Linx B-Tube: Bluetooth speakers for fun in the sun

The B-Tube from Linx is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker system that looks a lot like a tube of sweets you get in your Christmas stocking. But with speakers. And aluminium

Nate Lanxon Special to CNET News

There's no better way to start a Monday morning this summer than to wake up with music. Even better is being able to choose those early-morning beats from the comfort of your bed. This is one of the many joys Bluetooth provides us, and today it comes in the form of the B-Tube from Linx.

The aluminium B-Tube looks like those cylindrical tubes of sweets you get from Woolworths at Christmas. Any Bluetooth-enabled device -- such as Samsung's excellent YP-T9 or any of the Sony Ericsson Walkman phones -- can be paired with the B-Tube, providing good-quality audio without wires. It'll also act as a speakerphone, thanks to a built-in mic.

If you don't have Bluetooth on your music player, just plug any device into it with a 3.5mm audio cable. The rechargeable battery will last for up to 8 hours, so if you're off on holiday this summer, it's an ideal companion that'll set you back a mere £49. The B-Tube is on sale now, so your hols needn't be without Bluetoothy goodness. -Nate Lanxon