Now that Mother's Day is out of the way, we can focus on the really important gift-giving holiday: Father's Day! (I kid, I kid. Love you, Mom!)
Seriously, though, what dad wouldn't love a Bluetooth speaker that can accompany him to all his favorite haunts? Garage workshop, backyard hammock, master bathroom (for shower jams, natch!), and so on.
Needless to say, these speakers come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. But few have such an awesome mix of all three as this: This week only, and while supplies last, AccessoryGenie has the GoGroove BlueSync OR3 portable Bluetooth speaker for $19.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code OR3SAVE at checkout. Regular price: $39.99 plus shipping!
I'm happy to note that this is a Cheapskate exclusive, cheeps. You won't find this deal anywhere else!
If you replaced the "3" in "OR3" with a "B," you'd have an apt description of this speaker: It's an orb, not some boring old brick. This particular orb is black with a blue (racing?) stripe, a dad-friendly design if ever I saw one.
The speaker has onboard play/pause/pair/skip controls and can run for up to 16 hours on its rechargeable battery. It doubles as a speakerphone and comes with a drawstring carrying case. I particularly like the 3-year warranty.
However, it's not clear whether the OR3 incorporates Bluetooth 3.0 or 4.0. AccessoryGenie's product page lists the former, but over at Amazon it shows the latter. It doesn't matter all that much, but just to confuse matters, GoGroove's own product page says Bluetooth 2.1! (Let's average it out and call it 3.0.)
Speaking of Amazon, well over 500 customers gave the OR3 an average rating of 4.2 stars, and some 50 AccessoryGenie customers rated it five stars almost across the board. About a year ago I gifted one of these to my awesome brother-in-law Bill, who's as big a music fan as they come. It was his first Bluetooth speaker, and he totally loved it.
At this price, what's not to love?
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