6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Ecoxbt speaker: Wireless and waterproof

About Video Transcript

First Look: Ecoxbt speaker: Wireless and waterproof

2:08 /

This compact sub-$100 Bluetooth speaker from Grace Digital is designed for outdoor use.

-I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com. And I'm here with the Grace Digital ECOXBT. That BT stands for Bluetooth and yes this is a wireless speaker. It is also a waterproof speaker. It's not water-resistant. It is actually fully waterproof. Well it isn't the sexiest looking speaker. Some people might even say it's a little bit ugly. What is impressive about it is that it delivers very big sound for such a small size speaker. So really at first glance, well it might not look that good and even a little bit cheap, it's actually one of the better Bluetooth speakers you could find for the money. It's price at less than $100. It's obviously very portable and has a rechargeable battery inside that gets about 10 hours of battery life, takes about 2 hours to charge it. And you can basically take it around anywhere with you. As far as the charging goes, there is a little hidden door on the back. You pop it open and you can charge the speaker. You do have to put that gasket back on to make it waterproof again. And this also comes with a little lanyard to keep that little door attached to the speaker so you don't lose it. There's also a carabiner that you can attach to the speaker so you can dangle the speaker from your backpack, even your belt. Though it's a little bit heavy, it weighs around 1.5 pounds. Like other Bluetooth speakers, this has a range of about 33 feet. You can do a little bit better if there are no obstacles in the way. But really you can stream from the Smartphone, Tablet, any device that's Bluetooth enabled to the speaker and use that device as the remote control. There are a few buttons on the top line control. It also has a built-in speaker phone which is a nice addition. But all in all despite the speaker's unsleek design, it is not the best looking speaker in the world. I did like how it sounded and I do think it's well designed at a good value for the money especially since it's waterproof. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Grace Digital ECOXBT Bluetooth speaker. Thanks for watching.

New releases

Pebble Time Steel is real, all steel, arriving in July
1:16 March 3, 2015
A new all-steel version of Pebble's latest Time watch has fancier straps and an even longer battery life. We take a look hands-on in...
Play video
BlackBerry Leap ditches physical keyboard with 5-inch display
0:53 March 3, 2015
Unveiled at MWC 2015, the BlackBerry Leap runs the new 10.3.1 OS, and is equipped with a 5-inch HD display and 8-megapixel camera.
Play video
See how fast this Storedot modified Galaxy S5 can charge
1:28 March 3, 2015
We check out a demo of Storedot's rapid-charging battery tech, which can fill a phone's power reserves in a mere moment.
Play video
First look at the 2016 Morgan Aero 8: Classic looks, modern heart
5:26 March 2, 2015
The original Morgan Aero 8 was launched in 2000 and was the firm's first big design change. Today the Aero 8 is back and a very different...
Play video
Aston Martin Vulcan: Exclusive first look at this 800+ bhp, V12 track monster
4:20 March 2, 2015
Aston Martin is entering the hypercar race with the Vulcan, a limited edition track only special. 24 of the 800bhp+ hypercars will...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 137: HTC Vive, playing music with mold, 3D-printed snacks and more
27:23 March 2, 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Producer Logan discuss HTC's new VR headset, listen to a pianist play music with a fungus, and debate the...
Play video
6 Spotify tips and tricks
1:15 March 2, 2015
Learn some new tricks to make the most of Spotify desktop and mobile apps.
Play video
Samsung Galaxy S6's missing features, split-personality problem
2:55 March 2, 2015
Is Samsung afraid to commit to one Galaxy S6? The two new models are the same, except for the screen -- and both remove features fans...
Play video