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Sony Ericsson MBS-100 review: Sony Ericsson MBS-100

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The Good The Sony MBS-100 is a small, Bluetooth speaker with an aux input, decent battery life, and a design that looks like it fell off the back of a spaceship.

The Bad Sure, it's small, but its softball shape isn't as convenient to carry as many fold-flat designs. Also, there's no volume control, microphone, or AVRCP controls, and the sound quality won't exactly knock you out of your seat.

The Bottom Line Nothing can compare with the Sony MBS-100's unique alien eyeball design, but there isn't much else to admire in this compact speaker.

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6.0 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 5
  • Performance 6

Sony Ericsson's MBS-100 portable Bluetooth speaker has no problem being noticed. If you didn't know better, you'd swear the little $69 speaker orb might be an eyeball plucked from some giant alien crustacean, or a Venusian satellite that fell to earth. The softball-sized speaker stands 3.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide, with an all-black exterior and a speaker grille that looks like it's been stretched back after hurtling across the galaxy.

For better or worse, the reality of the MBS-100 is much less exciting than the design implies. Essentially, you have a single speaker coupled with a low-powered amplifier portable amplifier (actual amp specs are unknown). The speaker connects to Bluetooth-compatible devices or can be used with non-Bluetooth audio devices (MP3 player or CD player) through a 3.5-millimeter aux input jack found at the bottom of the speaker.

In addition to auxiliary audio input, the speaker's flat bottom also conceals its power button and a button for switching the device into Bluetooth pairing mode. Given the speaker's small size and light weight (about 7.9 ounces), we didn't find it especially inconvenient to flip the MBS-100 over to turn it on or off. A small socket for the speaker's power adapter is also found on the bottom of the speaker, positioned in such a way that the cable appropriately shoots out from the back. However, the included power adapter is a proprietary design, so take care not to lose it.

The Sony MBS-100 stands just 3.5 inches tall and has no need for wires. Unfortunately, wine glasses are not included.

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