickstand, which is opened when pressing the orange button. In addition to the kickstand, you will also find the auxiliary jack and AC adapter port when the kickstand is opened. In regards to its speakers, the device is fitted with two 3” neodymium drivers, two 0.5” neodymium tweeters and four 2” passive radiators (two of which are found on the back). The sound quality is admirable, but not great when used via the rechargeable battery. Switch to the AC power and you will immediately be greeted with more respectable sound quality, unsurprisingly. The speakers offer good quality sound, with bass performance impressive for its size.
The Logitech (Wireless) Boombox isn’t a bad device at all. As with the Mini Boombox, its only downfall is in its pricing. At around R1500 to own one of these, you can find a set of Logitech 7.1 surround sound speakers that far surpass the sound quality of the Boombox. Bearing in mind, though, that the Boombox supports wireless audio connection and a rechargeable battery, the higher price is more understandable, but not fully justified. The Logitech Boombox is a fun and easy to use wireless speaker, and if you find yourself overlooking the cost and purchasing one, there’s not much you will find fault with.