Braven 625s Bluetooth Speaker review
Written by: Ibba Bernardo
ARRGH! LOW BAT!
ARRGH! LOW VOLUME, I CANâ€™T HEAR!
ARRGH! I DROPPED IT!
Much like paracetamol (or weed) which cures a plethora of ailments, the Braven 625s is the pain reliever in curing the illness that has been plaguing portable speakers since their inception.
The struggle against wired oppression is coming to a head. The Braven 625s was able to wirelessly connect to all my daily carry gadgets, iPod Touch, Galaxy S3, Macbook Air, and Nexus 7. The pairing system is straightforward and painless. Much like Former Senator Ramon Revilla SR/ Erap/ Prince Jeffrey of Brunei/ Kingdotcom this Bad Boy can also mate/pair with up to 8 partners but can only use them one at a time.
In the event your media player of choice doesn’t have A2DP Bluetooth capabilities, fret not, the Braven 625s has a standard 3.5mm plug wherein you can tether your gadget over a wired connection. The Braven 625s also has thisÂ nifty little feature where it can be daisy chained to another Braven unit (like the Braven 650) using the audio-out port. Theoretically you can also use this with other speakers which make the 625s into a bluetooth controller.
The 1,700 mAh rechargeable battery can run for a specâ€™d 16 hours. During testing, the 625s came very close to the claimed 16 hour runtime. Another added function is the ability to share some of its battery power to charge another device via the build-in USB port which has an output of 0.5a to 1.0A.Â Because of the vampiric nature of today’s mobile devices, 1,700 mAh is barely passable as a back up battery, but considering that the Braven 625s is first and foremost a portable speaker, I’ll give it a pass for this oversight.
6W doesnâ€™t seem like a lot, but it does pack a punch, not a Pacman punch, mind you, more like a schoolyard bully punch. Loud enough to fill my man cave and irritate my wife in the bedroom next door. Unlike of its peers in the market, there isnâ€™t much distortion even when cranked to max volume.
I stumbled upon an alternative â€śuse caseâ€ť, during a meeting in Makati, four of us needed to talk to one of our partners in QC. Instead of using my S3 in speakerphone mode (which is pretty weak), I whipped out the 625s and presto we had an instant high end teleconference. The audio was solid, though some of the guys in the opposite side of the table did have to raise their voice a bit.
This thing looks tough, metal front and back perforated panels, exposed black allen screws, and a frame enclosed in thick rubber. All these design elements arenâ€™t just for show, this thing is ruggedized to be shock resistant. With the thick rubber bumpers, the 625s is made to be used and abused and allows you to dump it in your bag and go without any worries. The 625s looks like itâ€™s going to rip your X-miniâ€™s diaphragm and stomp on it.
If I was to pick one thing that could be better on this device, and this is pretty small concern, Itâ€™s a bit too symmetrical. This sounds a bit odd so I shall expound, the minimal design only hints to which side is which.The small â€śBRAVEN 625sâ€ť tag on the face is the only way you know which is the front and from this minimal design queue, you can extrapolate the left and right, top and bottom. And only then would you know where the volume buttons are and on the opposite side the USB power out port.
Iâ€™m usually underwhelmed with what most gadgets come with. Gone are the day when you unbox a toy and are surprised by all the cool goodies bundled with it. Now, some of the most sought after tech toys donâ€™t even come with a charger! Thankfully, these come with, not just a charger, but with a couple of other knick knacks. To add to itâ€™s ruggedly handsome good looks, itâ€™s bundled with a bright yellow waterproof pouch and oddly enough a USB plug-in LED flashlight. Iâ€™m not sure if Iâ€™ll ever be a situation where Iâ€™ll be rocking out to â€śCall me Maybeâ€ť and all of the sudden be engulfed in complete darkness, that said, itâ€™s better to be safe than sorry.
There is no Bluetooth Ruggedized speaker in the local market that can compete with the Bravenâ€™s sound and build quality. The Braven 625s is for the adventure junkie, weekend warrior or daily commuter who loves music and likes to travel in packs.
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