Summer is here and it is time to enjoy the sun. There is a slight problem. Your speakers are wired. How can you enjoy some decent music without wearing earphones or a headset? Fortunately, there are portable speakers, two of which have been introduced by Beats Electronics, namely Pill and Pill XL. Both of these have the capability to play music via bluetooth and NFC (Near-Field Communication) technologies. This blog post will help you to decide which speaker best suits your needs.

Beats Pills

Figure : Beats Pill XL (Black) and Beats Pill 2.0 (Blue) [1]

Battery

Beats Pill 2.0 (successor of Pill) is equipped with a 7 hour rechargeable battery while Pill XL is equipped with a rechargeable battery which lasts for 15 hours. If your evening BBQ extends to a party at night, your music will never stop.

Sound Quality

Here is the most important thing. A speaker is useless if it does not produce the sound to your heart’s content. I had the opportunity to compare the sound quality of Pill 2.0 and Pill XL. The quality of sound produced from 2.0 was very poor. The reason for this can be that the drivers of 2.0 are very small and hence the power produced is very limited. The Pill XL, on the other hand, does a pretty awesome job. It consists of “forward-firing 3-inch woofers and 1.25-inch tweeters and also a roughly 3 x 3-inch passive radiator in back for bass reinforcement” [2]. I think what the designers had in mind was portability and they did not concentrate enough on the key factor, which is sound quality.

Price

The retail price of Pill 2.0 is £169.95 and that of Pill XL is £269.95 (i.e. $199.95 and $299.95, respectively). In my opinion, paying £169.95 for a speaker that does not produce enough sound is absolutely pointless. Also, Pill XL should be sold at a reasonable price such as £80.00.

Do not take my word for it, give them a try. Comments on your opinion are welcome.

References

[1] Beats Pill and Pill XL. 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://0.tqn.com/y/stereos/1/S/5/C/-/-/small-large.jpg. [Accessed 28 December 2014].

[2] Beats Pill XL. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at:http://stereos.about.com/od/Audio-Shows/ss/CES-2014-New-Bluetooth-Speakers-A-G_6.htm. [Accessed 16 June 2014].

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