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Monday, April 28, 2014

ABCO Wireless Shower Speaker Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
ABCO Wireless Shower Speaker Review
I've reviewed some interesting speakers in the past here, both wired and wireless. I recently had the chance to review a waterproof one, the ABCO Tech Shower Speaker. As you might infer from the picture, it hangs from your shower head (or shower curtain rod). The hook also rotates, so it could be flat under the shower head and rotated 90 degrees against the curtain rod. It is wireless, and it connects over Bluetooth to your phone (or any compatible device).
ABCO Wireless Shower Speaker
The speaker is actually fairly small and lightweight (about 1/2 a pound). Given its size, the unit sounds fairly strong and loud when the water is running, and can easily drown out anyone singing in the shower. I even tried the unit with some heavy bass songs like Radioactive from Imagine Dragons, thanks to Spotify. It held up well, though couldn't handle max volume without some distortion. I didn't have the chance to make a call when in the shower, but its nice having the comfort of knowing you can answer a call hands free without having to hop out of the shower and dry off quickly, and possibly getting your phone wet.

All four buttons on the unit serve double duty. The volume up/down also move up or down a track. The power button also swaps the FM radio tuner on and off. The Call key is used to answer/reject a call or to redial the last number. A long press on the button enabled its secondary duty, like turning on the FM tuner. I can't imagine me using that much though, even with the auto scanning of stations. There is no keypad available for dialing a specific number.

The speaker is rated at IPX4 for waterproofness. That basically means it is protected against splashing water. Technically, water spraying at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100 kN/m2 for 5 min. Basically, don't leave it in the tub during the whole shower, but it can handle the splashing from being under the shower head for a whole shower.

The charge will last around 8 hours or so and take up to half that time to recharge. Even if you take a ten minute shower every day, the unit will last at month between recharges. 

The speaker sells at Amazon for $35, with a suggested retail price of $70. It comes in six different colors: aqua, black, green, pink, white, and yellow.

I like the idea of the speaker. It works well, including being waterproof. If you're big into listening to tunes in the shower, or can't put business down for the few minutes you shower, you gotta check this speaker out.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

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