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Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro review: A pocket Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a flashlight/charger

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The Good The Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro is pocket-size water-resistant portable Bluetooth speaker that incorporates a detachable a lighting component and can also be used to charge your smartphone. It offers an above-average 10 hours of battery life and comes with a bicycle handlebar mount accessory.

The Bad Bass is still pretty thin; a little expensive for what it is.

The Bottom Line It may not sound great, but the Buckshot Pro is a versatile little wireless speaker.

6.9 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Sound 5
  • Value 6

In the past few months we've reviewed several tiny Bluetooth speakers, some better than others. What's interesting about Outdoor Tech's Buckshot Pro, which retails for $80 and comes in multiple color options, is how versatile it is. In addition to being a pocket-size water-resistant (IPX5) wireless speaker, the Buckshot Pro can also be used as a USB charger for your phone and a flashlight (it comes equipped with a detachable LED light). Alas, it's currently not available outside the US.

The speaker/light combo functions as a flashlight or you can strap it onto your bike's handlebars and use it as a bike light. I wouldn't say the light is all that strong (don't expect it to completely illuminate the road in front of you), but there's a strobe mode that at least allows this to work as a safety light while riding.

The light is detachable and plugs into the USB charging port on the speaker. Sarah Tew/CNET

Previously, Outdoor Tech made a smaller version of this speaker, the Buckshot. While the two speaker share the same cylindrical design that's reminiscent of shotgun shell, this speaker is a bit bigger than that model, weighing 6.7 ounces or 190 grams and now includes a passive bass port for "bigger sound." Also, battery life has improved to 10 hours, which is good when you consider a lot of these micro speakers deliver 5-7 hours of battery life.

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