Speakers are getting small and portable. Specially with mobile devices also doubling as portable music/movie players, it’s hard to keep everyone entertained. A portable bluetooth speaker like SoundWare SW50 acts as a speaker not just to output your music, but with the inbuilt mic it provides you a handsfree experience in your car or at your home.
SoundWave SW50 comes in a small, nifty package that along with the speaker, bundles a miniUSB cable, user manual and a non slippery rubber mat to allow it to place on car dashboards or places where it would otherwise slip off.
The SW50 has a design that attracts some eyeballs. Clad in glossy black finish, the speaker has a triangular shape with the speakers covered beneath the grill. The three sides on the speaker feature a miniUSB port for charging on one; call receive/pair button with mic and LED light on another; and an ON/OFF slider button on the last side. The bottom of the accessory is graced with three rubberized feets to give speakers some additional grip.
Making SW50 work is a no-brainer. Just turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone and hit the pair button on the speaker and voila, you can now listen to music or converse via the SW50 speaker.
SW50 performs fairly well for its asking price. The audio quality is crisp and clear whereas the mic picks up the voice well. However, one thing that is missing is the volume control, which can only be controlled with the connected device. Connected iOS devices also show the battery life of SW50 on the top right side.
Music playback for such a small device is decent too. You may feel some distortion once the volume is set to 100.
SW50’s estimated battery life is 3 hours but surprisingly, we’ve clocked about 4.5 hours on music and calls before having it to charge it again
To wrap things up, SW50 is not the ultimate Bluetooth speaker accessory but for 20GBP it offers a good bang for your buck.