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WOWee portable speaker: Review
I recently won the TVCatchup Easter Egg hunt LINK and took delivery of my prize, the WOWee portable speaker:
My review is after playing with it for only about an hour, so bear that in mind.
1. In the box
There are adequate instructions included.
The unit appears to be solidly made and weighs about the same as a half pint mug. So it's a little heavy but it beats lugging around a couple of small conventional speakers.
It has a thin peel-off protective film underneath to protect the gel base.
A USB cable is supplied with a standard connector at one end and a standard mini USB connector at the other for powering / charging the device from any USB source, such as your laptop. It is a very thin cable compared with others that I have and I wonder how long it will last. On the other hand it's far less bulky, which is a benefit for portable devices.
A data cable is supplied with a mini jack at each end for plugging into a headphone jack
on your audio device and into the WOWee.
There is no pouch to hold these items, so I suspect that the cables will become separated from the unit after a short time, like all of my other kit :-) but being standard they are easily and cheaply replaceable.
2. Using it
I opened the box a few days ago but didn't use it until today. Meanwhile the instructions have mysteriously disappeared. Installation is trivial and doesn't really need any instructions, although the gel cleaning instructions are quite important. I seem to remember it was simply a case of wiping over with a damp cloth.
I plugged the WOWee into my laptop using the two cables and two LEDs lit up, blue and orange to confirm that the data and power cables were successfully connected. I had a little warm WOWee feeling at this point.
I opened Spotify to get some music going, but first held the WOWee in my hand so that I could later lay it on various surfaces to hear any difference. In this position there was a rather pleasant vibration in my hand (be quiet you lot sniggering at the back), and the sound was quite reasonable for such a small device, although a little thin and with hardly any base, which is as expected when not placing it on a surface.
I couldn't remember whether I had to remove the thin transparent film, so I did. There is a significant risk of losing the film as you can't see it when you put it down somewhere. Then I tried placing the WOWee on various surfaces.
Thin plastic laptop stand
Suddenly there was base, but the overall quality wasn't very good on this rather poor surface. I had a bit of a WOWee moment nevertheless.
I tried it again with the plastic film in place, which was now a mess of dust and hairs, and I couldn't tell the difference. So I left it on for the rest of the trial.
Wooden coffee table
WOWee! Very impressive. The bass was clean, the mid range and treble were mellow.
Kitchen worktop, cupboard under.
WOWeeeeeeee indeed. The hollow cupoard underneath really resonated and I got a full, rich sound.
I was very pleased. Of course you can't expect it to give as good a sound as full sized loudspeakers, but it gave a much better quality of sound than my portable speakers, albeit mono, but far more portable. A great companion for my pocket PC too. A hit
Last edited by tartist; 23-06-2011 at 06:55 AM.