With a retro name and a personality to match, the Xiaomi Elvis Atomic is adorably small, and is styled to look like a miniature memento or trophy, rather than a Bluetooth speaker. Its design pulls inspiration from the turntable, and looks like it belongs somewhere in Fallout 76, according to Mike Chua.
The tiny yet powerful speaker comes in a military olive green and has a speaker grille where vinyl would be. Armed with a simple on/off switch, a knob for volume control, and 7 hours of playback, this CES Innovation Award winner is cute, capable, and memorable all wrapped into one package!
The shape of the ONOFF speaker needs literally no introduction if you’ve ever used a gadget in the past 5-10 years. Ever been around a smartphone, a tablet, or even a laptop? Chances are you’ve seen something quite similar. The toggle-switch UI. Found in most Settings areas of apps, websites, and systems, the toggle-switch lets you switch on or off a feature… and is ubiquity makes it a perfect visual metaphor for being on or off. Yongha Yang took that digital UI and turned it literally into the most physically enjoyable wireless speaker.
Meet the ONOFF. Chances are you’ll never need a manual for using it. Its interaction is just incredibly simple and intuitive enough to grasp literally the moment you see it. The circular speaker sits inside a capsule-shaped housing, sliding left and right. When the speaker’s on the left, it’s off, and conversely, shift the speaker to the right and it switches on… just like the virtual toggle switch. The speaker rotates too, allowing you to control the volume, while LEDs inside it light up in Google Home Mini fashion to tell you what volume you’re listening at. Simple, sophisticated, and just downright sensible!
The Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is quite literally the most portable one ever. Most portable Bluetooth speakers are portable alright, but they aren’t slip-into-your-pocket portable. Audio drivers tend to have depth/thickness to them, resulting in speakers that may be small and lightweight, but are almost always chunky too, making them ideal for laptop bags, but not pant pockets.
Lenovo’s latest offering wants to be the kind of Bluetooth speaker you carry around with you, the way you carry your phone. Designed to be pretty much the same size as the phone you have, the Lenovo 700 slides right into most pockets with ease. At just 11mm thick, it’s probably the slimmest Bluetooth speaker to exist, and can fit into your pocket without you even noticing the difference. However, take it out and tap it against your phone and the Lenovo 700 becomes a speaker worth noticing. Built with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0, the speaker pairs with your device almost instantly when brought close to it, and a set of controls located on the base of the speaker grill let you toggle through your music and even answer and reject your calls.
Given that the Lenovo 700 is too thin to stand on its own and needs to be placed lying down, the speakers are built to push sound outward in 360°, rather than just upwards. This approach makes it easy to listen to your music no matter where you are in relation to the speaker. The speaker provides 8 hours of use on a completely charged battery (which takes two hours to charge to 100%), and even comes with an IPX2 rating, making it splashproof. Designed to be carried everywhere you carry your smartphone, the Lenovo 700 was made to be used both indoors and outdoors, at work or at home, and even be the speaker-of-choice to take to the gym or even the poolside.
The speakers were a part of Lenovo’s CES 2019 showcase, but are yet to be launched.
You may constantly need to explain yourself to your parents or conservative family members when they first take a look at the Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker, because trust me, it looks uncannily similar to something you’d find in a college-going teenager’s room.
Mary Jane reference aside, this product, weird as it may look, is classic Sony. Sony as a company is famed for creating products that are state of the art, but also weird (Verge has chronicled most of them down)… and the LSPX-S2 or the Glass Sound Speaker is the latest entry into that category. Designed to look like a candle stand (I believe that was the original intent), the Glass Sound Speaker was made to serve as an all-round piece of audiovisual entertainment as it packs a light into it too. Made to sit on tabletops or bedstands, and to serenade one with music while cozy in bed or while preparing a meal or having a romantic dinner, the light within flickers with the intensity of a candle flame, but what’s more interesting is the audio setup that sits underneath.
The speaker, right below the glass tube, comprises a 35 mm mid-range driver and a passive radiator to deliver the mids and the low-ends. However, for the higher frequencies, the speaker relies ON the glass tube. “The organic glass body itself vibrates after being tapped by the actuator under it to spread the sound vertically in a 360-degree direction. The organic glass tube tweeter has a wider surface (compared to conventional speakers) to create crystal clear sound with minimal loss of volume.”, says Sony. Innovative, for sure, but I still can’t shake off the overall shape that Sony decided to go with… and priced at $700 that’s a mighty expensive water-pipe looking piece of tech right there.
What do a Bluetooth speaker, a lamp, and a power bank have in common? They’re all items that you’d want to have around you any and everywhere. They’re also the three items that come together to form the Terrace, by Paris-based Lexon.
