While there are plenty of Bluetooth speakers out there, there is a specific need for some that operate well outdoors. Not only do they need to be resistant to weather, they need to be portable, and show off battery life. Olixar’s ToughBeats is their effort in doing all that!
- High fidelity audio for expansive defined sound
- Brave the brave outdoors
- Stylish and portable design
- Bluetooth and line-in connectivity so you can connect any audio device
- Automatic Bluetooth pairing function, no passwords required
- Built-in microphone for hands-free calls and conference calling
- Built-in 800mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery
Look and feel
A specific rugged look makes this look tough even before you have handled this. Sharp curves and a grill featuring patterns makes it look very military.
The front features the grill and the speaker, while the top has the volume and accept/reject call buttons.
The back has a slot to plug your charger in, so that you can charge your device.
Despite the tough looks, it has a soft feel, and being light, it can easily be carried everywhere.
Setup is fairly straight forward, like most Bluetooth devices. You turn this on, search for it on your phone, and you should be good to go.
For a fairly basic device in terms of cost, this packs in a very impressive sound. It is a bit bass heavy, which isn’t odd for devices of this range, but it is loud and clear enough for most outdoorsy situations.
While being an outdoor speaker, it also acts as a speaker phone, with a built in microphone. This makes it great for conference calls. Once again, it works well, though it is often the tendency to walk away from such devices because the loud sound makes you forget that the microphone is packed in there. So yeah, just stay close to the device during calls.
This gives a few good hours (4-5) on a single charge, which is plenty for most outdoor activities.
More information on the Olixar ToughBeats speaker can be found on the MobileFun website:
It retails for only £24.99 (down from £39.99).
Great price, great battery life, great performance.