Portable Bluetooth speakers now come in all shapes and sizes, including one from Panasonic that looks like a mini spacecraft -- or a snack cake.
First, Panasonic's C-MC07 Compact Wireless Stereo Speaker reminded me of a UFO. Then I thought Chipwich or some Drake or Hostess snack cake.
Whatever image it conjures up, the $69.99 SC-MC07 streams music wirelessly from smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. The unit is powered by AA batteries or an included USB cable (if you want to connect it to your computer).
I liked the design, and -- like a lot of these small Bluetooth speakers -- it plays louder than you'd think for its size (though it does weigh just under half a pound with batteries installed).
It's sounds OK but falls short in the bass department and comes across a little harsh at higher volumes.
I compared it with JBL's smaller $59
The SC-MC07 (who comes up with these names?) isn't a bad little Bluetooth speaker and it certainly has an eye-catching design. The only problem with it is that it doesn't offer better features or performance than the competition and it's also overpriced. Some people may like the fact that it takes AA batteries, but most of these very small Bluetooth speakers in this price range include a rechargeable battery. The device also doesn't have a line input for non-Bluetooth devices.
In short, there are better alternatives to the SC-MC07 at this price, but it's worth a second look if the price should come down closer to $40.