Wow! It’s the Waterproof WOW-SOUND Speaker!

World of Watersports (WOW) has come out with a speaker for those who like to live on the water.The company is known for making inflatable products for the water, but they’re throwing their hat into the speaker ring. We’ve been given the opportunity to try this baby out.

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WOW-SOUND Speaker Features

The first thing you are going to notice about the WOW-SOUND is the size. This thing is 9.8 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches in dimension, and about five pounds. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the battery life- which depending on the use, could last up to 50 hours. It does have four 2 inch Neodymium speakers in a 360 degree fashion, and also a 4 inch passive bass on top under the handle.

You wouldn’t expect this thing to be able to float, but it does! There’s also the 360 led white light around the bottom that has 3 different brightness settings.

What’s in the WOW-SOUND Box?

You get an inflatable holder for your speaker. The speaker is made to float, but it doesn’t sit directly on top of the water. A little submersion of the speakers distorts the sound a little, so the floaty helps.

You also get a floating, waterproof phone holder. I think that was brilliant to include. Gotta keep the device that holds your tunes dry and safe as well. A charging cord is included. Keep this thing in a safe place. It’s not the usual micro- USB charger, so you don’t want to let this thing wander away.

And you also get a manual- though this speaker is pretty self-explanatory and sets up easily right out of the box.

The Good and the Bad of the WOW-SOUND

I think this speaker has some great sound. I listened to some Pentatonix on it, and the music was crisp and clean with great bass. There have been complaints that the speaker doesn’t get that loud, but it filled up my house.

If you are in a large outdoor area, far away from your speaker, maybe you’d like it to be louder. It CAN be paired with another WOW speaker, but that could get spendy.

The speaker is meant to be able to fit in a cup holder, but I think with the circumference of this thing that it might not make a good fit for cup holders. That’s not really the end of the world, though.

With the length of the battery life, I would like to see the ability for this speaker to charge other devices. There’s not an option to do so, however. All- around, I do think this is a great product for the outdoors- at the beach or the pool. You can get it for $206.77 on Amazon. 

Thanks to WOW for sending us this product to review. Our opinion is our own, and has not been influenced in any way by the company.

Creative Lab’s iRoar Go Powerful Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker

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This Bluetooth speaker is small, but mighty. It has a sound that you wouldn’t expect to come out of this little speaker you can carry in your hand. We’re reviewing another Creative product today. This is the iRoar Go.

This speaker has 5 drivers with built-in subwoofer. The bass really rocks on it. You can see it vibrate on the passive radiators on the end. There are also two amplifiers, and the ability to save your personalized equalizer settings into the device. This 1.78 pound device can really rock it.

Other great features include the ability to plug in a microphone and use the device as a personal PA system. You can do Karaoke on it, and even record yourself. The battery life is a lengthy 12 hours, but you can use some of that up with charging your phone or tablet on it. You can play FLAC/WAV/ or MP3 files through microSD cards or USB flash drives. Of course, there is also the Bluetooth capability to play things from your device  with a powerful 4.2 connection.

There is so much that we can say about this neat product, but the video is better at showing it. If you want this product, it sells for $149.63 on Amazon.com with free Prime shipping. $149.99 on the Creative site. That’s down $50 from it’s original price, so a pretty good sale going on there just in time for Christmas.

Thanks to Creative for sending us this product to review in exchange for our unbiased and fair analysis. No other compensation has been given.

Zagg Flex Universal Keyboard and InvisibleShield Review

It’s been nearly a year since we’ve had any Zagg products to review, but we were able to get some just in time for Christmas. First we’ll review the Zagg Flex Universal Keyboard. Then we’ll talk about a couple InvisibleShield products.

Zagg Flex Universal Keyboard

photo credit: Zagg

If you have a lot to type while you’re on the go, you’ll want to look at this keyboard that works with your phone or tablet. With a detachable stand that flexes in different positions, you have something to prop up your device to make it work just like a laptop.

Some cool features of the Flex Keyboard include keys that can be backlit in seven different colors. It can be paired with two different devices, so you can toggle back and forth from using your phone and tablet, or even smart TV. Seriously, it’s nice to be able to surf the internet on the TV with a real keyboard and not just a remote control.

The keyboard is 9 inches in length, which makes it compact, but still easy to type on. The battery is long- lasting as well. You can go up to a year without charging it if you only use it for an hour a day and don’t use the back lights on the keys.

The keyboard costs $79.99 and comes with free shipping from the Zagg site for new US orders.

Check out this video to see it in action:

Zagg Invisible Shield + Anti-glare

For $44.99, you can protect the screen on your iPhones XR, X/Xs, and Xs Max. Along with the protection for the screen, you can avoid annoying glares on your screen.

