It seems like it’s only a matter of time before our beloved corded accessories disappear for good. But that’s technology for ya, we say goodbye, and we move forward. I think we’re finally at that point where we can pretty much lay a century’s old technology to rest. Goodnight sweet prince.
Much to the chagrin of audiophiles worldwide, Bluetooth audio accessories are starting to really dominate the market. Sure, corded headphones and speakers are still widely available, and they still have their purpose, but for most casual audio consumers, Bluetooth is the way to go. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some shit Bluetooth devices out there, but this is certainly not the case with what we are reviewing today.
The market is kinda saturated with these types of headphones. Small, affordable, compact, lightweight Bluetooth headphones. From the over-ear to earbuds, throughout the past several years I have tried just about every variation of Bluetooth headphones available. But there was always some huge compromise I had to make. Whether it be shitty battery life, poor sound, difficult to use, or just plain old uncomfortable, there was always something that didn’t work. Luckily, these Bluetooth headphones from iClever are probably the first pair I have owned that really aren’t chock full of compromises.
Sound quality is obviously one of the most important factors when looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones. So I am happy to inform you that iClever does not disappoint in this regard. Sound quality is actually quite terrific, and very loud. Probably the best sound I’ve experienced in this class of Bluetooth headphones. They feature noise-cancelling technology to drown out ambient noise, which does a great job at improving overall sound quality. I am no audio snob, but I’d like to think that I am no more or less critical than the average consumer in regards to audio quality. If it sounds good, it works for me. So, that being said, I think these will do just fine for vast majority of consumers.
These headphones feature an IPX4 certification. Which means that they are pretty much sweat, splash, and mist proof. An excellent feature for you active types. They also feature Bluetooth calling. There is a microphone in the device for hands-free Bluetooth calling.
The Bluetooth calling feature actually works really well compared to other devices I have used in the past. Calls were clear on both ends, even in slightly noisy environments. I find this feature to actually be a really big deal for me personally. I have used headphones in the past that also supported Bluetooth calling, but the call quality was so bad that I often had to take everything off and switch to my phone just so my other party could hear me. So having this feature just work is a major plus in my book.
The battery life is on par with most other Bluetooth headphones in this particular class. It packs more than enough juice to get you through several workouts, but you will still need to charge up once or twice per week, but it greatly depends on usage.
As I stated before, these are probably the best sub $40 Bluetooth headphones I have used thus far. There isn’t much to complain about here. It’s a solid all-around performer. Starting just south of $30, the price is just about right if you ask me.
Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days. They come in all shapes and sizes and vary greatly in price and sound quality. It’s pointless to do a comparison, so we will just focus on the speaker itself.
The design is nice, probably better than you would expect at this price point (about $35). The speaker feels solid and durable, the build quality is actually quite good. It is actually pretty damn compact. You won’t have much of a problem finding room for it in your bag, you could probably fit it in your pocket if need be.
The speaker is wrapped in an aluminum housing that gives it a nice premium feel. The buttons on the top are made from a soft rubber material, but they are easy enough to use. On the side of the speaker, you will find the auxiliary and charging ports. Both ports are protected by a rubber shield to keep out moisture.
The speaker features an IPX5 water resistance rating. Which will keep your speaker safe from water jets, like those from your shower, or a squirt gun. I wouldn’t go taking it into the pool with you, but you should be protected from random splashes and water accidents.
iClever claims the speaker sports a battery life of about 10 hours. Though I cannot verify their claims, I can tell you that the speaker should be more than capable of providing you with several hours of uninterrupted playback. In other words, it’s more than adequate for most situations.
Connecting to the speaker is relatively easy and painless. I had no problems connecting via my OnePlus 3. The speaker will tell you (in a human voice) when it is “ready for connecting” and when it is “connected”, which is easier to understand than some other Bluetooth speakers that rely on chimes and beeps to provide connection feedback.
As with most other Bluetooth speakers, this one can also receive phone calls. Personally, I rarely use this feature, but it’s there if you need.
The Bluetooth signal range is about on par with the competition. You can get pretty far from the speaker (line-of-sight) before losing connection, but if you leave the room with your streaming device, you will probably lose signal relatively quickly. I had no connection problems as long as I was in the same room as the speaker.
Considering its size, this little speaker really packs a punch. It’s not quite up there with the likes of Bose and some of the other big names in the industry, but considering its size and price, the sound quality is pretty admirable. Let’s just put it this way, it sounds better than I thought it would. For such a small package, the speaker sounds quite good. Considerably better than any smartphone, and a significant step up from the cheap “dime a dozen” speakers you’ll find scattered around Amazon or Ebay. I think that the vast majority of consumers will be pleased with the sound quality of this device.
If you’re looking for an ultra slim, portable, water resistant Bluetooth speaker, for under $40, then I cannot recommend the iClever BoostSound Bluetooth Speaker enough. It does very little wrong, and just about everything right.