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Philips Shoqbox Mini: Compact Bluetooth speaker makes a big splashThe Philips Shoqbox Mini Bluetooth speaker earns high marks for its rugged design, dual-firing driver and impressive ability to reach loud volumes without distortion.
[MUSIC] Hey, it's Justin Yu from CNet, this is a first look at the Philips Shoqbox Mini bluetooth speaker. If you're shopping for a small speaker to pair with your smartphone, well, you probably notice that there's no shortage of options. Just right here, I have the Logitech X-100 And another, the Philips Flex. So these all well under 100 bucks, but the Philips sets itself apart with its IPX6 certification, which protects it from splashes of water and rain. That means you could put it in the kitchen or even bring it with you into the shower and you won't have to worry about water getting into the circuits. So, on one side, you'll find volume and playback controls, and on the other, a water resistant gasket covering a USB port, and an axillary report. Here you can recharge the device, which is rated at five hours of battery time, kind of short for a Bluetooth speaker. You also get an open three and a half millimeter jack to play music from a hardwired connection. There's no USB cable in the box though, so you'll have to get your own. The other big sell on the Shoqbox Mini is the internal circuit that monitors your music and keeps the audio signal within the range of the amplifier, so you don't have to worry about your music distorting, even at the highest volume. Now, it didn't play quite as loudly as the Punk did, but it does cost about ten bucks less, and you get that extra durability. You can read more about this speaker, including comparisons to others, in my full review on CNET, but that's gonna do it for now. I'm Justin Yu, you just took a first look at the Philips ShoqBox Mini. Thank you for watching. [MUSIC]