Let’s face it, there are times when the tiny speakers on your phone or tablet just don’t cut it when it comes to listening to music outdoors. Sure, you can use headphones to improve the experience, but obviously that is not an option when you want to socialize as well.
I can also personally attest that wearing earphones while performing skateboarding tricks is not recommended. The solution comes in the form of the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box by Outdoor Technology. This impressive piece of kit allows you to keep the music going no matter where you find yourself.
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The sole purpose of a speaker is to deliver quality audio and this one packs a lot of boom in a small box. The bass response in particular is very impressive considering the size of the boom box. This is also a device where you can turn the volume up as high as you want without worrying about distortion. The crisp sound output is probably boosted by the position of the two speaker drivers, which face upwards on the device. This is still quite a small speaker, so it is not going to drown out the noise of a large party, but for small groups or just chilling by yourself outdoors it is more than adequate.
As you more than likely will be taking your wireless boom box out in public with you (otherwise, what is the point really?) the design is pretty important. Thankfully the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box does not look like the suitcase size ghetto blasters that were the only solution for outdoor jams back in the eighties. Instead, it is a sleek and high-tech looking piece of equipment that looks more like it belongs on a stealth bomber than in the dirt.
The controls are conveniently located on the side of the device, with volume buttons that can also be used to change tracks in order to cut down on the amount of buttons. Flipping the speaker over reveals four rubber feet, which are used to elevate the device from the ground and keep it stable. The design features lots of triangular shapes, so it doesn’t exactly look like a speaker, but that is hardly a bad thing. In fact, the angular surface is probably where the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box derives its name from. If you plan on using the boom box outdoors in areas with actual turtles roaming about you might need to opt for one of the more colorful models to avoid mishaps!
Considering that the boom box is made by a company called Outdoor Technology, one would assume that it they know a thing or two about making durable speakers. This proves to be quite true, as the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box is a device that has no issue getting down and dirty. While dropping it in the pool is obviously not recommended (you can do that with these pool speakers), it can safely withstand getting splashed and even rained on without giving up the ghost. It is also dust and shock proof, which is definitely something you want to see from a speaker that is going to be used a lot outdoors. Although sturdy enough to withstand the occasional drop, you probably shouldn’t be using it as a soccer ball if you want it to continue looking as good as it does.
Weighing in at only 0.75 pounds and measuring 5.5-inch by 3.5-inch by 2.5-inch, the boom box is portable and light enough to take along just about anywhere you want to crank your music. The boom box uses Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly connect to any playback enabled device such as your phone, tablet or MP3 player. It has a range of about 33-feet so your Bluetooth devices doesn’t have to be right on top of the boom box for playback. If you really want to, you can also use the side port to connect a 3.5mm audio cable but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a portable speaker. The device is charged via USB AC adapter which is included in the package and the micro USB port is safely tucked away under a rubber cover along with the jack. The boom box also includes a built-in microphone which can be used when the speaker is connected via Bluetooth.
Outdoor Technologies promises about nine to ten hours of playback from the boom box when fully charged, which should be more than enough for all party animals. A full charge takes about two and a half hours complete, which isn’t too bad.
Pros and Cons
All things considered, the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box is a nifty device, especially for its size. Depending on your audio needs, it is a speaker that you will find a lot of uses for.
Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box Pros
- The boom box is a rugged and durable device that still features a very attractive and unique design. If you are looking for a speaker that sounds as good as it looks, it is a good choice.
- The sound quality does not disappoint and the boom box is able to deliver the kind of audio that won’t make you regret your purchase.
Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box Cons
- Like all devices that use a rubber cover to protect the USB port and audio jack, the cover can loosen if you fiddle with it too much. This impacts the water resistance of the speaker, but shouldn’t be an issue if you are careful.
- A newer model of the Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box is available that improved on some areas such as the battery life.
Unless you must have the latest and best model of any product, the Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell Wireless Boom Box comes highly recommended. It offers portability and quality without breaking the bank while the durable design should last you a long time.