There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers on the market and they offer various features from being shock proof to waterproof to portable. But few, if any, offer “fun” as part of their resume. 7×24 Technologies, Inc.’s Pocket Party Bluetooth Expandable Speaker does, and that’s why slipping it in your pocket the next time you’re heading out to join a group of friends or friends-to-be will be worth it.
Let’s get the physical out of the way and then hit the high points for entertainment. It’s made from a combo of plastic and some silicone-like material so it’s kind spongy to the touch and waterproofed (i.e., beer-proof). There’s a big fat suction cup on the bottom for adhering to surfaces to keep it positioned and more on that in a bit. Side controls handle pairing (the usual method with a smartphone) and power and volume and using it as a speakerphone so no big deal there. But give Pocket Party the proper pull and it accordions out to improve on the sound chamber for play. Reverse and it’s small enough to go back to whence it came when it’s time to leave.
Now for the good bits — start with that suction cup first. Bass is never a strong suit with small speakers and that’s true here because the Pocket’s speaker has to take care of the midrange and higher frequencies for playing tunes. But thanks to the power of vibrations and induction frequencies, whatever surface Pocket’s been suctioned onto gains the ability of resonating with the audio. So while glass adheres well, putting it onto a wooden surface will result in a more solid bass response mixed in with the speaker’s native qualities. And sound a lot better and louder too, not that you can’t get a decent volume out of the Pocket by itself.
All that’s good stuff but since “Party” is in the name, that means (for some anyway) that there has to be a light show. Pocket Party has its own set of LED lights that will turn on and “dance” along to the tunes being played. There’s 4 different modes and depending on how bright the ambient light is, seeing them can add to the fun going on — if not at least make it easy to find where Pocket’s been put down at (and yes you can use the top as a stand for putting a phone or small objects on, but c’mon who needs that?). There’s 3 types of colors, baaically the rubberized ring at top that houses the controls — blue is nice but so is the grey and the other is green.
Coaster sized and IPX4 water resistant, the Pocket Party Bluetooth Expandable Speaker obviously has a rechargeable battery for partying hard for a couple of hours, easy, and includes a Carabiner and a bike-mount strap, all told for $49.99. That isn’t such a big deal when you consider what it does and how well it does it. Besides, just forego a few trips to Starbucks and consuming your coffee at the next party will take care of the payment schedule. And instead of “renting” a few drinks, with Pocket Party you’ll own the fun.