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Braven Balance Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Braven Balance Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Adding something a little smaller to its arsenal, Braven pitches the Balance portable bluetooth speaker to lovers of rugged travel.

By Chris Smith on Mar 22, 2016 08:15 pm CDT - 1 min, 27 secs reading time
Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Braven

Introduction

Braven has impressed me previously with quality craftsmanship and better than average quality drivers but have often fallen in the pricing department.

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The newly-released Braven balance promises to provide a compact offering to its otherwise historically hefty speaker range while still offering a degree of water and dust protection. Can the Braven Balance provide the big Braven sound we have come to love, but in a smaller package?

Specifications

Sporting a 33ft (10m) Bluetooth range and an internal battery rated at 4,000 mAh for 18 hours of playback time, the Braven Balance offers a slightly larger battery than most that sits within its IPX7 resistance rating.

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There's a handy battery indicator on the rear, sitting alongside a single 5V 1A USB-out port for optional charging (almost useless due to the small size of the battery on offer), with both of these options sitting behind a rubber flap that helps hide internals from prying water and dust.

The driver information isn't listed in marketing or on the official website, unfortunately, but we'll discover what's inside when we review it. For those not wanting to connect through Bluetooth, the Braven Balance further offers an AUX 3.5mm connection. With the device as a whole measuring in at a small 4.96 x 8.23 x 1.85 inches, Braven also tells us that it weighs a hefty 1.79lbs - quite heavy for such a small device.

Pricing & Availability

Priced at $120 with free shipping on Amazon, this speaker can be categorized into the mid-to-high range of compact portable speakers. Although, it's hard to cement speakers into one area as they vary widely in price, performance, features and more.

I've placed this product into a similar category to my previously reviewed

Performance74%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features75%
Bundle and Packaging70%
Value for Money70%
Overall Rating76%

The Bottom Line: Lovers of clarity should consider the Braven Balance portable bluetooth speaker, bearing in mind the lack of booming bass and buttons that require strength to press.

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Chris Smith

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Smith

I'm a competitive gamer and was an eSports employee. Recent changes have seen me hang up the mouse and move over to the technology world, covering all news for TweakTown, ranging from gaming news to opinion articles and the latest tech releases. Expect to see a few different articles on international eSports news and competitive game releases, as well as audio and mobile device content.

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