Coffee with a Sound: Gear4 Espresso Portable Wireless Speaker Review

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A bluetooth speaker is a handy accessory that could be a great companion to a smartphone. But the thing is most of them are quite expensive. You can get some at a lower price, but it’s not as pretty like the more expensive ones. Enter Gear4’s Espresso speaker. It’s cute as hell, wireless,  highly portable, and not as expensive as the branded bluetooth speakers.

Design

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For someone whose blood is made of caffeine, the design of the Espresso is a sure hit. You might have seen photos of the Espresso speaker online, but the actual speaker seems smaller than the picture. Small is not a disadvantage, however. With its small size, it’s easy to throw in your purse or bag. If you don’t have a space in your bag, you can even hook it on the strap. The “coffee handle” works like a key chain. If you have presentations at school or at work and need an audio, you’ll never have to worry.

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The Espresso speaker comes in five colors: pink, yellow, blue, green, and black.  There is an off/on button at the base of the “coffee cup”. It’s a good decision, as it keeps the design simple and almost flawless.  When the battery is low,  it emits a sound that  is similar to the classic telephone’s busy tone.

Sound

 

Although it is small, it packs a pretty decent sound. If used within a small room or in a car, the sound is loud enough for everyone to hear. However, I don’t recommend using it outdoors, or in a large conference room. It’s an ideal speaker to play music while you’re studying at home or working in your home office. When playing video games, the sound is both loud and deep. I played Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies on my iPhone and placed the speaker on my night stand. There’s a big difference when it comes to the sound coming from the iPhone’s built-in speaker.

Often times, I use it on the bathroom. I can easily hang it on the shower curtain’s hook. I can listen to podcasts, YouTube videos, or audio books as I clean the bathroom or take a shower. The distance from the source, however, is not impressive. When I connected it with my Mac and brought it to the bathroom, the connection would get lost. My Mac is about three meters from the bathroom. So, instead of using my Mac, I used my phone instead. I can place my iPhone on the bed, which is a lot closer to the bathroom.

 

Battery Life

Most times, I use the Espresso speaker when I’m working from home, so it’s always connected to its charger. But a few times, I would test its battery and it would only last two to three hours. It’s a highly portable speaker, but it needs constant charging. The bottom line, however, is how you’re going to use it. So, for example, if you’re simply staying at home and use it as a speaker in your bedroom, you can always charge it while in use.

The Espresso Speaker costs P1250. But some stores might sell it for less. The most expensive price I’ve seen so far is at P1350. You can easily spot these speakers in any Digital Walker or Power Mac stores.

If you want a highly portable speaker with a cute design and decent sound, the Espresso Speaker is definitely worth your cash. It’s ideal for indoor use. So, don’t expect to bring it to the beach party.

It’s not only a speaker, but it’s also a cute accessory that you can place on your work desk.

 

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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