At first glance people thought this was in fact the Amazon echo but no its the Lava Brightsounds 2 bluetooth speaker…
I must have around 20 Bluetooth speakers reviewed now and every time they get better with new ideas,looks and features to boot. This particular model comes packed with plenty of features including a dimmable ambient LED lantern.
Bigger than the normal portable ones I have checked out this offer more to the party especially if you are a camper or someone who perhaps likes to sit in the garden in the evening or again if you are the indoor type this also provides a nice setting on your bedside locker too offering a nice light for reading without blinding everyone else in the room..
Presented in a box packed with info we get all the extras we should expect find with such a product, We have our instructions and the usual cables…
To start with first of all this is light and very portable given its kind of on the larger size and topped off with a nice leather strap to boot. This strap is also very secure and I would have no worries about it falling off. The top of the unit comes with simple controls so there is no confusion here and all is kept simple. There is a power key,volume toggles and the lantern switch,there is also a status LED..
The LED lantern works quite well as mentioned it can serve several purposes depending on the mood and person for me its been on my locker and the weather is too wet to test outside but having said that its waterproof (IPX4) The speaker on top has a 360 grille constructed with metal and the lamp itself is a tough plastic.
Underneath the speaker is 4 rubber corners which will keep it in place as at times depending on surface and volume these do tend to move around with vibration, this seemed to stay put at all times when testing..On the back of the speaker there is a 3.5 socket for auxially input or indead headphone if you wish to pop them in there is also a Micro USB port so you can charge your mobile phone and a standard USB port for charging. So you also get a powerbank built into the speaker which is excellent and if you want to take calls on it its also possible so its covered you in all respects..This is also covered with a rubber flap.
Soundwise its perfectly fine,not overly loud though but its loud enough being me I typically like it loud just like listening to music on my headphones but its not advisable. Sounds played well with a nice touch of bass and all volume levels seemed fine even maxed out there was no distortion on anything I fire at it..
This comes in several colours too so you have a choice the colours available are Pink,Mustard,Green,Teal and Blue. For the battery conscious there is a 36HR life stated by the manufacturer which seemed true to me and worked well over the test period..
You can check out the full range out over at http://www.lavaaccessories.co.uk/sound/brightsounds-2.html