Here’s what’s interesting about the ECOPEBBLE Bluetooth Speaker: it’s 100% waterproof. That means it can be used outside or by the pool or IN the pool without any concerns. There’s a but though — the side panel which hides some of the functionality needs to be properly attached back on in order for the sealing gasket to function as it should. So what that means in real-world terms is that once you’ve paired your phone to the “Peb and sealed the gasket, leave it alone and control everything from the phone when you’re using it and don’t worry about the buttons for volume, etc. When you’re not, then it’s OK to remove the side panel for pairing to a different phone or tablet or for recharging it through the USB socket.
Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, here’s why you’ll enjoy having the ECOPEBBLE in the first place: it’s loud. As in loud enough to be heard as if it was 3X the size (it’s got 5 watts working here). But it’s not, it’s a mini yet the volume doesn’t have any trouble in being heard. Considering that there’s speakers double the size that sound puny, that’s pretty impressive. And considering (again) that the rechargeable battery has a usable life of about 7 hours, that’s about teh same as speakers double the size or more (in real-world use, 4+ hours on a charge wasn’t a concern). Of course if you use it as a speakerphone for talking rather than just plaing tunes, then the battery might go quicker. That also includes pumping the volume way way up — although this is a necessity if the ‘Peb is floating in the pool (yeah, it floats because IPX7 means it can handle being submerged for a short bit of time,like a half hour in 3 feet of water should testing this be your desire).
Another selling point for this Bluetooth speaker is that it has a standard-type tripod mount on the bottom and so can be screwed into a variety of things like tripods as well as the mounts (optional) that ECOXGEAR sells. That’s a nice touch, because it may be somewhat rugged and able to handle everyday outdoor abuse, still keeping it off the ground sounds good.
Other nice touches include an “Aux” out and the ability to play through the USB connection if connected to a computer (which also gives it a charge up). The speaker has a good midrange and a better than decent bass response — the dual range speaker isn’t outputting stereo but that doesn’t really matter. What DOES matter is that you can play it loud and listen to what is being played without hiss and distortion. All of this makes the retail of $59.99 a reasonable proposition, regardless of which color version (blue, black, orange) you end up getting.