A portable compact speaker you can travel anywhere with sharing your music wherever and whenever you wish is a must for any music lover.
iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
My first impressions when I received the speaker were that it was probably just another average sounding compact Bluetooth speaker that I can bring to the park or beach for the afternoon.
Also, I’ve seen it on sale for under $30 lately, so there was no point having high expectations about the sound quality.
Well, after a few weeks of use, I was surprisingly impressed with this little speaker.
The speaker comes in a rather plain-looking blue cardboard box with small print that identifies the speaker as the iClever IC-BTS02. The back of the box has a list of the technical specifications.
The box contains the speaker, a 3.5mm aux cable, micro-USB to USB cable and the manual.
The “WOW” factor finally introduces itself when you take the speaker out of the clear bag. The speaker looks beautiful!! It’s elegant and sophisticated cube-like shape along with its glossy metallic mirror-like finish immediately catches your eyes.
The designer took a cube-shaped speaker and put a slimming baby-blue “beltline” at the mid-point to create some sex appeal. This baby is not your average looking compact speaker for under $30!
iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Specifications
- Bluetooth compatible V4.0
- 5 Watt RMS power
- Full range 45 mm speaker
- 500 mAH Li-polymer battery for 8-10 hours of playback
- Size is 64.5(L) x 64.5(W) x 70.1(H) mm or (2.5 X 2.5 X 2.7 inches)
- Weight is 261 grams or (9 ounces)
The speaker is well constructed and placed into a sturdy metallic housing with an aesthetically pleasing smoke grey colour and baby blue accent lines. The front side has a Bluetooth/Hands-free Phone button, microphone and blue light to show the Bluetooth connection with another device.
The back has the micro-USB port, 3.5 mm input and a red light to indicate charging.
At the bottom, there are buttons for volume and track selection control, along with a sliding on/off switch. All standard items found on most compact Bluetooth speakers.
Bluetooth pairing was easy and worked well with my Lenovo tablet and smartphone. I did not experience any connection issues within a 25 feet range. The Bluetooth V4.0 claimed to use lower power consumption for extended battery life.
iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker in Action
The iClever IC-BTS02’s sound quality was excellent with awesome clear and loud music without any noticeable distortion at high levels.
This speaker may not satisfy some audiophile’s need for hi-fi sound because of the speaker’s limited size and its inability to produce thumping bass notes. Its niche is to quickly fill an average room with bright/crisp sounds along moderate bass levels while in a comfortable listening environment.
I didn’t use the hands-free phone connect feature but was glad to know it’s there if needed. Also, there was no detectable change in sound quality when linked to either Bluetooth or the auxiliary connection.
Over the test period, I averaged 8-9 hours of music time at moderate volumes, to fully recharge the speaker with a 1.8 amp adapter it needed about 2.5 hours. The recharge time may vary depending on your adapter’s amperage.
- Elegant and Stylish Design
- Very good volume and sound clarity
- Long battery time
- Excellent value for less than $30
- Sound/track and power controls are placed on the bottom of the speaker making them inconvenient to access
- Glossy metallic finish easily shows fingerprints and dirt
Overall, the iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is artfully designed, well priced and sounded great for a compact speaker. Now, my major dilemma is that this speaker is so elegantly sculptured and finished that I don’t want any scratches or dirt on it.
In my opinion, it’s too “nice” for a suitcase or backpack where it could get scratched and dirty. Its place is to look pretty while sitting on my desk getting attentive looks from others as they walk by all while playing beautiful music.
Ahem, settle down everyone… this one’s mine.
Hisgadget Inc. provided the iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for testing purposes. This had no bearing on my review of this item. As always, all my opinions are my own.