Reviews

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Beats Pill 2.0 Review by ComputerWorld

04/04/2014

It’s immediately obvious why the Beats Pill has been given that particular moniker: It’s shaped very much like a the kind of capsule you find in a medicine bottle — although at 1.8 (diameter) x 7.5 in. and 11.5 oz., it’s a bit large for human consumption.

The Pill’s speaker grille (which protects four small front-facing speakers) is divided in the center by a solid strip of plastic that holds a large LED (decorated with a prominent “b”) that shows when the power is on; above it are the volume up/down buttons. On the back of the device are the power button, a 3.5mm line-out port, an audio-in port, a small LED that shows you if Bluetooth is engaged and a micro-USB power port. According to the vendor, the Pill offers about 7 hours of play time.

Alone of the four speakers reviewed here, the Pill comes with NFC — if your smartphone or tablet is similarly equipped, you can to tap it on the Pill to connect it. A small light on the back indicates whether an NFC connection is in use. I tried it with my Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and after a few seconds of holding the phone to the Pill, it made a Bluetooth connection. Which was fun, but to tell you the truth, just pairing it normally via Bluetooth was a lot easier.

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Marshall Stanmore Review by PC Mag

03/04/2014

Marshall amps have been an iconic aspect of rock and roll for decades. They’ve been the speakers many top-name musicians and bands have played with since 1966. They haven’t really been consumer products (not counting garage band members) until recently, though, with the Marshall Monitor headphones. Marshall is expanding on that idea with the Stanmore and Hanwell, big Bluetooth speakers that evoke the aesthetics of Marshall amps but offer performance and connectivity suitable for any music lover with a smartphone. We tested the $400 (direct) Stanmore, and while pricier and less portable than most Bluetooth speakers, its sound quality and power is top-notch and its design is a look at rock and roll’s past. It’s our new Editors’ Choice for high-end Bluetooth speakers.