Ever since Jawbone jump-started the Bluetooth speaker market with its
For starters, it's a bit more low frills in the design department compared with the
To recharge the battery, you use the provided USB cable, and pairing the speaker was simple enough: you just hold down the power button on the top of the unit to put the speaker into pairing mode. Then you look for SPX15 on your Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet from within the Bluetooth menu. Once it connects, you're ready to start streaming music or a movie soundtrack to the speaker.
Like those other mini speakers I mentioned, this model plays pretty loud for its size. While none of these mini speakers delivers really good sound, I felt the Logitech Mini Boom Box and AT&T Logitech Speak'r were a step up in terms of sound quality. They offer a little more bass and detail. Again, all these speakers have their limitations and most just can't handle heavy bass at higher volumes, including the SPX15.
Unsurprisingly, where this speaker sounded best was on acoustic material and lighter fare. For example, the live acoustic version of Adele's "Turning Tables" sounded just fine and made me think I was listening to a larger speaker. I also found that it worked well enough as a speakerphone, though you'll want to keep the unit within a few feet of you when talking into the integrated microphone (Bluetooth speakers generally allow you to stream sound from a device up to 30 feet away).
The truth is I'd have no problem recommending this Rocketfish if it were cheaper. I understand there are certain costs involved when you include a lithium ion rechargeable battery (these types of batteries are fairly expensive), but the SPX15 just doesn't feel like it should cost $99 ($69 or $79 max would make it a more attractive buy).
To be clear, these is a decent enough product, but there are currently better options at $100 -- or even slightly less.