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Definitive's Sound Cylinder doubles as an iPad standThough a little pricey at $199, this compact portable Bluetooth speaker converts into a stand for just about any tablet.
I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for CNET.com and I'm here with the Definitive Technology Sound Cylinder. This is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a little bit of a twisted, also conversed into a stand for your tablet. Definitive is known for its great sounding, high-end speakers. So, it is a little bit of a surprised that it would do a small Bluetooth speaker like this but it does sound decent and it is well-built. As you can see, it has a little bit of metal wrapped around it. It has this metal alloy exterior and it has a sleek design but it does have those extra parts. It does have a retractable kick stand and you can flip the speaker over and lay it down on these rubber clamps. They're supposed to clamp down on any tablet. It won't necessarily work with all tablets however, for instance with the iPad mini, which has a narrow or bezel, it will cover up a little bit of the screen on the bottom in horizontal mode. So, it doesn't work with all devices. This is really designed more for the iPad 2, 3 and 4, that bigger tablet all and then certainly has an interesting design. I did have a couple of little problems with it. This does prop up your iPad of however because of the way it's balanced. It's a little precarious, if you happen to knock into it from behind, you can end up tipping over your device. My other problem with it is its $200 list price. This is a little bit expensive for what it is. You can now get other speakers like the JBL Flip, which retail for around $100. It sound as good or better than this and also have speaker phone capabilities. This doesn't have a speaker phone. It does come with a 3.5 millimeter cable for connecting non-Bluetooth devices as well as a very simple cloth carrying case. In the end, I did like this speaker but I do have a hard time enthusiastically endorsing it because of its high price and because other competing products sound as good or better. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Definitive Technology Sound Cylinder. Thanks for watching.