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Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium priceWe weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm David Carnoy from CNET.com and this is the Beats Pill XL. The bigger brother to the standard Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker. We're a little tardy in reviewing it, but the good news is that it has come down in price a bit from its list price of 300, now can be found online for around $270 dollars in a variety of different color options. I wasn't a big fan of the original Pill, which was overpriced for the sound it produces, but thankfully this $100dollar more expensive, jumbo Pill is a far better sounding speaker. While it obviously isn't as compact as its little brother, it weighs a manageable 3.3 pounds, has a built-in handle that makes it easy to carry around. Additional features include NFC tap-to-pair technology for phones that support it, a USB charging port, and speaker phone capabilities. If you can afford two of these guys, you can sync them together and augment the sound or turn one into a left speak and the other into a right speaker for stereo sound. Battery life is rated at 15 hours, which is good, and the speaker will automatically turn off after ten minutes of no signal detection to conserve power. Speaker produces big sound for its size with relatively strong bass and decent clarity. And the combination of the Pill XL's strong sound, excellent design. And feature set make it a reasonable value at its price point. That's the Beats Pill XL. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC].