With so much market saturation in Bluetooth speakers these days, it seems that every model needs to boast some kind of unique feature to set it apart from the pack. Take the, for example, which has an integrated carabiner for easy carry, or the 's threaded mount that lets you attach it to almost anything.
The Philips Flex (sometimes spelled Fl3x) BT2000 is just one of Philip's many Bluetooth speaker offerings, but it has an ace up its sleeve: a 12-hour rechargeable battery and expandable sides that the company claims will enrich the audio experience.
It's only available in two color options right now (bright blue with a lime-green speaker grille and a sleek black and white), but Philips is hinting at more variations becoming available in the future. When it's compressed, the size and shape of the speaker reminds me of a flat hockey puck.
It measures a little less than four inches across the top and sits 3 inches high -- like theand the , it's designed to lie on its back with the speaker pointed upward to allow for a wide aural spread but it can stand up on its side too. Philips also includes a shoelace-style lanyard tied to a hole on the side if you want to hang it from a belt loop or tie it to a backpack.
Simplicity is key when it comes to these things, and the Flex is about as easy as it gets to pair and play music. There's only two buttons on the side of the unit: a sliding trigger to toggle between the 3.5mm auxiliary port and the Bluetooth connection, and a separate round button that puts the speaker in pairing mode.
If you're familiar with Bluetooth speakers, you'll probably notice the lack of dedicated volume control buttons on the Flex. Philips assumes that you'll never be too far away from your music source and they leave it up to you to control levels from there, but I can see this being a hassle when someone else besides the DJ wants to adjust the volume.