Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Bluetooth speaker

The Good The Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz sounds good for a modestly priced mini Bluetooth speaker. It also offers good battery life, built-in speakerphone capabilities, and an attractive though somewhat generic design. A carrying pouch is included.

The Bad Some people won't like how bright the blue light is on the front of the unit; speaker has a Mini-USB port (for charging) instead of the now more common Micro-USB port.

The Bottom Line The Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz may not look incredibly swanky, but it delivers good sound, features, and battery life for its modest price point.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 9.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

A Bluetooth mini speaker priced to sell

I'm not sure how product managers come up with names for their products, but Oontz certainly stands as one of the odder-sounding names for a product I've come across in recent times. Perhaps that's not such a bad thing when you consider how hard it is to stand out in the hypercompetitive portable mini Bluetooth speaker market, where a lot of the products look and sound the same and offer similar features.

Like a lot of these little speakers, the Oontz and its little brother, the Oontz Angle, play bigger than their small size would indicate. But what helps set the Oontz speakers apart is that they're attractively designed, have built-in speakerphone capabilities and good battery life (more than 10 hours), and deliver sound that's comparable to what you get from more expensive products of the same ilk. That makes them great values at their current price points of $49.99 and $39.99 respectively.

Design and features
The Oontz comes in many color options and is 5.2 inches wide, 2.8 inches high, and 2.6 inches deep. It weighs 10.1 ounces, which makes it a pretty lightweight unit. The Oontz Angle's design has a bit more panache (I liked it better), but the Oontz's slightly larger design allows it to deliver more bass, which is important.

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