G-Project G-Boom review:

Big sound for a $100 portable Bluetooth speaker

The one area where the speaker falls short on is clarity. You're just not going to get the more crisp, dynamic sound of higher-end speakers of this size (I'm thinking of something like the Sony SRS-BTX500). Also, you may experience some distortion at higher volumes with certain tracks. But for $100, it should exceed most people's expectations.

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Playback controls on the top of the unit (click image to enlarge). Sarah Tew/CNET

Conclusion The G-Boom is geared to a more youthful audience or anyone who wants a decent wireless speaker for an affordable price. From a design standpoint, it has its pluses and minuses -- some people will dig it and some people will think it's plain ugly.

I vacillated between those two viewpoints, but the more you think of this speaker as one you plan on moving around a lot instead of keeping stationary, the more appealing the design will be, particularly if you intend to bring it outdoors frequently.

I can't tell you how well it will hold up over time baking in the sun throughout the course of a summer, but it seems pretty well built and plays loud, with a good helping of bass. It's not often I make that statement about portable Bluetooth speakers, particularly ones that cost $100.

The USB charging port on the back along with the line input and power port. Sarah Tew/CNET

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