THIS INCREDIBLY ROBUST SPEAKER WILL OUTLAST ALMOST ANY PARTY
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.