Winning the Germany iF product design award at MWC 2014, it's no denying that the OAXIS Bento is great to look at. Utilizing close contact technology to pick up your phone speaker and then broadcasting it in a 360-degree radius, the technology and idea is great, but does it perform as you would expect?
All portable speakers contain the main issue of lacking bass to combat and here's hoping the Bento doesn't also fall monstrously short in this aspect too.
With two 40mm drivers powered by 2 x 2.5 watt amplifiers playing in stereo sound, this product offers you a frequency response of 80Hz - 20KHz.
It will pick up music played by your device through the close contact technology located within, explained on their website as working by utilizing electromagnetic induction sensors to capture the 'magnetic waves' made by your phones speaker and amplifying them through its 360-degree sound design. Charged through Micro-USB, you can also connect your phone via an Aux 3.5mm jack.
The internal battery is 1,000 mAh and will provide you with a claimed six hours of continuous play.
Pricing & Availability
The OAXIS Bento is not available on Amazon, but we found another online store at the time of writing listing it for $62.79 with free shipping. This puts the speaker in the middle ground of most others, under products like the Braven BRV-X and LUXA 2 Groovy W, but over the Braven Mira and the amazing sub-$30 Etekcity T12.
What's in the box?
Coming with the usual package of a 3.5mm aux cable and micro-USB charging cable, it's good to see that the aux is once again longer than the frustratingly-short two-inch inclusions that have become quite common in recent times.
Unfortunately, there's no carry bag included in the package, it's something that I believe is a necessity in this day and age, only realistically adding around $3 to the asking price. Most people are buying these types of speakers for travel and use in different climates, I think a carry bag is a handy 'just in case' inclusion.
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