Hard Me­tal

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

IT IS THE ME­TAL in the Amkette TruBeats Me­tal that you will no­tice first. And for that you don’t even have to switch it on. Just hold this heavy paperweight-like speaker in your hand and you will feel the me­tal weigh­ing heavy on your arms.

This por­ta­ble wire­less speaker from Amkette is not revo­lu­tion­ary in any way. In fact, we have tested at least two sim­i­lar look­ing de­vices. But this one does feel dif­fer­ent due to its weight. And we don’t mean that in a neg­a­tive sense, for this weight gives the Me­tal a sense of se­ri­ous­ness many of its com­peti­tors lack.

The full me­tal drum body has a grille on top and a plas­tic base. Four tiny but­tons on this plas­tic base let you pair the de­vice, switch songs and even an­swer a call. Yes, this Blue­tooth speaker can also be used as a speak­er­phone. An LED band that lights up when you pair the de­vice with a phone or lap­top, a good in­di­ca­tor that it is ready to rock.

And rock it does. The Me­tal has a loud full-bod­ied sound that is a bit be­yond its size. The 40mm driver placed in­side a mag­net­i­cally shielded chas­sis lets it play ev­ery­thing from Lu­ciano Pavarotti to Jagjit Singh. But we felt the speaker vi­brates a bit too much, es­pe­cially when you are play­ing some times of mu­sic.

While you can di­rect calls to this speaker, the tiny but­tons make it a bit dif­fi­cult to take a call. The de­vice eas­ily give up­wards of seven hours on a full charge.

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