For the past couple of days I’ve been testing this versatile Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. So far it impressed me with its amazing crystal clear sounds. The Mini H2O comes loaded with plenty of features that you wouldn’t normally find on an ultra-compact portable speaker. The speaker is part of Altec Lansing’s Everything Proof Collection that they unveiled during the CES 2015. A rugged compact speaker, this one just like its bigger siblings comes IP67-rated for waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof. It is also floatable and submersible – be it in a bucket, your pool or in the ocean (I dropped in a bucket full of water and it emerged with flying colors and still working).
Via Bluetooth you can pair it with any one of Apple, Android or BlackBerry smartphones, tablets or computers for wireless use. The Mini H20 speaker comes handy while driving because of its voice confirmation and the in-built microphone for hands-free communication. The speaker is capable of wired use thanks to the Auxiliary audio cable, it can be connected to home audio systems and car stereo. With an excellent 33-foot wireless range and a 6 hour battery life on a single charge, you couldn’t ask for more from this compact workhorse.
The washable rubberized skin is what makes it everything proof and floatable. The Mini H2O is smaller and light weight than most phones but thicker. By using the integrated carabineer you can hook it to anything anywhere – listen to your favorite music while sunning on the beach, camping or take it with you for your bike ride. One thing I’ve found a bit difficult to handle is power and volume buttons – a bit too hard to push.
The entire Altec Lansing Everything Proof Collection has at least 5 speaker models. The Mini H2O Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is the smallest and costs just $39.99. The top-of-the-line and heavy duty model is the BoomJacket – it has a 50 feet wireless range and a 40 hour battery life on a single charge ($199.99). There are couple of mid-range speakers, one is the Mini LifeJacket ($99.99) with a 30-foot range and a 10 hour battery life. All models feature crystal clear CD quality sound, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free functionality, and portability.
The Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth Wireless is available in colors light blue, red and grey. You can purchase them from Altec Lansing online store. Many other retailers including Best Buy and Verizon Wireless are carrying the collection.
Source: Altec Lansing