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The Buckshot Bluetooth Speaker by Outdoor Tech
Earbuds have their place when you’re in public, but sticking things in my ears is not my favourite activity. In private spaces I want to hear the music unimpeded and share it with those in the room if they’re so inclined.
I was an early adopter of mini, wireless speakers. I bought an HMDX jam when they first came out and use it all the time. The sound is solid, but battery life is lacking. It runs for as little as 2½ hours before needing to be recharged. And it doesn’t have speakerphone capabilities.
The Buckshot Bluetooth Speaker by Outdoor Tech is about the size of a pepper shaker but it comes with big features. You can play music, skip songs, adjust the volume, and even and speak on the phone using one of three buttons.
It works within a range of 9.7 metres from your phone, tablet or computer. On many of these small devices the sound gets choppy as you move away from the source, but it seems to be less of a problem on the Buckshot. Another great feature: on a full charge the lithium-ion battery can power it for a staggering 16 hours of play and talk time. Sound quality and volume is significantly better than the built-ins on cell phones and the microphone allows for clean, crisp phone conversations.
Also it’s a tough little guy with a waterproof, rubberized exterior that will take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’, as Timex once boasted of their watches. Strap it on your bike with the included attachment or throw it in a knapsack and sing along with “The Happy Wanderer” as you hike along those mountain trails.
It comes in four colours, black, green, blue and red. $50. Check it out on online at chapters.indigo.ca. Some brick-and-mortar stores also carry it.
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