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Modern-day dark horse boombox

Zaap’s Boombox Bluetooth speaker is distinguished by its sleek design, smooth sound, and portability

One of the latest additions into the market of speakers is Zaap’s Boombox Bluetooth speaker. While it delivers in design, look, and feel, it does not quite deliver ‘the boom’ in sound as it promises, which is not always a drawback, as the sound isn’t loud enough to disturb your neighbours — the sound quality is, in fact, smooth.

Hopping on the pill-shaped design we’ve seen in the market, the Boombox is covered in soft nylon and is made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material with a mesh fabric finish, which enables a firm grip. The device is switched on and off with a simple press of a button placed at the base of the speaker. The Boombox, however, is available only in one colour: black.

Specifications
  • 12+ Watts speaker
  • 15 hours of non-stop music and connectivity up to 50 feet
  • Built-in microphone, also supports Google Assistant/SIRI
  • In the box: Boombox Speaker, Micro USB cable, AUX cable, 1 Year international warranty

The Boombox is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows, and it has both advanced Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC (Near Field Communication). The device pairs seamlessly with bluetooth and connectivity has a 33 feet range. Rotating the device to get the most of the omni-directional 360° stereo sound is fairly seamless with no glitches, thankfully.

One would have expected more from it, though. The sound is satisfactory in a room, but not quite in a larger space. The passive sub-woofer and two drivers, however, deliver a good bass sound. The distinguishing feature of the device is the smooth touch and rotate control, so you can adjust the volume by simply rotating the circle at the head of the device and change tracks by swiping across the central panel.

It is not just music that you can play on the Boombox, which is equipped with a built-in microphone; it can also be used for a hands-free phone call, which was, to me, the best part as my three-year-old Android phone’s speaker is ineffective. The Boombox made it easier to have longer phone conversations with excellent sound quality. The device comes with a USB, and has a long battery life. It takes about three to four hours to charge and its playback time is pretty great — I found it worked for me for about 15 hours. This places it in a competitive rank on the speaker ranks.

It is available only on Amazon via zaaptech. The product is priced at ₹3,499.

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