Fu­goo Tough


TekSavvy Insider - - Contents - BY JAY JOHN­SON

Price: Avail­abil­ity: Key Fea­tures: $229.99 Out Now 40+ Hour Bat­tery Life Rugged Build Built-In Mi­cro­phone

The lat­est com­pany to jump aboard the “rugged” band­wagon is the fledg­ling speaker man­u­fac­turer Fu­goo, whose Tough Blue­tooth speaker is a de­vice that’s ca­pa­ble of go­ing up against the el­e­ments and safely emerg­ing un­scathed on the other side.

The beauty of the Tough is the fact that, un­like most, it ac­tu­ally de­liv­ers in terms of both build and au­dio qual­ity.

The Tough fea­tures six cus­tom de­signed acous­tic speak­ers; two 28mm tweet­ers, two 39mm mid/ woofers and two 43mm pas­sive ra­di­a­tors. What does this mean in plain English? It means this thing sounds like a mil­lion dol­lars and then some.

With a fre­quency range of 60Hz to 20kHz, it’s prob­a­bly not go­ing to do jus­tice to the bot­tom end of that in­cred­i­bly heavy dub­step you’ve found yourself lis­ten­ing to over the past cou­ple of years, but for lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing else it’s go­ing to im­press the heck out of you.

Con­nect­ing a de­vice is as sim­ple as turn­ing your Blue­tooth on and sync­ing up, with a handy au­di­ble no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ting you know when the Tough is con­nected and ready to start belt­ing out your favourite tunes with crys­tal clar­ity. And with a range of around 33 feet, you’re not go­ing to need to have your phone or MP3 player plonked within touch­ing dis­tance at all times.

Where the Tough re­ally excels is its mon­strous bat­tery life. This bad boy is ca­pa­ble of churn­ing out the au­dio good­ness for an as­tro­nom­i­cal 40 hours (and that’s just what the box says, you’ll most likely find that you’ll ex­ceed that by any­where be­tween 10 and 20 per­cent in the real world, which is even more im­pres­sive).

With the Tough, you’re cer­tainly get­ting your money’s worth (and, it’s worth not­ing here, you’re likely to pay around $229, so that’s a very good thing); this thing is a brute. It’ll hap­pily op­er­ate in tem­per­a­tures any­where be­tween -10 and 55 de­grees, and is wa­ter­proof in depths up to 1 me­tre for around 30 min­utes. Dust proof­ing com­pletes the pack­age, mak­ing the Tough vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible – and at just 59x187x73mm and 519g, it’s as por­ta­ble as it is ro­bust.

Fu­goo has also made it com­pat­i­ble with Siri, Google Now and your mo­bile’s speak­er­phone fea­ture thanks an omni-direc­tional mic with DSP to re­move wind and back­ground noises.

The Fu­goo Tough might be pricey, but there’s noth­ing else out there that’ll touch it ei­ther in terms of build or sound qual­ity.

9/ 10

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