The screen is easy to apply. It comes with the EZ Apply Tray, instructions, a microfiber cloth, cleaning wipe, and a dust removal sticker.

Here’s a video that shows you exactly how:

Zagg InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard

Also for $49.99, you can get the option to protect your vision with the technology to screen from harmful blue light that causes eye strain. This shield uses Eyesafe® technology.This technology also preserves the true colors of your screen.

This protective screen is available for the same iPhones as the Anti-Glare, and also available for the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

Both screens come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty- good for as long as you own your phone.

Thanks to Zagg for providing these products for us to review at no charge in exchange for our honest and unbiased analysis.

BONX Grip Allows you to Communicate with the Group: Our Review

We review many earbuds and in-ear devices that people use to listen to music on the go, and take phone calls. Today, though, I’m reviewing a unique product that I think might be exciting to outdoor enthusiasts and people on the go. The BONX Grip provides some innovative group talk technology.

photo credit: BONX

What is the BONX Grip?

The BONX Grip is an in-ear piece that is water resistant and shock resistant. It connects to an app that allows you to connect with up to 10 other people who have the device in walkie-talkie fashion.  It’s not a walkie-talkie, though, as you need to have cell service in order not to drop your conversation. The great part about this device is that it responds only to your voices and blocks out all other background noises. It has a multi-layered wind noise reduction system so you can communicate with others in the harshest of conditions. It also saves on battery life and data by only using data when the user is speaking. You can also listen to music on the earpiece.

What’s in the BONX Box?

For $139, you have your choice of a black, white, green or pink earpiece. There are 3 different sized earloops, and two earpieces to help you find your customized fit. A small USB charger will give it a charge up to 7 hours. The app can be found in the app store for Apple devices iPhone 5 and later. Android users can get the app in Google Play for Android systems 4.3 or later.

I think this device is great, and would find it useful when biking, hiking, and rockclimbing- as long as there is 3G, 4G or wi-fi connection. It also assumes that other friends in your group would have their own. You could still use it to answer phone calls and listen to music.

In closing, here’s a cool video of how this product has helped a blind mountain biker.

Blind Mountain Biker Bobby McMullen Shreds with BONX from BONX Inc. on Vimeo.

Disclaimer:Our opinions at the GeekChurch are our own, and not influenced by the companies we review for. We did receive a set of BONX products free of charge to use for our review.

iHome and Aquio Pair up for Your Drinks and Your Tunes

iHome makes a lot of great audio products, and we’ve reviewed some in the past. This new and exciting product combines a way to hydrate with a Bluetooth speaker to listen to your music. The iBTB2 Aquio is something that would make a great Christmas gift for your work-out fan or beach-goer.

photo credit- iHome

There are two separate parts:

The Aquio Bottle

The bottle itself is a great item. It keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours. If you want to put coffee or soup in it, those liquids will stay warm for 14 hours. It has a great build, and is designed to fit most cup holders. It’s only 16 ounces, though. Hopefully, they will get some demand for bigger water bottles. A little loop at the top allows for easy carrying. You could clip a carabiner to it and carry it hands free. You could also clip your keys to it. It’s BPA free, and for easy cleaning, you can separate it from

The Aquio Speaker

For a little speaker of this size, there is excellent 360 sound. All the sound is controlled through your phone or Bluetooth device once they are paired. There is 6 hours of playtime after charging with the provided cable. The speaker has a waterproof rating of iP67, so you can feel safe taking it to the beach or by the pool.

Combine them together, or use them separately. Either way, you can find them for $69.99 and free shipping at their site. Different colors include Midnight(black), Seafoam (aqua blue), Merlot (maroon) and Blush (pink).

Thanks to iHome/Aquio for sending us a free product to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was given.

TikiTunes Bluetooth Speaker Review

Ready for another Bluetooth speaker review? We do a lot of these. Here’s a review of a speaker that would make a great Christmas present for someone who wants a little atmosphere with their tunes…featuring TikiTunes from Limitless Innovations.

photo credit: Limitless Innovations

Now, this speaker isn’t going to be the most pure sound you can get from a Bluetooth speaker, but the sound is good for something at this price level. For $39.99, you get a nice speaker with ambient lighting that looks like real flame. It works well indoors and out with 6 hours of playtime with a 2,000 mAh battery. It’s a small size at 4 x 6.5 inches.