More than just your average Bluetooth speaker, the Terrace is, in fact, something you’d carry around with you not just because it’s an absolute treat to look at, but also because it’s so useful. The size of an Amazon Echo, the Terrace comes with a Bluetooth speaker at its base, and a lamp at the top that works wonderfully as an ambient light. With two control-knobs at its base, you can toggle the lamp with one dial, and control the volume of the audio from the Bluetooth speaker with the other dial. The Terrace comes with a third, rather indispensable function. It works as a power-bank too. A great way to charge your phone as you listen to music from it, the Terrace comes with two USB ports in its back that connect your phone to its in-built 4000mAh battery that can give your spartphone a day’s worth of juice. On full charge, the Terrace gives 25 hours of illumination/audio playback, and with its four absolutely beautiful matte-metal colors and its Parisian design-aesthetic, Lexon’s Terrace makes a great case for how much potential a Bluetooth speaker has for being so much more than just a plain old Bluetooth Speaker!
Chen’s Radio Speaker is the kind of keepsake I’d keep in my home. It’s tech that I vaguely remember growing up with, bundled in an avatar that goes well with my aesthetic sensibilities. It’s also a beautiful combination of old tech with a new, sleek, desk-friendly avatar.
The slim radio feels reminiscent of a portable Bluetooth player, albeit with a wood-based construction and the analog tuning knob and a physical frequency meter. It even does come with Bluetooth connectivity and an aux input, for when you want to go back to choosing the music you play, rather than having a radio jockey select tunes for you! The product can even be used in both vertical and sideways formats, with the speaker facing forwards, or upwards with the tuning dial and meter facing forwards instead. Quite a retro-chic little speaker, this! I wouldn’t mind gifting a few to friends and family!
Bluetooth speakers are everywhere these days but few are making waves from a design standpoint. If you’re looking for a high-quality Bluetooth speaker with a little more character, check out the Lofree QTV Wireless Speaker
This fun speaker is inspired by classic TVs of the 1950s but don’t let the vintage look fool you — this speaker is equipped with fully modern tools. A 5W speaker will keep the party going for up to five hours on a single charge, while the built-in timer and alarm clock modes make it an ideal nightstand piece. The time is displayed on the TV’s diminutive 3.67″ LCD TFT screen.
The QTV Wireless Speaker retails for $119 but you can get it for $20 off today when you buy one for $99 in the Technabob Shop.
Bring back the flash of the ’80s with TIVOO, the pixel art speaker that parties even harder than you do. This pint-sized Bluetooth speaker sounds great and features a great connection via Bluetooth 5.0, but it’s everything else it does that makes it really stand out.
The 16 x 16 LED screen plays pixel art that dances along with the music. You can use the off-the-shelf presets, or go ahead and create your own pixel art via the app to make every song distinctly your own. Beyond that, TIVOO is also an alarm and sleep aid.
It lets you design your own alarm with 14 profiles and customizable settings, so you don’t have to wake up to shrill beeps every morning. Plus, it’ll help you get to sleep faster by playing HQ alpha wave audio tracks and melatonin-inducing lighting when you’re done for the night.
Pick up a TIVOO Pixel Art Bluetooth Speaker in the Technabob Shop today for just $79 – $20 off the regular price.
If you’re looking for a cool new replica of Captain Picard’s Enterprise to sit on your desk, check out this Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Bluetooth Speaker. Not only is it a speaker, but it looks downright beautiful. Imagine playing Star Trek The Next Generation’s theme song on this thing when it is all lit up and in the dark. Epic!
Turning the ship into a speaker seems like something that Q would do to the crew, so he could enjoy some smooth jazz while taunting Picard. In addition to being able to play your own music, this thing can play sound effects, and has sweet LED lighting. Sound effects include: Engine hum, Torpedo blast, Warp acceleration, “Incoming transmission” and “One minute to auto destruct”.
This ship looks so good with those lights in the engines, deflector dish, and saucer section. You can turn them on or off, though why you would ever turn them off is beyond me. They’re awesome.
I have three words for you: “Make it so!” And if you don’t understand that, let me put it another way. “Shut up and take my latinum!” Grab yours now over at ThinkGeek for $79.99.
These days, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy great sound anywhere, thanks to compact Bluetooth speakers. FRESHeTECH is on a mission to make music as convenient and portable as possible with the Metal Tunes Bluetooth Speaker.
This sturdy, compact speaker was designed to be taken anywhere and to fill any environment with your favorite music or podcasts. Whether you want a speaker for your bedside or for your next camping trip, the Metal Tunes speaker is the perfect everyday carry. It delivers 5 watts of sound, has a built-in microphone for taking calls without missing a beat, and full onboard music controls let you adjust the volume or change tracks without your reaching for your phone.
Get this great little Bluetooth speaker for only $25 in the Technabob Shop.