The Good The Boombot2 has a trendy and quirky design, is Bluetooth-enabled, and clips on for easy portability.
The Bad The Boombot2's bass quality is poor and its unique build looks awkward and chunky when attached to a belt loop.
The Bottom Line Though not for hard-core audiophiles, the Boombot2 is a fun wireless speaker good for a young and active consumer.
BoomBotix Boombot2 wireless speakers
I've never really been into the whole vinyl toy collectibles thing these crazy kids are into these days. Although some figurines are indeed cute, ever since I got stuck with this one Tokidoki Unicorno I didn't want, I've been turned off by the whole thing. (Seriously, what is that? A Rastafarian unicorn?) In addition to being a little expensive, they're also, well, useless.
Fortunately, BoomBotix took the concept of these vinyl toys and added some functionality. Its series of wireless Bluetooth speakers called Boombot2 (BB2) can be customized and you can play music on them through your iPhone or Android device. Bluetooth-enabled laptops and MP3 players also work. And though you can always "collect" all five versions, at $70 a pop, I wouldn't suggest it.
The Boombot2 stands 3.6 inches tall by 3.8 inches wide, and is 1.8 inches thick. It's made of soft-coated vinyl plastic and includes a belt clip on the back so you can attach it to your pants. Keep in mind that it weighs 5.12 ounces (about a third of a pound), and the build isn't sleek, so if you do use the belt clip, you run the risk of looking like a dweeb. Don't get me wrong -- the clip comes in handy while hiking, skateboarding, or gallivanting around town, but other than that, the BB2 looks best when stationary.