If you are looking for a small portable speaker with a lot of personality, then the Boombotix Boombot 1 definitely fits the bill. In fact, the cute little speaker looks more like a toy than a speaker, so you might leave a few people scratching their heads wondering where the music is coming from when they see you with a Boombotix Boombot1.
This is definitely not a speaker for someone that is super serious about maintaining a professional appearance at all times as it has quite a whimsical design. For the young, or young at heart, however it is a nifty little accessory with a bit more charm than your average speaker. It lacks some features that serious users will want, but for an entry level offering it is not bad.
Looks matter very little if it doesn’t have the sound quality to match and the Boombotix Boombot1 certainly does not disappoint. It is a loud little speaker for its size with very clear audio quality. If you are used to listening to music through your surround sound home theater system, the Boombot1 is obviously going to sound a bit tinny in comparison. However, it is a heck of a lot better than anything you would be able to coach out of your phone or tablet. The bass is not the best that I have ever heard, but to expect booming low notes from such a small speaker is probably a little over optimistic. The speaker peaks at about 94dB at two feet which is certainly not bad for such a small device.
There are so many portable speakers on the market right now that it takes some effort to make your product stand out from the pack. Boombotix have opted to make a speaker that pretty much doesn’t look like a speaker at all. Not everyone will want to be seen with what looks like a colorful little toy in public, but there is definitely a large enough market. The design can only be described as what looks like a cute little alien skull standing on two stubby legs.
The Boombotix Boombot1 is available in a range of funky colors and, while the basic design is the same for each one, the different “eyes” they sport make a big difference. The “Laz-E Blue” version, for example, has droopy looking eyes while “Squinty Pink” looks like it has narrowed eye slits. Boombotix describe the design choice as a fusion of Japanese urban design with mobile audio and I would have to agree. The buttons are situated on top of the “skull” and consists of a power button as well as volume buttons. The buttons are the same color as the speaker and blends in nicely.
On the back of the speaker is a handy clip for attaching your Boombot 1 to your belt, purse or backpack. Directly below the clip on the back you will find the mini-USB port and 1/8″ headphone jack. Both ports are tucked away beneath plastic flaps for added safety.
The Boombot1 might look like a toy, but it is quite a bit more durable than your average plaything. The funky designs suggest that it might be marketed more towards the younger crowd and, let’s face it, they tend to be a bit more careless and active than older folk. The Boombot1 is a rugged little gadget and is water resistant, so you can use it in rain or snow as long as it is not fully submersed. The housing is also shock proof, so the occasional drop won’t harm your Boombot1 too much. Overall, the speaker can take a fair amount of abuse and still keep on playing.
The Boombot1 comes packed with a 3 foot retractable male-to-male audio cable which allows you to connect it with any compatible audio device. The downside, of course is that the colorful little skulls lack Bluetooth support. It has the upside of making the battery last a tad longer, but you will have to keep your Boombot1 tethered to your audio device at all times if you want to play some tunes. Considering how adorable the speaker looks, it is probably a good thing that you can’t leave it lying around or it might just get snatched up by someone.
The speaker also comes with a rechargeable battery that provides you with upwards of eight hours of continuous playback. Unless you insist on playback at maximum volume you might be able to squeeze another hour or two out of the Boombot1 and the recharge time is also very low at only an hour or so.
If you are keen on devices that are customizable, or “custom eyes able” in the words of Boombotix, you will appreciate the stickers and interchangeable eyeballs of the Boombot1.
Pros and Cons
With its competitive pricing there is a lot to like about the Boombot1. It is not a speaker for everyone, but one thing is for sure, it stands out from the crowd.
Boombot 1 Pros
- The Boombot1 has a funky design that will definitely attract attention.
- Nice sound quality in a sturdy package.
- The clip on the back is great for securing the Boombot1 while on the move.
- The Boombot1 looks like a toy which might not appeal to everyone.
- The lack of Bluetooth support means you are dependent on the audio jack for connectivity.
The Boombot1 makes a nice gift for younger folk who love to listen to their music on the go. Bluetooth support would have been nice, but the tradeoff in price and battery longevity might be worth it to some people. If you don’t mind walking around in public with a cute little skull blasting out music then the Boombot1 is a good choice for a portable speaker.