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: Wild design but small sound

About Video Transcript

First Look: Wild design but small sound

1:56 /

BlackBerry's new $99.99 Mini Stereo Speaker connects to a smartphone over wireless Bluetooth, is compact, and clips to clothing. Its sound, however, won't blow you away.

-Hi. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com. And right now, we're taking a first look at the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker. This tiny Bluetooth Smartphone accessory costs $99.99, basically $100, and it's made to operate as both a wireless speaker, and a hands-free speaker phone. The gadget also has a pretty unconventional design. Unlike typical Bluetooth speakers, which tend to be boring rectangular boxes or cylinders, the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker is shaped like a clip. The idea is to use the speaker's U-shaped body to slide it on to bag straps, shirts, or other items of clothing. Once attached, you can listen to music and other audio and stereo while on the move, or conduct hands-free calls since the device also doubles as a speaker phone. Hello. -Hey. -You charge the speaker's rechargeable battery via a micro-USB port. And the gadget has a line-in 3.5 millimeter audio jack to connect non-Bluetooth devices. A power switch, volume buttons and play/pause call key are the only physical controls. Now, I do have some doubts about the appeal of the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker. First, I'm not sure who would want to blast tunes or make calls from their bag strap or even where and when they would do this. For example, trying something like this on the New York City subways and buses will land you in hot water pretty quickly. Also, the speaker is on the pricy side, especially considering its small drivers, which don't get very loud. And while it should work with any hand set that support stereo Bluetooth, BlackBerry markets the device as an accessory for its new Z10 Smartphone. Unfortunately, however, the speaker doesn't take advantage of the Z10's NFC chip for fast pairing. Wanna find out more? Be sure to check back soon for a full review. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com, and this has been a first look at the BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker.

New releases

Winning apps for coaches
1:03 March 27, 2015
Anyone who has ever coached youth sports knows the frustrations of communicating important messages to dozens of families. In this...
Play video
Imperial Star Destroyer joins growing fleet of 'Star Wars' drones, Ep. 197
4:35 March 26, 2015
This week on Crave, we navigate crowds while staring at our phones, catch space junk with fish nets, and ogle a new "Star Wars" taking...
Play video
Birdly uses VR, a fan and your flapping arms to simulate flight (Tomorrow Daily 151)
28:21 March 26, 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out bird-flight simulator Birdly (complete with hydraulic flapping arm mechanism), a father...
Play video
Expect the new Apple TV at WWDC 2015
5:28 March 26, 2015
Reports point to a a brand new Apple TV in June; we take a look at an Apple Drone concept; and the App of the Week is Memoji Keyboard....
Play video
A too-small oven stymies Electrolux's gas range
2:03 March 26, 2015
Electrolux's mid-price 30-inch Gas Freestanding Range with IQ Touch Controls has entry-level capabilities.
Play video
2015 Kia Sedona
5:39 March 26, 2015
Brian Cooley test-drives the Kia Sedona minivan and offers his take on how it stacks up against its rivals.
Play video
Xiaomi Yi Action Cam is way better than its price
1:25 March 26, 2015
The Yi's video quality and shooting options are well above other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessori...
Play video
Facebook's new features and Twitter launches Periscope
2:58 March 26, 2015
Facebook lays out new features, Twitter launches a Meerkat hunter and Steven Spielberg gets the call to direct "Ready Player One."
Play video