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iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats (silver) review: iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats (silver)

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The Good The iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth speaker stand is sleekly designed and features a built-in rechargeable battery. It also accommodates a variety of tablets, plays fairly loud, includes a simple cloth carrying bag, and has a line input for connecting non-Bluetooth audio devices.

The Bad Sounds thin; thick covers and cases need to be removed from iPads and phones in order to fit into the slot for the stand.

The Bottom Line The iLuv iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth mobile speaker stand boosts the volume of your iPad audio, but it doesn't sound as good as it looks.

6.7 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 6
  • Performance 6

iLuv's iSP245 Mo'Beats Bluetooth mobile speaker stand is a simple product but somewhat of a challenge to review. On the plus side, it's nicely designed, definitely provides a nice step up in sound quality from the speaker of your iPad (or the internal speakers of other Bluetooth-enabled tablets or smartphones), and features a built-in rechargeable battery, making it totally mobile. But the speaker is short on bass and doesn't sound great overall. That combination makes this product a little hard to grade, particularly when you factor in its price point of about $85 online.

I ultimately think how you'll judge this Bluetooth speaker stand will depend on how you'd want to use it. If you're looking for an accessory to prop up your slate device so you can comfortable browse around on the Web, read, and also watch some video and play background music, the Mo'Beats should make you happy. But if that's not exactly what you're looking for, you'll probably feel less enthused.

I propped up my iPad vertically and horizontally without a problem; the stand was very stable thanks to a slide-out bracket on back that gives the stand more support. And it was simple to wirelessly pair the speaker with the iPad. The one big caveat here is that you will probably have to take off any cover you have on your device unless it's pretty slim. That's not a huge deal because the fact is, aesthetically the stand really does look best when combined with a naked iPad or other tablet.

Side view of the speaker stand. Sarah Tew/CNET

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