Whether you’re a Sleigh Ride gal or a Jingle Bell Rock guy, the rugged and portable Boombot Rex Bluetooth Speaker will allow you to become a mobile holiday music jukebox in hi-fi.
Why We Love It
About the diameter of a softball, the Boombot Rex portable Bluetooth speaker packs a lot of punch for such a small and lightweight container. Dual 36mm drivers and a bass woofer deliver rich, dynamic, high-quality sound, and the easy-to-grip, high-impact ABS plastic exterior lets you take that sound quality anywhere without worry. Rex’s defining feature is actually its clip on the back that allows you to attach the speaker to any number of things - bike handlebars, your belt, or even the edge of a glass shower door. The clip’s grip is strong enough to withstand jostling from rough terrain or keep the speaker in-place during a hard snowboard stop.
The Boombot Rex allows for full wireless control via any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Small buttons located on one edge of the speaker also allow you to control your music (track control and volume) without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. This little speaker also contains a noise-cancelling microphone, so you can answer phone calls with the press of a button. You can even communicate with Siri via the Rex. To charge the speaker, simply connect it to any USB port with the included micro-USB cable.
Located below the Rex’s clip, you’ll find micro-USB, out, and in jacks so you can charge the speaker, attach it to a music source with the cable, or even daisy chain multiple Rex’s together. Each jack is covered by a rubber plug to prevent moisture from entering the device. Note that the Boombot Rex is water-resistant, not waterproof. A little rain or spray from the shower won’t hurt the speaker, but don’t submerge it in water. Particularly in a hot tub (we’ve killed a few other speakers this way).
We’re offering the Boombot Rex in two colors: Pitch Black or a Limited Edition Brushed Aluminum color. The LTD version incorporates a reinforced micro-USB port, a revised switch design, and a strengthened clip.
Why We Love It
The Boombot Rex was designed with an active lifestyle in mind. We’re constantly biking, camping, and grilling outdoors, and we love having a highly functional speaker that sounds great during any activity. We also love how this throw-in-your-backpack device doesn’t require special treatment (it can withstand drops of up to 2.5 meters).
Given it’s small size, the sound output immediately impressed us with its very balanced frequency response yet powerful low-end. The battery is rated for around six hours, and that’s what we’ve been seeing in practice. It also charges in just one hour, so you can quickly get back to jamming.
Originally, we were a bit skeptical of a speaker that had a clip, but we’ve actually found the Boombot’s clip to be very useful in a number of situations. It’s great for clipping the speaker to the handlebars of a bike or the shoulder strap of a backpack. Nick even clipped his Rex to the side of a pint glass at the pub. We hear it ignited an instant dance party. Why not start your own?