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Patriot BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker and Clock Review

Patriot BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker and Clock Review
Daring to be different, Patriot has added a LED clock to their inexpensive Bluetooth speaker. Will the performance be enough to back up the features?
By: Chris Smith | Portable Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 9:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Patriot Memory

Introduction

 

Featuring an elegant black mesh and brushed aluminium design, Patriot's first foray into the Bluetooth speaker world features something a little different - a LED 24 hour clock located on the top-face.

 

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A bit of a gimmick, however useful, can this LED clock paired with a cheap retail price-point help us recommend this speaker for your daily use? Read on to find out.

 

 

Specifications

 

With the ability to connect to your device of choice through NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, or an AUX 3.5mm jack, Patriot has impressed us from the start by beating many other experienced manufacturers in the NFC race. Adding this capability is nothing groundbreaking, but it's certainly a handy inclusion (unless you own an Apple device).

 

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The internal battery size is a little confusing, with Patriot's website claiming an 800 mAh sizing and their online user manual claims only 500 mAh is at your disposal. What is impressive is the fact that this speaker boasts an eight-hour playback time when connected via auxiliary, matching that of other products we have reviewed with much larger 2,000 mAh batteries. A major let down is the short three-hour playback time when connected through Bluetooth, however, through our testing, you can easily play music off a flat battery whilst plugged into a 0.5A computer USB port for charging.

 

Patriot claim there to be a 30 foot Bluetooth range which is standard for such devices. As for the driver itself, the 52mm speaker offers up 3W RMS at a frequency of 100hz - 18 Khz coupled with the internal microphone containing a sensitivity of -42 +- 3dB.

 

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Lastly is the chassis material, as touched on above. The soft-feeling plastic body is topped off with four rubber feet, a large mesh speaker cover and brushed aluminium reaching around the apex.

 

 

Pricing & Availability

 

One of the major features of this device is certainly the price-point. Coming in at a the great price of $35 with free shipping when purchased through Amazon, this is the lowest-priced speaker I have reviewed yet.

 

 

What's in the box?

 

Patriot has built a simple package as seen with most Bluetooth speaker options, providing you with a disappointingly short 3.5mm AUX cable, alongside a small micro-USB charging cable, and the general user manual.

 

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It's certainly a positive that an AUX 3.5mm cable is included as we're seeing more companies leave this out, however, it's once again very short (as we've seen mostly), meaning you've going to have to be located directly next to the music-playing device to get any use out of it.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker for Mobile Devices By Patriot for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The BeatStreet Bluetooth Speaker for Mobile Devices By Patriot retails for $34.99 at Amazon.

 

Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.

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