At the top of the device, there are the play/pause buttons as well as volume controls and power button. Two TikiTunes can be paired up to 30 feet apart. You could either set them on the table, or if you have a tripod, there is a hole at the bottom that allows for attachment to various stands. Although I think you could probably run a string through and hang it from the top, there doesn’t seem to be a way to hang it built in. That feature might be helpful.

At the time of this writing, the item is sold out on the Limitless Innovations site. Sharper Image is offering a set of two for $69.99. You can also find one at Amazon.com

Thanks to Limitless Innovations for another nice product to review. It was given to us at no charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was provided.

Our Review of Optoma Nuforce BE2 Wireless Earphones

We have another wireless earphone review to do today. These earphones are the Optoma Nuforce BE2- the least expensive ones on the line of NuForce earbuds. Still, these are good quality for the price. We have reviewed several similar earphones in the past. The last pair reviewed were the Outlier Sports earphones, which are comparable.

What’s in the Optoma Nuforce BE2 box?

When you open the box, you’ll find

  • BE2 earphones
  • 1 pair of medium SpinFit TwinBlade tips (pre-installed)
  • 3 pairs of single flange silicone tips
  • microUSB cable

 

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Battery

The battery for these earphones take just two hours to charge. One charge will last up to 10 hours. That, of course, is depending on your usage. Like any other device, the higher the output level, the quicker the drain on the battery. The battery on the Outlier Sports boasts an 11 hour charge, which is only slightly more, but 10 hours is a good amount of time.

Optoma Nuforce BE2 Comfort and Build

The BE2 earphones have a thin-flat line, which holds the wireless mic similar to the Outlier Sports. They lay nicely around the neck and have a little cinch thing-a-majig in the back to pick up slack. The buds are magnetic for security around the neck when not in your ears.

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In your ears, the SpinFit TwinBlade® ear tips are made to fit snugly in your ear and give noise isolation. They are without the little hooks that other earphones come with to hold them tight in the ears, but these ear tips seem to hold pretty well. Other sizes of silicone tips can help those with different ear sizes- also serving to allow some noise in.

These are also built with a rating of IPX5. You can not fret if you are wearing them during a workout. They are resistant to water, sweat and dust. Still probably don’t want to take them for a swim, but good value for what they are.

Other features of Optoma Nuforce BE2

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity: 100±3DB AT 1K HZ
Power supply: Lithium-ion battery
Connector type: Bluetooth Wireless
Cable length: 580 mm
Driver unit: 6 mm dynamic
Impedance: 16 OHM
Connections input: Bluetooth V4.1
Supported codecs: HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6, A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, AAC, SBC
Wireless frequency: 20HZ-20KHZ
Operating range: 33 FEET
Compatibility: AAC
Weight: 0.5 ounces

Final thoughts on the Optoma Nuforce BE2

These earphones are great for those in need of an inexpensive pair of wireless earphones. For $50 USD, the value is something we could recommend. You can buy a pair for yourself in either the black or white color through online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, WalMart, and others.

Thanks to Optoma for sending us these to review free of charge. Our usual disclaimer- no compensation was given for our fair and unbiased analysis of this product.

Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC for the Office and Beyond

These headphones that we are about to review in our second Plantronics review appear very similar to the ones from Jabra we reviewed a couple of months ago. We’ll take a look at this pair on their own merit, though. This Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds, the VOYAGER 6200 UC will give the office professional a great experience when answering calls and listening to music.

What you get with the Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC

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When you open the box, the first thing you’ll see is the nice zippered case that houses the headset.  Attached on the outside is the little USB dongle that connects you when you are using Skype or another online conferencing.  Three different sizes of earbuds to ensure a good fit are also included in the pocket. A micro USB cord and a small circular charging dock to charge the headset comes stored in the pouch as well.

Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Features

Just like the Plantronics BackBeat FIT we reviewed yesterday, the earbuds come in an oval shape for a passive noise cancelling feature. The battery charges within an hour and a half to provide 16 hours of listen time, 9 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. That’s a couple more hours than the Jabra ones we reviewed back in March.

The Bluetooth® 4.1 connection is a strong one that will allow the user to take a 98 ft walk around the office if they need to. It’s lightweight at 2 oz, so no fatigue from wearing them.

Plantronics is looking out for your hearing with SoundGuard® DIGITAL, which protects against sound levels above 118dBA. There is an anti-startle feature during calls which detects and eliminates any large sudden increase in signal level. Also, there is something called “Time-Weighted Average” that prevents average daily noise exposure from exceeding 85dBA.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is provided on the neckband. Dynamic Mute will let you know if you are talking while it’s muted, so you aren’t talking on and on while no one is listening. Speaking of talking, the boomless mics pick up your voice well, and will block out other background noise. You’ll know to answer a call when your neckband vibrates, too.

