A few people would want powerful Bluetooth speakers, but most speakers out there are massive in size, making it not ideal for users who are on the go. Enter Samsung’s BS300, which is a pocket-friendly bluetooth device. We go hands-on, so read on to find out what we think about it.
When we first saw the casing, we thought that it was gonna be a huge gadget. Turns out it was something that could easily fit in your pocket. But enough with the rhyming, and get to the the unboxing.
We had a hard time getting started with the BS300, from taking it off the casing to pairing it with a device through Bluetooth, so we figured we’d make a short video since we almost broke the transparent packaging at first.
After reading the manual, you’re pretty much good to go because if you didn’t read it, you’re going to have a hard time. The manual’s very short and it only looks long because it ranges in many languages. After that, pairing and all – operation is a breeze.
On top are the controls – volume, power, playback and DNSe (Digital Natural Sound engine), which is Samsung’s take on surround sound. On the back are labels, while on the sides you’ll find the port for charging, line-in and a place to put accessories. Up front are air holes, the speakers, the mic & the button for taking calls.
Sound Quality & Microphone
In practice, the sound is significantly louder than your smartphone or your tablet. It can’t match larger sized speakers, but it’s enough to fill a small room with decent volume. Quality on the other hand is subpar; it doesn’t deliver clear bass tones, and trebles create quite a hiss. It’s in the mids where the BS300 succeeds for the most part, and it does get the job done with audio that involves voice – podcasts, vocal-rich songs and the like.
The microphone reminds us of other Samsung devices, especially since we have a few Galaxy phones still with us. It captures clear audio for the most part, but it isn’t as sharp and as accurate as you’d expect. We used the microphone in recording the voice-over on our unboxing video, so check that out.
Battery & Conclusion
We kept the BS300 playing songs over Bluetooth on maximum volume. From a full charge, the blue LED light (good battery) didn’t even turn red (low battery) for two hours. However, at that time frame, there was an obvious degrade in quality already.
Samsung’s rated 4 hour use may come very accurate on this one, although like we’ve said, quality turns bad halfway. Expect slightly better battery life when using a wired connection.
It’s a little hard to look at especially because of its size and its limitations in power, but if you take a minute to consider it, it’ll get you thinking. If you need great speakers that fit in your pocket, the Samsung BS300 is exactly that. Widget City has it selling it for a price of Php1,500 (see listing here).
Samsung YA-BS300 specs:
46 x 94 x 13 mm (dimensions)
62.2 g (weight)
Samsung has recently unveiled their first ever portable Bluetooth speaker – the DA-F60. Although it seems like your average wireless speaker, this baby has pair of features that sets it apart from the pack.
The DA-F60 is equipped with an NFC chip which, if enabled, can easily pair a supported smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth by just simply tapping it to the speaker. This is a great feature, especially because there’s not a whole lot you can do with that oft-forgotten feature of your tablet/smartphone.
In addition to its NFC Pairing feature, this Bluetooth speaker is also imbued with a fancy audio codec called aptX. What this codec does is it enhances the sound quality of the speaker to a level that’s comparable to that of a CD or a full-wired audio quality. This is achieved with the help of a proprietary audio technology which boosts the dynamic range of the sound and also improves the wireless streaming between the two devices.
The Samsung DA-F60 is slated to hit the shelves in the first half of this year, but there are still no talks about its pricing as of the time of writing. We guess it safe to say that it’ll have a much cheaper price tag than the DA-E750 which retailed for an eye-watering USD700 when it first made its debut last year.
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