LAS VEGAS -- Cobra Electronics' new line of Bluetooth speakers debuted at CES this year in Las Vegas. Known as the AirWave Mini (left) and Box, both speakers combine hands-free Bluetooth audio connection with a durable construction.
Available in several colors, the Box will come in black, white, and orange at launch, with more colors to follow.
Upon first glance, I wasn't able to tell that the device was rugged. However, it is encased in a layer of soft-touch rubber, which reportedly ensures the Box's toughness.
The speaker's ports come sealed with a small rubber door, and its large control buttons for playing music and controlling audio volume are completely flush with the rest of the device's surface.
The Box is able to survive a dunking in water for 30 minutes in up to a meter of water. However, if you were to lose hold of it while, say, inner-tubing, it is designed to float.
Meanwhile, the Mini is indeed mini. Measuring about three inches tall, it can fit inside a small coat pocket. From the front, it looks like a small toy car tire, but along its sides are numerous small patches that vaguely remind me of Dutch Crunch bread.
The device was designed with a splash resistant exterior. Both Bluetooth speakers have a reported music playback time of 10 hours and a standby time of 120 hours.
The Mini will be available in February for $39.99, while the Box will retail a month later in March for $79.99.