While Beats by Dre have had more success with their headphones than with their first iPod speaker dock in the Beats by Dre Beatbox, the company is gunning for the the portable bluetooth speaker market with their new smaller and lighter Beatbox Portable and their new Beats Pill.
For those of you watching American Idol last year, the new Beats by Dre Beatbox Portable was heavily featured as Jimmy Iovine, one of the owners of Beats by Dre and mentor to the budding stars on the show, took some time to present the new speaker during one of the live shows.
With the new Beatbox Portable bluetooth speaker they have in my opinion made improvements to the look of the speaker, actually creating something that i would not mind have standing on a bookshelf or some other stand in a room. Available in black or white model, it has the large red Beats by Dre logo at the front of the speaker, that also houses a 5 1/4-inch woofer that should in theory provide you with plenty of oomph.
This is not an AirPlay speaker, but it does come with bluetooth support, including SBC, AAC, and Apt‐X Bluetooth codecs, so it plays nicely with a wider range of handsets, including the ones from Beats by Dre part-owner HTC, and streams at a higher quality audio compared to standard bluetooth. There is also an iPod docking station situated at the top of the speaker, and a 3.5mm input jack. As for the battery power of this portable speaker, it is operating on six D-cell batteries that promises to deliver 15 hours of use.
Beats by Dre launched their new speaker dock into a competitive and popular market that at the moment have some strong established players, including the Jawbone Jambox. I hope to be back with a full hands-on review of the Beatbox Portable in the near future.