Gift Lab #4: Speaker-Easy
Product Name: Balloon Speaker
Background Research: I love to listen to music, but find headphones constricting. I want to be able to listen to my music throughout my house and when I travel.
Hypothesis: I’m hoping that the balloon speaker will be just as easy to use and carry as headphones. I also like the idea of sharing my music with others, but am skeptical about sound quality.
Experiment: I’d like to test speaker out around the house, in the kitchen and the bathroom, and bring it with me on trip to New Orleans.
Results: The balloon speaker is remarkably easy to use. I just opened the box and connected to the headphone jack in my iPod, and instantly I had music! I was also impressed with the battery life (5 hours of continuous play) and it can be recharged by connecting to your laptop.
It’s even more lightweight and portable than I imagined. It fits in a cute little pouch (about the size of my hand), and has no issue getting into a suitcase or getting past airport security.
It’s also super cute! Did I mention it looks just like a clown’s nose?
I’ve especially enjoyed using the balloon speaker in the kitchen and listening to podcasts of This American Life while I am cooking. It’s here I really appreciate the size of the balloon speaker, considering the small size of my apartment’s kitchen.
I’ve also used it while getting ready in the morning – taking it with me into the bedroom and the bathroom (note: unit is not waterproof).
Sound quality was pretty good. It’s a great alternative for headphones, but does not replace a home stereo. For parties or more “serious listening” I’d recommend an iPod Docking Station or our Ceramic Speakers.
Conclusion: I love my balloon speaker! I’m not someone who collects a lot of stuff, but this is a really cute and practical item. I definitely plan to take it on my other trips this summer – especially the beach. I think it’s a great gift for any music lover and it’s priced under $50.