Buying Options for the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

If you decide that you can’t live without these, you have the option to get them in black, like what we have received to review, or there is the “Sand” color which is a beige-ish white color. Plantronics has them listed for $299.95 on their site, which is a bit more than the Jabra pair we reviewed, but I’ve seen them for less if you shop around.

Disclaimer- We received these for free to review in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion.

 

AQUAPHONICS AQ10 by LifeProof Review

We’ve done a lot of phone case reviews from the LifeProof company, like the FRĒ but LifeProof is branching out into things like “WaterProof, DirtProof, SnowProof and DropProof” Bluetooth speakers. The one we’re reviewing today is called the Aquaphonics AQ10.

photos courtesy of LifeProof

AQ10 Specs

This Bluetooth speaker is 8.5 inches long, about 3 1/4 inches tall and wide, and weighs about 27 ounces. This rugged, portable speaker is great to take to the beach. This one is the middle size of the two speakers offered by LifeProof. You can buy it in this basic black color, or you can jazz it up with the Laguna Clay Grey color- which is a grey speaker with green accents. An AC 12V/2A power adapter is included for charging. It probably would have been better to have a USB charging option. This is something many have found strange. You can use the 13 hours of battery life to charge your phone through a USB out port, but it doesn’t charge very fast.

Other Details

As you can see, the buttons to operate the speaker are extremely tactile, making it easy to use the speaker for controlling your music from the speaker.

Another button to power on the speaker and a switch to lock controls, plus LED lights that indicate how much power is left in the speaker are on the one side, while the other side hosts the charging port, a 3.5mm aux in port, and a USB port hidden under a protective waterproof flap.

The bottom of the speaker has a dry box that’s small enough to hold some cash, credit cards, and other small items. It also contains a USB power port and 3.5mm auxiliary in port. The dry box is too small for a cell phone on this model. If you had an old iPod Nano, you could plug that in and play it inside the speaker maybe, with a small enough cord. Again, if you want to store your phone inside your speaker, you better get the bigger size.

Another great feature is that this speaker floats. It has a IP67 rating, which means it can be submersed for 30 minutes at 1 meter. Like the LifeProof cases, it stands up against dirt, dust and snow, and can be dropped from close to 4 feet and survive.

 Sound

So how does this speaker sound? Well, the sound quality has been a big complaint for reviewers. This device is definitely not for true audiophiles. Common complaint is lack of bass. The Bluetooth range is decent, so go ahead and walk through your house with your device. You should still stay attached. You can also answer phone calls on this speaker.

Buying the AQ10

If you want the AQ10, it comes with a price tag of about $200 on the Lifeproof site. We can suggest that those looking for a highly durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker might go for this one if waterproofing is what you desire. The AQ10 is available at Best Buy stores, and you can also buy online.

This speaker was provided free to us in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Our Review of the JBL Link 300 Voice Activated Speaker

We’re reviewing another product from JBL. This product doesn’t have cool flashing lights, but it can stand on its own features. This is the JBL Link 300, which is a voice activated speaker similar to Google Home products.

What Does it Do?

This is an alternative to Google Home Max- comparative in size, but without the large price tag. It pairs with Google Assistant to answer all your “Ok Google” questions. It has Chromecast built in, so you can stream music and you can also pair it with your phone with Bluetooth to stream music from your phone as well. It has nice sound that you would expect a JBL speaker of this size to have.

What it Doesn’t Do

It doesn’t do hands-free calling like Google Home products do. I can’t ask Google to dial friends and family. It’s not portable, either. It stays plugged in on your desk or coffee table- much like Amazon Echo and Google Home products. There is a smaller JBL Link 10 that is waterproof, rugged and portable, but we’ll do a review of that another time if JBL sends us one to review.

Design

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to this speaker. The dimensions are 9.3 x 5.4 x 6.0 inches. Weight is about three and a half pounds. The black matte plastic casing covers the top and bottom, and the cloth speaker covering surrounds front and back with the exception of the bass subwoofer that can really get thumpin’! The buttons on the top are the basic ones you would find on a JBL speaker. The one in the middle is the Google Home Assistant button in case you would rather tap it than talk to it.

There are two mics on top that can pick up your voice from far away. If you have music going, you might have to yell to make sure your voice is picked up, but otherwise, it’s pretty powerful.

Cost

So what it all comes down to is cost. Currently, the JBL Link 300 is $199– down from $249.95. That’s a pretty great value if you are looking to save money compared to the $400 Google Home Max.

Disclaimer- This was another free review product sent to us courtesy of JBL. No compensation was given to us for this fair and unbiased review.