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Braven BRV-1 review: A splashproof mini Bluetooth speaker that sounds decent

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Under a screw-on cap on the back, you'll find a USB charging port. Sarah Tew/CNET

On a more critical note, the model I tested didn't pair automatically after I paired it the first time (a lot of Bluetooth speakers today offer automatic pairing after you pair it once). That said, I didn't have any problems pairing -- I just had to find it again in the Bluetooth setup and manually pair it.

There's also a little blue light on the front of the unit that pulsates when the speaker is paired. You barely notice it if you're using the speaker outside in bright sunlight. But at night, pulsating lights can be irritating.

I also encountered a few moments when I lost the wireless connection a bit, although that tends to be par for the course for Bluetooth speakers.

It is worth noting that I was testing a sample that I received a year ago. Since that time, Incipio has bought Braven. The product doesn't look like it's changed at all, but you can sometimes find it listed online as both the Braven BRV-1 and the Incpio Braven BRV-1.

Conclusion

I wasn't all that enthusiastic about the BRV-1 when it was selling for closer to $150, but at its new, more modest price online, it's recommendable.

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