The Good A rubber exoskeleton wraps the Philips Shoqbox SB7200 Bluetooth speaker in a protective layer of hard mesh, while dual magnets inside push out full-bodied tones that reach a level above competing portable speakers.
The Bad The gimmicky Smart Sensor adds an overly complicated layer to the speaker's simple design, and the single action button is prone to accidental presses.
The Bottom Line The Philips Shoqbox SB7200 is built to survive the great outdoors and manages to sound better than most competing Bluetooth speakers at the same time.
A tough-as-nails wireless speaker
The Philips Shoqbox SB7200 portable wireless speaker doesn't fill a room with sound quite as well as the pricier
The hard-mesh speaker and rubber casing amplify bass tones as well as protect the unit from dirt and dust, making it a logical companion on outdoor adventures like hikes and trips to the beach. Pro tip: its light waterproofing also does equally well in your bathroom if you prefer bathing to a soundtrack. The Smart Sensor does a so-so job of recognizing hand gestures to adjust the volume and change tracks, but that's more of a gimmick than a regularly used feature. At $179, the speaker isn't cheap either, but if you're shopping for an overbuilt, portable Bluetooth speaker to match your adventurous (or maybe just clumsy) lifestyle, the Shoqbox SB7200 is worth the investment.
Design and features
Like most Bluetooth speakers, the Shoqbox SB7200 is easily portable, measuring just 7 inches long and a little less than 3 inches wide. It's easy to pack in a backpack or a suitcase as well. Judging by the marketing, Philips really wants you to use it outdoors on a camping trip or a rock climb, and the unit even has a small ring for a carabiner. Still, if weight is an issue, you probably won't string this along with you on long hikes, since the speaker weighs just under a pound with all the rubber draped around it.
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