Beats by Dr Dre is a name synonymous with the headphones that are very popular, fashionable and often are found to have a negative image because they are more about the look and the highly visible name itself. It’s unfair for sound equipment that do actually live up to the audio quality hype that some members of society see them in such a negative fashion, but this can be down to the marketing rather than the actual quality of the product itself.
Adding to the Beats range, the Beats Pill is a new speaker system that looks to make the same impact in the speaker range like they have done with the headsets. The question of course will be if the speakers can provide enough quality to sell themselves on that, instead of again being all about the image and fashion, and if it’s all about the fashion do they have the looks to match the name?
The Beats Pill is a compact speaker system that is simplistic in design and has a look that fits its name, it looks like a pill. At 19cm long and 4.5cm across and weighing only 0.13kg it’s light and not too big, but competitors do have an edge on this, most notably the Jawbone Jambox for example. It may be beaten by its competitor but it passes the first task of being portable, and with a case included it’s not hard to take around with you on your travels.
Available in red, white and black the Beats Pill does look good and the Beats logo is clearly visible but some could argue that the overall look is slightly boring, but as stated with its “pill” like look it fits the name and does have a quality feel to it. It could still be a case though that for people who don’t feel like they fit the “Beats” image, they will be put off by the name which is a shame. As with the headphones this will be a case of the owner’s personal taste.
When looking at the functionality of the speakers it comes down to what connections can be made to it, how easy the set-up is and the ease of use. Thankfully the set-up is as easy as would be expected on up to date speaker systems such as this and you should be able to connect through your smartphone easily through Bluetooth and NFC technology. If you’re phone has NFC it’s just a case of making sure Bluetooth is on, pressing the NFC button and the speakers will set-up automatically, for Bluetooth connection it’s a case of pressing the B logo, and for wired connections there is also a 3.5mm line in port. Charging is done by the use of a MicroUSB port with wires included.
The speakers can also be powered by an AC power adapter. For people who want to use the Pill to answer calls on the smartphone this functionality is available and works quite well. With battery life of around 7 hours, this again is not the best when compared with some of its competitors but it should be adequate enough.
The Beats Pill is a small speaker with big sound, just lacking in the bass which is quite unfortunate as no matter how good the quality of the music is some listeners will be looking for that extra kick that you would expect from a speaker system using the Beats name. The sound quality is above average though so if you can live without that little extra punch in the bass it is still a good quality speaker system.
Looking at the Beats Pill it still comes down to two factors, for the people who love Beats and the image it gives they will snap these up even with its inadequacies. For the people who are looking for the quality that a high profile name such as this provides there is also a potential for this to be a good quality buy, especially at the price (£144.99/$199.00). They provide a quality of sound that is arguably better than most, but not as good as the best systems that are available on the market. The only drawback of course is the lack of bass which maybe something that can be worked on in future releases.