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The Ecoxgear Ecorox speaker is about as tough as you can get in a bluetooth mountable speaker. Whether you want to attach it to your bike or not is down to personal preference.
The Ecorox is a decent size, measuring at 3.0 x 5.3 x 2.5 inches. I found between a bell, lights and a Garmin I was pushed for mounting space on my handlebars.
However, I got it on there with a 'standard camera style' screw based mount, bought separately as the speaker only comes with a carabiner clip to hang it elsewhere. Weighing in at 328 grams it's not too heavy for handlebars, and for the power of sound you get, the weight is very light.
Connecting your smartphone to the speaker is really easy. Bluetooth technology means it's an almost instant connection once you have paired the devices initially. You can control music via your phone or shift songs on by pressing the buttons on the speaker itself.
The speaker claims to not be just water resistant, but waterproof. Of course there is only one way to test this, so I dropped it in the bath. It kept on playing its music. Safe to say you can listen to what you like in all kinds of weather. Not to mention the fact that it floats too. Ecoxgear have tested the waterproofing for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water, I never quite tested it to this extreme.
The sound you get from the 6W stereo speakers is very good. I could hear (and feel) base notes from it. The sound is produced from a speaker on the front and one on top so whichever angle you listen to it at, you hear music. This works particularly well on a bike when you factor in wind and so on. You can still hear your tunes when on the move.
Because it uses a wireless hookup from your phone, you can also answer calls via the speaker. There is a button on top of it allowing you to answer calls. It works reasonably well. The sound quality is decent and you can hear the person you are speaking with. Although it does leave you feeling exposed and everyone can hear your conversation.
The battery life is faultless. You get 10 hours from the lithium-ion battery which will be plenty for a whole day out. It charges via a standard micro USB cable that can be plugged in or charged on a laptop. Plugged in to mains, charging takes around two and half hours and this is spot on with the manufacturer's claims.
The unit has a small LED light that flashes every 30 seconds when the battery only has 30 minutes of play left. Once charged it will turn from red to green to let you know it's good to go.
There has always been a debate on whether cyclists should wear headphones or not and this speaker offers an alternative, but it also means sharing your tunes with everyone around you.
Compact speaker that's as good on a ride as it is in the shower afterwards
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Make and model: ECOXGEAR ECOROX Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The speaker is aimed at those with an active outdoor lifestyle, whether it be on a bike or a beach. The manufacturers say "The ECOROX by ECOXGEAR is a unique portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. ECOROX is a shock resistant, floating, waterproof, full-range rechargeable wireless speaker system. Do everything from streaming & playing your music from your Bluetooth enabled Smartphone / audio device, to answering your calls over the built-in speaker phone!". It lives up to all the claims made and functions really well as a speaker.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
IPX7 Waterproof. Fully submersible in Water
Rugged, Waterproof and Floating Bluetooth Speaker
Integrated Full Range 6 watt Stereo Speakers
Top Mounted Bass Radiator
Connects to your Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops
Top Panel Control Buttons: Power, Bluetooth Pairing, Volume +/-, and Speakerphone Answer
Built in Battery: Lithium Rechargeable, 10 hour play or talk time (actual time varies)
Mounting Options via 1/4"-20 threaded Camera mount screw post
A very solid speaker that feels very robust and it's totally waterproof.
The speaker hits out some great sound for music. It acts as a speaker-phone as well, but the sound quality diminishes a little here. This can be down to a number of factors like a bad connection or wind rather than the speaker itself being at fault.
"Rugged" by name and by nature. It will take a spilled drink, a dunk in the sea as well as a tumble and still work.
I feel the speaker is light for everything it offers and is great for general use. Some people may find it too much extra weight on their bike.
The RRP is £119.99 and it's pretty steep for a speaker. Yet this one will hold up against the elements really well making it pretty decent value. And a little shopping around means you can get it a fair bit cheaper.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The speaker is designed to be outside and it works really well in this environment. It will be great on camping trips, beach trips and bike rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the fact that I never had to worry about it getting wet.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The bulk on my handlebars looked too much.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
I think this speaker is a great one for outside. Whether you want to mount it to your bike is an entirely up to you.
Age: 34 Height: 158cms Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Giant defy My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,