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Urge Basics Soundbrick: Not sexy but solidThere may not be anything particularly spectacular about the $60 Urge Basics Soundbrick, but it's a solid wireless Bluetooth speaker that sounds better than some competing products in this price class.
I'm David Carnoy. Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm here with the Urge Basics Soundbrick. Yes, this is another mini Bluetooth speaker and has a rechargeable battery and gets about 8 hours of battery life. It looks similar to the Jawbone JAMBOX but it cost less than half a price. It has almost the exact dimensions though it is a little bit deeper. There's nothing particularly spectacular about this speaker but it does have a nice understated design and it does deliver a little bit better sound in some of the competition. It does have a bit more bass and that plays much bass as the JAMBOX and again that speaker is significantly more expensive but all-in-all, it sounds pretty good. Does have a couple of nice extra features, there is built-in speaker phone capabilities, there's also an audio input as well as an audio output. That output allows you to string a couple of these speakers together if you wanted to while you get a little bit bigger sound or you could connect it to your home stereo and use the speaker as a Bluetooth receiver and does stream music from your smartphone or tablet to your home stereo. The one small design element that I didn't like so much is that there's a blue light that goes on when you turn on the device and then it flashes when you pair it so some people won't wind that so much but then again, some people will find it irritating. That's really all there is to it. There are some competing speakers out there. Other small Bluetooth speakers that now cost around $40. I haven't tested all of those speakers. This one as I said cost $60. It does sound decent for the money and I would like to see at around $50 and can get other speakers in the $99 range that do deliver bigger, a little bit richer sound but if you want a small Bluetooth speaker, this is worth considering at this price point. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Urge Basics Soundbrick mini Bluetooth speaker. Thanks for watching.